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seattlestartupweek5POSTERThere’s so much percolating in Seattle’s startup ecosystem. We see it everyday in the companies we cover, checking out innovative ideas; meeting inspiring entrepreneurs and discovering revolutionary products that change how we work, play, travel and communicate.

StartupWeek_horiz_tealOf course, one of the best ways to tap into the startup ecosystem is to actually get out and meet some folks. That’s why we’re so excited to present Seattle Startup Week, a full slate of meetups, activities and events taking place at various venues throughout the city from Oct. 18 to Oct. 30.

What’s in store? Well, just about everything — from full-fledged startup conferences like NWEN’s Entrepreneur University and GeekWire’s Startup Day to more casual get togethers like the Startup Crawl and Seattle Tech Meetup.

seattlestartupmicrosoftieGeekWire is proud to present Startup Week, working in conjunction with funding partners TechStars and the TechStars After Party to create a hub of activities that unite the community that inform, inspire and educate those around the importance of startups. A special thanks to Gina Phillips who has been busily putting the pieces in place for the week, including the amazing infographic above created by the team at Killer Infographics.

Speaking of the infographic, you’ll want to pay especially close attention to those characters.

Over the course of the next month, we’ll be placing the individual cards at various coffee shops, bars, restaurants and tech events around the city.

Collect all five of the “Seattle founder” playing cards — from “The Hype Guy” to “The Serial Flipper” to “The Former Microsoftie”  — and present them for free entry to GeekWire’s “Battle of the Geek Bands” on Friday, Oct. 25th.

OK, 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. 

The Events

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)

geekgirlcon11Saturday and Sunday, October 19-20

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

Seattle Tech Meetup (Geeks, beers, food and great discussion, The Hub)

Seattle Tech Meetup After Party Karaoke Competition (Bust out your classic songs, Fuel)

Culture of Trust Workshop (Kyle Kesterson leads this session, Location TBD)

Brad Stone: The Everything Store (Reading from Stone’s new book about, Town Hall)

Wednesday, October 23

technwTechNW (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

Super Seattle JS (Geek out with javascript, Urbanspoon HQ)

Thursday, October 24

App Conext (Get your apps discovered, Seattle Public Library)

techstars-casinoTechStars 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)

Monday, October 28 to Wednesday, October 30

Seattle Interactive Conference, (Great talks, panels and networking, The Conference Center)

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