The Techweek100 identifies leaders who have made a significant impact on the technology and innovation ecosystem in which they operate. The Techweek100 includes leaders of fast-growing tech companies, prominent investors, key enablers of the digital ecosystem, creators of new technologies, and other innovators that make important contributions to their field. The Techweek100 is not a ranking, but rather an annual list of 100 most distinguished technology organizations and their leaders selected by the Techweek community, Techweek Advisory Boards, and the Techweek team.

The methodology for the Techweek100 is the same across all host cities, and is consistent each year. To create each list, Techweek reviews five major factors in the nomination process.

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  • The nominee:
  • - Has played an instrumental role in the growth of an accelerating market-specific technology company.
  • - Has led specific innovative technology initiatives for public or private corporations his or her ecosystem.
  • - Has been an active supporter of growth in the community as an advisor or mentor.
  • - Has created a net benefit for the public, such as: invented a coding language or led a civic initiative.
  • - Has been an integral part of companies attaining the necessary capital for success and strategic growth.
  • Past Techweek100 members have displayed these characteristics:
  • Originality: Their efforts pushed boundaries and disrupted traditional practices
  • Prominence: Their authority is respected throughout their technology ecosystem and they are seen as a pillar of the community
  • Growth: A company, under their tutelage, has accomplished great feats, including: new product launches, securing new rounds of funding, acquisitions, exits, or the momentous IPO
  • Gumption: Courage and drive led them to navigate their company through the startup world and continue to push to achieve a major goal
  • Pertinence: Their leadership has a public impact in the growth of their technological ecosystem

After reviewing nominations from the Techweek audience, community and Executive Advisory Board, our team filters through the thousands of submissions to produce the list of the top 100 organizations and leaders in each city. Each list is infused with a balance of new members to reflect the ever-evolving nature of innovation.
Members of the Techweek100 are invited to all Techweek events, and are among each conference’s most celebrated attendees.

Application Deadlines
Detroit 2015

Feb. 18th, 2015

Chicago 2015

Mar. 3rd, 2015

Kansas City 2015

June. 24th, 2015

New York 2015

Jul. 22nd, 2015

Los Angeles 2015

Jul. 29th, 2015

Miami 2015

Sep. 23rd, 2015

Presenting the 2015 Techweek100

Jim Adox

Jim Adox

Managing Director, Venture Investors

Dave Anderson

Dave Anderson

Co-Founder, Bamboo

Jeff Aronoff

Jeff Aronoff

Founder & Principal, Sidewalk Ventures

Steve Arwood

Steve Arwood

CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Tatiana Bailey, Phd

Tatiana Bailey, Phd

Senior Economist & Lead Evaluator, Growth Capital Network

Jennifer  Baird

Jennifer Baird

CEO, Accio Energy

Ken Barnett

Ken Barnett

Global CEO, The Mars Agency

Mary Barra

Mary Barra

CEO, GM

Kyle Bazzy

Kyle Bazzy

President, Benzinga

David Behen

David Behen

CIO, Michigan - State of

Itai  Ben-Gal

Itai Ben-Gal

Co-Founder & CEO, iRule

Lauren Bigelow, Phd

Lauren Bigelow, Phd

CEO, Growth Capital Network

David Blaszkiewicz

David Blaszkiewicz

President & CEO / President , Invest Detroit / Downtown Detroit Partnership

Steve Bock

Steve Bock

CEO, Shinola

Ralph Booth

Ralph Booth

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Fontinalis Partners

Matthew Bower

Matthew Bower

Partner, Varnum LLP

Thomas Brady

Thomas Brady

Co-Founder & CFO, SkySpecs

Jordan Breighner

Jordan Breighner

Founder & Managing Director, Cool House Labs

Tonya Byers

Tonya Byers

Director, Information Security, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Sally Carson

Sally Carson

Co-Founder & CXO, Pinoccio

Mary Carter

Mary Carter

COO, Loveland Technologies

Matt Clayson

Matt Clayson

Director, Detroit Creative Corridor Center

Jacob Cohen

Jacob Cohen

Partner, Detroit Venture Partners

Wheeler Coleman

Wheeler Coleman

CIO, SVP, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Sheryl Connelly

Sheryl Connelly

Global Trends & Futuring, Ford Motor Company

Mark Coticchia

Mark Coticchia

Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer, Henry Ford Health Systems / The Henry Ford Innovation Institute

Bill Coughlin

Bill Coughlin

President & CEO, Ford Motor Company / Ford Global Technologies

Terry Cross

Terry Cross

Angel Investor

Matthew Cullen

Matthew Cullen

President & CEO, Rock Ventures, LLC

Linda Daichendt

Linda Daichendt

CEO & Executive Director, Mobile Technology Association Of Michigan

Evan Dancer

Evan Dancer

Co-Founder & Lead Engineer, Cribspot

Lisa Dancsok

Lisa Dancsok

Vice President, Rock Ventures, LLC

Alison Davis-Blake

Alison Davis-Blake

Edward J. Frey Dean, University of Michigan - Ross School of Business

Sam  Debruin

Sam Debruin

Co-Founder & COO, SkySpecs

Brett Demarrais

Brett Demarrais

Partner, Ludlow Ventures

Peter  Denunzio

Peter Denunzio

CEO, HelloWorld

Rick Devos

Rick Devos

Founder & CEO, Start Garden

Tim Dingman

Tim Dingman

Co-Founder & COO, Castle

Mike Duggan

Mike Duggan

Mayor, City of Detroit

Scott Dulchavsky

Scott Dulchavsky

CEO, Henry Ford Health Systems / The Henry Ford Innovation Institute

Danny Ellis

Danny Ellis

Co-Founder & CEO, SkySpecs

Bill Emerson

Bill Emerson

CEO, Quicken Loans

Jeff Epstein

Jeff Epstein

Founder & Chief Ambassador, Ambassador

Carl  Erickson

Carl Erickson

Co-Founder & CEO, Atomic Object

Matthew Farina

Matthew Farina

Master Engineer & Technologist, HP Cloud

Jay Farner

Jay Farner

President & CMO, Quicken Loans

Elaina Farnsworth

Elaina Farnsworth

CEO, Mobile Comply

Mark Fields

Fields Fields

President & CEO, Ford Motor Company

Adam Finkel

Adam Finkel

Founding Partner, Orfin Ventures

Hajj Flemings

Hajj Flemings

Founder & CEO, Brand Camp University

Jill Ford

Jill Ford

Special Advisor, City of Detroit

Bill Ford

Bill Ford

Co-Founder & Partner, Fontinalis Partners

Adrian  Fortino

Adrian Fortino

Partner, Mercury Fund

Tom  Frank

Tom Frank

Executive Director, University of Michigan - Center For Entrepreneurship

Larry Freed

Larry Freed

Founding Partner & CEO, 2nd Stage Partners

Angel Gambino

Angel Gambino

CEO, Alchemists Collective

Jan Garfinkle

Jan Garfinkle

Founder & Managing Director, Arboretum Ventures

Shawn Geller

Shawn Geller

Co-Founder & CEO, Quikly

Jay Gierak

Jay Gierak

Co-Founder & President, Stik.com

Dan Gilbert

Dan Gilbert

Founder & Chairman, Rock Ventures, LLC / Detroit Venture Partners

Patricia Glaza

Patricia Glaza

VP & Managing Director, Invest Detroit

Paul Glomski

Paul Glomski

Co-Founder & CEO, Detroit Labs

Michael Godwin

Michael Godwin

Managing Director, Resonant Venture Partners

Nicholas Gorga

Nicholas Gorga

Co-Founder & Chairman / Partner & Hiring Partner, Hatch Detroit / Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP

Jen Todd Gray

Jen Todd Gray

VP Marketing & Creative Services, HelloWorld

Douglas Gregory

Douglas Gregory

CEO, Billhighway

Tony Grover

Tony Grover

Founder & Managing Director, RPM Ventures

Jane Harper

Jane Harper

Director, Information Technology Risk Management & Internal Audit, Henry Ford Health Systems

Linglong He

Linglong He

CIO, Quicken Loans

Emily Heintz

Emily Heintz

Associate Director, Michigan Venture Capital Association

Tom Horrom

Tom Horrom

VP of Technology, Detroit Lions

Nathan Hughes

Nathan Hughes

Co-Founder, Detroit Labs

Amjad Hussain

Amjad Hussain

CEO & Chief Data Scientist, SilkRoute

Eric Jennings

Eric Jennings

Co-Founder & CEO, Pinoccio

Tim  Jones

Tim Jones

Co-Founder & CEO, Cribspot

Carrie Jones

Carrie Jones

Director, Studio Center

Gabe Karp

Gabe Karp

Partner, Detroit Venture Partners

Chris Kaufman

Chris Kaufman

Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, UpTo

Meredith Kerekes

Meredith Kerekes

EIR, Detroit Creative Corridor Center

Brad Koch

Brad Koch

Co-Founder & CTO, FarmLogs

Satish Korde

Satish Korde

President & CEO, Team Detroit

Swamy Kotagiri

Swamy Kotagiri

EVP & CTO, Magna International

Michael  Kozak

Michael Kozak

Sr. Enterprise Data Solutions Manager - Automotive Vertical, Verizon Enterprise Solutions

Paul Krutko

Paul Krutko

President & CEO, SPARK Ann Arbor

Nathan Labenz

Nathan Labenz

Co-Founder & CEO, Stik.com

Michelle Lange

Michelle Lange

CMO, Billhighway

Iain Lanivich

Iain Lanivich

Group Digital Creative Director, Lowe Campbell Ewald

Kelly Lapierre

Kelly Lapierre

Managing Director, University of Michigan - Desai Accelerator

Jon Lauckner

Jon Lauckner

President / CTO, GM Ventures / GM

Travis Linderman

Travis Linderman

Director of Operations for Entrepreneur Services, SPARK Ann Arbor

Josh Linkner

Josh Linkner

Partner, Detroit Venture Partners

Adam Lisagor

Adam Lisagor

Partner, Ludlow Ventures

Katy Locker

Katy Locker

Program Director - Detroit, Knight Foundation

Scott Lowe

Scott Lowe

Co-Founder & CTO, Castle

Bob Marsh

Bob Marsh

Founder & CEO, LevelEleven

Marcy  Marshall

Marcy Marshall

CFO, Arboretum Ventures

Paul Mccreadie

Paul Mccreadie

Managing Director, Arboretum Ventures

Molly Mcfarland

Molly Mcfarland

Co-Founder & CMO, Ad Adapted

Ashley Milgram

Ashley Milgram

Director of Operations, Bizdom

Rodrick Miller

Rodrick Miller

President & CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

Mike Miller

Mike Miller

Director, Business & Industrial Markets, Google

Edward J. (Chip) Miller

Edward J. (Chip) Miller

Vice Chairman, Invest Detroit

Rana Mohtadi

Rana Mohtadi

Principal Scientist, Toyota

Charlie Moret

Charlie Moret

President, Invest Michigan

Michelle Morris

Michelle Morris

Group Director, Auto & Financial Services, Facebook

Ryan Morton

Ryan Morton

Partner & CTO, SkySpecs

Julie  Mynster

Julie Mynster

CMO, Digital Roots

Jennifer Nelson

Jennifer Nelson

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Beth Niblock

Beth Niblock

CIO, City of Detroit

Max Nussenbaum

Max Nussenbaum

Co-Founder & CEO, Castle

Dennis O'Flynn

Dennis O'Flynn

VP Technology, Compuware

Jason Okrasinski

Jason Okrasinski

Co-Founder & CEO, Cribspot

Nathan  Oostendorp

Nathan Oostendorp

Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Sight Machine

Jerry Paffendorf

Jerry Paffendorf

Co-Founder & CEO, Loveland Technologies

Jim Palmer

Jim Palmer

CEO, Lowe Campbell Ewald

Jacques Panis

Jacques Panis

President, Shinola

Sagar Parvataneni

Sagar Parvataneni

CEO, Show of Hands

Kim Pasquino

Kim Pasquino

Portfolio Relations, Start Garden

Tyler Paxton

Tyler Paxton

Co-Founder, Are You A Human

Michael Pedersen

Michael Pedersen

Co-Founder & CEO/CTO, Ad Adapted

Luis Perez

Luis Perez

SVP, CFO, Detroit Lions

Tim Petersen

Tim Petersen

Managing Director, Arboretum Ventures

Laura Petterle

Laura Petterle

Partner & CFO, Fontinalis Partners

Mat Piccinato

Mat Piccinato

Co-Founder & Head of Mobile, UpTo

Sherwin Prior

Sherwin Prior

Managing Director, GM Ventures

Sarah  Prout

Sarah Prout

Executive Director, Michigan Council of Women In Technology

Bill Pulte

Bill Pulte

CEO, Pulte Capital

Dan Radomski

Dan Radomski

Vice President, Industry & Venture Development, NextEnergy

Corinne Ray

Corinne Ray

Interactive Designer, Vectorform

Jason Raznick

Jason Raznick

CEO & Co-Founder, Benzinga

Jean Redfield

Jean Redfield

President & CEO, NextEnergy

Jeff Rinvelt

Jeff Rinvelt

Principal, Renaissance Venture Capital Fund

Paul  Riser

Paul Riser

Managing Director, Technology-Based Entreprenuership, TechTown

Rob Rivenburgh

Rob Rivenburgh

Partner & COO, The Mars Agency

Christopher Rizik

Christopher Rizik

CEO & Fund Manager, Renaissance Venture Capital Fund

Damien Rocchi

Damien Rocchi

Co-Founder & CEO, Grand Circus

Ken Rogers

Ken Rogers

Executive Director, Automation Alley

Richard Rogers

Richard Rogers

President, College for Creative Studies

Charles Rothstein

Charles Rothstein

Founder & Sr. Managing Director, Beringea

Ross Sanders

Ross Sanders

Executive Director, Bizdom

Ann-Marie Sastry

Ann-Marie Sastry

Co-Founder & CEO, Sakti3

Olga Savic-Stella

Olga Savic-Stella

Vice President - Business Development, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

Ellen Schneider

Ellen Schneider

Associate Director, Detroit Creative Corridor Center

Rachel Prinstein  Schostak

Rachel Prinstein Schostak

Owner, Styleshack

Greg Schwartz

Greg Schwartz

Co-Founder & CEO, UpTo

Veronika Scott

Veronika Scott

Founder & CEO, The Empowerment Plan

Chris Seago

Chris Seago

Accelerator Leader, Bizdom

Ted Serbinski

Ted Serbinski

Managing Director, Techstars Mobility

Larry Sheradon

Larry Sheradon

CTO, Loveland Technologies

Boris Shulkin

Boris Shulkin

VP R&D, Magna International

Jake Sigal

Jake Sigal

Founder & CEO, Tome

Tim Smith

Tim Smith

CEO, Skidmore Studio

Rick Snyder

Rick Snyder

Governor, Michigan - State of

Jon  Sobel

Jon Sobel

CEO & Co-Founder, Sight Machine

Dug Song

Dug Song

Co-Founder & CEO, Duo Security

Alex Southern

Alex Southern

Co-Founder, GrowDetroit

Chris Stallman

Chris Stallman

Principal, Fontinalis Partners

Jared Stasik

Jared Stasik

Vice President, Detroit Venture Partners

Tara Stone

Tara Stone

Head of Industry, Google

Reid Tatoris

Reid Tatoris

Co-Founder & COO, Are You A Human

Vince Thomas

Vince Thomas

Founder & Chairman, Billhighway

Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas

Founder & Partner, Fontinalis Partners

Stewart Thornhill

Stewart Thornhill

Executive Director, Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, University of Michigan - Ross School of Business

Jason Townsend

Jason Townsend

Founder & Managing Director, Resonant Venture Partners

Jonathan Triest

Jonathan Triest

Managing Director, Ludlow Ventures

Jason Vazzano

Jason Vazzano

Co-Founder, President, & Co-CEO, Vectorform

Jesse Vollmar

Jesse Vollmar

Co-Founder & CEO, FarmLogs

William Volz

William Volz

Executive Director Emeritus, Blackstone Launch Pad - Wayne State U.

Donald Walker

Donald Walker

CEO, Magna International

Dan Ward

Dan Ward

Co-Founder & VP, Detroit Labs

Jordan Warzecha

Jordan Warzecha

Founder & CEO, backstitch

Stefanie Warzecha

Stefanie Warzecha

Co-Founder, backstitch

Dave Webber

Dave Webber

Co-Founder & CTO, UpTo

Marc Weiser

Marc Weiser

Founder & Managing Director, RPM Ventures

Dawn White, Phd

Dawn White, Phd

President & CTO, Accio Energy

Krischa Winright

Krischa Winright

Chief Information Officer & Vice President, Information Technology, Priority Health

Jay Wolcott

Jay Wolcott

Founder & CEO, Digital Roots

Robert Wolfe

Robert Wolfe

CEO, Crowdrise

Barbara Yolles

Barbara Yolles

Chief Strategy Officer, United Shore Financial Services

Ke

Ke "Coco" Zhang-Miske

Global Technology Planning Manager, GM - Buick & GMC