Voting to select $50,000 Hatch Detroit winner

DETROIT (AP) - A final round of voting takes place this week for the 2012 Comerica Hatch Detroit contest, where a $50,000 grand prize is at stake for those pitching business ideas for the city.

Hatch Detroit seeks to champion and support independent Detroit retail businesses with contests, education, exposure and mentoring. More than 250 business ideas were submitted for this year's competition, and more than 30,000 online votes were cast to narrow 10 competitors to four finalists.

Online voting runs Monday through Thursday.

The finalists are kayaking business Detroit River Sports, the Detroit Vegan Soul Café, the La Feria wine bar and a handmade pie company called Rock City Pies.

A pitch night for the ideas is Wednesday at the Majestic Theatre. The winner will be announced Thursday.

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Online:

http://www.hatchdetroit.com

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