by Ned Staebler It’s been a busy two months since I became CEO of TechTown, succeeding the indomitable Leslie Lynn Smith. And in this time, there is one refrain I have heard more than any other: “Are you crazy?” Not because this isn’t a great gig, mind you. But because it is a demanding position,…
By Joanna Dueweke Day One Immediately as the event began on Friday afternoon, TechTown was filled with the hum of excited developers, designers, healthcare professionals, business-minds, and volunteers. They were all gathered in this place, together, because they are believers in making a difference in human lives. Hacking Health is a Canadian-born event that brings…
During the pitches on the first night of Hacking Health – Windsor Detroit, a silence and awe fell over the room when several high school girls took to the microphone and delivered a well-honed one minute pitch. They talked about a need to track their mental health as teens in order to better communicate with…
On Friday, Aug. 2, DTX and Challenge Detroit co-hosted a joint event featuring final presentations from the Launch Detroit start-up teams and the Challenge Detroit fellows.
Suane Loomis is the founder of contemporary art studio We Are Clay and a recent graduate of TechTown’s Blocks Retail Boot Camp.
Corporations of all shapes and sizes have core values or culture statements that sit beside their mission and value statements, often only to get lost under a pile of business journals, reports and correspondence.
On Thursday, June 27, 11 promising tech startups from TechTown, Bizdom and Invest Detroit presented their businesses to win a killer prize package full of essential branding services at the first ever DTX Showcase.
This week, I was reminded of one crucial element of any business strategy: Understanding your unique awesomeness! Too often, we get caught up in the nuts and bolts of our business.
It is the unique combination of people, place and time, that seems to freeze the universe for a moment and allow people who may not necessarily find themselves in each other’s company, ready and without planning, able to connect.
Yesterday TechTown launched its first Blocks Retail Boot Camp. The highly customized program will prepare 12 serious entrepreneurs with strong, independent retail concepts for the successful launch of their Detroit business.
The building definitely didn’t look like this when we walked in this morning! First-floor construction has officially begun!
Last week, Business Insider named us one of the 23 coolest businesses in Detroit. How pumped are we??!!
TechTown client Thiago Olson, co-founder and CEO of Protean Payment, chats about his company and why it’s special; plus his inspirations, best advice and what he does to decompress.
Haven’t met Charlie Moret? He’s TechTown’s managing director of entrepreneurial programs, a veteran of the technology innovation and entrepreneurial space, and is opening his office door twice a month to discuss your business questions. Anything related to tech-based entrepreneurship is fair game.
Here’s the WHOLE scoop on the Detroit Technology Exchange (DTX). Thanks again to WDET 101.9 FM’s ”The Craig Fahle Show” for inviting us on to spread the word!
The TechTown team has been blessed with the opportunity to do amazing work in an extraordinary city. We have learned, adjusted, grown, contracted and expanded as needed to target our efforts. Through it all, we’ve remained committed to being an indispensible participant of an entrepreneurial ecosystem working tirelessly to catapult Detroit into a vibrant future filled with opportunity and promise.
As part of its ongoing plans to expand programming in support of the region’s most promising technology-based enterprises, TechTown today announced that Charlie Moret has joined the nonprofit incubator and accelerator as managing director, entrepreneurial programs.
As we look forward to Thanksgiving week, my heart is filled with gratitude and I am humbled by the continual presence of miracles in my life.
Detroit is home to the third highest concentration of design professionals in the U.S., attracts entrepreneurs by the minute and has one of the best platforms for turning ideas into companies. Curtis Johnson, president of the Citistates Group, tells Model D why TechTown is one of the catalysts for this growth.
A trusted adviser, counselor or guide. That’s how the dictionary defines the word mentor, an often overused (even misunderstood) term, especially in the entrepreneurial space. In my opinion, the impact and importance of a mentor can not be emphasized enough.
On Wednesday, Sept. 12, innovators, executives, entrepreneurs, academics and thought leaders from technology, business, government and design will assemble at Wayne State University to discuss the far-reaching potential of technology-enabled change to accelerate economic, urban and social progress at Techonomy Detroit.
If you’re a female entrepreneur in need of funding, make sure you sign up for the Michigan Women’s Foundation Angel Loan Fund Orientation from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Sept. 12. All future applicants must attend.
Soup. Startups. Two seemingly disconnected ideas, right? Wrong. In Detroit, the most disparate concepts can come together to make magic, and this past Friday night they did exactly that. TechTown, in partnership with the committed folks from Detroit SOUP joined forces to highlight start-up entrepreneurs in the city and give them some critical seed funding.
Does your startup have what it takes to win the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition? Put it to the test and submit your application by Wednesday, Aug. 15.
We always thought we were exciting but now it’s official. Best Colleges Online just named TechTown as one of the most exciting business incubators. Check out the list!
TechTown today announced the establishment of a partnership with the Brightmoor Alliance, a neighborhood community development organization, to provide business support services to area entrepreneurs.
Come see what’s brewing among local entrepreneurs at TechTown’s first Startup SOUP on Friday, Aug. 3.
Congratulations to TechTown client Maria Costa of Oro Entertainment – one of 24 local artists to receive a $25,000 no-strings attached grant from the Troy-based Kresge Foundation. Costa, an actress and writer, will premier her show, “Macho Men and the Women Who Love Them,” in Detroit on July 26.
Someone recently asked, what’s in a name? I don’t know the answer. I spend my time focused on the needs and opportunities that exist within the context of the TechTown mission but accept the advice to consider a change.
Want to pitch your brilliant business for a chance to win at least $1,500 and business training from TechTown? Nominate to pitch at Startup SOUP on Friday, Aug. 3. Nominations close Sunday, July 1.