Denver Startup Week 2013 Schedule Features 125 Events, Seth Godin

Talk about rapidly scaling the size of a new startup.

Denver Startup Week is back for its second year, and organizers released the event’s schedule Thursday. It’s pretty big, with more than 125 events scheduled around Denver, most of them happening downtown.

The event, which runs Sept. 16-21, is Denver’s chance to showcase the tech startups that have launched in the city over the past few years. It’s also an opportunity for entrepreneurs and tech lovers to make connections and build community spirit.

Organizers say last year’s inaugural Startup Week featured more than 70 events, 3,500 attendees, and 500 companies. The Downtown Denver Partnership, Colorado Technology Association, and volunteers from the Denver community are behind Denver Startup Week.

To bring some order to the madness, the organizers have created what they call the Startup Week Basecamp at the corner of Larimer and 16th streets. It will be the hub of the event, and it will host speakers, panels, and other events.

The week begins Sept. 16 with a kickoff luncheon at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Author and entrepreneur Seth Godin is the event’s headliner, and he is scheduled to give the keynote speech. Convercent CEO Patrick Quinlan and FullContact CEO Bart Lorang also will be speaking. The event is open to the public, but space is limited.

Other marquee events include an opening night party at the McNichols building in the Denver Civic Center, the Startup Crawl on Sept. 18, and a super-sized edition of the Denver New Tech Meetup on Sept. 19 at the Paramount Theater. The week closes late Friday night with a farewell party at Galvanize.

The event isn’t just for fun, though, and features dozens of business- and tech-related panels. It includes a job fair Sept. 17 at the performing arts center.

All events are free to the public, but attendees should register in advance.

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