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 2020, TechTown served more than 4,500 companies at our Midtown hub and in neighborhoods across Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park. These businesses created 1,600 jobs and leveraged more than $172 million in start-up capital.

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Our Team

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Amanda Saab


Amy Rencher

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Andrea Pitcher

Andrew Melton

Andrew Melton

Angeline Lawrence

Angeline Lawrence


Carrie Vestrand

Carrie Wrightner

Carrie Wrightner


Christina Devlin


Danielle Manley


Davit Nadirashvili


Dawn Batts


Ed Nisnevich


Erica Overstreet


Grace Doss


Heather Levine

Jacob Lopez

Jacob Lopez


James Merriweather

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Jamesha Lucas

Jaunice Keller

Jaunice Kellar

Julia Kalugar

Julia Kalugar


Kate Scheible

Kelly Kozlowski

Kelly Kozlowski


Kimberly Palter

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Kimberly Watts


Lawrence Jackson

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Lindsay Robillard


Marlo Rencher

Mayte Penman

Mayte Penman


Michelle DiMercurio


Ned Staebler

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Nicholas Slappey

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Raina Baker

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Rebecca Derderian

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Rosylyn Howard

Stacey Frankovich

Stacey Frankovich

Tonya Thomas

Tonya Thomas

Trina Groce

Trina Groce


Vicki Sitron


Warren Galloway


Wendy Wilson


Our work is made possible through the generous support of these funders:

Ally Financial
Bank of America
Chemical Bank
Comcast Business
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
Peter Cummings
Gretchen and Ethan Davidson
Detroit Vs Everybody
DTE Energy Foundation
Esther Gordy Bullock Edwards Foundation

General Motors
Gilbert Family Foundation
Henry Ford Health System
Invest Detroit
ITC Holdings
JPMorgan Chase
Hank Meijer
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Microsoft Corporation
New Economy Initiative

North End Assistance
Quicken Loans
Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation
Ned and Annie Staebler
Mike Staebler
The Children’s Foundation
The Desai Sethi Foundation
The Skillman Foundation
Walker-Miller Energy Services
Walters Family Foundation
Wells Fargo
William Davidson Foundation

Board of Directors

Dr. M. Roy Wilson, Chair

President, Wayne State University

Jason Aeschliman

Partner, PwC

Gene Barber

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

Dave Massaron

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

Jill Ford

Principal, Toyota AI Ventures

Patti Glaza

Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Invest Detroit

Anika Goss

Executive Director, Detroit Future City

Lisa M. Hardy

Vice President, Business Performance & Execution, Blue Care Network

Hector Hernandez

Executive Director, Southwest Economic Solutions

Kevin Johnson

President and CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

Terri Lynn Land

Board of Governors, Wayne State University

Fredrick Molnar

Vice President of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Portia Powell

Vice President, Leader of the Minority & Women Owned Business Initiative, Huntington Bank

Nicole Sherard-Freeman

Group Executive, Jobs, Economy, and Detroit at Work

Lisa Prasad

Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Henry Ford Health System Innovations

Mike S. Rafferty

President and CEO, New Detroit, Inc.

Sonal Ramrakhiani

President – Sales and Chief Operating Officer – Americas, Tata Technologies

Christopher Rizik

Chief Executive Officer and Fund Manager,
Renaissance Venture Capital

Jonathan Rumley

Managing Director, Accenture

Jim Saber

President and CEO, NextEnergy

Shannon D. Smith

Vice President, Siebert Williams Shank

Ned Staebler

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

Tosha Tabron

Social Investment Officer, The Kresge Foundation

Dana Thompson

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

Jamila Thompson

Partner, Consulting at EY

Jason E. Tinsley

Michigan Market Manager and Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Carla Walker-Miller

President and CEO, Walker-Miller Energy Services


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