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 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Entrepreneurship & Collaboration Celebration: WSSW 2023 Partners Reception

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Come join us for a celebration of collaboration at West Slope Startup Week 2023, as Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network Colorado (BEN), Startup Colorado, Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs (SCAPE), Hubspot for Startups, and the Greater Colorado Venture Fund (GCVF) come together to host a networking happy hour.

We are gathering the most influential minds in the Colorado Western Slope's entrepreneurial ecosystem to celebrate our vibrant community, forge meaningful connections, and ignite our collective startup spirit.

Plan on inspiring conversations, making valuable connections, and celebrating our thriving entrepreneurial community.

Serial entrepreneurs, ambitious startups, innovative scale-ups, esteemed advisors, seasoned mentors, industry leaders, and newcomers to the Western Slope startup community are welcome.

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Brittany Cupp

Program Director, Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs (SCAPE)
Brittany Cupp is the Program and Community Manager for the Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs (SCAPE). She is a long-time Durango resident and Fort Lewis College Fine Arts graduate. She has worked in design, marketing and sales for regional startups, large media... Read More →
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Kay Henze

CEO & Executive Director, Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network (BEN) Colorado
Kay Henze is an accomplished business builder, independent director, and strategic advisor.  An expert in expanding businesses, she has worked for scale-up’s to Fortune 15 companies, leading all aspects of business strategy and operations with profit and loss accountability ranging... Read More →
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Marc Nager

Partner, Greater Colorado Venture Fund
Co-founder of Startup Weekend and UP Global, former Chief Community Officer at Techstars, now Partner at Greater Colorado Venture Fund investing in Rural CO companies and proving VC for Rural America.
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Walter Mannino

Principal Business Development Manager, Hubspot
Walter started his career in Sports, where he worked for the NBAs Phoenix Suns and the University of Texas Longhorns Athletic Department. Here, he focused on creating the best experience for Partners and Fans while attending games. He left this role to then focus on supporting Startups... Read More →

Tuesday August 22, 2023 5:30pm - 6:30pm MDT
The Powerhouse