Techweek Honors Top Tech Influencers with Techweek100 Detroit

– National tech conference reveals list of notable Detroit technology innovators, entrepreneurs and business leaders –

Detroit – May 1, 2014 – Today, Techweek Detroit formally announced the Techweek100, a list honoring individuals and organizations who are an integral part of Michigan’s innovation ecosystem. The Techweek100 features leaders from all corners of the tech community including prominent investors, active operators and entrepreneurs, educators and other innovators that make important contributions to the digital economy. The Techweek100 will be honored guests at the inaugural Techweek Detroit Conference and Expo on Thursday, May 22 and Friday, May 23 at the Federal Reserve Building, 160 West Fort Street. To see the full Techweek100 list, visit

Chosen by the Detroit community and Techweek Executive Advisors, the Techweek100 is not a ranking, but rather a list celebrating 100 influential people and organizations who are making significant contributions to business and technology this year.

“There is a palpable sense of opportunity in downtown Detroit right now. Entrepreneurs, business leaders and innovators of all kinds are blazing new trails in support of the city’s resurgence,” said Sam Kennedy, Executive Director at Techweek. “The Detroit Techweek100 honorees reflect the diverse, progressive, and thriving community into which they have invested themselves.”

Techweek Detroit, kicking off Monday, May 19 and concluding Sunday, May 25, will feature a startup LAUNCH Competition, technology Hiring Fair, FashionTECH Runway Show, Gamers Lounge and more than 50 speakers, including:

  • Josh Linkner, NY Times bestselling author and Partner, Detroit Venture Partners
  • Rajen Ruparell, Founder, City Deal and SVP Global Sales, Groupon
  • Steve Hannah, CEO at The Onion

Techweek Detroit sponsors include: AccessPoint HR, Airtech, AutoWeb, Avaya, Atomic Object, Comcast Business, Detroit Venture Partners, Infoblox, MAC Valves, Opportunity Detroit, Quicken Loans and SunTel Services.

To see the full list of Techweek100 Detroit honorees, visit:

To learn more about Techweek Detroit or to register, visit


Techweek is a seven-day conference, expo and festival where entrepreneurs, tech visionaries and thought leaders meet to enable the innovation ecosystem in the cities of Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami and New York. Techweek curates exciting programming that allows a global spotlight to shine on each ecosystem and its leaders. Past speakers include Rahm Emanuel (Mayor, Chicago), Travis Kalanick (CEO, Uber), Craig Newmark (Founder, Craigslist), Barney Harford (CEO, Orbitz), and Chuck Templeton (Founder, OpenTable). The Techweek expo has gathered more than 200 sponsors, including companies such as Google, Groupon, Microsoft, Motorola, Redbox, Uber and WordPress. The after-parties at Techweek have become famous for events like the Bootlegger’s Ball, attracting sports teams such as Stanley Cup Champions the Chicago Blackhawks and for hosting entertainers like Calvin Harris.