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.
Fall Cohort Sessions: July 16 - September 17
Final Showcase: September 17
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.
The application deadline is Monday, June 17, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
- In-person interview invitations will be sent on Wednesday, June 19 by 5:00 p.m.
- In-person interviews will occur between June 24-28 at TechTown.
- Notifications of program acceptance will be sent on Monday, July 1 by 5:00 p.m.
- Accepted applicants will be required to send written confirmation of acceptance by Monday, July 8 at 5:00 p.m. to secure their seat in the program.
There is no fee to apply to the program. Accepted applicants must pay the $499 class fee by July 15.
For more details visit: https://techtowndetroit.org/services/retail-boot-camp/