"I Attended Denver Startup Week. Now What?"

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Denver Startup Week has come and gone. It was a long, fun week filled with informative sessions and alcohol-rich social events. Now that it’s over, what are we supposed to do? Yes, getting back to our normal lives has been a huge relief, but if you’re still looking to scratch that startup itch you got last week, then you’ve come to the right place.

1. Built-In Colorado

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Photo: 23rd Studios.

Built-In Colorado is a great resource for all things startup in the Centennial State. One of the added perks of joining the BIC crew is Built-In Brews: a monthly hangout at a different startup. I’ve been to my fair share of Built-In Brews, and I meet at least a few new people at every one. The BIB organizers are trying this new thing out where attendees must purchase a $5 ticket deposit to save their spot at the event (and to ensure that Built-In Colorado keeps their attendee numbers up). You get refunded the $5 upon arrival to the Built-In Brews venue (because the event is actually FREE), so don’t let that deter you from checking out the scene. Startups like ReadyTalk, SolidFire, and Craftsy are in the hosting queue for the next few events.

2. Women Who Startup

I have a lot of love for Women Who Startup. Not only did Lizelle organize a great panel for Women Who Startup’s headline event, but she actually does that every month. Okay, technically she doesn’t have eight kickass panelists at every Women Who Startup meetup, but she does bring in one amazing leader from the Denver/Boulder community each month to talk about her experiences as a businesswoman and/or female entrepreneur. While it is a female-specific meetup, men are often welcomed as guest speakers or attendees!

cocktail3. Startups Drink Local

Shameless plug time, folks! Commerce Kitchen is kicking off Startups Drink Local next month, on October 16. What is it? After the hilarity of Clash of the Cocktails was over, we decided to continue helping build the camaraderie that is so present in our Denver startup community. Startups Drink Local was born from the idea that every startup has its own neighborhood hangout. For us, it’s Adrift on South Broadway. Every month, we’ll be co-hosting a meetup with a different startup at their neighborhood bar, pub, brewery, etc. to support local businesses. Want your startup (and your favorite neighborhood bar) to get some love from the Denver startup community? Email me at jen[at]commercekitchen[dot]com!

Denver’s startup community is exactly that: a community. If last week’s shenanigans weren’t proof enough that we have something very special here in the Mile High City, then I hope you take advantage of these opportunities!