Proposals sought for West Slope Startup Week

The deadline for submitting proposals for presentations and speakers at the upcoming West Slope Startup Week has been extended to June 16.

The free regional business conference is scheduled for Aug. 21 to 25 in Durango. The event will be held both in-person and virtually, offering participants the option to choose between the two.

“We are thrilled to be hosting the West Slope Startup Week in Durango this year,” said Rachel Crawford, lead organizer. “Startup Week is about bringing people together to share knowledge, build connections and create opportunities. Whether you’re an experienced entrepreneur or just starting out, there will be something for everyone at this year’s West Slope Startup Week.”

West Slope Startup Week follows the TechStars Startup Week format used in hundreds of communities around the world. Startup weeks offer participants professional business development and continued education as well as networking and opportunities to pitch for funding.

The events offer information to everyone from serial entrepreneurs looking to launch their next projects to those considering starting businesses. Business owners and managers — including those in retailing and restaurants — learn about finance, human resources, marketing and other topics.

West Slope Startup Week also will include the selection of winners in the Greater Colorado Pitch Series, which offers entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch their businesses to a group of investors and support organizations.

Proposals for speakers and sessions should be submitted online to

For more information about West Slope Startup Week, visit the website at