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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Tuesday, August 22 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Funding Your Dreams: Diverse Strategies for Accessing Capital

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From bank loans to personal savings, investments, credit cards, friends and family, and community development partners and institutions, we will explore a wide range of financing options in a rapidly changing landscape.

Our expert panel will guide you through the maze of options, helping you make informed decisions about accessing capital for your business, whether you're seeking traditional or alternative funding. 

Our panel features funding and small business finance experts like Mike from Prairie Rose Development/Kiva Colorado, Scott Romano from Energize Colorado, and Meghan Rauker from DreamSpring.

This diverse group will provide you with a well-rounded understanding of financing options from different perspectives.

Whether you are a budding start-up or scaling your existing business, this is a conversation you cannot afford to miss.

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Eric Eicher

President, Alpine Bank
Eric Eicher is president of Alpine Bank Durango and has been an employee-owner at the bank for 23 years. A Colorado native, Eric has lived in Durango for the past 16 years and is a proud alumni of Fort Lewis College.He’s an active community member and has served on several boards... Read More →
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Meghan Rauker

Community Engagement Officer, DreamSpring
Dedicated to supporting the growth of small business owners and entrepreneurs, my expertise lies in strategic operations, communications, and ecosystem building. I am passionate about optimizing systems and implementing change management initiatives that drive internal efficiency... Read More →
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Mike O'Donnell

Executive Director, Prairie Rose Development Corp.
Entrepreneurial ecosystem developerMike holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia.He began his career in the United States in 1990 as the... Read More →
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Scott Romano

Interim CEO, Energize Colorado
Scott is the Interim CEO at Energize Colorado, a nonprofit providing access to low-cost capital and support to Colorado’s smallest and most under-invested in entrepreneurs. Prior to Energize, Scott led a digital consulting firm, helping public-interest projects adopt new technologies... Read More →

Tuesday August 22, 2023 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
FLC - Center for Innovation