Startup Week Comes to Downtown West Palm Beach

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By: Samuel Edwards

Special to the Boca Newspaper

Entrepreneurs, inventors, and innovators of all types will gather for Palm Beach Startup Week. Free and open to the public, this event will run from June 17th – 22nd at Venture X, located in Downtown West Palm Beach at 700 S Rosemary Ave, Suite 204 in Rosemary Square, previously known as CityPlace.

Palm Beach Startup Week 2019 is set to include between 30 and 50 individual workshops and seminars designed to help local businesses drive sales, traffic, and visibility to their growing companies. The event will be led by keynotes and speakers – including Dale Hedricks, Ray Titus and recently added Christopher Roog, Director of Economic Development for the City of West Palm Beach. Speakers are going to be lending their personal experience and insights to new and aspiring business owners in Palm Beach County.

Events will include the launch of the Women of Innovation Summit, designed to “recognize, encourage and advance female leaders who have the courage and passion to transform their ideas and ambitions into a reality,” and a new Corporate/Startup Innovation Summit, intended to educate business owners on topics like investment trends and business growth. The Annual State of Entrepreneurship will also be presented. 

Sam Edwards, a Startup Week coordinator noted that “the underlying philosophy of the event is driven by collaboration. The event is intended to bring a diverse group of professionals together so they can learn from each other, make new connections, and walk away with new insights about entrepreneurship and innovation.” Over 2,000 people from Palm Beach County and surrounding areas are expected to attend. 

The event kicks off with “Startup Boot Camp” at 9 a.m. on June 17th, followed shortly by other sessions and workshops including the  “Lunch & Learn with WPB Director of Economic Development,” “How to Drive Business From Google Search Results,” “How to Generate PR Mentions for Your Small or Medium Sized Business,” and “Leaders of Innovation.” Sessions later in the week will include a workshop that covers digital marketing topics like search engine optimization (SEO) and social media marketing, and “Fireside Chat: The Future of Work,” an open discussion on how new technologies and trends are changing the way we work. 

The full schedule of events for the week is available online. 

“Palm Beach Startup Week is perfect for entrepreneurs looking for more advice, knowledge, and resources so they can start or support a business. Business owners and leaders will also be in attendance to learn more about their competitors and new opportunities. It’s also a valuable place to network, whether you’re looking for a partner with whom you can start a business or a talented employee to help you design a new product or website,” says Connor Boss, Community Coordinator at Venture X West Palm Beach. 

Registration is not required to attend, but is recommended in order to receive updates on new headline speakers, programs, and events to be expected during the 5-day long celebration of startup innovation. You can register online and get more details at EventBrite or by visiting https://westpalmstartupweek.com/.