2016 Denver Startup Week proved to be better than expected.

Denver Startup Week is always a great week in Denver,Colorado.

I’ve seen many interesting changes since the early ’80s for our Colorado startup community. Channels like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn were not even a twinkle in anyone’s eye.

The Internet was character-based, and you had to network the good old fashion way face-to-face, eye-to-eye. And that”s where the best networking occurs, even today.

I got the startup bug back in 1984, early in my career back in Boulder, CO. I worked for startups like BTI (first Pulse Oximeter) and SORICON (first CheckReader) and both were sold to larger firms.

I lived the full startup cycle, where we struggled to make payroll, all the way to a successful exit. So, I guess the thrill of bridging gaps in the market to exit has always been in my DNA.

That was over 30 years ago which brings me into today’s startup community in Denver, Colorado. The 5th Annual Denver Startup Week was a huge success with 300+ programs and over 13,000 people registered to attend.

Last week Denver Startup Week was a huge success. It was everything you could hope for and more. A celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit in Denver. According to Startup Blink, Denver has 380 startups right in the heart of downtown.

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Denver has a rich history of entrepreneurship and this week-long event showcased Denver as an entrepreneurial community with an emphasis on technology, design, business, and manufacturing.

As a Denver Digital Marketing Agency, we love Denver Startup Week.

The event is intended to unite the entrepreneurial community in Denver and celebrates great companies, innovation, and ideas.

Denver startup Week originated back in 2012.  

We were seeing a significant increase in entrepreneurial activity, but it was all happening in various pockets and we weren’t being recognized nationally for all that was happening here.

According to Tomi Door. She continued,

We started to explore the ways in which we could bring it all together in a highly visible way, so people could see it in one place.

That was back in 2012, and look at Denver, CO now!

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By the Number

Denver Startup Week 2016 stats includes:

  • More than 300 volunteers
  • Nearly 1,500 people attended the Denver Startup Week Job Fair to meet with 65 companies
  • More than 6,000 people visited Basecamp, launched by Chase for Business
  • More than 5,000 companies represented
  • 664 center city tech startups employ 4,508 people, according to the Downtown Denver Startup Report
  • More than 1,000 people attended the Kick-off Breakfast, which sold out in 26 minutes
  • 3,094 cups of coffee, provided by DripJoy (@dripjoycoffee)
  • 30 Biz Dev and 30 Financial Fitness sessions at Basecamp
  • 47 mentors contributed 94 hours of volunteer time

The Weeks Highlights Included:

  • Governor John Hickenlooper & Mayor Michael B. Hancock joined Denver Startup Week organizers and sponsors to celebrate surpassing 12,500 attendees with a toast on September 14.
  • Several organizations received funding support through Denver Startup Week programs, including $240,00 in philanthropic grant funding awarded to four organizations that provide assistance to underserved entrepreneurs.
  • The Denver Startup Week Pitch Challenge, sponsored by Project X-ITE, saw more than 150 applicants vie for the title of Champion of Denver Startup Week. The Soccer Sidekick, presented by Santiago Valez, won more than $25,000 worth of prizes from the Denver entrepreneurial community. Other finalists included SYNEK, Givella, Prima-Temp, Orderly Health, mcSquares, end, and AdKiosk.
  • The inaugural Maker Wall, constructed by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, showcased products from Colorado’s diverse maker community including Revolar (@Revolar), Topo Designs, Icelantic Skis (@Icelantic_Skis), Novo Coffee (@NovoCoffee), and more. The Maker Wall will soon take up residence at The Commons on Champa.
  • Denver’s reputation as one of the best places to start and grow a business once again attracted notable speakers and founders including Bryan Leach, CEO (@bryan_leach) of Ibotta; Joshua Reeves (@joshuareeves), CEO and Co-Founder and Eddie Kim, CTO, and co-founder of Gusto; Dan Caruso (@DanCaruso), CEO and Chairman of Zayo Group; Lee Mayer, co-founder and CEO of Havenly; Chris Terill (@Chris_Terrill), CEO of HomeAdvisor; Mel Robbins (@melrobbins), a well-known and inspirational TEDx Talk speaker, and Ryan Wood, founder of Sweetwood Cattle Company and co-founder of Under Armour.?

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Conclusion for Denver Startup Week

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Denver has come a long way since the early days of the 80s. Well if I missed you, I’ll see you next time. Let’s connect on Twitter:  

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