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April 23 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


TCNewTech University Showdown

Join us for an evening of exploring new ideas and connections as we support the next generation of innovation leaders in Michigan.

Part of Northern Michigan Startup Week, the TCNewTech University Showdown is a fun and energizing pitch competition featuring Michigan students with innovative business ideas. Both idea-stage entrepreneurs and student-owned early-stage startups from universities across the state are invited to participate in the competition.

The participating students will present their ideas and compete for cash prizes. A panel of expert judges will determine the best and most innovative idea, and audience members will also vote for their favorite.

New this year: Don’t miss the Startup Expo happening in the lobby both before and after the competition. Enjoy refreshments as you meet entrepreneurs, startup service providers, innovators, students, and startup enthusiasts driving the region’s growing startup community.

20Fathoms plans to take photos and video during this event. By attending the event, you agree to being photographed and filmed which may be used for marketing purposes.

Event schedule

4:00 pm: Doors open. Visit the Startup Expo in the lobby to meet businesses and service providers. Cash bar.

4:30 – 5:30 pm: Pitch competition. Each presenter will be allowed 5 minutes to present their business, followed by a 5 minute Q&A with the judges.

5:30 – 7 pm: Award ceremony and networking. The first and second place winners will be announced, along with the audience choice award. Grab a drink, meet interesting people in our startup ecosystem, discuss ideas, and see who will walk away with the grand prize.

Parking: There are several surface lots and street parking around the City Opera House. There is also the Larry C. Hardy Parking Deck two blocks to the east down Front Street.

Road construction: Please note that there will be road construction happening in the area. Find more info here and be sure to plan accordingly!

About TCNewTech

A program of 20Fathoms, TCNewTech is a recurring pitch competition supported by tech enthusiasts, businesses, and entrepreneurs. Founded in 2015 as a way to connect local tech professionals, TCNewTech is a critical component in Traverse City’s growing startup community. Since its founding, more than 250 companies have pitched and $40,000 in pitch prizes have been awarded.

About 20Fathoms

20Fathoms is the home of technology and entrepreneurship in Northern Michigan. We catalyze innovation and entrepreneurship through startup incubation services, business workshops, community partnership, and a vibrant coworking space. We also remove barriers and accelerate career growth through tech career training, talent acquisition, and the advancement of regional strategic initiati

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By participating in the event, you grant 20Fathoms permission to capture photos/videos of the event.


April 23
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


City Opera House
106 E Front St
Traverse City, MI 49684 United States