Tech Startup Program Detroit Michigan

Support for Tech Startups

If you’re serious about your startup, have an innovative technology or want to play a larger role in the city’s burgeoning tech industry, TechTown is the place to start. We can help you with proof of concept, incubation and commercialization services.

Programs for Tech Businesses
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Support for Local Businesses

We can help you start or grow a retail business like a bakery, coffee shop, clothing boutique or grocery store. We also support service-based or lifestyle businesses like fitness studios or hair salons, as well as small manufacturers.

Programs for Local Businesses

How TechTown Supports Tech Startups

TechTown Business Incubation Center

TechTown Business Incubator Center (TBIC) provides customized support based on each tech startup’s unique business needs. Ideally, startups entering incubation have a business model based on demonstrated customer need and a technology in the early prototype stage, or will have graduated from a tech-focused accelerator program.

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DTX Launch Detroit Student Accelerator

An intensive 10-week summer accelerator for college students and recent graduates aspiring to launch a technology startup. Participants will receive a stipend of $2,500 per individual (up to $7,500 per venture team) to test out their entrepreneurial dreams.

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DTX D-Venture + DTX Fellows

The D-Venture entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR) program seats entrepreneurial-minded professionals to mine the underutilized and/or underdeveloped intellectual property developed in Detroit. The DTX Fellows program places high-quality, mid-level talent into Detroit’s startups and entrepreneurial support organizations.

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Open Office Hours + Ask an Expert

Labs Open Office Hours

Want guidance on which TechTown program is right for you? Looking for feedback on a business idea or expertise on navigating the ecosystem? Sign up here for a Labs Open Office Hour session to talk to one of our entrepreneurs-in-residence.

Ask an Expert

TechTown also offers regular Ask an Expert consultations with members of our Professional Services Network. Attorneys, marketing and finance professionals, venture capitalists, tech firms, health industry professionals and others are available for one-on-one appointments to answer your questions.

Click here to see the list of available experts and schedule an appointment.

How TechTown Supports Local Businesses

Launch a Local Business

SWOT City is a customized support program for brick-and-mortar small businesses in Detroit neighborhoods.

Our staff of passionate, skilled professionals provides one-on-one assistance to help launch, stabilize and grow local businesses and strengthen neighborhood commercial districts.

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Retail Bootcamp

At the heart of our Retail Services program is our Retail Boot Camp, an intensive, eight-week course that prepares serious entrepreneurs with strong retail concepts for the successful launch of their brick-and-mortar business in a core Detroit commercial district.

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Retail Pop-Ups in Detroit

TechTown’s Retail Services help promising retail entrepreneurs prepare for the launch of their brick-and-mortar businesses. We provide a range of pop-up opportunities plus customized coaching and mini boot camp workshops.

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Open Office Hours + Ask an Expert

Open Office Hours

Want guidance on which Blocks program is right for you? Looking for feedback on a business idea or expert guidance on navigating the ecosystem? Sign up here for a Blocks Open Office Hour to talk to a small business expert from our Blocks team.

Si prefiere conducir la consulta en español, por favor, haga la cita en la area de Southwest o Brightmoor; la consulta se puede manejar en español o inglés en ambos vecindarios. Puede comunicarse con la Gerente Bilingüe de Proyectos de SWOT City directamente bridget@techtowndetroit.org para servicio en español.)

Ask an Expert

TechTown also offers regular Ask an Expert consultations with members of our Professional Services Network. Attorneys, marketing and finance professionals, business plan consultants and more are available for one-on-one appointments to answer your questions.
Click here to see the list of available experts and schedule an appointment.