2016 AWARDS Announcements


August 2 – Kansas City: Announcing Techweek100 Kansas City 2016!

Techweek Kansas City is almost here, and the Techweek team is thrilled to release Techweek100 Kansas City 2016. Announced in each city leading up to our annual Techweek festival, Techweek100 celebrates the tech community and its members for its recent successes and promising developments – in other words, you!

This year Techweek is looking forward to returning to Kansas City for a second time! Techweek100 Kansas City showcases many promising honorees, selected by the Techweek team and community advisors. We would especially like to thank Christine Murray (Director, KC Chamber of Commerce), Nathan Kurtz (Entrepreneurial Advocate, Kauffman Foundation), Drew Solomon (VP Business & Job Development, Economic Development Corporation) and Quest Taylor (Co-Founder, Pennez) for their feedback in the selection process.

Following our new award structure, Techweek100 Kansas City 2016 will be awarded in three categories: Ambassadors, Innovators, and Cultivators. Ambassadors are an inspiring and diverse group of tech leaders, including Marcelo Claure (President and CEO, Sprint), Jennifer Wadella (Founder, Kansas City Women in Technology), and Wendy Guillies (President and CEO, Kauffman Foundation).

The Innovators recognized in Kansas City show the range of innovative activity in the area – companies include Blooom, Data Locker, and EyeVerify. The wide-ranging set of industries represented by these Innovators speaks to the growing vitality of innovation in the city.

Cultivators include Sprint Accelerator, KC Tech Council, and Digital Sandbox KC – whose contributions continue to foster Kansas City’s growth as an innovation center.

The Techweek team congratulates all the Techweek100 Kansas City 2016 honorees.

We look forward to seeing everyone at Techweek Kansas City in September 2016!

Techweek Kansas City is presented by

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June 14 – Toronto: Announcing Techweek100 Toronto-Waterloo 2016!

The Techweek team is thrilled to release our first Techweek100 Toronto-Waterloo 2016. Announced in each city leading up to our annual Techweek festival, Techweek100 celebrates the tech community and its members for its recent successes and promising developments.

This year we are excited to add Toronto to our lineup of festival cities! Techweek100 Toronto-Waterloo showcases many promising honorees, selected by the Techweek team and community advisors. We would especially like to thank Janet Bannister (Real Ventures), Steve Hulford (Newzulu Limited), Sharn Kandola (Startup Grind), Irene Lam (MaRS), and Gary Schwartz (Impact Mobile) for their guidance and input through the selection process.

Following our new 2016 award structure, Techweek100 Toronto-Waterloo will be awarded in three categories: Ambassadors, Innovators, and Cultivators.

Ambassadors are an inspiring and diverse group of tech leaders, including Navdeep Baines (Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development of Canada), Ilse Treurnicht (CEO of MaRS), and Iain Klugman (CEO of Communitech).

The Innovators recognized in Toronto-Waterloo show the range of innovative activity in the area – companies include Sensibill, Endy Sleep, and EventMobi. The wide-ranging set of industries represented by these Innovators speaks to the growing vitality of innovation in the city.

Cultivators include Communitech, JLabz, DMZ and MaRS – whose contributions continually foster Toronto-Waterloo’s growth into an internationally recognized innovation center.

The Techweek team congratulates all the Techweek100 Toronto-Waterloo 2016 honorees. We look forward to celebrating in person during Techweek Toronto from July 25-31, 2016!


May 16 – Chicago: Congratulations to our Chicago Techweek100 winners for 2016!

The Techweek team is thrilled to release Techweek100 Chicago 2016! Announced in each city leading up to our annual Techweek festival, Techweek100 ushers in a season to celebrate the tech community and its members for its recent successes and promising developments.

Diverse and inspiring.

This year, Techweek100 Chicago 2016 includes many new and exciting honorees, selected by the Techweek team and community advisors. We would especially like to thank Howard Tullman (1871), Sonali Lamba (Brideside), and Ablorde Ashigbi (Pritzker Group Venture Capital) for their feedback in the selection process.

New structure for 2016.

This year, we’ve refocused the prestigious award’s structure to reflect what our team has learned about the key roles needed to create a robust, flourishing innovation ecosystem. To highlight their unique and necessary contributions to the tech scene, Techweek100 2016 will be awarded in three categories: Ambassadors, Innovators, and Cultivators.

This year’s Ambassadors are an inspiring and diverse group of tech leaders, including Amanda Lannert (CEO of Jellyvision), Hardik Bhatt (CIO of the State of Illiniois), and Brad Serot (EVP Advisory & Transaction Service, CBRE).

The Innovators recognized in Chicago this year range from well established industry pillars – such as Avant, Trunk Club, and Sprout Social – to new additions, including HERE, BallotReady, and Pearachute. The wide-ranging set of industries represented by these Innovators speaks to the growing vitality of innovation in the city, which has garnered national as well as local attention in recent months.

Cultivators include Techweek100 pillars – such as 1871 and Hyde Park Angels – as well as new additions – like Girls Who Code – whose contributions continually push the community toward an exciting and more inclusive future.

The Techweek team congratulates all the Techweek100 Chicago 2016 honorees. We look forward to celebrating in person during Techweek Chicago from June 20-24, 2016

Read the full blog post here

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April 13 – Detroit: Congratulations to our Detroit Techweek 100 winners for 2016

Team Techweek is thrilled to kick off one of the most anticipated times of year — Techweek100! Announced in each city leading up to our annual Techweek festival, Techweek100 ushers in a season to celebrate the tech community and its members for its recent successes and promising developments.

New structure announced 2016.

Techweek100 Detroit 2016 is our most exciting yet, and is the first list to showcase our new Techweek100 structure. This year, we’ve refocused the prestigious award’s structure to reflect what our team has learned about the key roles needed to create a robust, flourishing innovation ecosystems. To highlight their unique and necessary contributions to the tech scene, Techweek100 2016 will be awarded in three categories, comprising 75 organizations and 25 individuals. Read more about these in the side-bar to the right

Diverse and changing.

Reflecting the changing face of Detroit’s entrepreneurial dynamic, this year’s Techweek100 Detroit list features about 70% new and exciting honorees, selected by the Techweek team and community advisers. We would especially like to thank Ted Serbinski (Managing Director of Techstars Mobility) and Chris Seago (CMO of GreenLancer and venture capitalist) for their feedback in the selection process.

Innovators: Disruptive innovation from within

Innovators are the 50 companies and their employees that have demonstrated peerless innovation in Detroit this year. The innovators range from well-established industry pillars, such as GM, Henry Ford Health System, and Quicken Loans, to new additions, including Crowdwise, Quadmetrics and Rocket Fiber. The diverse set of industries represented by these Innovators speaks to the growing vitality of innovation in the city, which has garnered national as well as local attention in recent months.

Cultivators: Building a strong entrepreneurial community

Cultivators are the 25 organizations that stimulate and support the tech entrepreneurship ecosystem. The Detroit Cultivators include Techweek100 pillars, such as Ann Arbor Spark and Grand Circus, as well as new additions, like Girl Develop It, whose contributions continually push the community toward an exciting and more inclusive future.

Ambassadors: Vital leadership

Finally, this year’s Detroit Ambassadors – the 25 individuals that are notable in their singular contributions and thought leaders in the tech community – demonstrates a cohort of inspiring and diverse group of tech leaders, including Beth Niblock (CIO of Detroit), Marry Barra (CEO of General Motor) and Hunter Rosenblume (Founder of Cosmos Labs).

The Techweek Team congratulates all the Techweek100 Detroit 2016 honorees. We look forward to celebrating in person during Techweek Detroit from May 2 – 8, 2016!

Read the full blog post here

Techweek100 Detroit is presented by 

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New Techweek100 Structure:

On our 5th anniversary, we have revamped the classic formula

Announced annually in each Techweek city, the Techweek100 celebrates individuals and companies for their leadership, innovation, and support of the local tech ecosystem. Selected by the Techweek community, the list recognizes the most distinguished members of the burgeoning tech community in each city.

In 2016, the Techweek100 will be divided across 3 key categories (comprising 25 individuals and 75 organizations) that embody key roles within the community.

Ambassadors (25 individuals) — Founders, influencers, and prominent voices who act as positive representatives for the tech community

Cultivators (25 organizations) — VCs, incubators, educational institutions, and other organizations that support and enable the tech ecosystem

Innovators (50 companies) — Companies, both established organizations and rising startups, shaping their industries via innovative technology

The 2016 Techweek100

Innovators
  • Accio Energy
  • Are you a Human
  • Atomic Object
  • Benzinga
  • BillHighway
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan
  • Celsee (DeNovo Sciences)
  • Cisco
  • Control-Tec
  • Cribspot
  • Crowdrise
  • CytoPherx
  • DeepField
  • Digital Roots
  • Duo Security
  • Elegus Technologies
  • Endless Crowds LLC.
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Gentex Corporation
  • GM
  • Green Lancer
  • Hashgram
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • HookLogic
  • IDENTILOCK
  • Inventev
  • iRule
  • Johnson & Johnson (Detroit)
  • LevelEleven
  • LLamasoft
  • Local Orbit
  • Lochbridge
  • Locqus
  • Magna
  • Microsoft (Detroit)
  • MuniRent
  • Nutshell
  • Quadmetrics
  • Quicken Loans
  • Quikly
  • Rocket Fiber
  • Sakti3
  • Shinola
  • SkySpecs
  • Spellbound
  • SPLT
  • Stratos
  • Tome Software
  • Vayu
  • VirtaLabs
Cultivators
  • Ann Arbor Spark
  • Arboretum Ventures
  • Bamboo Detroit
  • Bizdom
  • Detroit Labs
  • Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Detroit Venture Partners
  • Fontinalis Partners
  • Girl Develop It
  • GM Ventures
  • Grand Angels
  • Grand Circus
  • IncWell
  • Invest Detroit
  • Knight Foundation
  • Ludlow Ventures
  • Mercury Fund
  • New Leaf Venture Partners
  • NextEnergy
  • Plymouth Ventures
  • Rock Ventures, LLC
  • Startup Weekend
  • Techstars
  • TechTown
  • University of Michigan
Ambassadors
  • Mary Barra (CEO, General Motors)
  • Fred Bauer (Founder, Gentex Corporation)
  • Lauren Bigelow (CEO, Growth Capital Network)
  • Chris Thomas (Founder & Partner,Fontinalis Partners)
  • Alison Davis-Blake (Edward J. Frey Dean, University of Michigan Ross School of Business)
  • Mark Fields (CEO, Ford)
  • Jill Ford (Special Advisor to Mayor, City of Detroit)
  • Dan Gilbert (Founder, Quicken Loans)
  • Patti Glaza (VP & Managing Director, Invest Detroit)
  • Paul Glomski (Co-Founder & CEO, Detroit Labs)
  • Donald Hicks (Co-Founder & President, Llamasoft)
  • Alberto Ibargüen (CEO, Knight Foundation)
  • Vinnie Johnson (Chairman & CEO, Piston Group)
  • Paul Krutko (President & CEO, Ann Arbor Spark)
  • Kelly LaPierre (Managing Director, Desai Accelerator)
  • Jon Lauckner (President, GM Ventures)
  • Maureen Miller-Brosnan (Executive Director, Michigan Venture Capital Association)
  • Beth Niblock (CIO, City of Detroit)
  • Marlin Page (Founder, Sisters Code)
  • Jacques Panis (President, Shinola)
  • Damien Rocchi (Co-Founder & CEO, Grand Circus)
  • Hunter Rosenblume (Co-Founder, Lunar)
  • Veronika Scott (CEO, The Empowerment Plan)
  • Jake Sigal (CEO, Tome Software)
  • Ned Staebler (CEO, TechTown)
Innovators
  • Akouba Credit
  • Apervita
  • Avant
  • BallotReady
  • Careerbuilder
  • Centro
  • Cleversafe
  • ContextMedia
  • Dose
  • dough
  • Esquify
  • Eved
  • Geofeedia
  • Gesture
  • GoHealth
  • Hearken
  • HERE
  • Hireology
  • InContext Solutions
  • Infiniscene
  • Jellyvision
  • KCura
  • Keeper
  • Morningstar
  • mRelief
  • Mu Sigma
  • Narrative Science
  • Noted.fm
  • Opternative
  • Packback
  • ParkWhiz
  • Paylocity
  • Pearachute
  • Raise
  • Reverb
  • Rise Interactive
  • Rithmio
  • Shiftgig
  • Signal
  • SMS Assist
  • SpotHero
  • Sprout Social
  • SwipeSense
  • Tovala
  • Trunk Club
  • TurboAppeal
  • Uptake
  • VISANOW
  • YCharts
  • Zero Percent
Cultivators
  • 1871
  • 2112
  • Blue1647
  • Built in Chicago
  • Catalyze
  • Catapult
  • Chicago Entrepreneurial Center
  • Chicago Innovation Exchange
  • Chicago Ventures
  • Coalition
  • Code2040
  • Girls Who Code
  • Hyde Park Angels
  • Hyde Park Venture Partners
  • Illinois Growth Innovation Fund
  • Impact Engine
  • Lightbank
  • Math Venture Partners
  • Matter
  • Pritzker Group Venture Capital
  • Sandbox
  • Smart Chicago
  • Tech.co
  • Technori
  • Techstars Chicago
Ambassadors
  • Brenna Berman (CIO City of Chicago)
  • Hardik Bhatt (CIO State of Illinois)
  • Terri Brax (Founder & President Women Tech Founders)
  • Maria Christopoulos Katris (Co-founder & CEO Built in Chicago)
  • Linda Darragh (Executive Director Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial Practice, Heizer Center for PE & VC)
  • Jessica Droste Yagan (Partner & CEO Impact Engine)
  • Fabian Elliott (Founder & CEO Black Tech Mecca)
  • John Flavin (Executive Director Chicago Innovation Exchange)
  • Mike Gamson (SVP Global Solutions LinkedIn)
  • Jane Gilligan Hamner (Co-Founder & VP of Business Development ARA – IT Women’s Mentoring Platform)
  • Chris Gladwin (Technology Entrepreneur and Business Leader )
  • Troy Heinkoff (Managing Director Techstars)
  • Brad Keywell (Co-Founder & CEO Uptake Technologies)
  • Sonali Lamba (Founder)
  • Amanda Lannert (CEO JellyVision)
  • Eric Lefkofsky (Co-Founder & Chairman Groupon)
  • Joe Mansueto (CEO Morningstar)
  • Kristi Ross (Co-CEO & President dough)
  • David Schonthal (Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Business Designer Kellogg School of Management & IDEO)
  • Brad Serot (EVP Advisory & Transaction Services CBRE)
  • Thomas Stovall (Creator BlackInTech)
  • Mark Tebbe (Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship University of Chicago Booth School of Business)
  • Genevieve Thiers (Founder Sittercity)
  • Howard Tullman (CEO & Managing Partner 1871 & G2T3V)
  • Daniel Yu (Founder & CEO Sokowatch)
Innovators
  • BioConnect
  • Bridgit
  • Clearbanc
  • Clearfit
  • Clearpath Robotics
  • Constellation Software
  • Daisy Intelligence
  • Ecobee
  • Endy Sleep
  • eSight eyewear
  • EventMobi
  • Pivotal Software
  • Financeit
  • foodora
  • Freshbooks
  • Hubba
  • Influitive
  • Intelex
  • InteraXon (Muse)
  • Joist
  • Komodo OpenLab
  • LEAGUE
  • Mass Fidelity
  • Meta
  • MMB Networks
  • Mosaic Manufacturing
  • MUNDOmedia
  • Nanoleaf
  • Nymi
  • Plum
  • Push
  • Q4
  • ReDeTec
  • Rogers
  • Scribblelive
  • SecureKey
  • Sensibill
  • Shopify
  • SoapBox
  • Street Contxt
  • Thalmic Labs (Myo)
  • TopHat
  • Uberflip
  • VanHawks
  • Varagesale
  • Vidyard
  • Wattpad
  • Wealth Simple
  • well.ca
  • Xagenic
Cultivators
  • BDC
  • BrightLane
  • Brightspark
  • Canada Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA)
  • Communitech
  • Creative Destruction Lab (CDL)
  • DMZ
  • Founder Institute
  • Girl Geeks Toronto
  • Hackernest Toronto
  • HIGHLINE
  • JLabs
  • Ladies Learning Code
  • Lighthouse Labs
  • MaRS
  • OMERS Ventures
  • OneEleven
  • Ontario Ministry of Economic Development
  • Startup Grind Toronto
  • Startup Toronto
  • Tech Toronto
  • The Next 36
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Waterloo
  • UTEST
Ambassadors
  • Navdeep Bains (Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development, Canada)
  • Ben Baldwin (Founder, Founder City)
  • Jordan Banks (Global Head of Vertical Strategy, Facebook Canada)
  • Josh Borts (Co-Founder, Lighthouse Labs)
  • Dr. Sara Diamond (President, OCAD University)
  • Mike Evans (Global Health Ambassador, Apple)
  • Tamar Huggins (Founder, Driven)
  • Rick Huijbregts (Managing Director Americas, Digital Transformation and Solution Acceleration, Cisco)
  • Gurminder Kandola (CTO, Diply)
  • Iain Klugman (CEO, Communitech)
  • Anthony Lacavara (Founder & Chairman, Globalive Holdings)
  • Jean-Michel Lemieux (SVP of Engineering, Shopify)
  • Mike Litt (Co-Founder & CEO, Vidyard)
  • Amber MacArthur (TV personality, )
  • Camille McInnis (Community Advisor, Startup Canada)
  • Peter Misek (Partner, BDC IT Venture Fund & Soundpays)
  • Jesse Rasch (Co-Founder & Former Chairman, Webhosting.com, InQuent Technologies)
  • Vicki Saunders (Founder, SheEO)
  • Sanjay Singhal (Venture Partner, 500 Canada)
  • Abdullah Snobar (Executive Director, The DMZ at Ryerson University)
  • Paul Stoffels (EVP, CSO, Johnson & Johnson)
  • John Tory (Mayor, Toronto)
  • Ilse Treurnicht (CEO, MaRS)
  • Kristina Verner (Waterfront Toronto, Director, Intelligent Communities)
  • Bernadette Wightman (President, Cisco Canada)
Innovators
  • Adknowledge
  • Barkley
  • Big Bang
  • Black & Veatch Corporation
  • Blooom
  • Burns & McDonnell
  • ClaimKit
  • Codero
  • Crema
  • DataLocker
  • Dewsly Media
  • DivvyHQ
  • DST Systems, Inc.
  • Edge Up Sports
  • EyeVerify
  • FarmLink
  • Farmobile
  • Firemon
  • First Derm
  • FitBark
  • Garmin
  • H&R Block
  • Hallmark
  • Husch Blackwell
  • Infusion Express
  • Innara Health
  • Integrated Roadways
  • Lightbridge
  • LittleHoots
  • Mightyhandle
  • Moblico
  • Mosquitno
  • MyCroft
  • Niall
  • Opendorse
  • Pathfinder Health Innovations
  • PopBookings
  • QM Power
  • Rex Animal Health
  • RFP365
  • Risk Genius
  • Ryroute
  • SpiderOak
  • Super Dispatch
  • The Nerdery
  • Valorem Consulting
  • Vertisense
  • Video Fizz
  • VML
  • Xaqt
Cultivators
  • BetaBlox
  • Bunker Labs KC
  • Techstars
  • DD Ranch Leawood
  • Digital Sandbox KC
  • Downtown Council of Kansas City
  • EDC Kansas City
  • Edgehill Venture Partners
  • Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
  • Kansas State University
  • Kauffman Foundation
  • KC Digital Drive
  • KC Rise Fund
  • KCSourcelink
  • KC Tech Council
  • Konza Valley Capital
  • Sprint Acccelerator
  • Startland/CEED
  • The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City
  • The Collective
  • Think Big Partners
  • University of Kansas
  • Westport Commons
  • Women’s Capital Connection
  • YEC / Forbes Councils
Ambassadors
  • Marcelo Claure (President & CEO, Sprint)
  • Joni Cobb (Founding President & CEO, Pipeline)
  • Matthew Condon (CEO, Bardavon Health Innovations)
  • Fred Coulson(Managing Partner & Founder, Fie Elms Capital)
  • Dave Cummings(Chairman & CEO, Tradebot)
  • Rebecca Dove (Innovative Officer & Founder, Pennez)
  • Lisa Jo Elliott (Director, MAS Human Factors and Usability Testing, Missouri Western State University)
  • Callie England (Founder & CEO, Rawxies)
  • John Fein (Managing Director, Techstars)
  • Gary Fish (CEO & Founder, Fishnet Labs)
  • Wendy Guillies (President & CEO, Kauffman Foundation)
  • Cliff Illig (Vice Chairman of the Board & Co-Founder, Cerner)
  • Sly James (Mayor, Kansas City, Missouri)
  • Alexander (Sandy) Kemper (Chairman & CEO, C2FO)
  • Ron LeMay (Managing Director, OpenAir Equity Partners)
  • Matthew Marcus (Executive Director, Kansas City Startup Village)
  • Martha McCabe (Executive Director, KC STEM Alliance)
  • Kevin McGinnis (President, Pinsight Media)
  • Matt McGraw (President & CEO, DSI)
  • Laurie Minard (Vice President, HR, Garmin)
  • Jeanette Prenger (President & CEO, ECCO Select)
  • Joe Ratterman (Chairman of the Board, BATS Global Markets)
  • Davyeon Ross (Co-Founder & COO, ShotTracker)
  • Brad Sandt (President & CEO, k12itc) 
  • Jennifer Wadella (Founder, Kansas City Women in Technology)
  • Matt Watson (Founder & CEO, Stackify)

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