Monday June 1, 2015 0 comments
LONGMONT -- Longmont’s first Startup Week starts today and offers five days of free activities, including more than 40 events and more than 60 speakers spread across 20 venues.
“As an emerging startup community, we’re extremely proud to have persuaded some of the top speakers in the country to present at our first event,” said Jennifer Ferguson, event director.
“Now, all Longmont has to do is turn out to see them.”
Startup Week venues include the Firehouse Arts Center, City Council chambers, Guaranty Bank, Xilinx Retreat, TinkerMill and the Dickens Opera House.
A full schedule of the week’s events and their venues is available here.
Event organizers say the time is near perfect for the city to host its first Startup Week.
“Right now, we have the fastest Internet service in the country,” said Ferguson. “We have a report from the Longmont Area Economic Council that charts a clear path to key industry sectors that will find a warm welcome in our town.
“We have a business-friendly City Council. And best of all, we have been ‘discovered’ as a town that values and celebrates startup businesses. We are a boomtown.”
All of the week’s events are free and open to the public. Because space is limited in some venues, attendees are encouraged to go online to reserve a seat or seats.
“As a lead sponsor and active planner for Longmont Startup Week, the Longmont Area Economic Council is very excited about the great lineup of speakers, the many panels, networking events and one-on-one mentoring opportunities that will be happening during the week,” said Janine Ledingham, the LAEC’s small business director.
“The week of events will be a ‘do-not-miss’ opportunity for entrepreneurs and small business owners in Longmont to learn, connect, get mentored and support and celebrate one another.”