CSU partners with Startup Week

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For the third year, Colorado State University is actively involved in Denver Startup Week, a five-day event celebrating entrepreneurship in the Mile High City.

CSU will host 13 sessions in the CSU Denver Center Atrium, 475 17th St., Suite 200, including three sessions presented by the university and highlighting the entrepreneurial focus, innovative efforts and programmatic expertise at CSU.

More than 10,000 people are expected to participate in Denver Startup Week, and it has become the fourth largest startup week in the country – and largest free startup week – after only four years in existence, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said Monday morning at the Denver Startup Week kickoff breakfast.

CSU Sessions Expanded – Sign up!

Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders Reception

Executive Vice Chancellor of the CSU System Amy Parsons, College of Business Dean Beth Walker, Vice President of Operations and CFO Lynn Johnson, and many other influential women leaders from CSU host the Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders Reception, 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the CSU Denver Center.

Is All Press Good Press?

Public relations is the art of telling your story to the world around you, but the age-old “all press is good press” mantra can get anyone into trouble. A panel of CSU alumni and PR experts offer up their inside take on the importance of receiving press, if there is such a thing as bad press, and how to address negative coverage within the ever-changing media landscape. Is All Press Good Press? is 10-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1 at the CSU Denver Center.

  • Moderator: Lane Lyon, former reporter for KMGH Channel 7
  • Jessica Roe, former executive producer at KUSA-TV and chief communications officer in Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Office of Information Technology
  • Melissa Brandon, field communications for Charles Schwab, former executive director of communications for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
  • Marc Williams, Public Information Officer for Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

Through the Valley of Death, or Life Until Revenue

How do startups avoid crashing and burning between initial funding and real revenue? Steve Albers, Entrepreneur and Licensing Manager at CSU Ventures, will be joined by two company founders to discuss surviving the Valley of Death on the journey to profitability. Through the Valley of Death, or Life Until Revenue is 10-11:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 2 at the CSU Denver Center.

  • Moderator: Steve Albers, co-founder of Living Ink
  • James Schrack, co-founder of Stuff’n Mallows and graduate of the CSU Hatchery program at the Innosphere
  • Cynthia Banks, company founder of GlobaLinks, current owner of New World Ventures, and mentor for the Venture Accelerator Program in the Institute for Entrepreneurship

@DENStartupWeek at @CSUDenverCenter Schedule


12-1:30 p.m. – Product Discovery Gamestorming – Having fun, learning what to build

2-3:30 p.m. – Running Design Thinking, Collaboration, and Rapid Prototyping Work Sessions – A Workshop on Running Design Workshops

5-6 p.m. – Mappy Hour


8-9:30 a.m. – Convertible, Crowdfunded & More: Financing Options for Early-Stage Founders

10-11:30 a.m. – Smoke and Mirrors – A Codeless Approach to Rapid Prototyping

12-1:30 p.m. – Are You Working as a Team? How Successful Product and Marketing Managers Work Together to Leverage Pirate Metrics

4-6 p.m. – Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders Reception


10-11:30 a.m. – Is All Press Good Press?

12-1:30 p.m. – What’s an Accessible App, and Why Does it Matter?

2-3:30 p.m. – How to Rank for your #1 Keyword

4-5:30 p.m. – Quantitative Product Decisions


10-11:30 a.m. – Through the Valley of Death, or Life Until Revenue

12-1:30 p.m. – Cannabis: Managing a Team in a New Industry

Why Denver?

Denver is home to more than 47,000 Colorado State University alumni, and CSU remains the school of choice for Colorado high school students, with more than 50 percent of CSU freshman from the Denver area.

Denver Startup Week aligns with many university initiatives and existing partnerships in the Denver area, and provides an opportunity to showcase the entrepreneurial opportunities and expertise available at CSU.

More about Denver Startup Week.