Mad Libs. Vibrancy. What is the difference between an incubator and an accelerator? These were all part of the Startup America Summit in Boulder, Colorado June 4 and 5, 2012. For two days, the Centennial State was Entrepreneur Central with more than 120 regional Startup America champions and wannabes journeying to Boulder, including me and Cory Bolotsky from MassChallenge/Startup Summer. We are part of the Startup Massachusetts advisory board.
The Startup America Partnership (love the singularly simple domainhttp://www.s.co ) is based on a simple premise: young, growing companies create jobs. Over the last year and a half, Startup America has been creating a nationwide network of entrepreneurship boosters to support entrepreneurs. The regional organizations share best practices and ideas. Both were plentiful at the two day conference held in the Wolf Law School building on the campus of the University of Colorado.
The Wolf building is also the site of the Boulder New Tech Meetup, a monthly gathering of the local tech and startup crowd. Several of us stuck around Tuesday night, delaying our departure to sit in on the presentations. Akin to many Boston region tech-oriented meetups, the Boulder event gave several startups the opportunity to present their creations to the packed house. Bonuses included some pre-event networking and a jack rabbit fast round of job opening announcements. (“Hi, my name is John, I work for a stealthy startup and we need someone who knows Java.”)