Last week during Denver Startup Week, the city of Denver recognized MindAptiv as one of six new ‘Denver Gazelles.’ We’re still recovering. For five days, we scrambled to print and hand out MindAptiv stickers and shirts. We networked, and networked, and networked some more. We attended and filmed events ranging from pitch challenges to culture talks to panels, panels, and more panels. We crashed a ‘Silicon Valley’ panel presentation where we confronted real actors portraying fictional characters that mirror what we’re doing in real life. And we celebrated an unexpected victory as our digital media guy, Dave Gannon, won a tweet competition and tons of Pied Piper swag.
Even more so now, we’re excited about the Denver scene and it’s potential to not just be another run-of-the-mill startup city. ‘We cannot follow the Silicon Valley [tech hub model],’ our CEO, Ken Granville, said during one of the startup week panels. ‘We can’t let them tell us what the path is – we have to define it. That means we have to take really bold moves.’
We were happy to be a part of the party, along with fellow ‘Gazelle’ trail blazers Blinker, Cloud Elements, Havenly, Parkifi, and SendGrid. After all, the competition’s getting fierce; the Denver startup scene is booming. ‘Selecting just a few firms to designate as Denver Gazelles was actually more challenging than ever this year,’ said Paul Washington, the executive director of the Denver Office for Economic Development (OED), in an article on bizjournals.com. ‘There is an astounding volume of venture capital flowing in Denver, so we had a strong field of candidates to review.’
With a 12 percent increase in attendance over last year, Denver Startup Week continues to make a name for itself as the largest free startup week in North America.
This year, the Denver Startup Week:
- Hosted more than 12,500 attendees for over 300 programs
- Landed 54 sponsorships, including Chase for Business
- Featured a job fair attended by nearly 1,500 people
- Represented more than 5,000 companies
- Served over 3,000 cups of coffee
We look forward to helping drive these numbers higher in 2017 when we return as a ‘Denver Gazelle’ alum.