As the third annual Startup Week begins next week, and with Startup Weekend just around the corner (Nov. 11-13) — Peak Startup, a local nonprofit that organizes both events, is currently without a full-time, permanent executive director. However, there are plans to hire one in the next few months, according to founder Chris Franz.
Temporarily, Michelle Parvinrouh, a local business contractor who’s been Peak Startup’s interim program director before, is serving as interim executive director, handling logistics, advertising and speakers for the more than 100 networking, mentoring, and educational events Peak Startup puts on each year.
Royce Gomez served as Peak Startup’s last executive director until August, the only paid position in the organization, along with a 14-member board and about 15 volunteers, Franz said.
“The short answer is we won’t be officially hiring someone right now but will most likely put together a job description during the November-December time frame,” he said. “Michelle has great experience in the job, allowing us to be stable for a while.”
This year Startup Week will occur at Catalyst Campus and Epicentral Coworking and include over 50 lectures, panel discussions, breakout sessions and keynote speakers.
“We’re seeing lots of enthusiasm from a lot of new people, and expecting to have large crowds,” Franz said. “We have many speakers and businesses this year who haven’t participated before.”
To view the Startup Week schedule and to register visit coloradosprings.startupweek.co.