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Denver Startup Week

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Denver Startup Week
GenreConference and Festival
DatesSeptember 24-28, 2018
Location(s)Denver, Colorado
Years active7
Attendance18,800 in 2017

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Denver Startup Week (abbreviated DSW) is a community based event with an emphasis on social entrepreneurship, technology, design, business, and manufacturing. It is held in Denver, Colorado, USA. The annual event stretches over five days in late September, and intends to address the strategies, processes, collaboration, and success of local, regional, national and international startup businesses. Since its beginning in 2012, Denver Startup Week has grown in scope and size each year, and it is currently the largest free event of its kind in the world.[1] In 2017, the sixth annual Denver Startup Week brought nearly 19,000[1] people together to attend 376 sessions, programs and events. The event’s track based programming is based on the stages of founding and growing a startup business. Events throughout the week are organized by both the Denver Startup Week Organizing Committee and the community at-large and include sessions, presentations, panels, workshops, happy hours, social events, job fairs and more.  


Denver Startup Week programming consists of six tracks, oriented towards functional roles within a startup team. These tracks are themes represented throughout the week in the form of sessions, speeches, workshops and more. Each track functions to categorize the challenges and opportunities faced by many startups. These tracks aim to educate and connect company founders, marketers, artists, sales specialists, coders, manufacturers, and everything in between.

  • The Founder track is focused on the creation company. The founder track will provide entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge they need to found a company. Initial product development, go-to-market strategies, finding funding, and building a team are just some of the topics that are covered.
  • The Design track is focused on the critical elements of design. From fashion to architecture to breakout digital design and artwork – the design track is meant to unite and educate designers from multiple industries.
  • The Growth track is centered around how to manage the growth of a startup. This track covers all aspects of a growing company, including digital marketing, inbound and outbound sales, customer experience, and hiring a team fit for the growth and success of a startup.
  • The Maker track encompasses the physical products created by startups. This track is locally focused to Denver industry - from outdoor rec, distilling, brewing, and crafting, to connected devices, open-source hardware, 3D printing, and IOT, and more. The Maker track connects budding companies with breakout brands, new technologies in manufacturing, and a network of artisans, engineers, and enterprises.
  • The Product track is centered around project management, development, and marketing. This track tackles the process of creating project management in fledging companies, developing product development strategies, finding a career in product management, and more. (Too Specific??)
  • The Developer track encompasses all kinds of development, from tech to architecture to industry and more. The developer track often spotlights the future possibilities of many industries, from technological advances of the future, to progressive methodology, and more. (True??)


Past speakers at Denver Startup Week have included Mark Cuban, Gary Vaynerchuk, Casey Neistat, Sasha DiGiulian, Kimbal Musk, the stars of the HBO series, Silicon Valley, and other entrepreneurial leaders.[1]

Speakers confirmed for 2018 include Carrie Dorr (Pure Barre Founder & CEO), Vince Kadlubek (Meow Wolf Co-Founder & CEO), and countless other international, national, and local entrepreneurial leaders.


In 2017, Denver Startup Week hosted 18,880 registered attendees - a 42% increase from an attendance of 13,334 in 2016. A variety of programming included 376 sessions ranging in track, format, and attendance. Each session was held in one of the 81 venues located in the central Denver area.[2]

Among the attendees there were 1,544 registered participants from 48 states (Alaska and Mississippi were the only two states with no attendees at Denver Startup Week).  Over 8,880 people experienced Basecamp Launched by Chase for Business. Over 500 volunteers were involved throughout the week long event.[2]

Denver Startup Week created 99+ million social media impressions on #DENStartupWeek (a 102% increase from 2016), with a social media audience of over 17.6 million people viewing 20,000+ posts. 50,000 individual users visited the DSW website, creating 850,000+ distinct page views.

The city of Denver is home to a growing scene for startup businesses. Forbes Magazine rate Denver the fourth best city in America for business and careers.[3], and the second best city to start a business in 2017[4]. The number of startups founded per year in Denver has increased in the last few years, with just under 100 in 2014, and just under 180 in 2017[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Denver Startup Week 2017 hit record attendance (again)". The Denver Post. 2017-10-06. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 http://www.downtowndenver.com/wp-content/uploads/2017-Startup-Report-1.pdf
  3. "Best Places For Business and Careers". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  4. Post, Tom. "Denver, CO - pg.2". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-06-11.

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