Entrepreneurial Spirit

Journalism students interviewing and taking photos at Denver Startup Week
Journalism students Annemie Isles, left, and Haley Dean report on Denver Startup Week as part of CSU’s partnership in the annual event. Photo by William A. Cotton / Colorado State University

University supports business growth at Denver Startup Week

Denver Startup Week is the world’s largest free entrepreneurial gathering, and Colorado State University was a key contributor and first-time title sponsor at the Fall 2018 event that brought together nearly 20,000 people to learn about and discuss innovations and business opportunities.

The University’s involvement is a reflection of its efforts to help build Colorado’s culture of innovation, said Scott Shrake, director of the CSU Institute for Entrepreneurship.

To that end, faculty from the Fort Collins and Global campuses helped kindle the entrepreneurial spirit through a record number of panel discussions and presentations at the sixth annual event in downtown Denver; opportunities in energy and food were among the topics. In addition, CSU students attended the Denver Startup Week job fair, and campus sustainability experts helped reduce event waste.

In a first-time partnership, CSU journalism students interviewed participants and produced news stories published in ColoradoBiz magazine.