Derrin Leppek

Derrin Leppek


Part-Time Faculty in Entrepreneurship and Innovation


Derrin Leppek

Academic Programs

  • Entrepreneurship


  • Associate of Applied Science in Business Management, Macomb Community College
  • Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems, Oakland University
  • Master of Business Administration, Wayne State University


University of Detroit Mercy, Director, Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Dec 2016 – Present Employment Duration 1 yr 3 mo

Macomb Community College, Director Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Jan 2015 – Apr 2016
Responsible for the launch of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at MCC as well as the launch of the JPMorgan Chase Innovation Fund. This $2.7MM fund supports hi-tech, early stage startups with pre-seed capital of up to $100,000.

TechTown, Managing Director of Place-Based Entrepreneurship, Jun 2013 – Sep 2014
Responsible for TechTown’s place-based work, including SWOT City and the Blocks Retail Boot Camp for aspiring retail entrepreneurs.

TechTown, Entrepreneurial Champion, Oct 2010 – Jun 2013
Worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, assisted with the launch of multiple Detroit startups and helped to raise more than $3 million in investment for clients.

Wayne State University, Technology Commercialization Fellow, Sep 2009 – Oct 2010

Head of Business Development at hi-tech startup NextCAT