Michigan Tech Week and Black Tech Weekend Coming in October

Tech entrepreneurs from all over the United States are invited to Detroit and Ann Arbor for Michigan Tech Week (MTW) and Black Tech Weekend (BTW) Oct. 9-14.
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Detroit is hosting Black Tech Weekend Oct. 12-14, which has the goal of educating Black entrepreneurs on how they can grow their business and networks. // Photo courtesy of Black Tech Week

Tech entrepreneurs from all over the United States are invited to Detroit and Ann Arbor for Michigan Tech Week (MTW) and Black Tech Weekend (BTW) Oct. 9-14.

MTW will take place at the University of Michigan football stadium in Ann Arbor from Oct 9 – 12.

The event is expected to host close to 1,000 people, featuring more than 50 national speakers from the startup and venture capital ecosystem. Topics include AI, life sciences, mobility, and robotics, sports, tech, gaming, fintech, and founder, investor and customer matchmaking, all of which offer opportunities for capital, customers, and connections to intersect.

MTW is the state’s largest tech conference attracting high-growth founders, investors, and thought leaders to Michigan. Launched in Detroit in 2022, Michigan Tech Week is designed to showcase the leading innovations being developed across the state.

Following MTW, the first Black Tech Weekend, sponsored by the Song Foundation, Venture 313, Lightship Capital, and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC), is designed to connect tech entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals to education, resources, opportunities — and each other — in the Motor City.

Detroit was selected to host Black Tech Weekend based on the city’s growth in early stage funding, investor activity, its rapidly emerging startups ecosystem, and abundance of Black entrepreneurial and professional talent across a multitude of tech sectors, from mobility and EV to ed tech to clean tech.

Programming at BTW, to be held at Newlab at Michigan Central, will feature panels and talks with Michigan’s founder community. Michigan-headquartered startups and tech companies Dunamis Energy, Evenscore, Justair, and Live Your Song will tackle national challenges like clean energy, community organizing, clean air, and special needs education.

“Michigan is proud to be a welcoming home for innovation, discovery and authenticity for startups of all backgrounds and walks of life to recognize that they, too, can make it in Michigan,” says Quentin L. Messer Jr., CEO of the MEDC.

“Black Tech Weekend builds upon our mission of creating opportunities for tech entrepreneurs of all backgrounds to thrive in Michigan. It’s our mission for participants to realize he/she/they can accomplish any entrepreneurial dream here in Michigan. Work remains but this Weekend is important progress.”

For more information about MTW, visit https://www.michigantechweek.com/.