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.
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John Shepherd

Family Promise of Colorado Springs / Launch High School
Director of Finance & Operations
Colorado Springs
A creative thinker and experienced entrepreneur I love visioning and designing out-of-the-box solutions to address our society’s most pressing social, spiritual, and economic issues. I thrive on bringing the creative thinking process of the entrepreneurial world together with the compassionate outreach of social services (especially Kingdom-focused non-profits) to alleviate human suffering in our communities.

I’m experienced and skilled at building collaborative networks of individuals and organizations across the spectrum of for-profit businesses and non-profit social service agencies to deliver innovative solutions to BIG social problems. I currently work with organizations and initiatives addressing family and youth homelessness, youth and adult entrepreneurship education, economic development, substance abuse recovery, low income health care, and social enterprise development.