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 8 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Grand Junction Hometown Event

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Come hang out with hometown BIG thinkers, change-makers and CELEBRATE the Grand Junction Startup Community at the West Slope Startup Week 2023 GJ Hometown Event.

We are going informal and keeping it social on this beautiful summer night, gathering to connect, network, and make new friends.

The lineup:
  • Meet Rob James, co-owner of Ramblebine. He is celebrating their 3rd anniversary by sharing their startup success story (and giving BOGO drinks for our GJ hometown gang).
  • Bryan Wachs,  co-founder of WSSW and serial entrepreneur, will speak briefly on "The State of the Startup in GJ"  and the local ready-made resources for you to grow or expand your company.
  • Chat with Celeste Herron, WSSW 2023 Program Lead, and get the latest news on West Slope Startup Week 2023. She will share the highlights and answer your questions on getting there, being there, and designing your best startup week experience ever.

West Slope Startup Week Hometown events happen all over the Western Slope in the weeks leading up to the Big Week in Durango! This is your time to connect locally before making the journey to West Slope Startup Week.

West Slope Startup Week 2023 GJ Hometown Event is 
August 8th, from 4:30 to 6:30 at Ramblebine Brewery

Your Host:
Jeff Engel: Economic Development Champion and CSU Extension Regional Specialist. Jeff is dedicated to empowering vibrant communities in Western Colorado through capacity building and providing technical assistance to community leaders, and stakeholders focused on regional development.

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Bryan Wachs

Serial Entrepreneur, QuikrStuff
A serial entrepreneur with a remarkable track record of 35 successful business startups, expansions, mergers & acquisitions, and exits since 1984. He has become an invaluable regional resource for startup founders, guiding and supporting 36 companies throughout his career. Bryan is... Read More →
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Celeste Herron

Founder, Northern Crown Media
Celeste Herron is a strategist, brand storyteller, multidisciplinary designer, and creative director who helps startups, small businesses, and service agencies rapidly design, develop, and scale their product and service offerings. She is also the Programming Lead for WSSW 2023, an... Read More →
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Jeff Engell

CSU - Western Region Extension Campus
My specific domain expertise is in agriculture, energy, life science, food security, industrial production, and cleantech, resulting from having worked with 800+ entrepreneurs and small-to-medium sized enterprises to access capital, create product-market fit, and develop strategies... Read More →

Tuesday August 8, 2023 4:30pm - 6:30pm MDT
Ramblebine Brewery