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TechTown Detroit’s Annual Benefit


Thursday, October 5, 2023

 Salute Awards | Doors open at 5 p.m. | WSU Industry Innovation Center
Toast of the Town | 6 – 9 p.m. | TechTown Detroit 

Toast of the Town is TechTown’s annual fundraiser honoring Detroit’s hardworking entrepreneurs and the role we play in strengthening our city, neighborhoods and economy. Purchase your ticket today, and join us for an unforgettable evening that honors Detroit’s risk-takers, community builders, trailblazers and economic drivers – because entrepreneurs are everything.   

Ticket Information 

Networking Ticket: $20
(Admission only; does not include food & drink tickets)

Networking Plus Food & Drink Ticket: $50
(Admission plus 10 food & drink tickets

Pay it Forward Ticket: $100
(Includes admission, 10 food & drink tickets, and covers the cost of an entrepreneur’s ticket)

Pay it Forward Unlimited Ticket: $150  
(Includes admission, unlimited food & drink tickets, and covers the cost of an entrepreneur’s ticket)  

Additional food & drink tickets can be purchased on-site. 

Online ticket sales are closed. Tickets can still be purchased at the door.

Event Lineup

Salute Awards

Celebrate the 2023 Salute Award winners who fearlessly innovate and accelerate progress of an equitable economy. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. The Salute Awards will take place at the Wayne State University Industry Innovation Center. Admission is included with your purchase of a Toast of the Town ticket.

461 Burroughs St., Detroit, MI 48202  

Salute Toast 2022
Toast of the Town image from 2022

Toast of the Town

From 6 – 9 p.m., experience the best of Detroit’s up-and-coming business owners through immersive experiences, tech startup demos, displays from the trendiest independent retailers and tastings from food entrepreneurs spanning TechTown’s outdoor and indoor spaces.   

440 Burroughs Street, Detroit, MI 48202


Where is event parking?

Please plan to park in the TechTown parking lot at the corner of Cass Avenue and Amsterdam Street. 

What transportation options do I have?

TechTown and the WSU Industry Innovation Center are served by the QLINE Amsterdam Station, DDOT and SMART routes, and there is a MoGo bike share station at Second Avenue and Burroughs Street. Visit techtowndetroit.org/contact for more details. 

What is the dress code?

“Business fun” means there is no wrong answer! Layers may be helpful to ensure your comfort as you move between the indoor and outdoor event areas. 

How do I buy more food and drink tickets?

Food and beverage tickets can be purchased for 4 for $10 onsite (credit or debit card only). Non-alcoholic beverages (except for craft mocktails) do not require tickets. Food samples will range from 2-4 tickets per sample.

Where do I check in at the event?

Event check-in begins at 5 p.m. on Burroughs Street between the TechTown Detroit building and the WSU Industry Innovation Center. From the TechTown parking lot, walk south on Cass Avenue and make a right on Burroughs Street. You’ll see a large tent! 

How do the "Pay it Forward" tickets work?

TechTown distributes approximately 100 complimentary tickets to the hardworking entrepreneurs that we serve each year. 

With support from:

Accenture logo
CIBC logo
Henry Ford Health
Bank of Ann Arbor Logo
ID Ventures logo
JPMC logo
Michigan Economic Development Corporation logo
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Comcast Business Logo
Detroit Development Fund
Detroit Future City
Detroit Jews for Justice
Global Detroit
Honigman logo landscape
fifth third bank
Varnum Law
Michigan Central
WSU logo

Jill Ford

Plante Moran
Renaissance Venture Capital