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Fostering Sustainable Community-based Entrepreneurship via the Detroit Neighborhood Tours Collective

Detroit visitors now have four new urban tours to enjoy, thanks to a collaboration between a team of faculty and students at the University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI) and the Eastside Community Network (ECN). The team provided a group of Eastside residents with technical assistance to launch four new tours that cover Detroit’s bootlegging history, urban farms, Motown, and the city’s African-American story.

Since 2016, a UMSI team led by faculty members Tawanna Dillahunt, Julie Hui, Joyojeet Pal, and Kentaro Toyama have been researching how to help people in “lean” economies learn entrepreneurial skills – and use them to earn much-needed side income.

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The amount of the award is $5,000 for UMSI for the project period. The grant is funded by the U-M Ginsberg Center.