Startup Colorado Launch on 11/9/11

On November 9th, I’ll be helping launch Startup Colorado. We’ll be having a kickoff event at CU Boulder from 6:30pm – 8:35pm.

Startup Colorado will be one of the regional initiatives under the umbrella of the Startup America Partnership. Startup Colorado is an initiative to make a meaningful impact on entrepreneurship and new company creation in the Front Range. We want to expand the breadth and depth of entrepreneurial networks from Fort Collins to Boulder to Denver to Colorado Springs and lower barriers for people who want to build high-growth businesses.

At the launch event, our agenda will include talking specifically about what our plans and goals are for 2012. We’ll be operating under my first principle of entrepreneurial communities – that an entrepreneurial community must be lead by entrepreneurs. We have a panel discussing what has happened in Boulder over the past decade and one about the power of mentorship.

We’ll also be joined by several special guests, including Scott Case (Startup America Partnership CEO) and Aneesh Chopra (United States Chief Technology Officer).

If you are an entrepreneur in Colorado, we’d love to have you join us. Please register at the Silicon Flatirons site. The event will be at the Wittemyer Courtroom, Wolf Law Building, University of Colorado on Wednesday, November 9, 2011; 6:30 – 8:35 PM.

  • I may try to be in town for this. I live in Nashville, but spend a lot of time in Denver and we are opening up a Denver office soon.

    I think Startup Tennessee has been great for our community (and I do think we are entrepreneur-led). Scott and Kathleen do a great job.

    • Awesome to hear it!

  • I hope you guys make an effort to bring Denver and Boulder together. I’ve lived in both cities and there’s a big gap not apparent in other startup markets like the Boston area, Austin, Atlanta, Seattle, etc. That’s one of my biggest concerns. The name is a great start, we need to drop the word “Boulder” and start thinking of it as the “Front range” or something. Keep up the good work!

  • Jim Mackay

    You mean Startup Front Range. There is a vibrant startup community on the Western Slope, in communities like Durango and Grand Junction. How do we get included?

    • Hey Jim, please contact me offline at wendy@ I’d like to hear more about what’s happening on the West Slope. Thanks!

    • Totally interested – can you email me separately and/or plug me in with some of the entrepreneurial leaders in Durango and Grand Junction?

  • Rich Sheehan

    Just read about your initiative to connect promising college students with local entrepreneurs.  Looks like a real “win-win” proposition.  One question — what about Colorado kids who are attending out-of-state colleges? 

    • We are only doing it for Colorado-based students this year. Our hope is that it’s successful and we can expand it next year.

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