Mobility Accelerator Innovation Network (MAIN)

One of five initiatives of the Global Epicenter of Mobility (GEM), the Mobility Accelerator Innovation Network (MAIN) creates partner alignment and capacity to support more fundable, accessible and successful mobility companies.

MAIN by TechTown Detroit

Who We Are

MAIN is one of the components of the Global Epicenter of Mobility (GEM), a $52.2M grant awarded to a broad coalition of partners. Led by the Detroit Regional Partnership, MAIN partners collaborate with each other and with the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance, the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification and the Economic Growth Institute at University of Michigan to leverage the region’s automotive, engineering, design, innovation and manufacturing strengths, leadership, and assets as elements of a smart, secure, sustainable, and inclusive advanced-mobility cluster.

Partner Initiatives

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Commercializing research-based technology

Commercializing research-based technology

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TechTown Detroit
Wayne State University
University of Michigan
Michigan Founders Fund

High Growth Technology

Inclusive Design

Hardware Technology

Venture funding

Design Core
Invest Detroit

Our Mission

To advance mobility in the city of Detroit, Metro Detroit area and Southeast Michigan, by way of supporting software and hardware mobility companies at every stage of their development.

Our Purpose

To accelerate the growth of mobility startups that drive innovation to fill gaps in the mobility value chain.

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Since launching in 2022, MAIN and its partners have worked together to serve the startups in this region.

We measure success by:

  • Venture capital investments made in mobility
  • Investments made in MAIN companies
  • New jobs created
  • Companies referred to Endeavor
  • Startups funded by women/founders of color


Startups Served


Invested in MAIN Companies


New Jobs Created


New Patents Obtained

MAIN Contacts

Danielle Manley
Sr. Director Strategic Partnerships,
Wayne State University & TechTown Detroit

Isabella Kiser
Program Coordinator, MAIN

Raina Baker
Outreach and Engagement Manager


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Endeavor Detroit
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