Boise Startup Week

Idaho's largest celebration of all things startup.

October 4 - 6, 2017 | Downtown Boise

A Techstars Event

About BSW

BSW 2017 features thought-provoking, informative, and entertaining events put on by over 50 collaborating organizations.

We at BSW believe entrepreneurialism is a way of life. It's an attitude that can galvanize and inspire us to achieve great things, and it can be cultivated in all of us. Startup Week is the perfect opportunity to bring together ambitious, curious people who will stop at nothing to innovate and create value for themselves and our community.

Whether you’re a startup founder looking for investment or mentorship, an employer looking for talent, an investor looking for prospects, or a student looking for work, Boise Startup Week is designed to empower you to make meaningful connections and learn from the best.

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Pitch Competition

The Pitch Competition allows applicants to attend a series of workshops designed to prepare founders to pitch their businesses to investors.

The workshops will be facilitated by Will Fowler of the Small Business Development Center, who has advised hundreds of startups on their pitch presentations and seen many of them successfully find growth capital. 

The Competition will culminate with a Demo Day on Friday, where founders will get the chance to pitch to a star-studded panel of investors, entrepreneurs and advisors. Winning founders will be eligible to receive a prize package designed to help grow their business.


Workshops will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 4 and Thursday Oct. 5.

Demo Day will be on Friday, Oct. 6.

VR Bash

VR Bash 2017 will feature up to 1,500 enthusiastic attendees and several world-class vendors, each bringing an array of exciting virtual and augmented reality experiences for the community to interact with. Last year’s sponsors included HTC VIVE, Unity Technologies, Silver Draft, and Black Box VR.

This year’s VR Bash Keynote is Robert Scoble. Scoble is a renowned technologist and is extremely passionate about Virtual and Augmented Reality and how they will change and disrupt business. Siri was launched in his house and he did the first live video from inside the first Tesla. Robert delivers a rocket ride through the future of technology, and shows you how your business is about to disrupted by mixed reality.


The VR Bash will take place at JUMP on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 5.

Presented by the Idaho Virtual Reality Council.

Keynote Speakers

Our Keynote Speakers bring diverse and insightful perspectives about what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur. Our Keynotes include:

Mark Solon, Managing Partner at TechStars. Mark brings years of experience as a highly successful entrepreneur and venture capital investor.

Nathan Barry, Founder and CEO of ConvertKit. ConvertKit offers email marketing services that help professional bloggers promote their work, sell products and expand their audiences. Read more about Nathan and ConvertKit in this recent Idaho Statesman feature.


Our Kickoff Keynote will take place Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 5pm. Additional Keynotes will speak Thursday, Oct. 5 and Friday, Oct. 6 at noon.

Recruiting Events & Startup Crawl

One of our main goals is to connect students from Idaho’s top universities with our most influential employers. Computer Science and Business students from BSU, U of I, ISU, NNU and BYU Idaho are scheduled to be at BSW looking to make connections with future employers.

The Employer Recruiting Session will allow participating companies to pitch in front of a large group of students. The pitches will be followed by an open networking session. The Recruiting Session will take place at 1:30pm on Thursday, Oct. 5.

The Startup Crawl will allow companies with downtown locations to open their doors and welcome students to tour their facilities. Startup Crawl sessions will be on Wednesday, Oct. 4 and Thursday, Oct. 5, each from 3pm to 5pm.


To get your company involved with any of these events, please review our Sponsor page and download our Sponsorship Prospectus. Contact us with any questions at


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