Each year Fort Collins Startup Week selects a piece of local art to represent it. This year's selection was "Gateway" by Lori Evans. Courtesy Andrew Schneider.

Fort Collins Startup Week to focus on access, inclusion

FORT COLLINS — Fort Collins Startup Week is tapping into two topics that have been on the minds of many this past year, with a theme of “access and inclusion” for the Feb. 25 to March 1 event.

Andrew Schneider, one of the organizers for Fort Collins Startup Week, said the theme came up as a response to what members of the community wanted to focus on this year. Over the week, there will be a series of panels and discussions diving into the themes of access, inclusion and how they apply to the world of startups and entrepreneurship.

Art and creative entrepreneurship will also be a major theme, as the event brings back Artup Week. Additional tracks include ones on business fundamentals, business operations, finance and investment, innovation, marketing and communications and technology. 

Startup Week also coincides with the Northern Colorado mayors summit on entrepreneurship this year.

“It will be a cool thing for us to be hosting that,” Schneider said. “The summit typically happens in the spring anyway, but we moved it earlier as a way to give people a lot to look at. They can go not just to the summit, but experience sessions and experience a little bit of the culture of Fort Collins while they’re here.”

Also part of Startup Week is the PitchNo.CO competition. The event will also be extended beyond the week to a Startup Weekend, which will start on Feb. 22 and will focus on music innovation, and a new event called Hack CSU, that will be a blockchain hackathon, the weekend after Startup Week.

Those interested in attending the week of free events, which takes place starting Feb. 25, can register online and sign up for different classes, panels and discussions.

 

FORT COLLINS — Fort Collins Startup Week is tapping into two topics that have been on the minds of many this past year, with a theme of “access and inclusion” for the Feb. 25 to March 1 event.

Andrew Schneider, one of the organizers for Fort Collins Startup Week, said the theme came up as a response to what members of the community wanted to focus on this year. Over the week, there will be a series of panels and discussions diving into the themes of access, inclusion and how they apply to the world of startups and entrepreneurship.

Art and creative entrepreneurship will also be a major theme, as the event brings back Artup Week. Additional tracks include ones on business fundamentals, business operations, finance and investment, innovation, marketing and communications and technology. 

Startup Week also coincides with the Northern Colorado mayors summit on entrepreneurship this year.

“It will be a cool thing for us to be hosting that,” Schneider said. “The summit typically happens in the spring anyway, but we moved it earlier as a way to give people a lot to look at. They can go not just to the summit, but experience sessions and experience a little bit of the culture of Fort Collins while they’re here.”

Also part of Startup Week is the PitchNo.CO competition. The event will also be extended beyond the week to a Startup Weekend, which will start on Feb. 22 and will focus on music innovation, and a new event called Hack CSU,…