Chase today announced it will join Techstars in supporting entrepreneur communities in Detroit and six other American cities through Startup Week powered by Chase, a community-led celebration of entrepreneurs.
Now in its second year, this national sponsorship grew out of Chase’s title role in Denver Startup Week, the largest free entrepreneur event in North America. Startup Week, under the guidance of Techstars, brings entrepreneurs, local leaders, and friends together over five days of free programming, speakers, education and networking to build momentum and opportunity around a community’s unique entrepreneurial identity.
"A city's level of entrepreneurship can be a good indicator of its long-term economic success," said JPMorgan Chase Chairman and CEO James Dimon. "I have no doubt Detroit Startup Week will quickly become the annual event to spotlight the resurgence of entrepreneurial activity - something I see every time I visit. Visionary entrepreneurs built Detroit, and today's enterprising community is central to its comeback."
The expanded sponsorship was announced today at the University of Colorado Boulder at an event called “Entrepreneurs Unplugged,” where Dimon spoke alongside Techstars’ founder Brad Feld.
Starting September 28 in Denver and continuing into spring 2016, the following cities will host a Startup Week:
|• Denver||September 28 – October 2, 2015|
|• Seattle||October 26-30, 2015|
|• Tampa Bay||February 8-12, 2016|
|• Phoenix||February 22-26, 2016|
|• Dallas||April 12-16, 2016|
|May 2-6, 2016|
|New for 2016! Date TBD|
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 $2.4 trillion and operations worldwide. Chase serves nearly half of America’s households with a broad range of financial services, including personal banking, credit cards, mortgages, auto financing, investment advice, small business loans and payment processing. Customers can choose how and where they want to bank: 5,500 branches, 18,000 ATMs, mobile, online and by phone. For more information, go to Chase.com. During Startup Weeks, follow #chasebasecamp for news and event information.
Techstars is a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market wherever they choose to build their business. With 18 mentorship-driven accelerator programs worldwide, Techstars exists to support the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey. Techstars provides access to over 5,000 founders, mentors investors, and corporate partners, allowing entrepreneurs to accelerate the pace of innovation and do more faster. Techstars makes entrepreneurship more accessible by providing access to capital, guidance, marketing, business development, customer acquisition, and recruitment. For more information, visit www.techstars.com.