Support Ponyride: An Inclusive Collaborative Space in Detroit
“Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does
not exist. Design it.”
- Sir Henry Royce
Give a gift that keeps giving. This holiday season, help Ponyride Detroit finish the renovations of its co-working office, dance studio, and workshop space.
What one word best represents the aspirations for Detroit’s
inclusive urban renewal? Ponyride. We are raising $30,000 to finish renovating
out a space for local socially conscious entrepreneurs to grow their business
and have a lasting impact in the city.
Clouded in the shadow of the City's bankruptcy, Ponyride is an inclusive collaborative space for small businesses and creative entrepreneurs to prosper. With the help of volunteers, we have been able to renovate the majority of the building but now we are in the final stages and need your support to finish.
As an independent, soon-to-be nonprofit, we rely on the generous donations from the community. Your donation will have a direct impact on Ponyride in many ways, including:
finish the building so that more businesses can move in.
small businesses by providing a space for them to grow professionally
a convening venue for groups and organizations across the city
facility where inner-city youth can learn from creative entrepreneurs
supports independent socially conscious civic minded businesses in Detroit.
We have over thirty businesses waiting to move into our shared office space and we need your support to make that possible. Help grow Detroit by giving entrepreneurs and artists a place to make difference.
And did you know 2014 is the year of the horse? It’s Ponyride’s year! Help us broaden and deepen our impact in 2014 by making a donation today!
Ponyride is a collaborative
community space. It’s changing how traditional economic development is done in
We engage a diverse group of creative socially conscious entrepreneurs giving them the opportunity for productions, community outreach and education. We share a philosophy that collaboration and inclusion drives innovation and prosperity.
By taking foreclosed and/or vacant buildings and activating them with small businesses, Detroit’s neighborhoods become economic engines once again.
Our mission is to nurture collaboration using shared resources, knowledge, and networks to cultivate opportunities created by the strengths and crises of Detroit. Participants serve Detroit communities by sharing their craft and expertise.
We provide affordable space so that organizations, non-profits, for-profits can take a risk and start a business here in Detroit. This video explains the economics behind our mission, and why:
Where are the horses?
FYI: No horses were involved in the creation of Ponyride.
Ponyride is a “creative incubator” located in a 30,000 square foot building in Detroit’s historic 'Corktown,' Detroit's oldest neighborhood. The Ponyride vision originated from the desire of a local small-business owner, Phillip Cooley, to encourage and facilitate sustainable redevelopment and be a positive force. After purchasing the facility out of foreclosure for $100,000, it was decided to use the wealth of space for open discourse with local residents and prospective tenants. After a deliberation period it was decided that Ponyride would cater to artisanal businesses and socially-conscious non-profits and other types of organizations with the criterion that they participate in the collaborative Ponyride community and make concrete plans to teach their specific craft to the community. Outreach and impact are two components that make us tick.
Where did the the name Ponyride come from? While brainstorming when people are free to think creatively and freely, childhood emerged from the discussion. It's the time when people have less hangups and aren't afraid to take a risk (or business for that matter) and if you fall off 'the horse,' just brush off your knees and jump back up.
And what’s something everyone wants as a child? A Ponyride!
Ponyride has a lot to offer:
We have amazing tenants here at Ponyride. Their unique "Made in Detroit" products are known internationally and should be in your Detroit collection. They have offered up more products that we can list at at time so we are offering new perks throughout our campaign. Each day we will feature a perk but you don't have to wait to get the perks listed.
Here is what we are offering:
Gifting: December 6- Jan 24th
Classes & Experiential - Mid December
- Special & Limited Edition Perks Aired Weekly
The Perks: MADE IN DETROIT
Give the gift of Ponyride this season!
Classes: Late December
Detroit Demin Tote Class
Stukenborg Letterpress Classes
Smith Shop Jewelry Making Class
Winners Circle Dance Class
Limited Edition: Coming in January
Why we need your help
Ponyride offers low-cost work spaces range from the incomparable price
of $.20 to $.25 per square foot, thus making rental cost a relatively
insignificant expense for most tenants. So
the rents lower so that our businesses focus on their growth and give back to
of the low rent, we don’t have extra cash on hand to finish the final
We have completed 90% of our build-out at Ponyride. The majority of the remaining projects are finishing touches that will make the spaces more professional and comfortable. This includes additional windows, cabinets, painting, drywall, trim, etc. We also need funds to provide infrastructure for our tenants such as desks, chairs, dust collection, compressed air, sound system etc.
By Donating you will make such an impact not only on the community of Ponyride but also for Detroit! People need space to share networks, knowledge, and resources.
Listen to our first tenant Bryan Baker, who build his studio Stukenborg Letterpress in Ponyride (so proud!). We need this money to buildout more space so other folks can make their dreams a reality.
Challenges That we Face Daily:
Blight: Even though we have demonstrated the success of activating vacant buildings, we are surrounded by absentee commercial landlords. Their buildings’ facades and landscapes are not well kept and add blighted elements to the neighborhood.
And, of course, Detroit’s stereotype: We have shown the resilience of Detroit’s residents and how small businesses can collaborate to do great things but safety and city services makes it challenging.
Ponyride Detroit, are there horses there?
No, but we like to horse around! 2014 is the Year of the Horse... Help us make 2014 a great year at Ponyride.
Detroit is bankrupt. How is that affecting small businesses?
Detroit’s bankruptcy is not stopping a revival fueled by socially conscious entrepreneurs, it's an 'All Hands on Deck,' grassroots movement. Help Ponyride raise $30,000 to finish renovating Detroit’s inclusive creative space.