September 26, 2015
On Sunday I’m going to throw my bags into the back of a car and head to the airport – Denver, Colorado is calling my name. No, I’m not going to a concert at Red Rocks, I’m not going to visit friends, and I’m not going to go on an epic outdoor adventure.
I’m heading straight to the heart of downtown Denver to take part in Denver Startup Week, powered by Chase for Business and Techstars. Denver Startup Week was founded by the Downtown Denver Partnership, the Colorado Technology Association, and a small group of startup community leaders in 2012.
It’s the fourth year Denver Startup Week has taken place, and it’s the third year that Chase has helped put it all together. In fact, Chase likes the program in Denver so much that they’ve made a decision to work with Techstars to take the model to other cities across the US.
So, from Monday through Wednesday I’ll be live on the scene, reporting on as many different elements of Denver Startup Week as I can. Spoiler alert: there’s going to be some really awesome stuff. But how could there not be? The schedule is jam packed with 230 events over the course of five days: we’re talking everything form super technical workshops all the way to happy hour parties.
So, what exactly is Denver Startup Week all about? I can’t phrase it much better than the cohort of fine people who have banded together to host the event:
“Innovation is everywhere. Bringing it to life takes the skills and drive of an entire team: founders, developers, product managers, designers, marketers, sales teams, and makers. Denver Startup Week is where every member of that team can come to learn, grow, and be ready to take on the next challenge.”
In order to provide a broad array of events that appeal to the many entrepreneurs who make Denver’s entrepreneurial ecosystem amazing, the week has been organized into six tracks of programming:
- Founder: Whether you’re just dreaming about starting a business, on your first, or a seasoned entrepreneur, the founder track will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to found a company. Initial product development, go-to-market strategies, finding funding, and building a team are just some of the topics that are covered.
- Developer: Frontend, backend, full stack, big data, APIs, architecture, methodologies, junior, senior, Denver Startup Week has it all. Learn new technologies, refine your skills, or just check out something completely different. Any way you spin it, you’ll walk away a better engineer than you were before.
- Growth: Product management, development, and marketing, all different sides of the same coin that somehow bridges the gap between building the product and delivering it to the market. Product skills are in huge demand but there aren’t very many places where you can go to acquire them. Improve your product game at Denver Startup Week.
- Product: No matter how good it is, no product sells itself. A team that markets, sells, and supports the product well is a huge advantage for any startup. Every aspect of digital marketing, inbound and outbound sales, and customer experience is going to be covered at Denver Startup Week. Growing a startup depends on these skills, so don’t miss your chance to improve them.
- Designer: Seeing things others do not see is an art and the design track is packed with creative outlets to expand your thinking and ability to design. From fashion to architecture to breakout digital design and artwork – the design track is focused on the critical elements of design. Learn new skills, hear from those responsible for some of the best projects in Colorado, and let your creative juices flow. Enjoy connecting with fellow design leaders and leave the week with fresh inspiration.
- Maker: From craft skis to craft beer, robots to 3D printing – the experience of ‘making’ physical products is totally unique. Through the lens of physical goods across multiple industries, hear the stories behind breakout brands, learn about new technologies in manufacturing, and dig into the micro-production concepts needed to get started. Connect with the best craftsmen and makers in Colorado and see how they create their work.
While the programming is astoundingly well thought out and put together, I think the most special aspect of Denver Startup Week is the community involvement. Everything that’s going to happen is specifically and expertly designed to showcase Denver’s entrepreneurial community across tech, design, business, and manufacturing.
It’s bigger than just me reporting on events. It’s bigger than the combined efforts of these six tracks. Denver Startup Week is all about coming together as individuals to create one, solidified community that highlights Denver as an entrepreneurial center in America.
No doubt about it, it’s going to be a wild ride, so stay tuned for some content coming your way over the next few days. Also, if you’re around the Denver area and you’d like to meet up, or if you have recommendations for aspects of Denver Startup Week I should check out, feel free to drop me a line. See you in Denver, I’m beyond excited!
Editor’s Note: This article is part of a Startup Week content series brought to you by Chase for Business. Startup Week is celebration of entrepreneurs in cities around the globe. Chase for Business is everything a business needs in one place, from expert advice to valuable products and services. Follow the Startup Week action here as we head to 7 cities in the coming months.
Image Credit: Denver Startup Week Facebook page
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