DETROIT Detroit’s iconic Gem Theatre will host the state’s first Michigan Tech Week Oct. 12 and 13. Michigan Tech Week will consist of two full days of premier events to celebrate Michigan’s high-growth tech ecosystem.

“Michigan Tech Week will bring together major stakeholders in Michigan’s tech ecosystem to collaborate with hundreds of attendees and drive opportunities to high-growth startups,” said Trista Van Tine, executive director of Michigan Founders Fund, the sponsoring company. “We can’t think of a better city to host the inaugural event than Detroit, which was recognized as the No. 1 emerging startup ecosystem globally, according to Startup Genome’s 2022 Global Startup Ecosystem Report.”

The two-day event will feature a variety of keynotes, venture networking, founder panels, cultural tours of Detroit, Black Founders Brunch, happy hours and a closing celebration party. Featured keynote speakers include author and entrepreneur Pete Wilkins, MillerKnoll Vice President of Global Research and Insight Ryan Anderson, as well as moderated discussions led by entrepreneurs, Dug Song and Jason Raznick. Michigan Tech Week will also showcase a first-of-its-kind venture pitch competition featuring promising Michigan startups, which is sponsored by The Song Foundation, and participants will have the chance to win over $100,000.

“The Song Foundation is proud to support Michigan Tech Week by sponsoring its startup venture pitch competition,” said Executive Director Khalilah Burt Gaston. “We share the same vision and mission with Michigan Tech Week as far as providing access to capital, connections and clarity around Michigan resources.”

Ted Velie is a co-founder of Midwest House and a Michigan Tech Week coalition member.

“Building a successful tech company can be a great thing for a few people. Building a vibrant tech community can be a game changer for a whole region,” he said. “Tech Week will be a foundational piece for a growing community that will be open to our entire state.”

Van Tine noted Michigan was the fastest growing state for VC investment from 2016 to 2020, and there have been major VC-backed success stories in every part of the state.

“The inaugural Michigan Tech Week in Detroit will pave the way for future cities to play host in the years to come, such as Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids,” Van Tine said.

Michigan Tech Week is possible through the collective efforts of Michigan Founders Fund, Midwest House, Endeavor Great Lakes, Intermitten, Bamboo, Cahoots, Shine & Rise, Start Garden, Techstars Detroit and Venture Catalysts.

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Key Panels:

Oct. 12:

The Recession Proof Vertical: Growing a FinTech Company

Jason Raznick, CEO, Benzinga

Steve Roberts, CEO, Autobooks

Kevin Heras, CEO, InvestNext

Kathleen Craig, CEO, Plinqit

How I’m Doing It: First-Time Founder Hustle

Danielle Smith Parker, CEO, Detroit Maid

Prashant Salla, CEO, FixMyCar

Sydney Davis, CEO, NixCode

Brian Olatunji, CEO, ReadiCharge


The Future is Now: ClimateTech/Energy Innovation

Danny Ellis, CEO, SkySpecs

Dr. Deeana Ahmed, VP Strategy and Government Relations, Our Next Energy, Inc.

Kylee Guenther, CEO, Pivot Materials

Chris Thomas, Co-Founder & Partner, Assembly Ventures

Midwest’s Best Kept Secret: Michigan HQ Advantage

Dug Song, Chief Strategy Officer, Cisco Security

Lisa McLaughlin, Co-CEO, Workit Health

Katie Hall, CEO, Claira

Mykolas Rambus, CEO, Hush

Mike Duncan, CEO, Bankjoy

Early bird tickets of $99 are currently available to purchase at