The West Slope Startup Week program is created by the community. So, we’re calling on YOU to share your insights and expertise.

The program is built around 8 “Tracks” (themes) and every session falls under a Track (except the headline events). 

Sessions can take many shapes: panels, skill-building workshops, interactive presentations, discussion-based roundtables, interviews, competitions, tours, and more.  Get creative!

JUNE 1 – 2
Hometown Days

June 1 -2 is Hometown Days – it’s WSSW in your own backyard!

Locals (hopefully you) plan events in their communities, like Steamboat, Carbondale, Montrose, Telluride, Durango, etc.

You and your friends plan and host the local events, and we include them on the WSSW schedule so everyone and anyone can attend.

Hometown Days is designed to activate the local community in your town before we gather together in Grand Junction.

Want to plan an event?

JUNE 3 – 5
Regional Days

June 3 – 5 is the Regional Days in Grand Junction where your western neighbors will come together for three days of education, celebration, and play. 

Sessions are hosted at venues across downtown Grand Junction and Colorado Mesa University. Attendees can choose which sessions they want to go to. 

Application/Selection Process:

Jan. 6 – Feb. 28: Application opens to submit an idea 
Feb. 28 – March 31: WSSW organizing team review period
April 1: You will be notified about the status of your session

Want to host a session?


The Tracks are built for business on the western slope. We are a region of makers (manufacturers, builders, sewers, etc.) and techies (coders, designers, builders of tech). Agriculture and food are core to our landscape and communities. Dominated by small businesses, the Toolbox Track focuses on specific business 101 and skill-building to take you to the next level.  Of course, there’s FUN! to socialize and explore our natural playground. 

In line with the Startup Week model, the community designs the program by submitting ideas for sessions under each Track. 

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, 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.

Captain: Erin McCuskey, Northwest SBDC

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: Barry Pennell, ENGAGE Delta County   

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, ProVelocity

Program Lead: McKenna Yoder, Proximity Space 


Located right off Main St. in downtown Grand Junction, Basecamp is the community hub for Startup Week. A place to recharge, be social, dive into work and fuel up on coffee.

We’re located at 750 Main St. Drop in to get info about the week and connect with other attendees.

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


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