The goal is that the community creates the program for Techstars Startup Week West Slope. So, talk with your co-workers and friends 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!

When developing an idea, always start with asking, “what is the problem?” Then, bring in the people and companies tackling the problem.


There are four programmatic tracks – marketing & communications, growth, makers & producers, and capital – plus the FUN! track.

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.
Track Captain: Kayleen Cohen, Mtn. Dog Media

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.
Track Captain: Thea Chase

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.  
Track Captains: Nick Tinney, iC³ Engineering & GJ MakerSpace
Amanda Montgomery, Four Points Fundinga

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?
Track Captains: Bonnie Watson, Telluride Foundation
Marc Nager, Greater Colorado Venture Fund
Jamie Finney, Startup Colorado

FUN!: Pretty straightforward – this is where we come together to enjoy each other’s company and the beautiful natural world we choose to call home. Social events and opportunities to play outdoors!
Track Captain: Lexi Russell, ProVelocity

Need more guidance?

Here are a few example sessions (that we would love to see come to life at Startup Week):

Marketing & Communications Track: Social Media Strategy for Startups – Hands on Workshop — a “lighting talk”  followed by a hands-on workshop where participants can begin building their strategy.

Capital Track: VC vs. Bootstrap — panelists from each perspective discuss the many pros and cons to raising money and bootstrapping.

Growth Track: The growth tactics used by our fastest growing startups — a panel of the fastest growing tech companies talking about how they developed and executed growth strategies to scale their businesses.

Growth Track: How to Build an Effective and Cohesive Team Around you Based on Core Values — a one-person presentation using real-world stories

Makers & Producers: Natural Food Founder’s Forum — a storytelling format where “foodtrepreneurs” narrate their stories of trial, failure and ultimately, of success, concluding with a quick-fire q&A session with the panelists

FUN! Track: Breakfast Burritos + a Band at a Bar, a grab-n-go breakfast to wake up with music and friends 

Deadline to submit was April 19, 2019.


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.

If you are interested in sponsoring West Slope Startup Week we would love to hear from you! Email us here »