We Are Detroit’s Entrepreneurship Hub

We help tech startups and local businesses launch and grow. We are an incubator and accelerator. We support businesses with coworking and office space, meeting space and event space. We also connect entrepreneurs to resources, and learning and networking events in Detroit.

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TechTown’s Impact

Between 2007 and 2019, TechTown served more than 2,700 companies at our Midtown hub and in neighborhoods across Detroit. These businesses created nearly 1,600 jobs and leveraged more than $160 million in start-up capital.

2018 Annual Report

Our Team


Amaree Jackson


Amy Rencher


Andrea Pitcher


Ashleigh Dandridge


Carrie Vestrand


Charlotte Sealie


Christina Devlin


Danielle Manley


David Webber


Davit Nadirashvili


Derek Dandridge

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Devin Kuziel


Ed Nisnevich


Erica Overstreet


Fathi Abdelsalam

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Franklin Berman


Grace Doss


Heather Levine


James Merriweather


Jeff Ponders


Jenifer Daniels


Joanna Dueweke-Perez


Jonathan Colo


Kate Scheible

Kelly Kozlowski

Kelly Kozlowski


Kim Colón


Kimberly Palter


Lawrence Jackson

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Lindsay Robillard

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Marlin Williams


Marlo Rencher


Mayte Penman


Micah Loucks


Michelle DiMercurio


Myka Burley


Ned Staebler


Paul Riser Jr.

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Rebecca Derderian

Roslyn Howard TechTown Detroit

Rosylyn Howard

Sarah Balmer

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By: Sarah Donnelly, Director of Retail Services, TechTown Detroit

Sarah Donnelly


Vicki Sitron


Warren Galloway


Wendy Wilson

Board of Directors

Angie Kelly

Office Managing Partner, EY

Anika Goss-Foster

Executive Director, Detroit Future City

Bryan C. Barnhill II

Detroit Engagement Manager, Ford Smart Mobility; Board of Governors, Wayne State University

Carla Walker-Miller

President & CEO, Walker-Miller Energy Services

Charles Burke

President & CEO, The War Memorial

Chris Thomas

Co-Founder and President, Detroit Mobility Lab

Christopher Graunstadt

Vice President, Operations,  Karmanos Cancer Institute

Christopher Rizik

Executive Committee Chair, Chief Executive Officer, Renaissance Venture Capital

Dana Thompson

Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Entrepreneurship Clinic, University of Michigan Law School; Board of Governors, Wayne State University

Fredrick Molnar

Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Gabe Leland

Councilman, District 7, City of Detroit

Gene Barber

System Vice President of Facilities and Support Services, Henry Ford Health System

Hector Hernandez

Executive Director, Southwest Economic Solutions

Jacalyn Goforth

Retired, Price Waterhouse Cooper

Jill Ford

Principal, Toyota AI Ventures

Jim Saber

President and CEO, NextEnergy

Kathryn G. Levine

Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Customer Experience, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Kevin Johnson

President and CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

Lizabeth Ardisana

Chief Executive Officer, ASG Renaissance

Lori Wingerter

Chief Philanthropic Officer, General Motors

M. Roy Wilson

Chair, President, Wayne State University

Mark Coticchia

Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer, Henry Ford Health System

Martin Dober

Vice President, Invest Detroit

Mike Rafferty

CEO, New Detroit, Inc.

Ned Staebler

Ex Officio, President & CEO, TechTown Detroit; Vice President for Economic Development, Wayne State University

Robert Forsythe

Dean, Mike Ilitch School of Business, Wayne State University

Shannon Smith

Middle Market Banker, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Sorin Draghici

Associate Dean, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Director, Anderson Institute, Wayne State University

Stephen Lanier

Vice Chair and Secretary, Vice President for Research, Wayne State University

Steve Ambrose

Vice President & Chief Information Officer, DTE Energy

Tonya Matthews

Director of STEM Learning Innovation and Associate Provost for Inclusive Workforce Development, Wayne State University

Tosha Tabron

Senior Vice President, Lending, Invest Detroit

William Decatur

Vice President for Finance & Business Operations, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer, Wayne State University


Below is a select list of the numerous partners who help us deepen our impact:

ACCESS Growth Center, Amazon Web Services, Apple, Bank of America, Beaumont Health, Brightmoor Alliance, BUILD Institute, Challenge Detroit, City of Detroit, Comcast, Detroit Creative Corridor Center, Detroit Development Fund, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Detroit Future City, Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, Detroit USPTO, DukeEngage, Eastside Community Network, FedEx, General Electric, General Motors, Global Detroit, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Grand Circus, Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation, Great Lakes Women’s Business Council, Henry Ford Innovation Institute, IBM, Invest Detroit, Invest Michigan, Jefferson East, Inc., KYBBA, LEAR Corporation, Lifeline Consulting, Live6 Alliance, Macomb-OU INC, Michigan Small Business Development Center, Michigan Women’s Foundation, Microsoft, Midtown Detroit, Inc., Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, New Enterprise Forum, Oakland County Medical Mainstreet, Osborn Business Association, ProsperUS Detroit, Public Sector Consultants, SCORE Detroit, Southwest Detroit Business Association, TiE Detroit, University of Detroit-Mercy, University of Windsor, University Research Corridor, US Commercial Export Assistance Center, US Consulate General of Canada, US Small Business Administration, Venture For America, Village Capital, Wayne County Community College District, Wayne State University, WETech Alliance, Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation