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Creative Ventures Residency Program COURTESY PHOTO

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DETROIT — The Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3), a partnership between the College of Creative Studies and Business Leaders for Michigan, believes the city has the assets to be a global center of design and creative innovation. In order to manifest that belief, the DC3 started the Creative Ventures Residency Program in 2011.

The CVRP chooses small local creative businesses to mentor and connect with larger clients and opportunities. The DC3 will be accepting applications for the summer 2014 residency from April 7-20.

The DC3 says ideal candidates are early stage, post revenue, high potential service providers, studios or agencies that operate in one of the following creative industries: advertising, literary (publishing, print), design (industrial, graphic, interior, interactive design), film (audiovisual, broadcasting) or architecture.

Once accepted into the program, selected businesses will have an opportunity to share office space with other start-ups at the Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, where they will receive access to mentors, subject-matter experts, and a DC3 entrepreneur-in-residence tasked with helping CVRP businesses increase their revenues and client bases.

DC3 will host a series of information sessions about the residency. To learn more about the program, the information sessions, or to apply, visit

— Staff report

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