TechTown Programs

TechTown offers a variety of programs to support tech startups, small businesses, and entrepreneurial education.

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Technology-Based Programs

If you have a tech idea, an innovative technology or a tech startup, TechTown is the place for you. We can help you test your tech idea, gain sales traction, optimize operations and access capital.

Start Studio

Intensive idea validation for emerging founders with a tech-based business idea they want to test in the real world. This two-part program consists of online workshops/meetings and individualized coaching to help participants build revenue-generating prototypes.

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Incubator

A 90-day program of individualized coaching and hands-on assistance for revenue-generating tech businesses preparing to scale their operations. Incubator focuses on strengthening sales, marketing, analytics, accounting and project management systems and processes.

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Capital 

An eight-week course for tech-based Southeast Michigan companies with a unique value proposition to increase knowledge about and access to capital. This program serves
companies that raised less than $500,000 in private sector equity/revenue in the last year.

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Traction

A highly focused program to help tech startups with a revenue-generating minimum viable product establish their path to recurring, predictable revenue. Traction aids founders in optimizing sales processes through biweekly meetings, weekly tracking and a sales leaderboard.

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Small Business Services

We help small businesses launch, stabilize and grow by supporting entrepreneurs in building core business skills, increasing revenue, creating jobs and accessing capital

Retail Boot Camp (RBC)

An intensive, 12-week course with post-graduate coaching for entrepreneurs preparing to open a brick-and-mortar business in Detroit. RBC helps strengthen local businesses looking to thrive in today’s retail environment from pop-up stage to permanent location.

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The SHOP

A monthly pop-up marketplace helping local entrepreneurs build skills and connect to new customers. Vendors receive support from TechTown strategists in technology, inventory management, merchandising, sales and operations.

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313 STRONG

Customized, one-on-one coaching for small businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park. TechTown strategists work with business owners for up to six months to build skills in finance, marketing and management and reach growth goals to increase revenue, create jobs and access capital.

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Capital Access

Preparation assistance and lender referrals for first-time and repeat borrowers through one-on-one consultation and dedicated coaching, in partnership with local Community Development Financial Institutions and banks.

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Entrepreneurial Education

We invest in metro Detroit’s small business owners and entrepreneurs by providing professional development, expert advice and access to peer networks through our entrepreneurial education programs.

Strategy Sessions (formerly Open Office Hours)

One-on-one consultations with TechTown business strategists to discuss roadblocks and goals. Entrepreneurs will be directed to programs, resources and experts at TechTown and across Southeast Michigan’s network of business service organizations.

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Ask an Expert

One-on-one guidance from industry experts in our Professional Services Network tailored to the specific needs of each entrepreneur. Experts answer questions about human resources, marketing, finance, legal issues, business operations and technology.

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Training Series

Workshops covering business fundamentals and hot-button issues led by local and national experts. Topics are geared toward the needs of early- to growth-stage tech and small business entrepreneurs and include increasing revenue, connecting with new customers, accessing capital, and optimizing operations with systems and technology.
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TechTown Initiatives

From urban and healthcare innovation to collaborative action in the nonprofit community, TechTown is a core partner and founder of several initiatives including Detroit Urban Solutions, MedHealth and Co.act Detroit.

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Detroit Urban Solutions (DUS) brings together organizations from the public, private, academic, non-profit, and innovation sectors in Detroit to collaborate on urban innovation responding to tough challenges through community level solutions.

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MedHealth is a regional collaboration connectingconvening, and educating the medical innovation ecosystem in Southeast Michigan and Southwest Ontario to accelerate the adoption of technologies that improve quality of care and contribute to economic growth.

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Co.act Detroit is a hub that accelerates transformative impact with nonprofit and community organizations in southeast Michigan through collaborative idea generation, cross-sector resources, and equitable access to world-class programming and learning opportunities.