Each year, our city comes alive once again when winter releases its frosty grip. Spring has finally arrived and with it the much-anticipated Boulder Startup Week. This year’s event looks a little different due to social distancing guidelines, however, the week promises to enlighten, engage, and inform all who attend. Here’s what you should know.
About Boulder Startup Week
Now in its 11th year, BSW has always focused on inclusivity and engagement. The entire event is free and open to the public. Over a decade has passed and the event continues to draw crowds from all over. Attendees arrive with varying goals, from expanding their current operations to forming a nonprofit to networking with industry peers. Thousands of people spend the week sharing their stories, triumphs, and struggles in the fast-paced startup world.
Typically, events take place around town at various restaurants, retailers, and venues, but this year, the entire five-day conference will take place online. Glider, the group behind this educational event, considered cancelling BSW due to COVID-19, but decided that hosting an online only forum would boost spirits and raise entrepreneurial morale. This year boasts over 200 (online) events encompassing 30 different tracks. From aerospace to nonprofits, and everything in between, interested participants are sure to find a session that suits their needs.
When and Where
Guests can log on from their home computer, tablet, or phone to catch the lectures. From May 11 to May 15, discussions will take place throughout the day and cover an array of topics. A complete schedule has yet to be released, but interested parties may sign up for BSW’s email updates here to stay informed.
How to Help
Our vibrant community wouldn’t be the same without the fearless, determined individuals that work hard and play hard. Boulder tends to draw those with entrepreneurial spirits, fierce dedication, and impassioned goals. Tech CEOs, world-renowned chefs, decorated athletes, awarded musicians and more populate our diverse city, inspiring events like Boulder Startup Week.
In times like these, it’s crucial to remember that it takes a village. BWS has helped countless individuals dig deep and start their own companies. It’s entirely volunteer-run and supported through sponsorships by local businesses. Consider becoming a sponsor or donating a small amount of time toward this year’s Boulder Startup Week. This year’s volunteer opportunities include logistics, marketing, content development, and more.
Many of us have felt isolated in our struggles and solitude over the past month, but hope is on the horizon. Everyday life is picking back up again in economies across America.. Events like Boulder Startup Week remind us that there is a whole world to get back to and we need to support one another as we enter a new “normal”.