TRAVERSE CITY — Holidays are an opportunity to return home.
When it comes to young professionals, TCNewTech wants to keep them here.
TCNewTech will hold its fourth annual ‘Boomerang Homecoming’ Nov. 27 at the Park Place Hotel and Conference Center. The event on the day before Thanksgiving is from 5-8 p.m.
The goal of the event is simple: Expose young professionals to technology businesses in the area in an effort to reconnect ‘boomerangs’ with the opportunities available.
TCNewTech meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Traverse City Opera House. Presenters pitch their technology-related product or business venture in an effort to land support, similar to the Shark Tank television show.
The Boomerang Homecoming takes a different approach.
“This is a turn on that event where we are helping businesses connect with talent and getting them to relocate to the area,” said Sarah Hunt, development director at TCNewTech.
TCNewTech Founder Russell Schindler said in a release that the Boomerang Homecoming is a showcase of opportunities for people who may have left the area.
The networking event also will provide an opportunity for budding businesses and entrepreneurs to learn about and connect with venture capitalists and angel investors.
Hunt said some businesses will host a booth at Boomerang Homecoming. She said there are 16 spaces available on Nov. 27, an increase of six from the previous year.
“We have a lot of businesses who are coming to network,” Hunt said.
The Boomerang Homecoming has boomed over its history. The event will return to the Park Place for a second year.
The first two Boomerang Homecoming events were held at the Workshop Brewing Company. The inaugural offering drew some 40 audience members. More than 80 attended in 2017.
Hunt said last year there were more than 250 attendees, which is why it was moved to the Park Place.
“Every year it seems to double in size,” Hunt said.
While doubling the attendance this year is probably unrealistic, Hunt said TCNewTech is anticipating another increase from 2018.
“We’re really excited about this opportunity,” she said.
The event is free, but RSVPs are encouraged at bit.ly/TCNTHomecoming. Hors d’oeuvres and the first drink are complimentary.
“We get them all in one room and share some food and drink,” Hunt said.