There’s a lot of crazy energy in Boulder this week. Finals are almost over, graduation and summer are days away, and one of Boulder’s nerdiest events is just around the corner.

Boulder Startup Week (#BSW 14) begins on Monday, giving nerds of all stripes a chance to learn more about Boulder’s startup ecosystem. Most of the events are free, and it’s a great way to start the summer — or to keep your post-grad job search going.

You don’t have to work for a startup or even be all that techy to enjoy Boulder Startup Week; it’s set up to be friendly to startup veterans and noobs alike. They’re even trying out a new system this year with a number of different “tracks” ranging from Adventure (events like hikes and free yoga classes) to Social Impact and everything in between.

Whether you’re looking for a startup job or internship, want to meet new people, or just want to peek into the Boulder startup world, make sure you check out Boulder Startup Week. Here are my top event picks:

Getting a Job at a Startup

Tuesday 3-5 p.m., Shine

It’s almost impossible to throw an iPhone without hitting a Boulder startup that’s hiring. Recent grads (and overly prepared current students) have a chance to learn tips and tricks for getting a startup job.

Intern Best Practices “Fourum”

Tuesday 4-5 p.m., Spark Boulder

This event is tailored to students looking for interships and employers who want to hire interns. After the four-person panel (hence, “fourum”) presents, there’ll be some time for networking, so hopefully you can meet your internship match.

Startup Crawl

Tuesday 5-8 p.m., various locations

I loved last year’s startup crawl. You get to check out some of Boulder’s awesome startup offices, meet their teams, and have a beer or two. It’s a super casual event that’s perfect for the curious.

Caffeinated Mornings

Thursday, May 15, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Scrib

Caffeinated Mornings is one of my favorite recurring Boulder startup events; it’s tailored to creatives who may not be as into the tech side of things. This special BSW edition about the importance of branding is one you won’t want to miss.

Meet your Makers

Friday, May 16, 4:30-7 p.m., The Studio Boulder

Jen Lewin, one of the makers behind The Studio Boulder, is totally brilliant and my new art obsession. Check out this open house event to learn more about the maker movement, and to see what local makers are up to.

If you’re new to the startup scene, don’t worry — the BSW organizers have worked to make the events welcoming to everyone, and the community is supportive of new people. Learn more about BSW at

Jess Ryan is a community manager and CU grad. She writes about nerdy things once a week for the Colorado Daily. On Twitter: @JessicaLRyan.

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