West Slope Startup Week Returns in 2020 to Bring Regional Entrepreneurs, Economic Leaders Together
Techstars Startup Week West Slope

MySalesButler provides internet sales and marketing services to creative agencies, marketers, and software companies. This article is part of an ongoing series to support entrepreneurship in thriving communities.

Three Days of Panels, Workshops, Networking

It was a typically bright and balmy morning in early June when several hundred people gathered at FACTORY, a co-working space in Grand Junction, Colorado. A hum of excitement filled the air as they nibbled on pastries and sipped coffee and juice.

Soon, they would fan out across downtown to attend presentations, panels, and workshops. Later, they’d meet up at a local trailhead for a social networking event.

The group included entrepreneurs, small business owners, employees and managers of startups, and regional economic leaders. They were looking forward to making friends and attending sessions.

It was another exciting day at West Slope Startup Week 2019. And it was a rousing success, with more than 350 attending the free, multi-day event.

MySalesButler was proud to play a large role at WSSW. CEO Bryan Wachs is a co-founder of the event and CCO John Walden co-led a workshop on digital marketing’s contribution to sales.

We’re excited to be involved in the next West Slope Startup Week June 1-5, 2020.

According to Wachs, “We’re looking forward to year two of West Slope Startup Week, as the feedback has been incredible. We hope to expand on the offerings via continued feedback. To be able to offer business people the ability to network, learn, participate and collaborate on a regional stage without going to the front range is very exciting.”

For this year, the first two days are Startup Week Hometown Days, with local entrepreneurs planning events in west slope communities such as Steamboat Springs, Montrose, Telluride, Vail, and Durango. Attendees will gather in Grand Junction from Wednesday, June 3 to Friday, June 5 for the main event.

Brewers, Farmers, Coders, and Makers: All Come Together For West Slope Startup Week

Startup Weeks are designed for entrepreneurs and founders of all levels – current, future, and repeat. They’re also valuable for employees working at a growing company, from entry to executive level.

Startup Weeks were created by the entrepreneurial network TechStars and each event is organized by local entrepreneurs. Startup Weeks are being held in 2020 in major cities such as Los Angeles, London, and Taipei, and smaller areas like Great Falls, Montana; Fort Collins, Colorado; and Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The events are designed to benefit all kinds of businesses and people. Owners of coffee shops, restaurants, bike shops, and breweries sit next to and make friends with agriculture producers, makers, and founders of high-growth tech companies. All learn from each other.

WSSW 2020 will cover eight business tracks:

  • Agriculture/Food
  • Capital
  • Communications
  • Fun!
  • Makers
  • People
  • Tech
  • Toolbox

Organizers are soliciting ideas and feedback about potential session topics within the eight tracks through a survey. The full schedule for WSSW 2020 will be released in April.

West Slope Startup Week is a great opportunity to share stories, learn from your peers, and celebrate entrepreneurship. We’ll see you there!