Marquette TechFest

Marquette TechFest is an action-packed, day-long festival that brings together the talent, programs, and supporters of the technology and startup ecosystem in our region to showcase to the community.


1ST50K Startup Competition Pitch Day

Aspiring tech entrepreneurs representing over 20 countries compete for $100,000 in cash and services, and the chance to build their businesses with support of southeast Missouri. (private event) Find out more here. The community can meet finalists and the announcement of the winner(s) is held at the Marquette TechFest Gala.

Fireside Chats at Codefi

Join entrepreneurs and past 1ST50K winners, Ann Butler of Edible Education and Lindsey Radcliffe of Morning Star Behavioral Associates, as they share their challenges and successes to assist and inspire other entrepreneurs.

Youth Coding Camp Showcase

Participants from our Youth Coding Camps will demonstrate their coding prowess as they put their Finch and Evo robots through the paces. Demonstrations will be outside registration of the Marquette Techfest Gala. You do not need a ticket to attend the youth showcase.

Marquette TechFest Gala

Celebrate the region’s tech and startup community, support non-profit groups, and recognize Missouri’s best entrepreneurs. Meet 1ST50K finalists, check out the youth computer science fair projects, and hackathon solutions are showcased and winners selected. Program includes food and adult beverages, a special guest speaker, and an announcement of the winner(s) of the 1ST50K competition.