Bill Ford, Grand Circus Founders Among Detroit’s Techweek100


tTechweek Detroit this month will honor 100 people and organizations that are an integral part of Michigan’s “innovation ecosystem.” Consisting of investors, entrepreneurs, educators, and innovators, the list includes everyone from Bill Ford, chairman of Ford Motor Co. to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan to Grand Circus co-founders Bradley Hoos and Damien Rocchi.

tThe inaugural Techweek Detroit, which runs May 19-25 at the Federal Reserve Building at Fort and Shelby, will offer a startup competition, a technology hiring fair, a gamers lounge, and more than 50 speakers, including Josh Linkner of Detroit Venture Partners, Rajen Ruparell of Groupon, and Steven Hannah, president and CEO of The Onion.

t“There is a palpable sense of opportunity in downtown Detroit right now,” says Sam Kennedy, executive director of Techweek. “Entrepreneurs, business leaders, and innovators of all kinds are blazing new trails in support of the city’s resurgence.”

tKennedy says the list is not a ranking but a celebration of those who are making significant contributions to business and technology this year. Techweek got its start in Chicago in 2011, and has since been held in other cities including Miami, Los Angeles, New York.

tAs part of the event, the Detroit Techweek100 will be honored guests at the Techweek Detroit Conference and Expo on May 22-23 at the Federal Reserve. To see the full list, click here.

tFor more information about the seven-day conference, visit