Michigan Tech Week Schedule of Events

Day 1: October 12, 2022 | 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
8:00 AM: Check-In and Continental Breakfast (sponsored by Venture for America); Laptop Lounge open until 5pm; Speakers Lounge open until 5pm (sponsored by Gunderson Dettmer)

9:00 AM: Opening remarks - Dug Song, Co-Founder, Duo Security

9:20 AM: Keynote - The Secret to Building a Kickass Business that Improves the World—and You in the Process, Pete Wilkins, Entrepreneur and Author, HPA

9:45 AM: Keynote - VCs & Founders: A Love Story, Alexis Alston, Principal, Lightship Capital

10:20 AM: Panel - The Recession Proof Vertical: Growing a FinTech Company (Moderated by Jason Raznick; Panelists Steve Robert, Adarsh Rachmale, Kathleen Craig)

11:30 AM: Panel - How I'm Doing It: First-Time Founder Hustle (Moderated by Greg Grossman, Cooley; Panelists Danielle Parker, Sydney Davis, Prashant Salla, Brian Olatunji; sponsored by IDVentures)

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Renaissance VC UnDemo Day (this is a partner event at Ford Field and separate registration is required to attend)

12:00 PM: Boxed Lunches Available (sponsored by Sterling Heights Velocity Center)

12:30 PM: Behind the Scenes at Michigan’s Top Startups (Moderated by Ryan Landau; Panelists Victor Darolfi, Jacob Zuppke, Bill Binkiewicz, Jibreel Lockhart, Damien Hooper Campbell)

1:30 PM: How Apprenticeships can Solve Current and Future Talent Needs (Moderated by Spencer Lucker; Panelists Kendra Quinlan, Andy Frey)

2:15 PM: University Startup Showcase (powered by Shine & Rise)

3:00 PM: Culture Tour of Detroit (walking tours with City Institute) - Beginning at 3:00pm, groups of 30 will depart every 15 minutes. Meet at the outside patio, front entrance of the GEM Theatre. Look for Culture Tour Signs.

5:00 PM: MTW Opening Happy Hour at Bamboo Detroit - 1420 Washington Blvd (sponsored by Solidea Capital & Silicon Valley Bank)

Day 2: October 13, 2022 | 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

8:00 AM: Check-In/Continental Breakfast (sponsored by Venture for America); Laptop Lounge open until 5pm; Speakers Lounge open until 5pm (sponsored by Gunderson Dettmer)

9:00 AM: Opening remarks - Art Thompson, Chief Information Officer, City of Detroit

9:20 AM: Keynote - How to Build Products in a Rapidly Changing World, Shreena Amin, Founder & Product Executive

9:45 AM: Panel - The Future is Now: ClimateTech/Energy Innovation (Moderated by Matt Burns, TechCrunch; Panelists Danny Ellis, Dr. Deeana Ahmed, Kylee Guenther, Chris Thomas)

10:40 AM: Keynote - Looking Forward: A Conversation About the Future of Work, Ryan Anderson, VP Global Research & Insights, MillerKnoll

11:00 AM: Midwest's Best Kept Secret: Michigan HQ Advantage (Moderated by Dug Song; Panelists Katie Hall, Mykolas Rambus, Mike Duncan, Troy Morris; sponsored by MFF)

11:30 AM: Plainsight Black Founders Brunch - Indoor/Outdoor patio, DJ (sponsored by Midwest House)

12:30 PM: Honoring Google Black Founders Fund Awardees, Speakers include Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist and Google for Startups Team

2:00 PM: Venture Competition Kick-Off / Pitches begin (Sponsored by Song Foundation and Michigan Founders Fund; Emcee Adrian Fortino, Mercury Fund; Judges: Doug Neal, eLab Ventures, Aditi Rajagopal, ID Ventures, Bess Goodfellow, HPA)

5:00 PM: Winner Announced/Closing Celebration Party Begins! (sponsored by StockX, MSU Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship and UM College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship)