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PROGRAM

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!

Deadline to submit your idea is May 14, 2021.

What does the week look like?

MONDAY

Virtual sessions

TUESDAY

Virtual sessions

WEDNESDAY

Hometown Day

In-person events in your community

THURSDAY

Virtual sessions

FRIDAY

FUN! Day

In-person FUN! events and virtual sessions 


COMMUNICATIONS
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


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?

Captain: Gordon Finnegan 


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

Captain: Hillary Laird & Joe Infantino, Cloudrise


TOOLBOX
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

 


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

Captain: Spencer Ingram, West Slope Works


MAKERS 
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:  


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! 

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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