We Are Detroit’s Entrepreneurship Hub

We envision a meaningful and equitable revitalization of Detroit through the launch and sustainable growth of tech startups and small businesses that create new jobs, generate revenue, and strengthen neighborhoods. We help tech startups and small businesses develop, launch and grow by connecting entrepreneurs to learning and networking events in Detroit, resources, and meeting spaces.

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Our Story

TechTown was founded in 2000 by Wayne State University, Henry Ford Health System and General Motors. In 2004, TechTown incorporated as a nonprofit and established its headquarters in a landmark 1927 Albert Kahn building just north of the Wayne State campus.

Originally founded to support tech-based spinoffs from the university, we soon realized that our incubation and acceleration strategies for tech companies could help strengthen neighborhood small businesses and commercial corridors across Detroit. Today, we offer a full suite of entrepreneurial services for tech and neighborhood businesses, with satellite offices across the city.

Our five-story building serves as an entrepreneurial hub, housing the TechTown administrative offices, our coworking community, meeting and event space, and numerous businesses working across sectors to drive progress in Detroit. TechTown works in close partnership with Wayne State’s Office of Economic Development, the university’s hub for catalyzing business activity in Midtown and across the Detroit region.

Driven by values of collaboration, excellence, accessibility, diversity and inclusion, and respect, TechTown opens doors to opportunity that strengthen our city, neighborhoods and economy.

TechTown’s Impact

Between 2007 and 2021, TechTown served more than 4,700 businesses  at our Midtown hub and in neighborhoods across Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park. These businesses created 2,183 jobs and leveraged more than $172.5 million in start-up capital.

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Our Team

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Andrea Pitcher

Angeline Lawrence

Angeline Lawrence

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Asia Woodward

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Carrie Vestrand

Carrie Wrightner

Carrie Wrightner

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Christina Devlin

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Courtney Okoye

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Cristen Clark

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Danielle Manley

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Davit Nadirashvili

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Dawn Batts

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Diana Goode

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Ed Nisnevich

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Erica Bachran

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Erica Overstreet

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Eva Kashat

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Grace Doss

Jacob Lopez

Jacob Lopez

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Jamesha Lucas

Jaunice Keller

Jaunice Kellar

Julia Kalugar

Julia Kalugar

Kelly Kozlowski

Kelly Kozlowski

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Kimberly Palter

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Kimberly Watts

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Lindsay Robillard

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Madison Sanders

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Marlo Rencher

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Mary Benitez

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Mayte Penman

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Michelle DiMercurio

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Nakia Graham

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Ned Staebler

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Nicholas Slappey

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Raina Baker

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Stacey Frankovich

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Susanna Taylor

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Tonya Thomas

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Trina Groce

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Vicki Sitron

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Wendy Wilson

Funders

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

Accenture
Bank of America
Comcast Business
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
DTE Energy Foundation
EY
Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation

Henry Ford Health System
Hudson-Webber Foundation
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Kresge Foundation
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Ned Staebler and Anne Staebler
New Economy Initiative

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation
Rocket Community Fund
The Honorable Terri Lynn Land
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
U.S. Economic Development Administration
Walters Family Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation
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

Partners

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