Announcing Kickstarter and Foot Locker Brand Activation Winners

We are excited to announce the winners of the Detroit Design Incubator in partnership with Kickstarter and Sneaker House Competition in partnership with Foot Locker. Brand activations will debut this September during Detroit Month of Design. Sneaker House installations will be displayed at Lawrence Tech's Detroit Center for Design + Technology.

In partnership with Kickstarter

A cohort six of designers, with a focus on BIPOC, will get access to direct training and campaign strategy support from Kickstarter to launch or market a Kickstarter Campaign during the Detroit Month of Design. Winners of this year's cohort are:


TruckTruck by Synecdoche

Synecdoche is looking to convert an old food truck into a mobile design lab. Using Synecdoche's extra tools and resources like 3D printers, hand tools, and art supplies , TruckTruck will provide pop-up programming with community youth. In the gaps between programming, TruckTruck serve as a pop-up retail truck for local entrepreneurs. Follow Synecdoche here.


The Word's First Eyeglass Frames Made With Coffee Waste! by Loopy Products

Coffee grows in a fruit, but all we want is the tiny bean inside to make coffee. That leave 30-50% of the fruit behind, with no other use. That waste, however, can be upcycled into a sustainable material used to make products like eyeglass frames by Loopy Products. Follow LoopyProducts here.


Black Architects in Detroit by Noir Design Parti

Noir Design Parti will develop, write and publish a book on the projects of Black Architects who have practiced in Detroit. Readers will be encouraged to visit the projects mentioned in the book and to explore architecture further as a passion or as a career. Follow Design Parti here.


AKOMA: An Artists Cooperative for Women by Mandisa Smith

AKOMA is a space for Detroit’s women artists and makers. It is a space where women can commune together, work cooperatively, share resources, learn to excel at their craft, show and sell their work, and create new opportunities to market their work. Follow AKOMA here.


Action Level Sensory Activity Box by Chinonye Akunne

Action Levels offers educational and joy igniting activity kits to increase critical thinking and motor skills. Each kit allows the mind to escape into a world of fun, and improves the quality of life through play. Follow Action Levels here.


Refuge for Nations Sewing Center Detroit Expansion

Refuge for Nations (RfN) desires to create a sense of community, stability, creativity and enterprise for immigrant and refugee women through helping them to earn a living by sewing for designers at RfN Sewing Centers. RfNs goal is also to create an accessible fashion manufacturing hub for up and coming and existing designers in Detroit in which we can assist designers with small to medium run production. Follow Refuge for Nations here.


In partnership with Footlocker

We are excited to announce the three winners of the Sneaker House Competition in partnership with Foot Locker. Each winner will be creating an installation to mark a unique moment within sneaker culture locally and globally. Installations will be displayed inside a Detroit commercial space during Detroit Month of Design this September.

The winners are: