2016 AWARDS Announcements

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 for 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

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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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)

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