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Retail Boot Camp

TechTown’s Blocks Retail Boot Camp prepares serious entrepreneurs with strong retail concepts for the successful launch of their brick-and-mortar business in a core Detroit commercial district after program completion. The program enables an entrepreneur’s success not only through training, but also through access to critical start-up capital, affordable space and ongoing business support.

The boot camp will cover

How it works

• social and digital marketing consultation
• legal review of lease agreements, partner or vendor contracts
• business plan development
• public relations support

Who is eligible 

Potential “Draft Day” placements

Up to 5 graduates will be selected by partner organizations to open permanent brick-and-mortar or pop-up storefronts in the city. Post-graduation locations will depend on the retail concept and market need. TechTown may provide a point-of-sale system and an inventory subsidy. All graduates will receive a professional services package valued at $3,500.

Application process 

Applications are now open. Apply here:


Program fee upon acceptance is $499

Class Dates

September 14 – November 3, 2015

For more information

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Program partners and sponsors

Retail Boot Camp partners include Airfoil Group, BUILD Institute, Hatch Detroit, Lifeline Business Consulting Service, ProsperUS Detroit, Revolve (a program of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation),Sadek Bonahoom PLLC, Small Business Development Center Michigan, Social Coop Media and Wayne Alumni Law Group.

Program sponsors are JPMorgan Chase Foundation, New Economy Initiative and Bedrock Real Estate Service.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Retail Boot Camp applications will be accepted through August 14, 2015.