Frequently Asked Questions

Denver Startup Week is a week of events showcasing Denver’s entrepreneur community in tech, design, business, and manufacturing.
Why do we need to vote on sessions?

The voting process makes Denver Startup Week a true community fueled event and encourages thousands of people to be a contributing part of building the week’s agenda. The community is encouraged to cast their votes for event and session ideas through July and organizers will announce the final events selected through the panel picker in mid-August.

How do I submit my session idea?

The community is encouraged to submit session ideas every year for Denver Startup Week. There is a submission period in the spring of each year where we open the panel picker for session submissions.

Who organizes the sessions?

Denver Startup Week is a community organized event. Sessions and events are organized by the community, voted on by the community and produced by the community. In addition, the Denver Startup Week organizing committee plans and hosts all keynote and headline events throughout the week.

What kind of ideas have the best chance of being selected?

All manner of sessions are welcome! In the past, individual or group presentations, panels, workshops, and social events have all worked quite well. Ideas focused on transferring knowledge to the community have the best chance of being selected, and we will give particular consideration to those that are unique, new or different. Pitches for a product or service will not be accepted.

What are the programming tracks?

Track listing and descriptions can be found on our About Page.

How often can I vote?

You may vote for as many events as you want, albeit only once per event. Be sure to tell your friends and colleagues to vote too!

What if I have an idea but no venue?

Not a problem. Denver Startup Week has multiple partnerships with local venues. Please submit your idea and if it is selected for the schedule we will work with you to arrange logistics.

What is the schedule for the week?

Events take place throughout each day, beginning Monday morning through Friday afternoon. Each slot is scheduled for 90 minutes, with 30 minute breaks between sessions for venue changeover and attendee transit. Please note that 90 minutes is just a suggestion - it is not required to fill the entire 90 minutes. Many successful sessions consist of 60 minutes of programming followed by 15 minutes of Q&A.

The available time slots are:

  • Breakfast: 8:00am - 9:30am
  • Morning: 10:00am - 11:30am
  • Lunch/Early Afternoon: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
  • Afternoon: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Late Afternoon: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • Evening: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Can I charge for my event? Do I have a budget? Can I find my own sponsors?

Our goal is to be a week of free and open events for the startup community, with costs generously covered by our sponsors, but we do realize that some events cost money to organize and may exceed our sponsorship dollars. Please contact us if you require a budget for your event and we will work with you. In the case of sponsorship coordinated by others, we ask that you notify us in advance to avoid potential conflict with other DSW sponsorship efforts.

What is the timeline for selecting sessions? When should I expect to hear back?

Our tentative schedule is as follows:

  • April 4 - Panel Picker opens for submissions

  • April 30 - Call for submissions closes

  • May 2 - Public voting/feedback on submissions begins

  • May 18 - Public commenting and voting on submissions ends

  • July 18 - Schedule is announced and attendee registration opens

  • September 24 - Denver Startup Week kicks off!

Please note that exact dates may be subject to slight change.

We kindly request that all sessions be submitted through the Panel Picker within the CFP window. Due to the volume of session proposal received, we cannot guarantee consideration of submissions submitted through alternate means and/or after the close of the CFP. Additional events may be added at the organizers' discretion up until a few weeks before the event, but we cannot guarantee promotional or marketing support. Get your ideas in early!

Who’s in charge of Denver Startup Week?

Denver Startup Week is organized by a small group of committed, year-round volunteers in conjunction with the Downtown Denver Partnership.

How does the public voting and commenting process work?

Once a track chair has approved a submission for posting to the panel picker, the community will be able to vote and comment on their favorite proposals. The organizing committee will use the vote totals and comments to guide final selection and scheduling decisions.

Track chairs reserve the right to withhold from public voting at their discretion any submission containing profanity, hateful or offensive language, or content that otherwise violates our Code of Conduct. Denver Startup Week is a community-driven event focused on knowledge sharing and relationship building. Sessions consisting solely of pitches for products or services will not be considered.

What are the selection criteria for submissions?

We're primarily looking for sessions that embody the goals and values of the week, provide real value to attendees, and promote the local community. We use a number of different criteria to evaluate sessions, including the appropriateness of the session to the goals of the week, the quality and thoughtfulness of the session description, the results of the public voting/commenting period, the overall balance of content for the week, the overall balance of speakers/companies represented during the week, and other factors.

We also tend to get many session proposals covering similar topics. In those cases, we may either pick representative sessions or try to combine multiple sessions into a single panel. However, in many of these cases we do feel that it is important to open up the schedule to different speakers and topics than we’ve had in previous years in order to expand our audience and subject areas. Occasionally, this may mean that sessions with high vote counts from the public voting period are not selected for inclusion in the current year's program.
Why is Denver Startup Week organizing this event?

There are several reasons, but the the one thing that is consistent is that we all want to make Denver an entrepreneurial center supported by a strong community of entrepreneurs, investors, government, and education.

Are the organizers making money off of the event?

No. Denver Startup Week operates under the 501(c)(3) umbrella of Denver Civic Ventures. All sponsorship income goes towards covering costs for the week and/or for future editions of DSW.

How do I become a sponsor?

Sponsorship information is available on our Sponsors page. You do not have to sponsor to organize a session, nor do we require sponsors to organize sessions. We could not produce an event the size or caliber of DSW without the generous support of our sponsors and we are extremely appreciative of any support to make the week the best it can be!

Who can I contact with questions?

For general inquiries, we'd love to hear from you at

For questions related to sponsorships, please email

Why is there a Code of Conduct?

Denver Startup Week has grown tremendously since its inception, and we are proud that the thousands of people involved have just as many different backgrounds and experiences. However, we have also found that as communities grow, our expectations of what is and is not appropriate are not always in line with one another. A code of conduct helps to clearly articulate these expectations so that we're all on the same page. It also clearly outlines all of our roles and responsibilities in ensuring that Denver Startup Week continues to be a safe and welcoming event for all who participate.

Who can I contact with questions?
If you have a general question, please feel free to hit us up via Twitter or e-mail

For specific inquiries, you may also contact a member of the organizing committee: