The first Denver Startup Week got off to a roaring start, with Mayor Michael Hancock telling a packed luncheon that "we're going to knock out Silicon Valley.... We're going to become Silicon Mountain." To help in that effort, he announced the launch of Denver Capital Matrix, a resource directory of funding sources for entrepreneurs. It all sounds promising, but Denver has tried to knock out Silicon Valley before...and fallen flat.
In the late '90s, cities across the country looked to the booming area around San Jose and San Francisco and decided they wanted some of that Silicon Valley cash. In June 2000, the Metro Denver Network officially unveiled a pricey new slogan designed to lure high-tech industries to the Front Range. But somehow, "Convergence Corridor: Technology With Altitude" just didn't do the job.
Over the next six months, the stock market lost 2,000 points, tech money disappeared faster than your average Denver worker at 4 p.m. on a Friday, and the entire Convergence Corridor began to look like one big booster boondoggle. Or the Pink Slip Prairie.
A dozen years later, things are definitely looking up, as the city celebrates an impressive number of startups that have taken off in the metro...which has not been referred to as the "Convergence Corridor" at any of the events of Denver Startup Week. Those events continue through tomorrow, with a big gathering tonight at Galvanize. Here are the details:
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Denver Startup Week Finale Starters, Builders and Hustlers Bash
6-9 p.m. Galvanize, 1062 Delaware Street
Everything you need to close out an exceptional week in style: signature cocktails courtesy of Tanqueray, Bulleit, Ketel One, Don Julio, and Ogave soda, a local luminary and DJ spinning, and a street filled with some of the best food trucks in town*.
Bringing together Denver's most talented and passionate entrepreneurs, this night will be the culmination of the innovation and pure hustle that defines Denver Startup Week.
Admission free, but come hungry and don't forget your cash & cards.* Hosted by Galvanize and Denver Startup Week Sponsors
Find the complete Denver Startup Week schedule here.
Top officials have taken their campaign to woo companies to Colorado on the road. Learn more in our "Top five pitches for John Hickenlooper and Michael Hancock to use on California businesses."