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TechTown Detroit: May 2023 TechTown Detroit Newsletter

Michigan Business Network
May 11, 2023 2:00 PM


Retail Boot Camp Showcase is May 23

Join TechTown on May 23 to celebrate the hustle and hard work of 17 Retail Boot Camp (RBC) graduates! The Spring 2023 RBC Showcase will kick off with The SHOP at Showcase at 4:30 p.m., and participants will then pitch their businesses on stage starting at 6 p.m. Five standouts will each win a $5,000 Kickstart Award, and one People's Choice Award winner will receive $1,000!

When you RSVP, make a donation to the RBC Kickstart Award fund to directly support the Showcase winners!

A group of 313 STRONG clients in a workshop in Southwest Detroit

TechTown celebrates National Small Business Week

Here in Detroit, TechTown sees the city’s hardworking small business owners and is here to support them. In honor of National Small Business Week, we wanted to remind the community about our Small Business Services, which include three programs aimed at helping small businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park.

Cathryn Coleman, founder and owner of Bouncing Around the Motor City, holds a large check for $100,000 with representatives from TechTown and Comerica Bank

The party is getting started for Bouncing Around The Motor City

Recently, Bouncing Around The Motor City was crowned the winner of the 2023 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest, taking home the $100,000 grand prize from Comerica Bank. Cathryn Coleman, founder and owner of Bouncing Around the Motor City, and Christianne Malone, chief program officer at TechTown, were on WDIV’s Live in the D to talk about Coleman’s plans to open a storefront and Hatch Detroit’s mission and impact.

A group of three people working in a healthcare lab

Pulse of the region: Healthcare

If you have good health, you have everything! Please take a few minutes to share your experiences of access to healthcare services, equitable outcomes and healthcare priorities by taking a confidential short survey. This will help regional leaders develop strategies to increase economic opportunities, strengthen the healthcare ecosystem and create a healthy region for all residents.


Upcoming events

Owner of Ice Cream Detroit smiling and holding her product at the Spring 2022 RBC Showcase

Small Business Happy Hour with Ice Cream Detroit

Thursday, May 11 |  4 to 5 p.m.

Join us at TechTown for a Small Business Happy Hour presented by TechTown Board Member Matt Bower of Varnum Law. Meet TechTown community members and small business owners, while enjoying boozy ice cream and sorbet from Ice Cream Detroit!

Customer at The SHOP

The SHOP at TechTown

Wednesday, May 31 |  11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The SHOP allows entrepreneurs at a variety of different business stages to test their ideas in a retail environment, and YOU get to purchase trendy products from Detroit small business owners right at TechTown. 

A coworking member working on her laptop at TechTown

Coworking Drop-in Day

Wednesday, May 31 |  9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Join our coworking community for a FREE Drop-in Day! This is an opportunity for you to familiarize yourself with TechTown’s coworking space — without any commitment.


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About TechTown Detroit

TechTown is a nonprofit business service organization that provides programs, education, and resources for early- to growth-stage small businesses and tech entrepreneurs. By building bridges for entrepreneurs to succeed, TechTown is accelerating an inclusive economy for Detroit and Southeast Michigan. Since 2007, TechTown has supported more than 4,700 companies, which has created thousands of jobs and raised more than $172.5 million in startup and growth capital. For more information, visit techtowndetroit.org.

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