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Today Techstars is excited to announce the continuation of a partnership with Chase to present Startup Week Powered by Chase, a community-led celebration of entrepreneurs.


Now in its second year, this national sponsorship grew out of Chase’s title role in Denver Startup Week, the largest free entrepreneur event in North America. Startup Week brings entrepreneurs, local leaders, and friends together over five days of free programming, speakers, education and networking to build momentum and opportunity around a community’s unique entrepreneurial identity.

Business owners Mark Frommeyer & Joe DeLoss, along with Jeff Lyttle, Sr. Vice President, Media & Community Engagement at Chase, speak on a panel at Columbus Startup Week about their entrepreneurial journey and what it takes to build a successful business.

Starting in October in Seattle and continuing into spring of 2016, the following cities will host a Startup Week, created by local community leaders with support from Techstars and Chase:

  • Seattle – Oct. 26-30, 2015
  • Tampa Bay – Feb. 8-12, 2016
  • Phoenix – Feb. 22-26, 2016
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth – April 12-16, 2016
  • Columbus, Ohio – May 2-6, 2016
  • Detroit – New for 2016! Date TBD

With this ongoing support from Chase, Startup Week will continue to build upon the efforts already made by our local organizers to grow their entrepreneurial ecosystems and deepen the connections made in their communities. We are especially excited to take Startup Week to Detroit, where Techstars and JPMorgan Chase both have deep commitments. These communities are the lifeblood of future economic growth and development, and the sponsorship from Chase is vital to the long-term positive impact entrepreneurial ecosystems are having on the world.

Nicholas Karnaze, founder & CEO of Stubble & ‘Stache, leads a fireside chat at Tampa Bay Startup Week.

On a related note, Jamie Dimon, Chairman & CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co., will speak today at CU Boulder on the topic of innovation and its critical importance to a thriving entrepreneurial environment. Jamie will be joined by Brad Feld, co-founder of Techstars, Managing Director of Foundry Group, and author of Startup Communities. The discussion will focus on Jamie’s perspectives on building entrepreneurial communities and how entrepreneurial approaches translate in different contexts.

Techstars is proud to partner with Chase to bring together entrepreneurs and local leaders to build startup communities around the world!  Visit us at www.startupweek.co.

Kerri Beers
Director of Marketing at Techstars