An action-packed, day-long festival that brings together the talent, programs, and supporters of the technology and startup ecosystem in our region, culminating in the Marquette TechFest Gala.
This one-of-a-kind casual gala celebrates the area’s tech and entrepreneurial community, supports downtown development, and recognizes Missouri’s best entrepreneurs.
Schedule of Events
1ST50K Pitch Day
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Aspiring tech entrepreneurs representing over 20 countries are in town competing for $50,000 cash, and the chance to build their business with the support of Southeast Missouri.
Fireside Chat at Codefi
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
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
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Meet 1ST50K finalists, watch as the winner(s) are announced, and check out the youth coding camp showcase. Program includes food, adult beverages, and special guest speaker and head coach of the Missouri Tigers men's basketball team, Cuonzo Martin.
9:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Meet and greet with special guest. And because we like to party.