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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Simone Johnson

International Indigenous Youth Council
Treasurer & Director of Finance
Greater Denver Area
Board of Directors & Finance @ IIYC | Digital Marketing @ CableLabs |

Human rights activist, promotora and youth mentor. Treasurer & Director of Finance for the International Indigenous Youth Council, a social justice, indigenous rights non-profit rooted in community organizing, mobilizing youth and leadership development.

The International Indigenous Youth Council (IIYC) is an organization that was started and led by womxn and two-spirit peoples during the Standing Rock Indigenous Uprising of 2016, while peacefully protecting the Cannonball and Missouri Rivers against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The IIYC has extended its reach by establishing chapters across Turtle Island, in regions including Chicago, Denver, South Dakota, Texas, New Mexico, Twin Cities Minnesota and Southern California.

The IIYC aspires to inspire young individuals to build bridges of solidarity and become leaders of their communities through education, spiritual practice and civic engagement. Through action and ceremony, the IIYC commits to building a sustainable future for the next seven generations.