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.  Get creative!

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: Bonnie Watson, Telluride Foundation 

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

Captain: Justin Lewis, TerraFrame

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

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

Captain: Spencer Ingram, Best Monday Ever

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: Joe Elliot, Grand Junction Makerspace  

It’s everything from growing crops to growing the next generation of farmers and ranchers, from farm-to-table collaborations and creative culinary to the business and operations of food production.

Captain: Bryan Wachs, MySalesButler

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, RoseCap Investment Advisors


Basecamp is your community’s hub for Startup Week. More info to come!

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