Denver Startup Week attracts...
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Posted by: Catharine Lurie
Denver Startup Week attracts 3,500 attendees, second edition in the works for 2013
By ANDY VUONG
The inaugural Denver Startup Week attracted three times the crowd that organizers expected, drawing 3,500 community members to more than 70 events over six days. More than 500 companies were involved in the event, which was held from Oct. 22 to Oct. 27.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock kicked off the week by unveiling the Denver Capital Matrix, a directory of funding sources, and Galvanize closed it out in style with a bash at its super-fresh, 30,000-square-foot G1 building in the Golden Triangle area.
In between, the Colorado Technology Association held its annual DEMOgala conference, which attracted 1,200 attendees, and awarded a $25,000 prize to startup Otixo, which provides access to multiple cloud services with a single login. Speakers at DEMOgala included Sen. Michael Bennet, Gov. John Hickenlooper and Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy, who now chairs Denver-based WayIn.
CTA named Mercury Payment Systems in Durango as the Technology Company of the Year, a recognition given annually to a company that "demonstrates leadership in innovation and profitability and shows a commitment to the community.”
Startup AppIt Ventures, a mobile app developer, won the city of Denver’s first-ever JumpStart Biz Plan Award, a prize that includes $50,000 cash.
Organizers of Denver Startup Week, led by the Downtown Denver Partnership, say a second Denver Startup Week will be held in 2013.