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DTX Launch Detroit

DTX Launch Detroit is a 10-week summer accelerator for college students and recent graduates aspiring to launch a technology startup. Participants will receive an stipend of $2,500 per individual (up to $7,500 per venture team) to test out their entrepreneurial dreams.

Join us on Thursday, 30 July from 4:00-7:00 pm for the DTX Launch Detroit Showcase. Come network, listen to presentations from the teams that participated, and plan on leaving inspired. There is no cost, but please register here in advance.

DTX Launch Detroit is a program of the Detroit Technology Exchange (DTX), a programmatic partnership between TechTown Detroit, Bizdom, Invest Detroit, the Detroit Creative Corridor Center, the Henry Ford Innovation Institute, NextEnergy, and Techstars Mobility, driven by Detroit, is designed to recruit and groom talent for tech entrepreneurship opportunities and convert innovative technologies into Detroit-based startups. It is supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s Michigan Strategic Fund and the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan.

The program covers

Structure

Launch Detroit’s curriculum is based on The Startup Owner’s Manual, a step-by-step business development guide written by famed serial entrepreneurs Steve Blank and Bob Dorf. Enrolled teams will be given extensive assignments in preparation for weekly workshops. They also will be directed to get out of the building and talk to potential customers to test their various hypotheses. The curriculum is augmented with guest speakers, business coaches and mentors, as teams attempt to validate their value proposition and business models. Other components include meet-and-greets with experienced entrepreneurs and tech start-up founders. The program will culminate in a showcase day, giving participants the opportunity to make a pitch to potential strategic partners, advisers and investors.

New this year!

For those teams that wish to participate but do not have a well-formulated business idea, the DTX partners have been soliciting project ideas/technologies from industry partners. These projects are of known significance, provide the opportunity to work directly with an industry adviser, and offer the possibility of employment with the industry sponsor.

Eligibility requirements

Application process

Applications for the summer 2015 session are now closed.

For more information

Questions? Please email labs@techtowndetroit.org.