2017 Denver Startup Week set for Sept. 25-29

Thursday November 17, 2016 0 comments Tags: Denver, Denver Startup Week, Ben Deda, Tami Door, Erik Mitisek, Santiago Velez

DENVER -- Denver Startup Week, the largest free entrepreneurial event of its kind in North America, will return for its sixth year celebrating everything entrepreneurial in Denver Sept. 25-29, 2017.

Organizers said the announcement was made on Nov. 15 to commemorate National Entrepreneurship Day, a day declared by Presidential Proclamation to celebrate entrepreneurs who serve their communities and bolster the economy.Denver_Startup_Week2016

“National Entrepreneurship Day was designated with a call to action to support budding entrepreneurs, and tap into the diverse skills and talents of the entrepreneurial community to create businesses of the 21st Century,” said Ben Deda, Galvanize COO.

“It seemed only fitting that we leverage this day to announce that Denver Startup Week will return for a sixth year as one of the best resources in the nation for those looking to start or grow a business.”

The Denver Startup Week Organizing Committee, co-led by Deda, Tami Door, president and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership and Erik Mitisek, executive director of Project X-ITE at the University of Denver, have charged themselves with evolving and growing the event in its sixth year, while ensuring it continues to enhance community and establish Denver as an entrepreneurial center on the local, regional and national stage.

“As the emphasis to build the entrepreneurial community grows at a national level, we are proud to lead the largest free entrepreneurial event of its kind right here in Downtown Denver, where more than 664 center city startups employ more than 4,500 people, and where more than 13,000 people attend Denver Startup Week to celebrate our thriving culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.” said Door, co-founder of Denver Startup Week.

“In declaring National Entrepreneurship Day, President Obama emphasized the invaluable contributions made by entrepreneurs to the American experience by turning bold ideas into real progress,” said Mitisek, also a co-founder of the event.

“We are thrilled to have a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem here in Denver that highlights that spirit, drive and resilience year-round.”

“Denver Startup Week is a celebration of entrepreneurship, and the diversity of industries represented allows everyone to learn from outside of their respective ‘box’,” said Anthony Franco, founder of Denver startup mcSquares.

“There is something in the air here in Denver that is electrifying for founders, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

“Participating in Denver Startup Week has been a huge catalyst for our company’s growth,” said Santiago Velez, whose company – Soccer Sidekick – won the inaugural Denver Startup Week Pitch Challenge.

“Winning the 2016 Denver Startup Week Pitch Challenge has provided incredibly useful resources that will continue to propel us in the right direction,” he said.

Denver Startup Week 2016 saw 13,334 people register to attend 306 free programs. The week was made possible by Title Sponsors Chase for Business, Comcast NBCUniversal and the Downtown Denver Partnership, in addition to more than 50 other community sponsors and Denver entrepreneurs.

Additional information about how to participate in Denver Startup Week will be made available in early 2017.