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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.

Applications are now closed.

The boot camp will cover

How it works

Who is eligible 

Potential “Draft Day” placements

Three graduates will be selected by partner organizations to open permanent brick-and-mortar storefronts in the city. Post-graduation locations will depend on the retail concept and market need. TechTown may provide rent support, inventory (one-to-one match by the entrepreneur), accounting and inventory software, marketing materials, build-out (one-to-one match by the entrepreneur), signage, and fixtures.

In addition, two program graduates may receive support to execute a longer-term pop-up space in the city (approximately three months), including funds for build-out, inventory, signage, marketing and fixtures.

Another two graduates may receive short-term pop-up space in the city (one day or weekend).

Application process

Applications are now closed.


Program fee upon acceptance is $499.

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Program partners and sponsors

D:hive, LifeLine Business Consulting Services, the Detroit Economic Growth Corp.’s REVOLVE program and ProsperUS Detroit feed up to two of their most promising retail entrepreneurs into the program. Remaining spots are filled through open applications.

Detroit Development Fund is a program sponsor.

The Detroit Micro Loan Collaborative, which includes the Michigan Women’s Foundation, LifeLine Business Consulting Services and the Detroit Development Fund, streamlines the microloan application process for program graduates.