Colorado Springs Startup Week is a week-long celebration of innovation, entrepreneurialism, and the creative spaces and places that make up the Colorado Springs startup ecosystem.

Startup Week is a collective demonstration of Colorado Springs’ COMMITMENT to ENTREPRENEURIALISM, INCLUSIVITY, and STARTUP SUPPORT to all participants that experience the week.

Everyone who participates will LEARN something that BENEFITS their business or them personally. Participants will have the opportunity to CONNECT with others, and participate in SHOWCASING OUR COMMUNITY as an emerging startup market not to be ignored.
Tuesday, September 10 • 9:00am - 12:00pm
The Small City with Big Ideas Experience Manitou Springs

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Across the country and the world, communities are realizing the power of the creative economy and experiential business. Manitou Springs has been supporting creative entrepreneurs before it was trendy, and in partnership with Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) will share the tools, resources, and networks essential to building the systems to feed the business ecosystem.

THE EXPERIENCE ECONOMY: THE BUSINESS OF BANKABLE MOMENTS: 74% of Americans prioritize experiences over products or things. Nationally, it’s estimated that consumers are spending $160 to $180 billion annually on experiences. In 2017, visitors to Colorado spent nearly $21 billion on experiencing our state. Welcome to the Experience Economy; an economy where moments matter. This panel will unpack how developers, place managers and creative sector workers can collaborate to take advantage of this market opportunity while using this momentum to strategically address community wellness, equity and opportunity.

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Brian Corrigan

Brian Corrigan is an artist and creative placemaking strategist working at the intersection of creative economy, technology and community development. His work focuses on strategically positioning creativity as a renewable resource that powers economic opportunity and entrepreneurship... Read More →
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Natalie Johnson

Executive Director, Manitou Art Center
Natalie Johnson thrives on building community. She has been the Executive Director of the Manitou Art Center for the last three years and just recently became the Executive Director of the Manitou Springs Creative District. A Manitoid at heart, this is where she lives, works and... Read More →

Tuesday September 10, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Manitou Arts Center 513 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829, USA

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