About Techweek100

Techweek is a week-long technology festival for entrepreneurs, tech visionaries and thought leaders to meet and enable the innovation ecosystem across the globe. Founded five years ago, Techweek operates conferences in eight cities across North America, including Detroit, Chicago, Toronto, Kansas City, New York City, Dallas, Los Angeles and Miami.

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 that embody key roles within the community.

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

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

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

The 2016 Techweek100

Innovators
  • Amino Apps
  • Boomtrain
  • Chromatik
  • Cornerstone
  • CrownPeak
  • Divy
  • Dollar Shave Club
  • Enervee
  • Flipagram
  • goFlow
  • GoGuardian
  • Happy Returns
  • Headspace
  • Heal
  • HelloTech
  • Honest Company
  • HomeHero
  • Honk
  • Hyperloop
  • Iris.TV
  • JUICE Mobile
  • Laurel & Wolf
  • Live Nation
  • Loot Crate
  • Maker Studio
  • The Narrative Group
  • Oblong
  • Oculus
  • PatientPop
  • RealtyMogul.com
  • Rivo
  • Sensay
  • Signal Sciences
  • Snapchat
  • Sock Tool
  • Songtradr
  • Soothe
  • SoundStation
  • Soylent
  • SpaceX
  • Surf Air
  • Tinder
  • TrueCar
  • Twenty20
  • Two Bit Circus
  • VNTANA
  • Voter
  • Wevr
  • XYZ
  • ZestFinance
Cultivators
  • Teens Exploring Technology
  • Amplify LA
  • LA Tech Digest
  • Goldhirsh Foundation
  • StartUP DTLA
  • TechTinx
  • Fjord Ventures
  • Upfront Ventures
  • Velos
  • Roth
  • UCLA
  • Steamboat Ventures
  • Equity Directory
  • CoAccel
  • Karlin Ventures
  • Greycroft Partners
  • Tech in Motion
  • CTRL Collective
  • Cross Campus
  • USC
  • Arena Ventures
  • Alpha Edison
  • LA Tech Happy Hour
  • Santa Monica New tech
  • TechZulu
Ambassadors
  • Monica Dodi (Co-Founder and Managing Director, The Women’s Venture Capital Fund)
  • Carrie Norton (Founder & CEO, Green Business Base Camp)
  • Dana Settle (Co-Founder & Partner, Greycroft Partners)
  • Daniel Negari (CEO, XYZ)
  • Rachel Horning (Co-Founder, Startups in the Sky)
  • Espree Devora (Communications Director, WeAreLATech)
  • Rishi Mallik (Product Junkie, Mobile Enthusiast, Entrepreneur, Investor, Advisor, HiFi Ventures)
  • Neil Sweeney (Founder & CEO, JUICE Mobile)
  • Seibo Shen (Co-Founder & CEO, VapeXhale)
  • Ash Kumra (White House Award Winner, Media Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship Author & Speaker, Pay It Forward Enthusiast, Youngry)
  • John Tabis (Founder & CEO, The Bouqs Company)
  • Luz Rivas (Founder & CEO, DIY Girls)
  • Jason Nazar (Founder, Docstoc)
  • Bill Gross (Founder, Idealab)
  • Justin Choi (Founder & CEO, Nativo & Cie Games)
  • Tony Knopp (Co-Founder & CEO, Invite Manager)
  • Matt Joseph (Founder, Locent)
  • Mike Williams (Founder, Yoroomie/Thinkbox.io)
  • Troy Carter (Founder & CEO, Atom Factory)
  • Robyn Ward (Head, New Media Ventures, UTA)
  • Cody Simms (Executive Director, Techstars)
  • Paige Craig (Founder, Arena Ventures)
  • Mark Suster (Managing Partner, Upfront Ventures)
  • Kevin Winston (Founder, Digital LA)
  • Zach Sekar (LA Tech Drive)
Innovators
  • 5Miles LLC.
  • American Airlines
  • AT&T
  • BookShout!
  • Cariloop
  • culturemap
  • Dialexa
  • FanPrint
  • Kandy by GENBAND
  • GROOVE JONES
  • ilumi
  • Koupon Media
  • Marketchorus
  • Family Health on Call
  • MicroTransponder
  • Kubos
  • Music Audience Exchange
  • Netsocket
  • PediaQ
  • PICKUP
  • Robin
  • Space Agent
  • TangoTab
  • Traxo
  • Visage Payroll
  • Bespoken Art
  • CalcuQuote
  • Selery Fulfillment
  • Neiman Marcus
  • OpenKey
  • Vinli
  • Rise
  • Foot Cardigan
  • Reward Style
  • Uber
  • Glass Media
  • Conversable
  • Digital Intent
  • The Revelry
  • BTC Vending
  • ReelFX
  • BigLook360
  • Samsung Gear VR
  • Gearbox Software
  • Oculus
  • Tech Edventures
  • NoiseAware
  • flux.iot
  • 900lbs of Creative
  • Bottle Rocket
Cultivators
  • Sumo Ventures
  • Blossom Street Ventures
  • Empire Trash Valet
  • Aristos Ventures
  • DEC
  • Collide Village
  • Common Desk
  • DALLAS OPEN COFFEE CLUB
  • Hackernest Dallas
  • Emerge
  • Growth X
  • GeniusDen Dallas
  • Idea Works FW
  • Naya Ventures
  • NōD Coworking
  • Addison TreeHouse
  • Satus
  • TECH Fort Worth
  • Tech in Motion
  • TheLab.ms
  • Trailblazer Capital
  • Women Who Code Dallas
  • Dallas Innovation Alliance
  • Dallas Regional Chamber
  • Uplift Education
Ambassadors
  • Daniel Oney (Axianomics, Principal)
  • Fiona Schlachter (VP of Programming, Health Wildcatters)
  • Trey Bowles (CEO, DEC)
  • Dr. Hubert Zajicek (CEO & CoFounder, Health Wildcatters)
  • Mike Sitarzewski (CEO, Epic Playground)
  • Mark Cuban (Business Leader & Investor, Shark Tank)
  • Gabriella Draney Zielke (CoFounder & CEO, Tech Wildcatters)
  • Jim Von Ehr Founder (Founder, President & CEO, Zyvek)
  • Lyda Hill (Philanthropist, Lyda Hill Foundation)
  • Ellen Barker (CIO, Texas Instruments)
  • Karen Katz (President & CEO, The Neiman Marcus Group)
  • Jackie Kimzey (Executive Director, University of Texas at Dallas)
  • Ron Beaumont (CEO, Hypercube, LLC)
  • Bradley Joyce (Founder, Skyrise)
  • Ron Martin (Vice President, Infinera)
  • Yasmeen Tadia (Founder & CEO, Fluff Pop and HotPoppin)
  • Valerie Freeman (Founder & CEO, Imprimis Group)
  • Shama Hyder (Founder & CEO, Marketing Zen)
  • Steve Blasnik (President, Perot Investments)
  • Amber Venz Box (President and CoFounder, RewardStyle)
  • Jere Thompson, JR (Co-Founder, CEO, Ambit Energy)
  • Matt Hopkins (Director, DevMountain)
  • Zachary Hicks (CIO, Toyota)
  • Mike Rawlings (Mayor, City of Dallas)
  • Nina Vaca (Chairman & CEO, Pinnacle)
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
  • Plexpod 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)
Innovators
  • Appboy
  • BankMobile
  • Bark & Co
  • Betterment
  • Blue Apron
  • Button
  • BuzzFeed
  • Cadre
  • Casper
  • ClassPass
  • Cognotion
  • CommonBond
  • CultureIQ
  • Digital Genius
  • DWNLD
  • Estimote
  • FlatIron Health
  • Fluent
  • Fundera
  • goTenna
  • Grovo
  • HomeTeam
  • Indeed
  • IrisVR
  • Justworks
  • KeyMe
  • Knewton
  • Krossover
  • Makespace
  • Managed by Q
  • Mark43
  • MongoDB
  • Newsela
  • Oscar
  • Peloton Interactive
  • SailThru
  • Skillshare
  • Smartling
  • Snaps
  • Sols
  • Splash
  • SquareSpace
  • The Muse
  • theSkimm
  • Tribute
  • Venmo
  • VTS
  • Wade & Wendy
  • X.ai
Cultivators
  • 37 Angels
  • Alley NYC
  • AngelPad
  • Barclays Accelerator
  • BetaWorks
  • Blueprint Health
  • Boldstart
  • Collaborative Fund
  • Cornell Tech
  • Coworkrs
  • ERA
  • Expa
  • FirstMark Capital
  • General Assembly
  • Greycroft Partners
  • Lerer Hippeau Ventures
  • Made in NY Media Center
  • NYU Entrepreneurial Institute
  • Onevest
  • Pipeline Angels
  • Rise New York
  • SheWorx
  • Silicon Valley Bank
  • Tech: NYC
  • WeWork
Ambassadors
  • Gerard Adams (Co-Founder & President, Elite Daily)
  • Alex Blumberg (Co-Founder & CEO, Gimlet Media)
  • Charlie Bonnello (Co-Founder & Managing Director, Grand Central Tech)
  • Reza Chowdhury (Founder & CEO, AlleyWatch)
  • Brian Cohen (Chairman, New York Angels)
  • Anil Dash (Technology Writer)
  • Anu Duggal (Founding Partner, Female Founders Fund)
  • Jenny Fielding (Managing Director, Techstars)
  • Hilary Gosher (Managing Director, Insight Venture Partners)
  • Karin Klein (Founding Partner, Bloomberg Beta)
  • Jessica Lawrence Quinn (CEO, New York Tech Alliance)
  • Howard Lerman (Co-Founder & CEO, Yext)
  • Susan Lyne (Founder & President, BBG Ventures at AOL)
  • Kathryn Minshew (Co-Founder & CEO, The Muse)
  • Charlie O’Donnell (Founder & Partner, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures)
  • Brian O’Kelley (Co-Founder & CEO, AppNexus)
  • David Pogue (Technology Writer)
  • David Rose (Managing Director, Rose Tech Ventures)
  • Reshma Saujani (Founder & CEO, Girls Who Code)
  • Victoria Song (Founder & CEO, SoSheDid.org)
  • Minerva Tantoco (CTO, New York City)
  • Gary Vaynerchuck (Co-Founder & CEO, Vaynermedia)
  • Joanne Wilson (Angel Investor, Gotham Gal Ventures)
  • Fred Wilson (Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures)
  • Jenna Wortham (Technology Writer, The New York Times Magazine)

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