Spring 2023 Retail Boot Camp Showcase

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May 23, 2023
4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Industry Innovation Center
461 Burroughs St
Detroit, MI 48202
Event category: Special event

Join TechTown Detroit to celebrate the hustle and hard work of 17 Retail Boot Camp (RBC) graduates at the program’s 14th cohort showcase. 

The SHOP at Showcase starts at 4:30 p.m., offering an opportunity to meet, shop and sample goods and services from the hottest new businesses in Detroit retail while enjoying light refreshments. At 6 p.m., participants will pitch their business on stage and answer questions from the judges. See how these businesses will make their visions a reality with what they learned during RBC.

Five standouts will each win a $5,000 Kickstart Award, and one People's Choice Award winner will be chosen BY YOU during the event to receive $1,000! Make a donation with your RSVP to the Kickstart Award fund, and know that all graduates will continue their journey after RBC with TechTown at their side.  

You can also watch a livestream of the Showcase at techtowndetroit.org/live. You’ll be able to watch all the pitches and vote for the People’s Choice Award during the livestream.

Event timeline: 

  • 4:30-5:45 p.m.: The SHOP at Showcase and light refreshments (open to the public) 
  • 6-8 p.m.: Pitches + Q&A | People’s Choice Voting | Judges’ Deliberation | Winners Announced 

For years, TechTown has helped RBC graduates open competitive retail businesses in a fast-changing environment. Now, it is more important than ever that we double down on what we know works: inclusive educational opportunities that help rebuild our economy on a foundation of equity that gives everyone a pathway to succeed. 

Retail Boot Camp is made possible with support from: 

JP Morgan Chase Foundation, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, New Economy Initiative, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and The Walters Family Foundation

May 2023