TechTown Programs

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

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Programs 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.

TechTown Start Studio

Start Studio is TechTown’s answer to Detroit’s unmet demand for idea-stage tech business assistance. Pointing to books and tools and giving advice isn’t enough. Learning how to actually validate a business idea is a daunting and lonely proposition that takes our most precious of resources: time.

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TechTown Capital Program

Recognizing that funding is often a barrier to growth, we are committed to providing content, resources and tangible tools to access funding that will assist in propelling business for our clients and community in a valuable way.

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TechTown Incubator

TechTown’s Incubator program is an intensive 30-week business development experience designed to help Detroit-based tech founders fortify their businesses into sustainable, investment-ready companies.

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STEEP: STEM Entrepreneurial Excellence Program – A business incubator program supporting the need for greater inclusion of underrepresented women in STEM and STEM-enabled businesses

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How TechTown Supports Small 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.

Small Business Support

313 STRONG is a customized support program for brick-and-mortar small businesses in Detroit, Highland Park, and Hamtramck neighborhoods.
Our staff of passionate, skilled professionals provides one-on-one assistance to stabilize, adapt, and remain responsive during COVID-19.

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Retail Boot Camp

At the heart of our Retail Services program is our Retail Boot Camp, an intensive, 10-week program that prepares serious entrepreneurs for the opening of their brick-and-mortar establishments in Detroit.

If you are preparing to open a small business in the city in the next six to 12 months, this is the program for you!

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Virtual Retail Pop-Ups

TechTown’s Retail Services help promising retail entrepreneurs operating the necessary omni-channel retail location of today and tomorrow. We provide online pop-up opportunities plus customized coaching and mini boot camp workshops.

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Programs for 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.

Open Office Hours

Open Office Hours are available to both tech startups and neighborhood small businesses at all stages. At your free, 25-minute Open Office Hour appointment, a TechTown team member will discuss your goals and direct you to the appropriate programs, resources and and experts based on your particular business needs.

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Ask an Expert

Are you looking for specialized support for your tech startup or neighborhood small business? Members of TechTown’s Professional Service Network provide free, 25-minute consultations to help you with growing your business. Our Experts have a range of skills and specialties that they’re excited to share with you.

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TechTown Training Series

The Training Series focuses on themed monthly, on-demand workshops designed for entrepreneurs to view at a time most convenient for you. Topics range from marketing to customer development, financial planning, HR, and more!
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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.

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