Denver Startup Week: Passionate People
My birthday this year was a big one, not because of how old I was turning, but because of a series of events that occurred on that day.
A few weeks prior to my birthday, I had learned of an opportunity on LinkedIn to be a Denver Startup Week Ambassador.
An amazing group of people behind Denver Startup Week were bringing 50 non-local startup and tech industry leaders to Denver to attend the largest free entrepreneurial event in North America, meet local leaders, and experience the Denver tech scene first hand.
With over 13,000 people attending last year’s Denver Startup Week, I was curious to experience it myself. I was also in the process of applying to jobs in Denver and figured it could be a great way to network and learn more about the cool stuff going on in the startup scene there.
On my birthday, I was gifted with the news that I was selected as a Denver Startup Week Ambassador AND I would soon be moving out to Denver to start a new job.
When startup week arrived, I didn’t know what to expect. By the end of the week, I didn’t want it to end.
The fifty ambassadors came mostly big cities like SF, NYC and Chicago — with some of us coming from places like Tennessee and Vermont. We all had diverse backgrounds and experiences. It felt like adult startup summer camp getting to know everyone.
Throughout the week, I learned a lot — including the following.
1. DENVER HAS 300 DAYS OF SUNSHINE A YEAR.
We heard this A LOT as it was a rainy, cold week — which never happens apparently. Now having lived here for a little bit, I can confirm — that was a weird week. Despite the clouds, everyone we met had a sunny disposition.
2. DENVER HAS ONE OF THE MOST WALKABLE DOWNTOWNS IN THE NATION.
Myself and the other 50 ambassadors can confirm this, as we walked the majority of downtown visiting different startups (thanks to all of the host companies like SendGrid, iBotta and many more), attending various sessions during our free time.
3. “THE BEST EQUITY, IS SWEAT EQUITY.”
This was a quote from the panel with Charlie Ergan and Mark Cuban, hosted by Brad Feld. The panel was filled with insights, playful jabs at one another, and a camaraderie of fellow entrepreneurs.
4. THE DENVER STARTUP COMMUNITY IS EXTREMELY PASSIONATE.
The key theme throughout the week was passion. Each startup, each ambassadors, each person we met was filled with passion for one thing or another.
Passion for Colorado. Passion for Denver.
Passion for People.
Passion for What They Do.
The contagious passion and relationships formed during the week will be things I continue to take with me as I become part of the Denver Startup Week community myself.
As a side note, this year’s startup week was the most successful to date with over 18,000 people registered for the various events!
Huge thank you to goes out to Shelby and the Downtown Denver Partnership team as well as the Code team — Conor, Tara, Riley, and the rest of the people behind the Ambassador’s program.