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Tech entrepreneurs, students will meet at Startup Week in Boise

Michael Hollenbeck at Boise's first 1 Million Cups Event. Photo by Benton Alexander Smith

Startup Week Boise will include panel discussions with Idaho business owners. Michael Hollenbeck, CEO of Proskriptive, will be part of a panel that discusses the present and future of Boise’s tech startup scene. Photo by Benton Alexander Smith

Entrepreneurs and students from around the state are heading to Boise Oct. 17 through Oct. 21 to participate in more than 40 events for small businesses.

A team of Idaho business owners and economic developers worked with the startup accelerator Techstars to plan Boise’s first Startup Week. Startup Week is a nationwide event that celebrates startups by organizing panels, discussions and workshops to help educate small business owners.

About 75 cities are participating in Startup Week this year, said Nic Miller, director of economic development at city of Boise and a member of the Startup Boise planning team.

“We are finding there are more and more people in the community coming out of the woodwork to learn how to start a business and we thought this would be a good way to take advantage of that,” Miller said. “There is a hunger for getting people connected to mentors and resources and we want to show people they can start and grow a business in Boise. There are a lot of activities planned where anyone interested in starting a business can come and learn what that looks like.”

All of the events are free, but some are limited in size. Anyone interested in attending an event can register on the Boise Startup Week website.

The events are divided into different tracks. There are classes for developers, business owners, and talent. There is also a social impact track that will feature discussions with benefit corporations, or B Corps., such as Goodwell, which started in Boise last year.

“I think of Startup Week as Treefort for Startups,” Miller said. “When people think of startups they usually imagine tech, but we are trying to make this for everyone to show the breadth of Boise’s startup scene.”

Colleges and universities from around the state including University of Idaho, Northwest Nazarene University, Brigham Young University-Idaho, College of Southern Idaho and Idaho State University are sending about 150 students to the event.

Nic Miller

Nic Miller

“This is a chance for them to see that they don’t have to leave the state to carve out the opportunity they want,” Miller said.

Meet the newsroom

The editors and writers of the Idaho Business Review are participating in a panel discussion during Boise Startup Week to talk about how small business owners and others can use the publication for networking and growth.

The panel discussion is 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at Trailhead.

A full list of Startup Week events can be found on the Boise Startup Week website.

About Benton Alexander Smith

Benton Alexander Smith is a reporter for the Idaho Business Review, covering the Idaho Legislature, new business, technology and financial services.