DSW Guide, Day 5: Perspectives, Problems, Parties, and Plowing Ahead

9/20/13Follow @MichaelXBD

So, this is the end. Denver Startup Week draws to a close Friday with a big closing night bash at Galvanize and, down in the theatre district, the debut of a new art project that will turn downtown into an immersive street arcade next summer.

But before the fun and games—Galvanize also will host a cornhole tournament—the final day of sessions will try to wrap things up and give us some perspective as we head on into the rest of the year.

The Big Event

Getting perspective: The godfathers of startup communities and startup accelerators visit Galvanize (1062 Delaware St.) for a conversation that puts Denver Startup Week in perspective.

Techstars CEO David Cohen and Foundry Group managing director (and author of “Startup Communities”) Brad Feld are the headline speakers at the final keynote event scheduled to run from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

More Big Picture: At 10 a.m., Feld, Dell’s Entrepreneur-in-residence Ingrid Vandervelt, and local startup CEOs will be at Galvanize discussing other big issues facing startups in an age when it’s never been easier to launch a company, but there might be more opportunities than ever to screw things up.

What’s the F’in Problem: Tom Higley is a local entrepreneur with enough successes under his belt that now he’s looking for problems. Higley founded 10.10.10, an initiative that is trying to bring top entrepreneurs to Denver to create fundable companies that will address major social or global problems. In this event he’ll talk about evaluating opportunities for startups by using a problem/pain centered approach. The event is from 9 to 11 a.m. at Colorado State University Denver (475 17th St., Suite 200).

Michael Davidson is the editor of Xconomy Boulder/Denver. He covers startups, venture capital, clean tech, energy, aerospace, telecoms, and whatever else happens above 5,280 feet. Contact him at mdavidson@xconomy.com. Follow @MichaelXBD

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