Business Support

Wayne State and our partners offer numerous programs to support small businesses and entrepreneurs and help build a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in Detroit and southeast Michigan. To get started, contact any of the programs below or contact The Front Door to connect to the program that is right for you.

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WSU Innovation Studio
The WSU Innovation Studio, powered by TechTown, is a collaborative space that sparks a student's entrepreneurial journey through brainstorming, coaching, and training.

Business and Community Law Clinic

Free legal services on business transaction for qualifying small businesses and start-ups, housed in Wayne State's Law School

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Intensive education and business advising for second-stage small businesses poised for significant growth

Patent Procurement Clinic

Free legal support from upper-level Law School students for qualifying clients. Services including patentability searches, patent application and responses to patent office rejections

Wayne State University Executive and Professional Development

Offers customized training and development progreams to address unique needs and improve individual and organizational capabilities and performance.


TechTown is a nonprofit incubator and accelerator affiliated with Wayne State. It offers a full range of startup support, tailored to a venture's specific needs. Visit TechTown's Labs page or email to learn more.

Local Business Support

TechTown supports local businesses through the launch process, retail bootcamps and retail pop-ups, including customized coaching and mini boot-camp workshops.