Startup Weekend Gunnison Valley

    Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018

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  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Gunnison Valley

Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018

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

540 Escalante Drive
Gunnison, CO 81230

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday November 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 November 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 November 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

3:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:30 pm

5:30 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Dennis Lankes
Co Founder at Proximity Space

Former Marketing and Business Consultant with an emphasis on social and viral mediums. Experience in development of digital assets and taking these mediums to the next level of distribution; particularly online video, live broadcast, and web publishing.  

Currently working with new and existing startups through Proximity Space Coworking to focus on acceleration and development of small business ideas in small to medium markets. Assisting in growing entrepreneurial community in Western Colorado through events. We implement programs for direct consumer communication through public wifi, online ad purchasing, social media distribution, and video production made specifically for web consumption.  

I live the Abrams slogan "Ideas not Ads". These "ideas" help me put new businesses in touch with their clients. I am an action consultant, I use digital actions to create in-person experiences.

Presently co owner of - Proximity Space Coworking, Abrams Business Strategy, and 8750ALT Telluride Gym

Previous experience working with Fox Sports, Michael's Arts & Crafts, Village Voice Media, CheckPoint Software.

Coaches and Mentors

Chris Greene
ICE Project Founder | Professor of Entrepreneurship at Western Colorado University

Chris Greene is an entrepreneur, attorney, and educator with over 20 years of experience working with startups. He is the founding executive director of the Innovation + Creativity + Entrepreneurship (ICE) Project, a Colorado 501(c)3, which works with higher education, local governments, and economic development organizations to support and create the spaces, programs, and innovators that make up vibrant rural entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Gunnison Valley 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.


Organizing Team

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

  • Lucas
  • Mack
  • Ryan
  • TJ
  • Chris


Jace Lieberman

Jace is a junior at DU studying computer science. From Seattle, he is an avid Seahawks fan and moved to Denver for the mountains. When he's not in the classroom, he's likely skiing or doing something outdoors. 
Jace got involved in the startup community in high school, and went on to work at TechStars and Startup Weekend HQ in Seattle. He has been to 16 Startup Weekend events world wide, and has organized Startup Weekend DU for the past 3 years.

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