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Laura Cowan

By Laura Cowan

Laura K. Cowan is a tech editor and journalist whose work has focused on promoting sustainability initiatives for automotive, green tech, and conscious living media outlets.

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TC NewTech and other tech organizations including 20 Fathoms, Northern Michigan Angels, and Newton's Road are about to host the Northern Michigan Startup Week from May 9-15, 2022.

Events include Space NightFunding Innovation LuncheonStartup ExpoUniversity Idea ShowcaseStudent Pitch Competition, and Techstars Startup Weekend.

What we love about this event is that it has an opportunity for every startup founder, from student to seasoned professional, and highlights the great things going on in northern Michigan on the creative coast. Check out a few of the events, and maybe register to pitch.

University Idea Showcase

University Idea Showcase May 12, 5:30

First annual university pitch competition for student-led startups during the Northern Michigan Startup Week.

The TCNewTech University Idea Showcase is open to both idea stage entrepreneurs as well as early stage startups based out of universities located in Michigan.

The participating universities will showcase their best student-led ideas to compete for cash prizes and a traveling trophy. A panel of judges will determine the best and most innovative idea and the audience will vote via text message for their overall favorite team.

If you enjoying learning about new ideas and supporting entrepreneurs, please register for this free event today!

Apply To Pitch

This event is a pitch competition for student-led startups from Michigan-based universities. If your are school is interested in pitching, please contact Jennifer Szunko at executivedirector@tcnewtech.org for more information.

Student Pitch Competition

Student Pitch Competition, May 13, 5:30

Watch student teams from local high schools and Northwestern Michigan College compete for prizes in two entrepreneurial pitch competitions.

Join our local students at the Traverse City Opera House as they showcase the important STEM and business skills they've been learning in their programs! Hear their ideas for how to solve problems they've identified.

This event features pitch presentations by local high school innovators and Startup enthusiasts from Northwestern Michigan College. Cash prizes will be awarded after each competition.

Participating High Schools Programs

  • Elk Rapids High School - Computer Science Class
  • North Ed Career Tech - Engineering Academy
  • Traverse City Central HS - Tech Girls Club
  • Traverse City West HS - Sci-Ma-Tech students

Northwestern Michigan College Programs

  • Engineering Technology
  • Visual Communications

Register for in-person attendance.

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