Denver Startup Week: 5 can't-miss rockstar panels & parties

by Elyse Kent
September 10, 2014

[ibimage==29760==Large==none==self==ibimage_align-right]Denver Startup Week is a five-day community-organized extravaganza of Colorado entrepreneurship, a mix of presentations, workshops, discussions, job fairs, parties, and more. Each event is focused on one of four tracks: Business, Tech, Design, or Manufacturing.

“All of our presentation content is generated from the community at large,” said Conor Swanson, a leading organizer for the Tech Track. “Denver Startup Week opened a call for sessions earlier this year and folks were able to present ideas they believed would have interest. After submittal, the community voted to help decide which presentations would be selected for the week itself.”

Before you get overwhelmed with all of the options, we have a few panel discussions that look particularly intriguing.
Monday, September 15

Building the Colorado Digital Health Ecosystem
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Industry (3001 Brighton Blvd.)

Colorado is already one of the nation's top ten hubs for the Digital Health/Health IT sector, and plans to join the top five. Along with cleantech and bioscience, this literal life-or-death business is becoming one of our area's most vibrant and important. At this event, four digital health leaders share their ideas on how local startups can share resources and grow together. Speakers include Jeffrey Nathanson of Strategic Catalysts @ Work, Tom Higley of 10.10.10, Mike Biselli of INDUSTRY Denver, and Jake Rishavy of PrIME Health Collaborative.

Social event not to miss:

DSW Opening Bash
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Union Station (1600 Wynkoop)


Tuesday, September 16

Deconstructing Women In Tech: What Is the Data Telling Us?
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Sendgrid (1451 Larimer St.)

This session includes Dr. Wendy DuBow and Ingrid Alongi, CEO of Quick Left. “Ingrid Alongi is a highly respected entrepreneur, an excellent technologist, and a great advocate for increased awareness around women in the technology space,” said Swanson. “Her presentation draws from her personal experience around building products and her company.”

Social event not to miss:

Happy Hour Lecture (Voice & Visual) Oh Heck Yeah!
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Forest Room Five (2532 15th St.)

Wednesday, September 17

Denver Startup Cribs: Why Space Matters
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Rally Software Development (1550 Wynkoop St.)

Sponsored by Knoll, Elements, and Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, this highly visual event brings together six founders, CEOs, and managers to discuss the importance of location, interior design, and finding the right home for your startup. Guests include Bart Lorang of FullContact, Ryan Martens of Rally, Will McCollum of Uber, Elias Parker of OneReach, Stuart Wall of Signpost, and Matt Wanta of GutCheck.

Social event not to miss:

The Startup Crawl
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.,
Meet at Basecamp 1616 Arapahoe 

followed by the Galvanize & Zayo After-Party at the Monkey Barrel


Thursday, September 18

GIFs on GIFs on Green Screens
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Photobucket (2399 Blake St.)

Skip Koppenhaver and Brian Temple, mobile developers at Photobucket, go in-depth on their work and the company's history and future. “Photobucket is one of the true pioneers in the online photo space,” Swanson said. “They were one of the original hosts for images when MySpace launched and a great Denver startup success story as a company that sold to Fox Interactive Media for over $300 million. They've been innovating in the photo space for many years and the GIF technology they've recently launched is a cool and exciting feature being offered in their consumer mobile products.”

Social event not to miss:

Tech Cocktail Startup Showcase 
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.,
Cowboy Lounge 1941 Market St. 


Friday, September 19

'Doing Well By Doing Good' Companies
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
CSU – Denver (475 17th St.)

This event spotlights five local for-profit companies who strive for social impact, including providing education, cleaning up the environment, and finding jobs for the poor. It features Kim Coupounas, leader of the 'B Corps' movement in Colorado, and should be inspiring and informative for anyone interested in doing good while doing business.

Social event not to miss:

Denver Startup Week Closing Bash 
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.,
Galvanize 1062 Delaware 

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