Get ready Seattle. We’re about to embark on an informative and fun stretch of events, meetups and parties — a rocking week (really 10+ days) of activities that make up the first-ever Seattle Startup Week.
GeekWire is excited to present Seattle Startup Week, unifying many of the activities that are going on this month from some of the city’s top startup-oriented organizations. Everyone from SURF Incubator to Seattle Tech Meetup to the WTIA to TechStars is participating, and we’re hopeful that those in the startup community will find something of value — whether you are looking to make the startup leap, trying to find developers or just want to trade war stories with other entrepreneurs.
We’re excited to partner with TechStars — as well as Demo Day afterparty organizers Bob Crimmins and Red Russak — on Seattle Startup Week who’ve generously offered both financial and marketing support. TechStars Demo Day is one of the important building blocks in Seattle’s tech ecosystem, and we’ll once again be there covering all of the great pitches and hanging out (perhaps even playing some poker) at the big bash next Thursday night at the Showbox Sodo.
This week would also not be possible without the hard work of Gina Phillips, who has spent countless hours organizing everything from the amazing infographics (see above from Killer Infographics) to the outreach to individual organizations to printing of marketing materials.
Gina also devised the idea behind the Startup Founder postcards, which have been distributed throughout coffee shops, restaurants and bars all over the city. They’ll also be handed out at various events over the next week. Collect all five, and you can use those postcards for free admission to the Battle of the Geek Bands and Costume Contest, GeekWire’s big party taking place after Startup Day on Oct. 25th.
Startup Week is already rolling. Things commenced this morning as the Northwest Entrepreneur Network kicked off the week with “Entrepreneur University” at the Hub, followed by tonight’s Startup Crawl through Pioneer Square. GeekWire’s Taylor Soper will be reporting from Entrepreneur University this morning, covering the opening session with Concur CEO Steve Singh and LiquidPlanner CEO Liz Pearce. Check back for updates. That should be a good one.
That’s just the beginning of what promises to be a fun-filled lineup of events. So, folks, are you ready to geek out?
Check out all of these amazing events, and remember to collect each of the five “Seattle founder” playing cards as you hit various events and hang out at geeky hotspots this month.
I hope you’ll join us for the fun, learning more about the startup process and meeting some great folks along the way.
Friday, October 18th
NWEN’s Entrepreneur University (Insights and wisdom from startup vets, The Hub)
Pioneer Square Startup Crawl (Grab some brews at some of Seattle’s coolest tech startups)
GeekGirlCon (Celebration of the Female Geek, The Conference Center)
Monday, October 21
Startup Grind (Q&A with Maveron’s Dan Levitan, Surf Incubator)
Get a Real Job Fair (Find a job at a startup, The Hub)
Tuesday, October 22
Entrepreneur Lunch (Eat some sandwiches from Tat’s and talk abut startup companies, SURF Incubator)
Seattle Tech Meetup (Geeks, beers, food and great discussion, The Hub)
Seattle Tech Meetup After Party Karaoke Competition (Bust out your classic songs, Fuel)
Brad Stone: The Everything Store (Reading from Stone’s new book about Amazon.com, Town Hall)
Wednesday, October 23
WTIA’s TechNW (Inside the connected car, Northeastern University)
Women in Tech (How to cultivate mentors, Columbia Tower Club)
App Conext (Get your apps discovered, Seattle Public Library
Startup Ideation Bootcamp (Learn how to get your company rolling, SURF Incubator)
App Conext (Get your apps discovered, Seattle Public Library)
TechStars Demo Day (Pitches from 11 emerging startups, Showbox Sodo)
TechStars After Party (Casino games and more fun, Showbox Sodo)
Friday, October 25
GeekWire’s Startup Day (Inspiration and advice from startup leaders, Showbox Sodo)
Battle of the Geek Bands (Rock out with some of Seattle’s geekiest rock and rollers, Showbox Sodo)
Friday, October 25 to Sunday, October 27
Kirkland Startup Weekend (Hatch a startup in record time, meet cool people, Google campus)
Monday, October 28 to Wednesday, October 30
Seattle Interactive Conference, (Great talks, panels and networking, The Conference Center)
A big thanks to Startup Week sponsor Evidence.com.
Also, make sure to sign up for Car2Go, which is offering all attendees a special $10 membership and 30 minutes of free driving time. Just use the promo code CAR2GOLIFE when you register here.
And, finally, thanks to Killer Infographics which designed the amazing founder postcards now circulating throughout the city, as well as our other amazing partners and supporters which can be found here.