EDA University Center for
Regional Economic Innovation

Flint City Pop-Up (2016)

Project Details

Co-Implementation Plan - 2016

Innovation Fellow: Joel Rash, Red Ink Flint

Summary

A city like Flint presents tremendous challenges to young people trying to start their own businesses. Yet Flint City Pop-Up worked to support emerging entrepreneurs through a combination of monthly meetings, regular pop-up shop opportunities, and hands-on mentoring. This strategy is of interest to educators, economic development professionals, and those interested in grassroots community initiatives.

Innovation Fellow

Joel RashJoel Rash, Red Ink Flint

Joel Rash is the Director of Red Ink Flint, a youth-serving non-profit. Their programs include Flint Local 432, an all-ages performing arts venue, Flint Steamworks, a community maker space, No Child Left On-Line, a youth outdoors program, and Flint City Pop-Up, supporting emerging entrepreneurs. Joel has spent his professional life working in the arts, economic development, and entrepreneurship, often at the intersection of all three.