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Registration is open for spring classes!


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

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Spring 2019 Class Schedule:


START!  Want to start a business and need help refining your idea?  Take CO.STARTERS!

CO.STARTERS Design (Register)
Day/Time:  Wednesdays, 6:00p – 9:00p
Dates:  April 10 – June 5
Location: DC3 – 485 W Milwaukee St #100c, Detroit, MI 48202

BUILD!  Ready to launch your business and write a business plan?  Take BUILD BASICS

BUILD BASICS 80 (Register)
Day/Time:  Saturdays, 10am – 3pm
Dates:  April 6, April 20, May 4, May 18
Location:  Build Institute – 2701 Bagley, Detroit MI 48216

BUILD BASICS 81 (Register)
Day/Time:  Wednesdays, 6pm – 9pm
Dates:  April 10- May 29
Location:  Good Cakes & Bakes – 19363 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI 48221

*The same curriculum is applied to both Build Basics sessions. Class numbers are for the sake of documentation only.


KEEP BUILDING! Do you have a business plan with a strong focus on triple-bottom-line practices that will address Detroit’s social and/or environmental issues? For-profit and non-profit businesses are  welcome. Take BUILD IMPACT!

BUILD IMPACT 9 (Register)
Day/Time:  Saturdays, 10:00a – 3:00p
Dates:  April 6, April 20, May 4, May 18, June 1
Location:  FREC II @ Fisher Magnet Upper Academy, 15491 Maddelein St, Detroit, MI 48205

❄️During severe winter weather, it is the policy of Build Institute to cancel classes at our discretion for the safety of participants, facilitators, and staff. You will receive an email and/or phone call as far in advance as possible of the cancellation. If a cancellation occurs, an additional day will be added to the course to make up missed content.❄️

How Much Does it Cost?

In a further effort to provide affordable access to resources entrepreneurs need to Start, Build, and Grow their businesses, Build Institute is excited to introduce Pay What You Can pricing for our courses!  

Valued at over $1000, our Build Basics class could easily carry a very hefty price tag.  However, as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of neighborhood entrepreneurs, we make our programming as accessible as possible.  Build Institute is “for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs” and we practice what we preach as we continue to innovate our model. In support of our mission and vision of inclusion and equity, we are evolving our sliding fee schedule to a “Pay What You Can” system with the hope our participants are equally dedicated to equitable entrepreneurship.

So Pay What You Can!

A payment of $200 or more covers the majority of class costs, however feel free to:

  • Pay a little more and pay it forward – your generosity helps other students to take the class and allows Build to keep its programming affordable.
  • Can’t pay as much as you’d like to right now?  Don’t worry about it.  Use what you learn in class to become a supporter to future Build graduates.

Class fee levels are currently set at $200, $300, $400, and $500.  Here is how your class the fee is applied and how it supports your fellow and future participants:

  • $200 includes the cost of the Basics binder and covers class supplies
  • $300 helps to compensate our facilitator and guest speakers
  • $400 funds technical assistance and operational support
  • $500 provides a scholarship for another student to take the class
  • $1000 helps multiple students pursue their entrepreneurial dreams

There is a donation option on the registration payment check out page if you’d like to give a little more.  You can also make a donation at anytime on our website.

Steps for Registration:

1. Click on the registration link for your class of choice and fill in your personal information. Please register as an INDIVIDUAL. Business partners will need to register and pay separately. You will be asked to create an account with Build Institute. You can log into your account at any time and update your personal information.

2. Once your information is submitted you will be taken to the class payment page. Build uses a Pay What You Can model so please choose a payment level that works for you (aka Admission level).  Payments can be made via credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover). If you would like to pay via check/money order or need to discuss a payment plan ($50 nonrefundable deposit required) please contact us at or (313) 265-3590. All class fees must be paid in full before the final classPlease note that class fees are not refundable, but are transferable towards other Build classes and opportunities.

3. Once your application has been processed you will receive an email confirming your class details within 7-10 business days.  Add to your contact list to avoid emails being marked as spam.

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