Ends on February 11, 2019

TechTown’s Retail Boot Camp is an intensive, 10-week program that prepares serious entrepreneurs for opening a brick-and-mortar establishment in Detroit. The program curriculum is designed to strengthen businesses from pop-up stage to permanent location as they look to thrive in today’s retail environment. All graduates receive post-program coaching from the TechTown team for six months. 

Participants must have evidence of previous retail activity (pop-up or e-commerce transactions, trunk shows, job experience) and must be intending to locate their business in Detroit within twelve months of graduation.

Application Overview and Key Dates
Please answer each question as thoroughly as possible. Most questions have a 50-word limit. The short video assignment is required. All applicants must complete all requirements to be considered; incomplete responses will disqualify your application.


The application deadline is Monday, February 11, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

  • Notifications of in-person interviews will be sent by Friday, February 15 at 5:00 p.m. 
  • In-person interviews will occur between February 18-22 at TechTown. 
  • Notifications of program acceptance will be sent by Monday, February 25 at 5:00 p.m. 
  • Accepted applicants will be required to send written confirmation of acceptance by Friday, March 1 at 5:00 p.m. to secure seat in program. 

Spring Cohort Sessions: March 12 - May 14
Final Showcase: May 14

Classes are hosted at TechTown on Tuesday evenings from 5-8:00 pm. Please anticipate to commit 15-20 additional hours each week to homework and other assignments.

Program fee upon acceptance is $499.
For more details visit: https://techtowndetroit.org/services/retail-boot-camp/