November 6th, 2024


What is GrowTECH FEST?

The Largest Entrepreneurial and Tech Conference North of Sacramento.

GrowTECH FEST (GTF) is an annual meet up of startup founders, entrepreneurs, investors and students from around the region.


  • Get inspired by keynote speakers and iconic founders who will present their personal experiences and how they have paved the way for others.
  • Hear from up and coming startups as they share stories and create the next big idea.
  • Walk away with enhanced insights and tools from industry leaders to help you and your team start, grow and thrive.
  • Network with like-minded attendees to share ideas, stories, resources, and other valuable connections.
We are proud to celebrate the 5th annual GrowTECH FEST, accelerating our region’s thriving tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem + the next generation of entrepreneurs!

2023 Highlight Reel

GrowTECH FEST is the place to be if you are...


Get inspired by iconic founders, network with like-minded attendees, and walk away with tools to help your business thrive at GrowTECH FEST.


Discover tomorrow's tech and entrepreneurial superstars, network with founders and entrepreneurs, and explore investment opportunities at GrowTECH FEST.


Ignite your entrepreneurial spark, meet industry leaders, and learn the tools needed to launch your career at GrowTECH FEST


Fuel your vision with inspiring talks, connect with potential investors, and learn from industry leaders at GrowTECH FEST.

Keynote Speaker

Maëlle Gavet, Former CEO of Techstars

Maëlle Gavet SPEAKER BIO: Maëlle Gavet is a dynamic and influential figure in the tech industry, known for her visionary leadership and ability to fast scale businesses. Born in France, Gavet’s career began with a flair for entrepreneurship and a passion for technology. An entrepreneur at heart she founded her first startup at the age of 16, then went on to launch 2 more. She quickly rose to prominence, holding CEO/COO roles at major companies such as Priceline Group (largest travel group worldwide including Booking, Kayak, Open Table), Compass (largest US residential brokerage and prop tech), Ozon (Russia’s largest e-commerce platform). As the CEO of Techstars (most active pre-seed investor worldwide), she was instrumental in investing in and empowering thousands of entrepreneurs around the globe, providing them with the resources and mentorship needed to succeed. In addition to her corporate achievements, she authored the WSJ bestseller book “Trampled by Unicorns: Big Tech’s Empathy Problem and How to Fix It,” highlighting her commitment to ethical tech practices. Gavet is celebrated for her strategic acumen and ability to drive innovation. She has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in US Finance by Barron’s, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40, one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company and was fifth among Time Magazine’s List of the Top 25 ‘Female Techpreneurs’. With a career marked by relentless drive, visionary leadership, and a dedication to ethical innovation, Maëlle Gavet continues to shape the future of technology and inspire the next generation of leaders.

Startup Icons

Hear from iconic startup founders as they relay their journey, discussing the inspirational behind their company, the challenges faced, and the pivotal moments that shaped their path.

Industry Sessions

GTF Industry speaker will promote best practices, encouraging attendees to adopt innovative and effective approaches, attendees will leave with tools they can actually use to grow their startup

Startup Stories

North State Entrepreneurs share their innovative startup idea and stories. These innovative idea are transforming and growing our North State entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Student Lighting ROund

Students from around the region compete for the best business idea. Come support our next generation of entrepreneurs!


"You are never going to go wrong by having a network of people like minded professionals to connect with. GrowTECH is all about resources, information and encouraging people”
Micheal Coogan
Founder of MC2 Designs
"What I find so amazing about everyone thats in GrowTECH is just how motivated they all are. its really great to see people just go at it with all that they have and remember what it was like to be st that phase, and get a taste of that again.”
Patrick Berry
Build with Ferguson
"I started my first business in Chico. A lot of the people I’m seeing here i can say without a doubt have changed my life, and i think just to have a bunch of smart people in the same room is always a good idea."
Andrew Gazdecki
Founder of
“There is no way i would have been able to start my business without the help of GrowTECH’s mentors, resources and community. Truly an amazing place to go if your thinking about starting your own business."
Ivan Monreal
Co Founder Fusion NFC

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