Class Registration

Class registration is currently closed until September 12.

Demand is very high for Build classes and we are doing everything we can to accommodate the large numbers of applicants. Acceptance is on a first-come first-served basis.

Classes are priced on an affordable, sliding scale based on annual household income and family size; costs range from $200 – $500, including a $50 deposit to reserve a seat.

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About Build Basics

Our core 8-week business and project planning class is designed for aspiring and established entrepreneurs. Classes are taught by local experts and cover all the basics of starting a business – from licensing to financial literacy, market research to cash flow and more. You’ll leave the class with a completed business plan, a cohort of fellow entrepreneurs in Detroit, and the knowledge and confidence to take your idea to the next level. Multiple class sessions are available. Learn more about our class curriculum & why Build Basics is right for you!

Build Basics Summer 2016 Class Schedule

Build Basics 50: Saturday from 10am-3pm
Class is held on July 9th, July 23rd, August 6th, and August 20th
Held at Build Institute – 2701 Bagley Avenue, Detroit, MI 48216

Build Basics 51: Saturday from 10am-3pm
Class is held on July 16th, July 30th, August 13th, and August 27th
Held at Church of the Messiah – 231 East Grand Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48207

Build Basics 52: Wednesdays from 6-9pm
Class meets weekly from July 13th to August 31st
Held at Good Cakes and Bakes – 19363 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI 48221

Registration is currently closed and will open Monday, September 12 through Friday September 23rd for October classes.


About Co.Starters

Do you have a business idea or a few, but feel unclear of the full vision? The Co.Starters nine-week business development program will help you focus on your ideas and prepare you to bring them to life visually through a business model canvas plan. Throughout this business model discovery process, participants identify and test, and gain feedback all while gaining tools and a framework to make your now clear vision a reality. Learn more about our class curriculum & why Co.Starters is right for you!

Co.Starters Summer 2016 Class Schedule

Co.Starters 1: Tuesdays from 6-9pm
Class meets weekly from July 12th to September 6th
Held in partnership at Bamboo Detroit – 1442 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48226
Taught by Nicole Mangis – CEO Launch Exchange Detroit

Co.Starters 2: Tuesdays from 6-9pm
Class meets weekly from July 12th to September 6th
Held in partnership at Detroit Venture Partners – 1555 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226
Taught by Jay Rayford – Founder of Social Sushi & Community Director at The Future Project

Registration is currently closed and will open Monday, September 12 through Friday September 23rd for October classes.


Steps for Registration

You are successfully registered only when you receive the acceptance email from Build and pay your non-refundable $50 deposit.

Please follow these steps closely to ensure your application is received:
1. Fill out the application fully and completely.
2. Add yolanda@buildinstitute.org to your contact list to avoid emails being sent to spam.
3. Wait to be contacted within one week via email by Build staff regarding acceptance, non-refundable $50 deposit information, and class cost (sliding scale $200-$500).
4. Once deposit is paid, you are in the class! You’ll receive a welcome email 1 week before class begins with more information including how to pay your remaining cost by the first day.
5. Attend the class! Come a bit early to your first class to pick up your curriculum binder and get settled in. If you have additional questions, please contact Yolanda, the Registration Manager, at yolanda@buildinstitute.org.