Welcome to West Slope Startup Week! We’re celebrating our 5th year and gathering in Durango, CO, August 21–25, 2023.

Every session, meetup, workshop, lecture, discussion, and celebration is in-person, radically inclusive, and totally FREE!
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Monday, August 21 • 9:30am - 11:30am
Kickstart Your Journey at West Slope Startup Week

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Get ready for an exciting kick-off to West Slope Startup Week 2023, where we will learn from each other, build a culture of innovation, and celebrate entrepreneurial spirit in the West Slope region.

What is your why? What ignites the entrepreneurial spirit within you? Lead Organizer, Vanessa McCrann, will open our program by helping you connect to the essence of your why, leverage the tremendous collective energy of this event, align your focus, and make the most of your experience!

Connection lies at the core of West Slope Startup Week. Be inspired by our opening keynote from Bob Ewing, Founder of the Ewing School and esteemed public speaking coach. He will share the principles to quickly create meaningful human connections, illuminating principles that can help you get the most out of WSSW 2023.

Of course, what good are principles if you don't put them into practice? Maryrose Ewing, CEO of the Ewing School and master communicator, will guide you through an interactive exercise to help you hone the art of talking about yourself and your business when connecting 1-on-1 with others. You'll apply the principles of effective human connection to forge genuine relationships.

Get ready to be part of something extraordinary—where entrepreneurs, innovators, and trailblazers converge, at the West Slope Startup Week 2023 opening session.

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Bob Ewing

Founder, Ewing School
Bob Ewing, Founder of the Ewing School, is a prominent coach for high-level executives and entrepreneurs worldwide. In just the last year, Bob has successfully coached leaders to deliver powerful speeches in Paris, New York, DC, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and the U.K. – while helping... Read More →
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Vanessa McCrann

Lead Organizer, West Slope Startup Week
Vanessa McCrann supports rural entrepreneurship in Colorado through the Startup Colorado Network as their Community Manager. Her strengths are communication, logistics, and problem-solving. You can find her hosting Lean Coffee virtual networking events every month, where rural entrepreneurs and business support agents gather to share resources and business advice. Vanessa brings 7+ ye... Read More →
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Maryrose Ewing

CEO, Ewing School
Maryrose helps people make progress.Maryrose’s coaching focuses on building clarity and confidence in what you have to say. And the ability to connect it to any audience.She works with people to help them understand their current skill level and make a plan to keep growing. Whether... Read More →

Monday August 21, 2023 9:30am - 11:30am MDT
FLC - Center for Innovation