The goal is that the program for Techstars Startup Week West Slope is created by the community through an open call for session ideas. Sessions can take many shapes: panels, skill-building workshops, interactive presentations, discussion-based roundtables, interviews, competitions, 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, 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.

JUNE 1 – 2
West Slope Startup Week

Hometown Days

Host events in your town to activate the local community before we gather together in Grand Junction.

JUNE 3 – 5
West Slope Startup Week

in Grand Junction

We’re calling our western neighbors to Grand Junction for three days of educational sessions, celebration, and play.

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


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