The national sponsorship grew out of Chase’s title role in Denver Startup Week, the largest free entrepreneur event in North America. Startup Week features a platform of locally-organized events, as well as Basecamp, launched by Chase and conceived by Denver organizers as the epicenter of Startup Week activities.
“Startup Week celebrates the entrepreneur and connects them to essential local support systems,” said Scott Geller, CEO of Chase Business Banking, which serves 2.3 million small businesses across the country. “We are thrilled to help expand this innovative, community-led program that informs and inspires everyone in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.”
Starting September 15 in Denver and continuing into spring 2015, the following cities will host a Startup Week, created by local community leaders with support from UP Global and Chase:
Columbus, Ohio – Spring 2015
Phoenix – Winter 2015
|Dallas/Ft. Worth – Spring 2015||Seattle – Fall 2014|
|Denver – Fall 2014||Tampa – Winter 2015|
“There are very few organizations with the footprint and forward thinking Chase has,” said Marc Nager, Chief Executive Officer of UP Global, which hosts entrepreneur events in more than 500 cities around the world. “We believe entrepreneurs and the communities they live in are going to drive the growth in this country for future generations, and UP Global is proud to be working at the grassroots level with Chase to roll up our sleeves and support the hard-working entrepreneurs across America."
Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.5 trillion and operations worldwide. Chase serves nearly half of America’s households with a broad range of financial services, including personal banking, small business lending, mortgages, credit cards, auto financing and investment advice. Customers can choose how and where they want to bank: 5,600 branches, 20,000 ATMs, online, mobile and by phone. Chase Commerce Solutions is the #1 credit and debit card payment processor in the United States. More information about Chase is available at www.chase.com, @Chase and @ChaseSmallBiz and on Chase Facebook. During Startup Weeks, follow #chasebasecamp for news and event information.
About UP Global:
UP Global, the umbrella organization for Startup Weekend, Startup Next, Startup Education, Startup Digest and now Startup Week, currently fosters entrepreneurship in 500 cities across the world, serving over 150,000 innovators. By 2016, the organization will support 1,000 communities through partnerships with local grassroots leaders and partnerships with organizations including Google for Entrepreneurs, the Case Foundation and Kauffman Foundation among others. For more information, visit www.up.co and follow @upglobal and @startupweek.