A Community Fostering Inspiration

Community is important. It gives us a sense of belonging and offers opportunities to learn and grow. On a personal level, communities provide a sense of security and well-being. Professionally, a strong community fosters an environment where ideas are born and innovations take form. In Boulder, the high-tech community is booming and offers a variety of avenues to network, expand expertise and support those around you.

Below are a few ways we have found to stay involved, learn from our peers and keep the inspirations flowing.

Boulder/Denver New Tech
Offered the first Tuesday of each month in Boulder and the third Thursday of each month in Denver, New Tech is networking, presenting and sharing at its finest. Present your new product or business strategy to get support and constructive criticism or attend to learn about what’s new and interesting in the world of tech.

Boulder Open Coffee Club
This group comes together every other Tuesday at Atlas Purveyors and offers an informal opportunity to talk all things tech and startups.

Boulder Startup Week
This is a relatively new annual event (2011 was the second one) and is five days filled with various events, networking opportunities and creative learning opportunities.

Startup Weekend Denver
This is a 54-hour event that is a great opportunity for budding entrepreneurs to test out their ideas (by actually working together to build the applications) and see what will fly. The last Startup Weekend in Denver was held recently on November 11th but there are other events throughout the year nationwide.

TechStars Boulder
Not only is this a great opportunity for startups to get matched with mentors but it offers the chance for others to learn as well. Stay on top of new trends and effective business strategies by watching local and national companies navigate the startup waters with the help of seasoned veterans. Get an inside look from their premier of the NYC TechStars on Bloomberg TV.

Ignite Boulder
A fun and upbeat event to get you thinking about a variety of topics and expose you to someone else’s point of view. Or, test your powers of persuasion and pick a topic to enlighten the audience with a mere 20 slides and 5 minutes. Not to mention, it’s a great networking opportunity.

University of Colorado, Silicon Flatirons Center
This University sponsored center facilitates meetings and opportunities to connect students with successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. It is also a great connection for the community outside of the University.

We know there are other great MeetUps and groups out there. Please comment and let us know how you’re staying on top of new tech innovations and business developments.

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