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Top 4 Startups Founded in Detroit

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There’s no doubt that the startup scene in Detroit is unique.

Dozens of successful startups have been founded there over the years.

Some of them are already worth billions of dollars.

So whether you’re looking to start your own business, or just interested in learning about fast-growing startups from Detroit, here’s an extensive list of 4 startups founded there.


4 Startups in Detroit

1) StockX

1) StockX

StockX is an online marketplace where you can purchase and sell high-demand, limited-edition sneakers.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Chris Kaufman, Dan Gilbert, Greg Schwartz, Josh Luber
  • Industries: E-Commerce, E-Commerce Platforms, Marketplace, Sales, Shoes
  • Number of employees: 1001-5000
  • Funding amount: $690,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 9
  • Number of investors: 26

You can find their website here.

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2) Airspace Link

2) Airspace Link

Airspace Link is a Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) Platform for UAS/Drones that has been approved by the FAA.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Ana Healander, Daniel Bradshaw, Michael Healander
  • Industries: Aerospace, Drone Management, Drones, Geospatial, Government, Mapping Services
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $18,000,070
  • Number of funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 10

You can find their website here.

3) Healthy Roots Dolls

3) Healthy Roots Dolls

Healthy Roots is a toy company that makes dolls and storybooks to teach young girls of color about natural hair care.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Yelitsa Jean-Charles
  • Industries: Beauty, Children, Consumer Goods, Toys, Women's
  • Number of employees: 1-10
  • Funding amount: $1,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 10

You can find their website here.

4) Autobooks

4) Autobooks

Autobooks is the first online banking-based, fully integrated payments and accounting application for businesses.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Aaron Schmid, Steven Robert, Vincent Thomas
  • Industries: Accounting, Banking, Financial Services, FinTech, Payments
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding amount: $47,800,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 8

You can find their website here.

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