Kidpreneurs, Linda McMahon, and Everything Else You Missed at Denver Startup Week

There’s no shortage of activity in the Denver startup ecosystem and it came to fruition at Denver Startup Week powered by Chase for Business. Attendees were treated to talks from influential investors, government officials, and even celebrity investor Mark Cuban. They also enjoyed a few key workshops, networking events, and, as always, some good ol’ fashion beer.

If you weren’t able to attend or didn’t get to watch the interviews live, you’re in luck! Throughout the week, I gathered tips and advice from entrepreneurs and experts that are passionate about helping underserved businesses succeed. Here’s what they had to say:

Welcome to Denver Startup Week!

Helping Underserved Entrepreneurs

I interviewed members of AccionMi Casa Resource Center, and the Community Reinvestment Fund to talk receiving a grant from JPMorgan Chase to help underserved entrepreneurs to set up their businesses. Check out what they had to say about their efforts to help boost underserved communities and build businesses.

Linda McMahon

Linda McMahon

We had a chance to interview Linda about her recent appointment, her experience growing the WWE, how the SBA is fostering entrepreneurship, the importance of diversity initiatives, and how founders can take advantage of their affordable programs and funding to grow a company. Read the interview here.

What’s Happening in Downtown Denver

Downtown Denver Partnership brought in 50 ambassadors from around the US to experience what Denver has to offer and to share their startup stories. These engineers, founders, and innovators will hopefully bring the talent necessary to put Denver on the map!

Building a Startup Is Freakin’ Hard

Building a startup takes a lot of effort. And when it’s time to build a team, maintaining a strong talent pool in one’s community can go a long way in facilitating success. I talked with Sameer Dholakia, CEO of SendGrid about the startup journey and what Denver needs to keep up the momentum.

Gaining Access to Flexible Capital

funding, Capital How to Raise Money in a Down Market

Ask any startup who is raising money and they’ll be looking for the easiest way to gain access to investors and their checkbooks. During one of the sessions, panelists, Monique Lovato, CEO and Executive Director of Mi Casa Resource Center, Alan Ramirez, Director of Lending of the Colorado Enterprise Fund, Gwendolyn Bonilla, Market Manager and Senior Regional Loan Officer at Accion in Colorado, Brian Burke, Vice President of Business Lending of Community Reinvestment Fund, USA, gave their advice and tips on how to get more cash in your pocket. Read about it here.

A Percolating Community

No one can deny that living the startup life and drinking a lot of coffee go hand in hand. I talked with the founder of legendary Denver coffee brand, Boyer’s Coffee, to learn more about the marriage between startups and coffee as well as the food industry.

I Found a Kidpreneur!

I don’t know about you, but the last thing I was thinking of as a 10-year-old was starting a business. However, Jack Bonneau of Jack’s Stands has already been on Shark Tank and his pitch is one you need to hear!

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Conor is the Lead Writer for For the last six years, he’s covered everything from tech news and product reviews to digital marketing trends and business tech innovations. He's written guest posts for the likes of Forbes, Chase, WeWork, and many others, covering tech trends, business resources, and everything in between. He's also participated in events for SXSW, Tech in Motion, and General Assembly, to name a few. He also cannot pronounce the word "colloquially" correctly. You can email Conor at
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