Techstars Startup Week West Slope is a free, multi-day, “choose your own adventure” meeting of the entrepreneurial minds and celebration of the #WestSlopeBestSlope way of doing business.
The Techstars Startup Week brings entrepreneurs, local leaders, and friends together to build momentum and opportunity around a community’s unique entrepreneurial identity.
Startup Weeks are multi-day events packed with presentations, panels, workshops, social events, and more – all crafted by the locals – to gather the community to learn from each other and celebrate their comradery.
It is for future, current, and repeat founders – people who started or want to start a business or organization. Maybe you’re a successful, serial entrepreneur looking for your next project or a first-timer entering the stage searching for support.
Never started a company? No problem. This is also for entry- to executive-level employees working at a company.
And, it’s not all about tech (though some of it is about tech). This is for local, small businesses (coffee shops, clothing stores, bike shops, restaurants) and high-growth startups serving a global market (that’s the tech part). It’s also for makers and producers from agriculture to soft- or hard-good manufacturers to brewers/distillers/wineries to outdoor recreationists.
We’re calling on anyone who wants to grow – personally and professionally – and connect with their western neighbors from Durango to Craig to Trinidad to Steamboat Springs. If you want to be a part of the Techstars Startup Week West Slope, there’s a few ways to get involved.
There are four programmatic tracks: communications, growth, makers & producers, and capital.
Marketing & Communications: The who, what, why, where, and how of branding, marketing, advertising, engagement, and public relations. The verbal, written, and online connection between us.
Growth: The stuff that gets you from here to there, from where you are to where you want to be. It’s strategy and business development to hiring the right team and creating a company culture to scaling and expanding your market.
Makers & Producers: The manufacturers, builders, growers, and sewers of the west. Those working with their hands to those operating high-tech machinery – all making something out of nothing.
Capital: The how-to’s and do’s and don’ts of funding, financing, and investment. It’s all about the money…or is it?
The goal is to have the community create the program for Techstars Startup Week West Slope. So, talk with your co-workers, mentors, and partners to develop session ideas you think would be valuable and that you want to plan and host.
Sessions can take many shapes: panels, skill-building workshops, interactive presentations, discussion-based roundtables, interviews, competitions, and more. Don’t forget social events too. Get creative!
Wednesday, June 5 is West Slope Startup Week in your hometown.
Host events in your town to activate the local community before we gather together in Grand Junction.
Thursday, June 6 – 8 is West Slope Startup Week in Grand Junction.
We’re calling our western neighbors to Grand Junction for three days of educational sessions, celebration, and play.
Interested in getting involved or being a sponsor? Let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org