DENVER – Thousands of people are expected to converge on downtown Denver next week for the sixth annual Denver Startup Week.
This year’s event, which kicks off Monday, Sept. 25 and runs through Friday, Sept. 29, will feature about 350 networking sessions, workshops, panel discussions and other events geared toward startup founders and other entrepreneurs in Denver’s quickly-growing business startup scene.
Organizers expect more than 13,000 people to attend Startup Week events.
For the first time this year, organizers have invited 50 “ambassadors” from other states to attend and learn about what makes Denver such a great place to get a startup going. Organizers said more than 400 people applied to be ambassadors.
“Downtown Denver is an enviable intersection of a talented workforce, high quality of life and engaged community that is attracting significant levels of investment and attention,” said Tami Door, president and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership and a member of Denver Startup Week’s organizing committee. “Denver Startup Week is a showcase of a year-round culture of innovation and entrepreneurship that is home to nearly 5,000 center city startup employees and more than 700 startups yielding some of the most innovative companies and leaders in the world.”
Headline events include a “Women Who Startup Summit,” a job fair with nearly 100 businesses and a “startup crawl” where people can go inside local startups and see how they work.
There are also sessions focused on marijuana, the health industry, diversity and inclusion and the “Internet of Things.”
In addition, organizers have lined up some big names for speaking engagements, including businessman Mark Cuban, DISH founder and CEO Charlie Ergen, Brad Feld, Marty Cagan, Kimbal Musk and U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon.