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 2017, TechTown served more than 1900 companies at our Midtown hub and in neighborhoods across Detroit. These businesses created nearly 1400 jobs and leveraged more than $130 million in start-up capital.

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Our Team

Board of Directors

Angie Kelly

Partner, Ernst & Young LLP

Brian Holdwick

Principal, VENTRA Group, LLC

Carla Walker-Miller

President & CEO, Walker-Miller Energy Services, LLC

Charles Burke

President and CEO, The War Memorial

Christopher Graunstadt

Director, Treasury Services and Project Management Office, Henry Ford Health System

Christopher Rizik

Chief Executive Officer, Renaissance Venture Capital

Dana Thompson

Clinical Professor of Law, Director, Entrepreneurship Clinic, University of Michigan Law School

Dr. Farshad Fotouhi

Dean, College of Engineering, Wayne State University

Dr. Sorin Draghici

Associate Dean, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Director of the Anderson Institute. Wayne State University

Fredrick Molnar

Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Gabe Leland

District 7, Detroit City Council

Hector Hernandez

Executive Director, Southwest Economic Solutions

Jacalyn Goforth

Vice Chair and Treasurer Partner, Price Waterhouse Cooper

Jed Howbert

Executive Director, Jobs & Economy, Detroit Mayor’s Office

Jill Ford

Principal, Toyota AI Ventures

Jim Saber

President and CEO, NextEnergy

Kathryn Levine

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

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

Vice President, Small Business Services, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

Nadia Abunasser

Federal & Development Projects Director, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

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

Rodrick Miller

President and CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

Saunteel Jenkins


Shannon Smith

Associate, Global Philanthropy, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co

Stephen Lanier

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

Steve Ambrose

Vice President & Chief Information Officer, DTE Energy

Thomas E. Anderson

Founder and Principal, Strategic Business Development, LLC

Tonya Matthews

President & CEO, Michigan Science Center

William Decatur

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


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