Gear up for PHX Startup Week 2017

Calling all entrepreneurs! Phoenix Startup Week is set to kick off on February 20th

Startup Week 2017 - PhoenixThe five-day event, which acts as a meeting space and think tank for local startup companies, is also an informative experience for people interested in entrepreneurship.  The organizers promise an atmosphere of excitement toward new ideas and a spirit of collaboration as attendees and speakers share stories and tips of their trade.

Where to find PHX Startup Week 2017

The free event is in its third year. Attendees will get a feel for not just Phoenix, but the metro area as well. Each day of activities will be held at a different location throughout the Valley, including Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe.

Startup Week locations are as follows:

  • February 20th – Galvanize, a computer coding school in Phoenix
  • February 21st – Grand Canyon University in Phoenix
  • February 22nd – Arizona Science Center/ University of Arizona College of Medicine, ending at CityScape in Phoenix
  • Feburary 23rd – The Quad, a workspace in Scottsdale
  • February 24th – Arizona State University’s Memorial Union in Tempe

Each day begins with coffee and registration then launches into a schedule packed with speaker sessions, with titles like “Own Your Story, Grow Your Startup,” “Making Products Personal,” and “Building a Brand from Zero.” There’s time for mentoring and networking built in as well as happy hours ending the first and last days.

Street Pitch

The conference’s most exciting event happens Wednesday night at CityScape. Central Avenue will be shut down as startups compete to win a big investment for their business. Hundreds of startups have submitted applications, and 10 will be chosen to give rapid-fire five-minute pitches to a panel of judges. The winner will receive a $50,000 investment in their business. Applications are closed for the competition, but with a whole street closed off, there will be plenty of room to cheer people on.

Speakers at PHX Startup Week

The list of notable speakers includes Jenny Poon, founder of CO+HOOTS; Dan Tyre, director of Hubspot; and Jonathan Cottrell, co-founder of Hopscratch.

Friday’s keynote features Kara Goldin, CEO and founder of San Francisco-based hint Inc. Her company produces award-winning unsweetened flavored waters, and she is an ASU alumna.

The event is sponsored by Chase Bank’s business program Chase for Business among many others, including Insight and the Salt River Project.

How to attend Startup Week

You can register to attend through Eventbrite on the conference website, phxstartupweek.com. Schedule and location information is also listed there.

Jessica Swarner

Author: Jessica Swarner

Jessica is a recent graduate of ASU where she studied political science and journalism. She is currently a researcher at a local cybersecurity company. Her hobbies include reading up on hacker forums on Tor and giving unsolicited podcast recommendations.

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