Building the world’s largest community-driven tech platform to support tech entrepreneurship across the globe.

  • Techweek is a week long technology festival for entrepreneurs, tech visionaries and thought leaders to meet and enable the innovation ecosystem across the globe. Techweek was founded 5 years ago in Chicago to showcase and support Chicago’s unheralded emerging tech ecosystem, Techweek draws attendees that are an attractive demographic ideal for recruiters and marketers alike.
  • Celebrating our 5th year Anniversary, Techweek is proud to announce our intention to transition to a benefit corporation. Techweek is as passionate about our social mission as we are about our business, and we aspire to use the clarity of purpose allowed by a benefit corporation to instill our social mission into the fabric and mission of the company.
  • Transitioning to a benefit corporation, Techweek will be able to exist with a clear dual-purpose mandate, empowering its management and board to invest time and effort in both Techweek’s mission of social good, in addition to traditional corporate obligations.

Techweek’s 2016 Product Offerings

Techweek has upgraded their product offerings of experimentation and innovation to determine the most effective ways to nurture a technology into a toolkit of 6 products that are best supported by facilitating three key interactions within the tech community, idea sharing, business formation, and engaging leaders.

Idea Sharing

Forums to share big ideas and best practices, identify disruptive trends, and tell innovation stories

Business Formation

Structures and programs that encourage, support, and showcase new business formation

Engaging Leaders

Identifying and bringing together key entrepreneurial leaders in the ecosystem that facilitates creative discussions, and promotes engagement

Growth Timeline

2011

BabbaCo, the e-commerce subscription company dedicated to helping parents create fun, memorable experiences for their children, wins the first ever LAUNCH Startup Competition at the inaugural Techweek Chicago. BabbaCO was later acquired by Barefoot Books in 2014.

2012

Techweek Chicago welcomes Mayor Rahm Emanuel to the stage as he describes Chicago as the Second City, but “three years from now it’ll be known as the startup city if we do everything right,” Emanuel said. Uber Founder and CEO Travis Kalanick had an unmistakable presence at Techweek

2013

Techweek has its first ever Presenting Sponsor, Motorola and The United States 1st Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra inspires thousands at Techweek Chicago along with Craig Newmark (Founder, Craigslist).

2014

The inaugural Techweek Detroit began in May with budding support from likes of Comcast Business and Quicken Loans. Technology summit included speaker sessions with Dan Gilbert (Founder & Chairman, Quicken Loans), Josh Linkner (CEO, Detroit Venture Partners) Gary Peters (U.S. Rep.) and Beth Niblock (CIO for the City of Detroit).

2015

Techweek took over New York with A-list speakers: Gary Vaynerchuk (Founder, Vaynerchuk) Al Roker (CEO, Al Roker Entertainment) and in LA brought top leaders Michael Dubin (CEO, Dollar Shave Club) and Lukas Sliwka (CTO, Grindr).

2016

Techweek Celebrates its 5-year birthday with upgraded product offerings and changes its corporate status to become a Benefit corporation to further its principles into building the world’s largest community-driven tech platform to support tech entrepreneurship across the globe. Techweek anticipates 40K+ attendees this year and will expand to Dallas and Toronto.

"Techweek is putting together the best entrepreneurial crowd in one place is extremely valuable"

− Michael Dubin, CEO, Dollar Shave Club

"Techweek is a perfect launching pad to let people know we're making an investment here to make Chicago a great place for technology"

− Iqbal Arshad, Head of Engineering and Global Product Development, Motorola

"Thank you so much for inviting me to speak. Great Event! Highly recommended. I’ll be back next year."

− Lukas Sliwka, CTO, Grindr

"It means for one week nerds rule and the rest of humanity realizes how much they need us."

− Al Roker