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

Amanda Saab

Amanda Saab


Amy Rencher


Andrea Pitcher

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Asha Garro


Carrie Vestrand


Charlotte Sealie


Christina Devlin


Danielle Manley


David Webber


Davit Nadirashvili


Dawn Batts


Derek Dandridge


Ed Nisnevich


Erica Overstreet


Fathi Abdelsalam


Grace Doss


Heather Levine


James Merriweather


Jonathan Colo

Julia Kalugar

Julia Kalugar


Kate Scheible

Kelly Kozlowski

Kelly Kozlowski


Kimberly Palter


Lawrence Jackson

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Lindsay Robillard


Marlo Rencher

Mayte Penman

Mayte Penman


Micah Loucks


Michelle DiMercurio


Ned Staebler


Paul Riser Jr.


Phaedra Wainaina

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Rebecca Derderian

Roslyn Howard TechTown Detroit

Rosylyn Howard

Sarah Balmer

Sarah Balmer

Stacey Frankovich

Stacey Frankovich

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

Anika Goss

Executive Director, Detroit Future City

Camilo Serna

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, DTE Energy

Carla Walker-Miller

President & CEO, Walker-Miller Energy Services

Charles Burke

President and CEO, The Grosse Pointe War Memorial Association

Christopher Rizik

Chief Executive Officer & Fund Manager, Renaissance Venture Capital

Dana Thompson

Clinical Professor of Law, Director of Transactional Law Clinics Program, Community Enterprise Clinic, and Entrepreneurship Clinic, University of Michigan

Fredrick Molnar

Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Gene Barber

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

Hector Hernandez

Executive Director, Southwest Economic Solutions

Jamila Thompson

Partner, Consulting at Ernst & Young LLP

Jason Aeschliman

Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Jason E. Tinsley

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

Jill Ford

Investor, Toyota AI Ventures

Jim Saber

President and CEO, NextEnergy

Jonathan Rumley

Managing Director, Accenture

Kevin Johnson

President and CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

Lisa M. Hardy

Vice President, Business Performance & Execution, Blue Care Network

M. Roy Wilson

Chair, President, Wayne State University

Mike S. Rafferty

CEO, New Detroit, Inc.

Ned Staebler

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

Patricia (Patti) Glaza

Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Invest Detroit

Portia Powell

Leader of the Minority and Women Owned Business Initiative, TCF Bank

Robert Forsythe

Dean, Mike Ilitch School of Business, Wayne State University

Shannon D. Smith

Middle Market Banker, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Shirley Stancato

Member, Wayne State University Board of Governors

Sonal Ramrakhiani

President Sales and Chief Operating Officer – Americas, Tata Technologies

Taryn Simon

Director, Henry Ford Health System Innovations

Tonya Matthews

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

Tosha Tabron

Senior Vice President, Lending, Invest Detroit


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