Springs entrepreneurs ready to pitch ideas at Startup Weekend Denver

Entrepreneurs from around the state will meet this month to pitch their best startup ideas, and then work like mad during 54 hours to create a viable business plan.

It’s Startup Weekend Denver Oct. 19-21 and entrepreneurs are preparing to put forth their best new startup business ideas in hopes of hitting one out of the park.

All ideas are welcome and will be voted on by their peers. Teams will form around the top ideas and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing and market validation.

“Anyone can come,” said Nick Lee, Peak Venture Group board member and co-organizer of Startup Weekend Denver. “It could be one person with idea — everyone pitches their ideas and the crowd chooses their favorite, and then they try to turn it into business in course of the weekend.”

Lee is hoping Colorado Springs entrepreneurs will show up in masse in Denver. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. One of the judges will be Colorado Springs entrepreneur Chris Franz, who is on the boards of Startup Colorado, Startup Colorado Springs and Peak Venture Group.

“There have many companies formed into real companies,” Lee said.

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement that started in 2007 for entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, but Startup Weekends have picked up steam across the world with more than 200 cities hosting events.

Boulder was the first to host a Colorado event. Colorado Springs entrepreneurs Ian and Nick Lee are helping organize this year’s event in Denver and hope to sponsor a Colorado Springs Startup Weekend here next year.

“We can’t wait to be a part of this exciting event and we’re looking forward to gaining the experience and knowledge that will enable us to put on a similarly successful event in Colorado Springs in the near future” said Nick Lee.

The idea around the event is to help entrepreneurs be better prepared to navigate the world of startups.

“As soon as we heard there was going to be a Startup Weekend in Denver, we reached out to organizer Jon Rossi and volunteered to help in any way,” said Ian Lee, Startup Colorado Springs board member and co-organizer of Startup Weekend Denver. “Jon, who is always eager to form connections between the Colorado Springs and Denver startup communities, got us involved right away and we can’t wait to be a part of this great event.”

Colorado Springs entrepreneursinterested in attending Startup Weekend Denver are encouraged to contact Nick Lee at nick@StartupColoradoSprings.com for discounted tickets. To find out more, visit denver.startupweekend.org.


3 Responses to Springs entrepreneurs ready to pitch ideas at Startup Weekend Denver

  1. Lame. This event is designed to remove $99 from attendees and place it squarely into the hands of the organizers. You are better off pitching on Kickstarter, at least a few of those projects actually get funded.

    October 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm

  2. IcePick, Have you ever attended a Startup Weekend event? If not, I’d love to have you attend Startup Weekend Denver and I bet we can change your mind.

    Nick Lee
    October 12, 2012 at 9:27 am

  3. Nick, glad to see you representing the local community with this initiative. I also wanted to mention that the week after this event is the Denver Startup Week (http://denverstartupweek.org/) which has some great events going on. And our company, KidReports, has been selected as a finalist for the Colorado Technology Association’s DEMOgala Challenge (http://www.demogala.com/demo-challenge-companies) as well as having been nominated for the Apex Awards Technology Entrepreneur of the year.

    Leif Ullman
    October 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm