I  TechTown


     Office Locations:

Entrepreneurial Suite
440 Burroughs Street
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: 313-879-5250
Fax: 313-875-5850



  • Seed



  • Defense & Homeland Security
  • Energy & Clean Tech
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Real Estate & Construction



    Opened in 2004, TechTown is a technology and life sciences incubator that forms a community of entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, service providers and corporate partners creating an internationally recognized entrepreneurial village in the city of Detroit supported by Wayne State University. The term 'Tech Town' refers to a 12 city block neighborhood in Detroit. As an incubator, the organization provides the support and access to capital needed to build high tech companies. TechTown also serves as a developer, facilitating commercial and residential projects. Entrepreneurs can lease cubicles, offices, wet labs, and dry labs. TechTown tenants have access to conference rooms, a chemical storage room, a hazardous waste storage room and a kitchen and dining area. TechTown considers candidate companies in life sciences, homeland security, alternative energy or advanced automotive/ manufacturing/ materials technology, or, if not in one of the preferred industries, be located in Detroit and be women and/or minority owned. TechOne, the 100,000-square-foot business incubator facility, now hosts more than 250 growing companies.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Derrin Leppek Managing Director
    Kathe Stevens Executive Administrative Assistant
    Leslie Smith President and CEO
    Meredith Kerekes Chief of Staff
    Michael O'Rourke Managing Director


    Portfolio companies include:

      Bizdom U
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      H & T Medical Solutions
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      Impact Strategies
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      Walker-Miller Energy Service
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