Events

Through our network and partnerships Innovate Marquette sponsors and hosts a variety of events for entrepreneurs and innovators who are interested the engaging, networking, and broadening their knowledge in creative technologies, sustainability, accessibility and the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Innovation Week 2024

Innovation Week is a three-day professional development conference bringing together thought leaders, innovators, and creative minds in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. Featuring keynote speakers, carefully curated innovation quests, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities, Innovation Week will inspire, enlighten, and spark curiosity. 

Protolab Grand Opening

Join us on Tuesday, October 3rd for a grand opening of the Innovate Marquette protolab. Located on the lower level of the Kaufman Block, the protolab is a specialized prototyping lab equipped with state-of-the-art 3D printing and scanning technologies. 

The protolab supports local entrepreneurs by helping to transform 2D designs into physical prototypes.

Speaker Nominations

At Innovate Marquette, we’re always looking for new voices and innovative ideas to showcase at our events. From Women in Entrepreneurship to Tech Talks and Innovation Week, our events touch on a variety of topics meant to inform, inspire, and spark curiosity within our entrepreneurial community.

Nominate yourself or someone else to be a speaker at one of our events!

The Women in Entrepreneurship event is an annual celebration and networking opportunity to bring together many of the Upper Peninsula’s incredible entrepreneurial spirits and small business owners. Featuring a number of local entrepreneurs, visionaries and business professionals from all across our community, panelists are given the opportunity to share business advice, discuss any distinct challenges they’ve faced, and offer insight into the entrepreneurial way of life. Stay tuned for next year’s event!

tech talks

Tech Talks

Tech Talks is a series of events hosted by Innovate Marquette SmartZone. Taking place in a casual setting, each event highlights a different topic ranging from 3D printing and outdoor recreation to customer discovery and patents. Our impressive lineup of speakers features tech experts and industry leaders within our local entrepreneurial ecosystem. Each “Talk” will incorporate a live Q&A with the audience. We’ve also carved out time for networking so bring your business cards!