Record number of entrepreneurs engage at third annual Denver Startup Week; 2015 dates announced
Thursday, November 13, 2014
November 13, 2014 | DENVER, CO – Denver Startup Week came to a close September 19, 2014 after five action-packed days where expectations were exceeded for the third straight year and the highest level of participation was achieved. Over 7,800 startup community members engaged in over 180 events celebrating everything entrepreneurial in the Mile High City. With over 700 companies involved in events, seminars and panels over a period of five days, this year’s event saw even more energy, community engagement, enthusiasm and collaboration.
Dubbed the largest free entrepreneurial event of its kind in the entire country, Denver Startup Week 2015 plans are already underway with the event scheduled to take place September 28 – October 2, 2015.
As Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock stated at the Kickoff Breakfast, “Denver has quickly become the ‘Startup Capital of the World’. Places like Galvanize, Industry and others have really created this space, along with all of you, and that says Denver is simply the place to be. If you are entrepreneurial, if you are innovative, we want you to bring your humble and creative energies to our great city.”
Organized by the Downtown Denver Partnership, the Colorado Technology Association and local entrepreneurs, Denver Startup Week is a platform to convene and connect existing and future startups in order to cultivate and grow the Denver entrepreneurial community.
“This is one of the greatest startup events in America, really in the world and it has gone a long way in defining Denver, Boulder and Colorado as a place that not only celebrates ideas and innovation but also puts them into action,” stated Governor John W. Hickenlooper before introducing Brad Feld at Denver Startup Basecamp, launched by Chase.
As the most unique component of the week long celebration, Denver Startup Basecamp, launched by Chase, stands proud as the entrepreneurial hub and epicenter for all Denver Startup Week attendees. This year, Basecamp welcomed more than 6,000 people, a 200% increase from last year, into a new and much larger space in the heart of Downtown Denver. The enhanced space offered attendees tools and resources including speakers and panelists, founders and entrepreneurs, one-on-one mentor sessions with local and national CEOs and developers, leadership spotlight sessions, live music, networking events and more.
“Denver Startup Week has quickly become JPMorgan Chase's most compelling community event, because it celebrates what makes Denver such an amazing place to be,” said Todd Munson, Market President at JP Morgan Chase. “It is truly a 'by the community, for the community' experience that connects everyone.”
Events throughout the week included an 800 person kickoff breakfast featuring keynote speaker Dave McClure, a visit from Twitter Developer Ryan Choi, a panel with Brad Feld and friends, and an evening celebrating, connecting and empowering the women in the startup world. In the first day, #DENStartupWeek trended nationally and continued to trend throughout the city for the remainder of the week. A total of 17,619 tweets reached a potential audience of more than 51 million people.
"Having attended the event over the last two years, I continue to be impressed with the growth of participating companies and increased level of engagement of the startup community in Colorado,” said venture capitalist Brad Feld. “Denver Startup Week is amplifying the stories of Colorado and our Front Range startup ecosystem and the collaboration between the communities that are bringing the State together. Having been in many startup communities across the US throughout the year - what is happening in Colorado, and Denver, right now – is both impressive and inspiring."
"The growth of Denver Startup Week in the number of attendees and number of events is very impressive, but I was even more impressed by the growth in the quality of the events,” said Ben Deda, co-chair of Denver Startup Week and a local entrepreneur. “We saw events with incredible content and insight that included the best that Denver, and the entire nation in many cases, have to offer. The quality of the events at Denver Startup Week is coming on par with any other startup event in the country, and it is free to attend."
Denver has a thriving entrepreneurial community and is the second best place in the U.S. to launch a startup, according to Forbes. Inspired by the innovation and activity in Denver, Denver Startup Week is focused on three goals:
1. Enhance the sense of community among Denver entrepreneurs, with specific focus on Downtown Denver.
2. Highlight Denver as an entrepreneurial center on the local, regional, and national stage.
3. Provide education, inspiration, and networking events for the Denver entrepreneurial community.
“The enthusiastic and contagious vibe you feel at Denver Startup Week is very similar to the vibe you feel in Denver all year long,” said Tami Door, President and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership and co-chair of Denver Startup Week. “When you care so deeply about a place, you care even more about making it successful. That passionate drive then translates in to how people grow their companies. They want to grow them and they want to keep them here.”
Several announcements were made throughout the week including:
· The State of Colorado has been awarded $6.6 million from the U.S. Department of Defense to continue to create jobs and grow small and medium-sized businesses in the advanced manufacturing sector, as announced by Governor John W. Hickenlooper
· The Colorado Advanced Industry Accelerator Grant Program Winners were announced by Ken Lund, Executive Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
· The Downtown Denver Partnership released the first ever Downtown Denver Startup Report, which profiles the strength of entrepreneurship and innovation in the center city
"When we started Denver Startup Week, we wanted the event to be a celebration of everything entrepreneurial in Denver. This year the program was even broader, more inclusive, and showcased even more of the best of entrepreneurship in the City," said Erik Mitisek, CEO of the Colorado Technology Association and co-chair of Denver Startup Week. "As we look forward, we hope this community led event will spark interest of even more entrepreneurs to be involved and will help establish Denver as THE startup hub between the coasts."
Denver Startup Week was made possible by Title Sponsors the Downtown Denver Partnership, Colorado Technology Association, Chase and Comcast in addition to over 30+ other community sponsors and Denver entrepreneurs.
“Denver continues to be a prime destination for attracting young, talented entrepreneurs, and Comcast is proud to support this growing community by providing advanced communications services that help power the startup community,” said Cindy Parsons, Vice President of Public Relations for Comcast. “Technology and innovation are at the core of everything we do -- engaging with Denver Startup Week creates a unique opportunity to establish meaningful relationships that lead all of us to future success.”
Additional sponsors included:
Track Sponsors: Hosting, iTriage, International Interior Design Association, Sphero.
Partner Sponsors: Ping Identity, Polsinelli, PaySimply, TrackVia, Connect and Sell, Zayo Group, City and County of Denver, Pivotal Labs, ReadyTalk, Cooley, StackExchange, name.com, Colorado Health Op and Go Code Colorado
Member Sponsors: Technical Integrity, Venture Law Advisors, Merchant & Gould, First Business Partners, Avitus Group, edgelink, SpotXchange, ElevatedThird, University of Colorado Denver, Go SpotCheck, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, datalogix, Kendal Koenig & Oelsner PC, Silicon Valley Bank, Howard Ecker + Company, Boulder Engineering Studio, DragonDev, Slice of Lime, SwiftPage, Visjou, The Doyle Group, The Denver Foundation, Ashford University, Uber, TekDry, bwbacon, Baker Hostetler, Rose Community Foundation, Bernard IP Law.
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Photos from Denver Startup Week 2014 available upon request. Please email Chloe Rekow at email@example.com.