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Greetings! Here is what you need to know about Boulder Startup Week 2016…

What: Boulder Startup Week is heading into its 6th year! As the original Startup Weekit sets the tone for how startup communities come together to build the next wave of great companies. There will be over 200 free events across 26 tracks open to the entire community to celebrate entrepreneurship!

When: May 16 – 20, 2016

Where: All over Boulder, CO (mostly downtown)

Who: Anyone interested in the startup ecosystem. From first-time entrepreneurs to startup veterans, there’s something for everyone.

Why: Because Boulder is consistently recognized as one of the top destinations to build and grow a startup. The density of well-educated, driven, adventurous people is a recipe for success. The view isn’t bad either…

How: A team of amazing volunteers. Startup Week is possible thanks to a large group of devoted volunteers that pour their heart and soul into making this week exciting, powerful and fun. Financial support from local sponsors helps a whole lot, too!

Here are a few of the events from each day that we are especially excited about:

Monday

Future of Entrepreneurship in Boulder

By 2020, 1 in 6 people will be entrepreneurs. This dramatic change is being influenced by paradigm shifts not only in the way that we work, but also in the way we live. But are we ready for that shift? We will discuss what this could mean for the Boulder startup ecosystem and/or the Global startup community.

The Creative Entrepreneur – Stories & Insights from Startup Front-lines

Come ready to dig into the ideas and techniques that foster constructive creativity and an interactive and collaborative experience. SheSays leadership and facilitators will guide the room in a participatory workshop. The goal is to provide tools and structure to unlock your own creativity and bring insight to your next innovation challenge. 

Tuesday

Accelerate Over Coffee

Head to the backporch of Trident to learn from some of the best accelerators about how their companies are so successful because of strong mentorship. You’ll come away with an understanding of how do I find mentors, what’s that relationship like, what do I do when I have a mentor, and how can I accelerate my startup before getting into an accelerator and keep the momentum going after an accelerator.

It Takes Two to Tango – The Working Relationship Between Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors

Angel investors and VCs often work together on deals, either co-investing or on different rounds in a startup’s journey. Join our panelists to discuss the ins and outs of working together to get these deals done.

Hiring Hacks and Best Practices from Twitter and Techstars

Leaders from Techstars and Twitter explore the realities of hiring and retaining the best talent. Do you hire for attitude or aptitude? Is it easier to retain an A-Player than attract one? Come find out!

Why and How We Invest In Women

Find out why three of Boulder’s most active investors are proactively investing in more women. We’ll discuss their motivation and investment criteria, the advantages and challenges of investing in women, and lessons learned. Anyone interested in investing in women or startups in general, increasing workplace gender diversity, or seeking funding from startup investors should attend.  

Wednesday

The Startup Showcase

Meet and connect with founders and their teams and be inspired by what’s being built in our community. Startup Showcase features companies from the current Techstars class, Techstars alumni, teams from Startup Weekend, and other community-driven companies. 

Techstars Boulder Demo Night!

In the heart of Boulder Startup Week, join the larger community in attending Techstars Demo Night on May 18th. This evening is the culmination of the Techstars Boulder 2016 program and opportunity for the 11 companies to pitch to investors and showcase their business to friends, family and the community. 

Thursday

Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Startup Realm

Three of the most respected names in startups and investing discuss their personal experience with mental health and wellbeing (or lack thereof) and best practices to live a healthier, happier, more productive startup life. Q&A to follow moderated discussion!

Seth Levine: Let’s Get Real About Angel Investing in Colorado

Seth Levine of Foundry Group will give a presentation about the state of angel investing in Colorado and what we can do together to make the industry great going forward.

CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap Documentary

Through compelling interviews, artistic animation and clever flashpoints in popular culture, CODE documentary examines the reasons why more girls and people of color are not seeking opportunities in computer science and explores how cultural mindsets, stereotypes, educational hurdles and sexism all play roles in this national crisis.

Friday

Make a Lasting Impact: Volunteer Project

Help finish the beautification project on Boulder’s Historic Bandstand! Work alongside Bridge House’s Ready To Work employees to touch up the bench painting project and clear out the painting materials from the bandstand. 

So You Want To Do A Startup Week In Your City

Startup Week is a movement that started right here in Boulder! Join founder Andrew Hyde and some special guests on how you can take this model to your great city. 

FounderFights – The Struggle Is Real, You Might As Well Hit Something!

Join us for an evening event to watch dedicated startup Founders from Boulder and around the US reach within the depths of themselves to apply the skill and determination it takes to step in the boxing ring to fight each other all for the sake of raising money for a charity close to their hearts. 

Events are filling up fast, so create your schedule today. If an event you really want to attend is full you can still show up, help usher people in, and there just might be room for you after all. And be sure to read up on the Code of Conduct before you roll up your sleeves and dive in!


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Jordan Rothenberg Jordan Rothenberg
Jordan is the Manager for Techstars’ community programs including Startup Weekend, Startup Next, Startup Digest and Startup Week in the Central United States region. @jsrothenberg