About

Founded in Fort Collins is a free, 5-day celebration of entrepreneurship, community, and business literacy. Formerly known as Fort Collins Startup Week, the event became self-branded in 2022.

Led by a diverse group of local entrepreneurs and experts representing our community’s best and brightest business minds, each session is packed to the brim with actionable information on the topic at hand. Sessions and speakers are selected not just for the relevancy and applicability of the content, but also to represent well the social and cultural makeup of Fort Collins’ economy as a whole.

Abiding by the #GiveFirst mindset, these entrepreneurs have committed to freely share what they know and lift the community through the spirit of inclusion, supporting the idea that entrepreneurship should be accessible to everyone.

Founded in Fort Collins’ annual event reaffirms entrepreneurship as a primary driver for social, cultural, and economic equity, serves as a platform for local entrepreneurs to share what they know with the city they love, and empowers entrepreneurs of all stripes, backgrounds, and passions to build better businesses.

We’re presented by Howdy Neighbor Events (our fiduciary sponsor), organized by WTF Marketing, hosted in amazing spaces all over town, and everyone is welcome to participate.

The first Startup Week Fort Collins was held in 2014 and was run as a for-profit venture for two years. In 2016, the event was rebooted with help from local business leaders, the Innosphere, Colorado State University, and the City of Fort Collins to become a non-profit event with official licensing from Techstars.

Because of the radical departure from past events, the team counts 2016 as our “first” year. 2021 marked our first virtual event due to COVID-19, and 2022 ushered our brand renewal as Founded in FoCo.

In 2017 ARTupWeek was introduced and serves as a companion celebration of creative people building up the creative industries, creative environment, and creative community.

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