Startup Weekend Women Denver

    Friday, February 9 - 11, 2018

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  4. Judges
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Women Denver

Friday, February 9 - 11, 2018

Friday, February 9 - 11, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Commons on Champa
1245 Champa Street
Denver, CO 80204

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Your idea in 54 hours

In 2017 only 17% of startups had female founders and only 5% of the U.S.’s biggest companies (by revenue) were run by women. We aim to change these statistics and we plan to start here in Denver! We're calling all women that have a business idea, need help creating a startup, or those that want to help, support and empower women in this endeavor by working with them for three days in a collaborative team environment.  

Startup Weekend Women Denver is here to encourage and inspire more female leaders in the startup world and to connect more women to the amazing amount of resources and mentors available in our startup community. The hardest part of starting up is starting out! Startup Weekend targets exactly this by immersing participants in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen. We know the power of women-led businesses and the talent women in leadership and tech bring to the entire team. That's why we want you to be a part of this weekend and join some of the most talented and entrepreneurial-minded women across our community.

What makes this event unique compared to other Startup Weekend events? Tech industry events tend to draw more male participants...though that is starting to change. We want to push that change into hyperdrive so we've designed an inclusive and welcoming weekend just for women in tech, interested in tech, entrepreneurship and business. A majority of the tickets are held for women, but we encourage men to come collaborate, support and inspire with us (though we ask for your help in bringing a female participant with you when you join us). The mentors and judges are a mix of men and women, and the Friday night pitches are reserved for women to showcase their startup ideas.

Join us to show the world what’s possible, and to help launch that idea you’ve been thinking about alongside other entrepreneurs and community members. Make friends. Grow your network. Have some fun. And maybe even start a company.

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What is Startup Weekend?
Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.
Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. Teams will hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local mentors and entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Starting a company can be chaotic and fun. Join Startup Weekend Women to surround yourself with an inclusive, supportive, and knowledgeable network to help launch your idea.

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Friday February 9th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday February 10th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday February 11th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Amy Baglan

Amy Baglan is the Founder and CEO of MeetMindful, where she’s on a mission to evolve the online dating world. MeetMindful is one of the fastest growing dating and networking platforms in the world, and is connecting the 36 million singles interested in mindful living, meditation, health and wellness, sustainability, spirituality, and personal growth.
Amy started her own journey of mindful living after years of growing early-stage startups in New York. She wanted to put that same ambition and drive inward towards herself so she quit her job, sold all her possessions, and bought a one-way ticket to travel through India, Thailand, Bali, and Cambodia for an entire year. She discovered the love of learning and finding new ways to expand her mind, body and spirit.
MeetMindful is the dating app for mindful and meaningful connections. Based in Denver, MeetMindful is a Techstars Boulder alumni, has grown to 16 employees, and has raised $3.8 million in capital from top investors, and world- renowned mindfulness teacher, Tara Brach.
Amy will share an inspiring story of personal and professional growth while navigating the challenges of the startup world as a female founder. 

Event Judges

Jenna Walker
Managing Director, Techstars Sustainability

Operating from a belief that the best ideas aren’t born behind desks, Jenna has a love for building lives and businesses grounded always in authenticity. Getting their start from a basement in 2012, Jenna served as Co-Founder and CEO of Artifact Uprising through June of 2016. Artifact Uprising is an ecommerce branding force that sells custom photo books and goods and has been featured on the Today Show, New York Times, InStyle Magazine, Forbes, Oprah’s Favorite Things, among others. At the end of 2014, the company was acquired by Bay Area technology company VSCO, where Jenna also served as an executive to support VSCO’s community of more than 30 million active users. Jenna is an advocate, mentor and speaker within the Colorado startup ecosystem - where she gives her time to support entrepreneurs through organizations including TechStars, Galvanize, 101010 and Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network. She has also served as an Entrepreneur in Residence for Listen, a Chicago based venture capital fund investing in early stage startups.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Women Denver team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.




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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Denver is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Andrea
  • Tara
  • Jordan
  • Kacey


Lindsey Danforth

Lindsey Danforth works in the field of Geospatial Information Systems (think of Google maps on steroids) and is also the co-founder of Girl Develop It Toledo. When not slaving away at the computer she enjoys high-adrenaline sports like ski racing and rock climbing. 

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