Got an idea? Colorado Springs startup weekend is for you

September 30, 2015 Updated: October 1, 2015 at 7:00 am
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photo - Photo via Colorado Springs Startup Weekend Facebook page.
Photo via Colorado Springs Startup Weekend Facebook page. 

Got an idea? Now is your chance to test it out.

An array of workshops and mentoring sessions are coming to Colorado Springs, beginning Friday, as part of a pair of free entrepreneurial events.

Startup Weekend, an intensive workshop scheduled to run from Friday to Sunday, will allow people to pitch an idea, form a team and come up with a business model over the weekend, said Sam Elliott, with Peak Startup, a nonprofit that promotes the area's entrepreneurial community.

"As soon as Saturday hits its boots on the ground and you're going," he said.

The city's fourth annual weekend event will be held at Epicentral Coworking, 415 N. Tejon St., and about 30 people are expected to attend.

Formed in 2014 after a merger of two local groups, Peak Startup is hosting the weekend training and a subsequent weeklong workshop planned to bring together area entrepreneurs and leaders.

Meanwhile, about 70 free events and 65 speakers are expected to make up the five-day Colorado Springs Startup Week that begins Monday. The second annual event is expected to allow those who took part in the weekend training to build off what they learned but also provide a diverse set of options for other attendees.

"Whether you're an artist, a developer or basic creator that's entrepreneurship," said Michelle Parvinrouh, a program director for Peak Startup.

About 160 people have signed up to attend the events scheduled for multiple areas in the region, she said.

With cities across the United States and world also hosting the weekend and weeklong startup workshops, Parvinrouh and Elliott say the events provide a unique opportunity for area entrepreneurs.

"The whole idea of Startup Week and Startup Weekend is to encourage people to empower themselves," Elliott said.

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Contact Stephen Hobbs: 636-0275

Twitter @bystephenhobbs

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