If You Go

What: Longmont Startup Week 2016 schedule preview

When: 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 14

Where: 300 Suns Brewing, 335 1st Ave.

Info: RSVP at meetup.com/Startup-Longmont/events/229990263/

For an event focused on emerging businesses, Longmont Startup Week is right where it should be: Growing.

The week-long celebration of all things startup has expanded to seven days (June 6 to 12) in its second year, adding weekend festivities to attract more of the community.

"Last year, it was a total experiment," said Jennifer Ferguson, vice president of LSW's board of directors. This year, "we're one more year down the road of the ecosystem being developed. Longmont is growing and so the startup community is, too."

About 70 events are planned, twice the amount in 2015. The schedule is being announced Thursday night at 300 Suns Brewing, 335 1st Ave. It's a fitting setting, given how much craft beer will feature in startup week festivities.

Ted Risk of Wibby Brewing will be delivering the closing keynote speech, and Left Hand is hosting an 8-hour concert in Roosevelt Park on June 11 that will feature all nine of Longmont's craft brewers.


"Partnering with Longmont Startup Week makes a ton of sense," said Joshua Goldberg, community and events manager for Left Hand. "We're dedicated to making Longmont the raddest town in Colorado. LSW has very similar values."

If there's one word that could sum up this year's startup week, it's inclusivity, said Janine Ledingham, director of local business and startup community for the Longmont Economic Development Partnership, a LSW sponsor.

"We're trying to line up content that would be inclusive to a lot of different business types: artists, culinary, design, tech, manufacturing," Ledingham said. As with adding evening and weekend events for residents with 9-to-5 jobs, the openness to more than just "traditional" startup industries like tech "reflects our desire as a city to be highly inclusive.

"There's a lot of cool stuff being made or worked on out of Longmont," Ferguson added. "It's just this wide variety of real people doing real things."

"The fact that we don't have a particular flavor is our flavor."

Shay Castle: 303-473-1626, castles@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/shayshinecastle