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.
Located at the WSU Industry Innovation Center, we provide WSU students with exposure to innovation and entrepreneurship, offer free assistance toward developing projects and business ventures, and help students develop skills and connect with experiences and resources they will need to succeed in a 21st century workforce.
Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday, 10am - 4pm, Drop-in work days
Friday, 10am - 1pm, Director office hours, by appointment only
Studio closures: Dec 23, 2019 - Jan 3, 2020, University holiday closures
What we offer
Wayne State students receive the following, at no cost, but with limits:
Drop-in work days
Access to the studio for coworking, brainstorming, and ideation space. Use of design thinking tools, library, and whiteboards. [Mon – Thurs 10am – 4pm]
Design thinking library
A curated collection of books and resources on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Scheduled sessions connecting ideas to resources for individuals or groups with a Studio team member, by appointment only.
Helping students get from idea to launch using online business plan creation tools, and/or TechTown's 'Ask an Expert', DTX Launch summer accelerator, and summer apprenticeships opportunities with local businesses.
Pop-up workshops with campus partners designed to close the 'confidence gap'. Workshops are themed around elements of innovation: inspiration, connections, empathy, design, start, refine, practice, productivity, and launch.
Who we work with
WSU Innovation Studio, powered by TechTown, works with campus resources like the School of Library and Information Sciences, Mike Ilitch School of Business, the College of Social Work, the College of Engineering, and the College of Fine, Performing and Communications Arts, the Law School Business Clinic, and Tech Commercialization to assist student's journeys. We also work directly with students via student business groups and clubs, and via learning communities like the Honors College.
WSU Innovation Studio staff
Jenifer Daniels, APR, Director and Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Jenifer Daniels is a brand design strategist and startup advisor investing in Detroit's people, places, and purpose. A former tech founder, Jenifer leads the Innovation Studio at her alma mater, Wayne State University, helping students build better businesses. Jenifer also manages Detroit Human Capital, an impact fund investing in local placemaking projects, and advises The PLUG: smart reporting on the Black innovation economy. She has delivered talks on branding, strategy, and startups at TEDxCharlotte, CUNY, IABC World Conference, Charlotte Startup Weekend, and Netroots Nation.
Tawnya Clark, Outreach and Engagement Fellow
Michaela Therrien, Programs Fellow
Where we're located
WSU Innovation Studio @ WSU Industry Innovation Center
Wayne State Research and Technology Park
461 Burroughs St
Detroit, MI 48202
Free and secure parking is available in the marked TechTown lot at the northeast corner of Cass and Amsterdam. If you see street parking, go ahead and snag it. Parking fees apply for Wayne State University visitor lots.Parking and transit instructions