Denver Startup Week kicks off today with full week of events scheduled in city

Monday September 28, 2015 0 comments Tags: Denver, Denver Startup Week, David Gold, Nancy Phillips, Nick Wyman, Kate Shillo, Jeffrey Kass, Doug Van der Zwaag, Catharine Merigold


DENVER -- Denver Startup Week  begins today with dozens of events, panel discussions, speakers and networking opportunities scheduled for mostly downtown locations through Friday.Denver_Startup_Week_logoUSE_1

A highlight today will be the JumpStart Biz Plan Awards judging event at The Commons on Champa from 4-6 p.m. The Denver Office of Economic Development will honor the best and brightest ideas in small business through its city-wide business plan competition.

The top three startups and early-stage finalists will pitch their concepts at a live judging event for a grand prize of $30,000.

Judges include David Gold, Access Venture Partners managing director; Nick Wyman and Kate Shillo, Galvanize Ventures directors; Nancy Phillips, Viawest president and CEO; Jeffrey Kass, Polsinelli attorney and shareholder; Doug Van der Zwaag with U.S. Bank; and Catharine Merigold, Vista Ventures general partner.

A patent attorney from the U.S. Patent Office in Denver will also join the panel.

The event will also feature the top pitches of the Teen BizPlan Award category presented by Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain Inc. Audience members will vote for the top teen award.

Other events set for today include "The Future of IoT," Exiting Early," Crowdfunding KungFu" and "Women Who Launch." To see a full schedule for Denver Startup Week, visit