Our Story

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.

We are Wayne State University’s Entrepreneurship Hub

TechTown was founded in 2000 by Wayne State University, Henry Ford Health System and General Motors. In 2004, TechTown opened its doors 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 startups and neighborhood small businesses throughout Wayne County. 

Our five-story building serves as Wayne State’s entrepreneurial hub, housing the TechTown administrative offices, our coworking community, meeting and event space, and numerous businesses working across sectors to drive progress in and around 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 inclusion, humanity, collaboration, accessibility, curiosity and excellence, TechTown opens doors to opportunity that strengthen our city, neighborhoods and economy. 

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