Boulder Rolls Out Welcome Mat as Startup Week Returns

Next week sees the return of Boulder Startup Week, bringing with it dozens of panels, hundreds of entrepreneurs, developers, and job seekers—and a seemingly endless supply of craft beer and free t-shirts.

The event always has had a healthy dose of panels with a “news you can use” focus, as well as parties and other fun events in the evening. That’s true this year, with dozens of events on tap. Check out the schedule for more. Here are a few events that might be worth a look:

—Networking, beer, and jobs. Boulder Startup Week always has plenty of events for job seekers. The two most noteworthy are the job fair and startup crawl.

The startup job fair is from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday. Job seekers also can check out the offices of a number of startups and meet potential contacts during the startup crawl, which begins at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. On the route (see this map) are about a dozen startups mostly clustered in downtown Boulder. In addition to being useful for networking and scouting, the crawl also is a chance to score free beer and lots of swag.

—Mindfulness and health. Several events this year look at the emotional and psychological toll trying to run a startup can take on an entrepreneur. At 1:30 p.m. on Monday, a panel will look at how startups can incorporate mindfulness practices and philosophies derived from Eastern religion—hey, this is Boulder, after all—to cope with the pressures and get the best results. The event is hosted at Naropa University.

On Friday at 9 a.m., there also is a panel that will take a look at health within the startup community, with a focus on work-life balance, depression, and burnout. It’s currently full, but more details and a waitlist are here.

—Diversity and tech. Making the tech world more accessible for women and people of color is an ongoing challenge. Next week, a few entrepreneurs and mentors will share their experiences. Among the panels are one scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday that’s dedicated to hiring for diversity and cultural fit, and a panel on noon Wednesday about lessons learned by companies that recruit female employees.

—SEC regulations, seriously? Seriously. Whether you have high or low expectations for equity crowdfunding, you almost certainly didn’t expect the SEC to come forward with regulations that would allow startups to raise up to $50 million a year from non-accredited investors while advertising its shares to the public. A panel titled, “The New Reg A+ (“IPO lite”): Raise Millions for Your Business from the Crowd” will try to unpack what those regulations mean. It is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

 

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