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The West Slope Startup Week program is created by the community. YOU submit ideas to share your insights and expertise.

The program is built around “Tracks” (themes) that represent our business community on the western slope. We are a region of makers, builders, and techies. Agriculture and food are core to our landscape and communities. We’ve got small businesses and high-growth startups looking for tools to take it to the next level. Of course, there’s time to socialize and explore our natural playground. It’s equal parts program and play.

Sessions can take many shapes: panels, skill-building workshops, interactive presentations, discussion-based roundtables, interviews, competitions, tours, and more.  Sessions will be 30 minutes or 1 hour. Get creative!

What does the week look like?


Virtual sessions


Virtual sessions


Virtual Sessions


In-Person Sessions in Grand Junction


In-Person Sessions in Grand Junction

If you want to plan an in-person networking event in your community during the week, please reach out to

The who, what, why, where, and how of branding, marketing, advertising, engagement, and public relations.
The verbal, written, and online connection between us.

Captain: Kayleen Cohen, Mtn. Dog Media

The how-to’s and do’s and don’ts of funding, financing, and investment. It’s all about the money…or is it?

Captain: Gordon Finnegan 

The programmers, coders, designers, roboticists, and product visionaries behind the computer – the builders of tech.

Captain: Hillary Laird & Joe Infantino, Cloudrise

Interactive workshops that tackle fundamentals, how-to’s, and skills-building.

Captains: Hannah Birdsong, Southwest Colorado SBDC & Kiki Hooton, Center for Innovation at Fort Lewis College


The heart of it all – developing leaders, building teams, creating culture, fostering engagement, cultivating talent. The human connection.

Captain: Spencer Ingram, West Slope Works

The manufacturers, builders, artists, scientists, and sewers of the west. Those working with their hands to those operating
high-tech machinery – all making something out of nothing.

Captain:  Heidi Ragsdale, STEM is My Future, LLC

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! 

Captain: Lexi Van Roekel, Small World Big People

Interested in sponsoring West Slope Startup Week? We'd love to hear from you!


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