Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work out of an innovative and bustling co-working space?
Now you can go behind the scenes of TechTown, Detroit’s premier space for startups and small businesses, with the team at Excelerate America.
TechTown’s motto is “Where Detroit businesses launch and grow.” They help tech startups and small businesses by connecting entrepreneurs to resources, meeting spaces, and learning and networking events in Detroit. This comprehensive and community-based approach is what drew Excelerate America’s founder, Roy Lamphier, to the space when he was looking for a new company headquarters in 2020.
“What I liked about TechTown is that it really feels welcoming, and they really do offer so much to members,” Roy shares.
TechTown provides business services and entrepreneurial education, including training series, one-on-one guidance with an expert, and more. They host multiple events to promote member businesses and connect their members with other Detroit business leaders.
Between 2007 and 2021, TechTown served more than 4,700 businesses at their Midtown headquarters and in neighborhoods across Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park. Additionally, these businesses created over 2,000 jobs and leveraged more than $172 million in startup capital.
Another reason to love TechTown? They’re just plain cool. Located in a historic building that used to be an automobile factory, the iron-cased windows allow in a flood of natural light. There they host member appreciation weeks multiple times a year and pass out gift cards and other local treats. They’re also getting ready to debut a new podcasting studio, available for members to rent whenever they need to up their audio game.
Take a tour of TechTown’s unique and inclusive space, as well as Excelerate America’s main hub, in this Collective Cribs.