Track listing and descriptions can be found on our About Page.
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 prior to making any arrangements in order to avoid potential conflict with other DSW sponsorship efforts. Please note that charging attendees for admittance to sessions is prohibited.
The community is encouraged to submit session ideas every year for Denver Startup Week. There is an open call for submissions every spring and interested presenters may submit their session ideas through the website during that time. Due to the volume of session proposals received, we cannot guarantee consideration of submissions submitted through alternate means and/or after the close of the CFP and reserve the right to decline these events. 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 should we choose to accept a late session.
This year's Call for Proposals is open from April 18 through May 20. Learn more here.
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 during the open voting period and organizers will announce the final program in the weeks thereafter.
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.
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!
Events take place throughout each day, beginning Monday morning through Friday afternoon. View the full schedule here and start registering now!
Not a problem. Denver Startup Week will manage all of the logistics for you. Please submit your session and we will work with you to determine the best venue fit once accepted.
Our tentative schedule is as follows:
- April 17-May 26 - Call for Session Submissions Open - ONE MONTH!
- April 26 - Community Kickoff Event
- May 30-June 6 - Public Voting Period - ONE WEEK!
- June 23 - Session organizers notified of status, asked to confirm
- August 3 - Schedule is announced; registration opens
- Major event and sponsorship cutoff date
- August 31 - Venues assigned, schedule finalized
- September - Speaker and volunteer orientation sessions
- September 19-22 - DENVER STARTUP WEEK!
We kindly request that all sessions be submitted through the Panel Picker within the CFP window. Due to the volume of session proposals 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.
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 primarily of pitches for products or services will not be considered.
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.
For session organizers: Denver Startup Week 2023 will be held fully in person. Session organizers should plan on presenting live during the week from one of our venues. There will be no Zoom rooms this year. Please indicate on the session submission form if you need to discuss accessibility (virtual options, ASL, or language interpretation). We’re committed to providing reasonable accommodations to our whole community as we welcome everyone back together in person!
For attendees: The schedule and registration will be live Aug. 3rd!
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, as well as those that showcase the diversity of our community. Pitches for a product or service will not be accepted.
Please review our 2020 CFP Submission Guidelines for more information.
For general questions on how to get involved, including volunteering, sponsoring and venue hosts, please email email@example.com.
For Track-specific questions and guidance on the Call for Proposals process, or if you are a session organizer, please email your Track Chair:
Product - firstname.lastname@example.org
Designer - email@example.com
Developer - firstname.lastname@example.org
Founder - email@example.com
Spotlight - firstname.lastname@example.org
Growth - email@example.com
Maker - firstname.lastname@example.org
People - email@example.com
You can find more information on our team and volunteers on the Team Page.