Startup week presentations continue through July

A total of more than 70 presentations, panel discussions and other online events are scheduled to continue through July as part of Techstars Startup Week West Slope.

The virtual regional conference is set for Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 30. There’s no charge for the sessions or deadline to register.

Techstars Startup Week West Slope is designed to share knowledge and expertise about starting and growing businesses while also building connections in the region. While the event will include information for tech firms and startups, sessions will offer something for everyone from the executives of larger companies to the proprietors of small businesses and their employees.

Sessions are grouped into eight tracks related to such topics as agriculture and food, capital, communications and technology.
A people track will offer information about developing leaders, building teams and fostering engagement. A makers track will focus on those making things — either with their hands or in operating high-tech equipment. What are billed as “toolbox” workshops will address fundamental topics and skills building.

There’s also a fun track that will include book club meetings, podcasts and a yoga class.

U.S. Bank, title sponsor of Techstars Startup Week West Slope, has scheduled sessions on equipment financing, U.S.
Small Business Administration lending, economic conditions and planning.

Four headline events are planned, including presentations by Aaron DeRose, general manager of WBS Coatings in Grand Junction, and Matt Vincent, the co-owner of Ska Brewing and founder of Ska Fabricating.

From 1 to 2 p.m. July 21, a presentation will feature David Brown, co-founder and chief executive officer of Techstars, and Brad Feld, managing director of the Foundry Group and co-founder of the Anchor Point Foundation.

From noon to 2 p.m. July 30, 10 finalists will compete in the Greater Colorado Pitch Event for $275,000 in investments.

Energize Colorado will offer a series of one-on-one sessions in which founders, executives and leadership teams seeking assistance in marketing, financing and business strategy can meet with mentors and subject matter experts for 30-minute virtual sessions.

For information about Techstars Startup Week West Slope, log on to the website located at