Startup Week conference offers insight to local entrepreneurship

September 19, 2016

Rachel Librach

rlibrach@uccs.edu

     To celebrate local entrepreneurs and startup businesses, Peak Startup in Colorado Springs will host the Startup Week conference Sept. 26-30 at various venues downtown.

     This will be the third year Startup Week in Colorado Springs is hosted by Peak Startup, a local nonprofit organization that helps foster the success of entrepreneurs in the community.

     Over 40 speakers and 50 events will be at Startup Week this year. Some of the speakers include community members, CEO’s and UCCS students.

     The material covered at these conferences will vary from basic startup information to specified courses for experienced entrepreneurs.

     Student Government Association president and Peak Startup board member Sam Elliott will present two talks at the event. The first talk will explain why people should enter a startup business.

     The second provides insight on what a sequel database is and is targeted to more experienced entrepreneurs.

     Elliott’s presentations are Sept. 27 from 12:30-4 p.m.

     Startup Week is a great way for students to learn about startup companies, according to Elliott.

     “Startup week was originally formed to be an educational event that really offers great expertise and incredible business knowledge to anyone interested,” he said.

     Junior Bachelor of Innovation in computer science major Chantz Large is a local entrepreneur who co-founded a business called Patron Act, which helps schools and libraries create a sound infrastructure and communication system.

     Large said it is important for UCCS students to attend these events no matter what their major is.

     “I believe entrepreneurship is a mindset that’s going to be important for individual success as the working world progressively changes more and more rapidly every day,” said Large.

     “Even if they are not interested in starting a company or being executives, there are skills that can be adapted to their own interests and can help them succeed in their own fields of study.”

     Large will also present at the event. His talks will provide insight to the leading startup methodology and how non-technical founders can foster relationships with higher developers.

     His talks will be at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 28, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 29 and 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 30.

     Large said that this event offers great networking opportunities and internship possibilities.

     “For students interested in being a part of a founding team, they should really participate in this great immersive experience,” he said.

     For days, times, venues, a list of speakers and registration students can go to coloradosprings.startupweek. com.

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