The Innovation Hub

The Wayne State Innovation Hub coordinates and enhances Wayne State's programs for entrepreneurship education, technology commercialization, and community partnerships, and to enhance the university’s overall culture of innovation.

The Wayne Innovation Hub is an element of the university’s five-year strategic plan, Distinctively Wayne State, which identified innovation and entrepreneurship as strategic focus areas. This strategic focus is driven by rapid technological advances that impact all university disciplines and strongly influence where jobs for students will be in the future.

The Innovation Hub works with all university units to ensure that students, faculty and staff have the knowledge, skills and resources they need to achieve career success, drive economic development and improve their communities. Take a look at everything Wayne State has to offer for you to further your skills and project!


WSU Innovation Studio

The WSU Innovation Studio, powered by TechTown, is a collaborative space that sparks student entrepreneurial journeys through brainstorming, coaching, and training. We are focused on closing the confidence gap needed to launch a new business. The WSU Innovation Studio is funded by the William Davidson Foundation, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost, and located within Wayne State University’s Industry Innovation Center (I2C).



TechTown is Detroit’s entrepreneurial hub. It is a unique blend of incubator and accelerator infrastructure with a full suite of programs for both tech startups and small businesses. We work with businesses at all stages, helping startup and established companies develop and scale. Check out their startup talks, events, workshops, and programs like DTX Launch.


entrepreneurship and innovation certificate

Whether you have dreams of running your own business or just want to explore startup culture in Detroit, the Mike Ilitch School of Business offers entrepreneurship and innovation (EI) classes and certificate programs for all Wayne State students.

Many EI classes can be counted as business major electives, so try a class to learn more about the many possibilities, benefits and career opportunities entrepreneurship study can open up for you. If you're eager for more, their undergraduate and graduate certificates are designed for students from any academic background who are passionate about starting or nurturing startup ventures.


Anderson Engineering Ventures Institute

The James and Patricia Anderson Engineering Ventures Institute was established to advance Wayne State University's important role in contributing to the growth and revitalization of Detroit as well as to the university's overall vision to become the pre-eminent public research university in the nation. The Institute offers funding, development guidance, competitions, and connections to other programs throughout Detroit.


Goldman sachs 10,000 small businesses

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a program for small businesses that links learning to action. Through the program, participants will gain practical skills in topics such as negotiation, marketing, and employee management that can immediately be put into action. In addition, they will receive the tools and professional support to develop a strategic and customized growth plan that will take their business to the next level.


Technology Commercialization

Wayne State Technology Commercialization (TC) is responsible for the identification, protection, marketing and licensing of intellectual property (e.g.., patents, unique biological or other materials, and certain copyrights) developed by WSU faculty, staff and students. The TC Office promotes an entrepreneurial culture and supports start-up ventures and regional economic development. TC also negotiates Material Transfer Agreements and Confidentiality Agreements and reviews the Intellectual Property terms of Sponsored Research Agreements.



The Front Door for Business Engagement is a one-stop shop for accessing the world-class resources of Wayne State University. Whether you’re interested in research opportunities, technology commercialization, student talent, small business support, professional development or any other business need, we’re here to connect you to the resources of Michigan’s premier urban research university.


wayne state's law clinic

The Business and Community Law Clinic (BCLC) at Wayne State University Law School offers free corporate and transactional legal services to qualifying community-based businesses, and for-profit and nonprofit organizations that aspire to create social good and impact to revitalize Detroit and Michigan. Under the supervision of experienced and licensed faculty, upper-level law student attorneys assume primary responsibility and work directly with organizational clients to address their transactional legal needs.