Denver Startup Week: By the Community, for the Community

Sep 16, 2019
4 min read
Denver Startup Week is an annual celebration of culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in Denver, CO. Here's everything you need to know to get involved!

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Denver Startup Week (DSW) is here and it’s time for Denver’s professionals to get together in one place and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of the city and its people. This week sets up companies and individuals with opportunities to succeed and showcase their talents in their respective fields.

By offering attendees a variety of events which include, but are not limited to, break-away sessions, keynotes, workshops and celebrations, the goal of this week is to set our city up for success, discuss important challenges facing our industry, and welcome the next generation of talent into our companies. 

Of course, no one can attend every event that is offered, so let us help you break down and navigate how you can take advantage of this week based on your passions and interests. Join the movement with like-minded peers and check out what the different tracks, clusters, basecamp, and headliner events have to offer this year.  

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DSW is organized into eight separate tracks that reflect the key players in every business. Through this type of categorization, every attendee, despite their industry or title, can come together to learn, grow, and be inspired. No matter what role you’re in or what department you are housed under, Denver Startup Week has something for everyone. Here’s a closer look at the 8 tracks:

  • Designer - this track is focused on the critical elements of design and the ability to see things others do not. This track is packed with creative outlets to expand your thinking and ability to design.
  • Developer - these events are for the engineers attending! They focus on learning new technologies, refining skills, or even just checking out something completely different in your field you haven't been exposed to before.
  • Founder - this track is designed to give you the skills and knowledge to not only start a company, but how to build and grow it through areas such as development, strategy, funding, and team building.
  • Growth - events under the growth track are geared toward marketing professionals. Use these events to dive deeper into different aspects of digital marketing to see if you can incorporate them into your business strategy! 
  • Maker - from physical product to building prototypes, this track has everything to do with how to make, market and manufacturing company assets.
  • People - this NEW track encompasses the human aspect of business and how individuals encompass the knowledge, insights, and values needed to build culture, teams, and communities. Learn how to hire, motivate, engage, and inspire people within your company.
  • Product - these events are geared towards helping bridge the gap between the product and presenting it to the market. If you work in product management, development or marketing, these would be the best events to attend!
  • Spotlight - this NEW track’s purpose is to bring everyone together despite field, industry or job title. These events strive to give inspiration and entertainment to the audience through unique perspectives, community connection, and ideas.


Denver Startup Week’s Clusters serve as a more exciting and relevant synonym for the different industries that will be present at this week’s festivities. These include Healthtech, Funding, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Cannabis, and Blockchain.

If you have a background in one of these industries, use these events to get a different perspective from your own on the subject. If you don't have experience with these areas of business, take the time to sit in on an event or two and educate yourself on a sector of business that you might not have been exposed to before.

Get a jump start on your career by getting an insider look into the most exciting, relevant, and budding industries of today’s time. DSW Clusters provide a different perspective on specific topics and themes throughout the week, so make sure to get out of your professional comfort zone and take the time to learn more about the different industries Denver has to offer.

Basecamp Launched by Chase

Basecamp Powered by Chase Ink serves as an intimate central hub of innovation and entrepreneurship for Denver Startup Week. According to Denver Startup Week’s official website, “the activities at Basecamp represent the very best of Denver Startup Week – keynote speakers, can’t miss parties and celebrations, on-site mentoring with prominent startup leaders, networking and meet-ups, and access to exclusive learning opportunities and resources”. 

On a more fundamental basis, it will also feature a charging station, lounge seating for networking, a hospitality center with snacks and refreshments and a mini-stage for entrepreneurs to tell their stories! Keep your finger on the pulse of Denver’s technological scene by setting time aside to check out this focal point of DSW culture! 

Headline Events:

DSW’s official page description states that Headline Events, “provide entertaining and interesting content, unique perspectives, and a forum for our community to connect and share ideas”. These events bring together members of Denver’s community despite industry, job, or background to enjoy the best of what this week has to offer. Get involved this year and make sure to check out the DSW featured events below:

Monday, Sept 16th

Tuesday, Sept 17th

Wednesday, Sept 18th

Thursday, Sept 19th


Outside of this being a resource event for entrepreneurs, Denver Startup Week provides an opportunity for thousands of Colorado job seekers to immerse themselves in the industry and find the right companies and professionals to network with. 

As Denver comes to be known as the new tech hub of America, with hundreds of startups and experienced technologies companies moving here, come find out for yourself why Colorado has become a professional intersection of culture, people and community. Whether you want to advance your career or your business, join the movement and register for a week of excitement, learning, and networking!

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Emily Jahn
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Emily Jahn is a Content Marketing Manager at Xactly. She earned a degree in advertising from The University of Colorado - Boulder and has experience in copywriting, social media, and digital marketing.