Startup Summer

Each year, Silicon Flatirons gathers entrepreneurs and students to enhance the summer internship experience.

About the Program

Startup Summer provides an energetic, high caliber boost to emerging company internships. This annual program, now in its tenth iteration, surfaces students who are ready to enter the world of startups, innovation, and emerging companies.

Interns at innovative companies across the Front Range and beyond gather weekly for entrepreneurial programming led by successful Colorado founders and C-level execs. Participants receive a curated tour of the startup ideation and creation process, build a venture with a team of their peers, and compete in an end-of-summer pitch contest for cash prizes.

View a recorded information session with the program organizers.


Who + Where + When

The 2021 iteration of the program will be hosted virtually, June through August.  All events start at 5:45 p.m. (MDT).

  • Thursday, June 10, 2021 — Startup Summer Kickoff
  • Tuesday, June 15, 2021 — Brainstorming 101 (How to find an idea worth doing!)
  • Thursday, June 17, 2021 Interview and Resume Workshop
  • Tuesday, June 22, 2021 Watch 1 – Minute Pitches + Team Assembly
  • Tuesday, June 29, 2021 — Summer Alumni Night
  • Tuesday, July 6, 2021 — Legal 101 & Founders Agreements
  • Tuesday, July 13, 2021 Customer Discovery & Value Proposition
  • Thursday, July 15, 2021 Bootstrapping & Early Financing Strategies
  • Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Pitching 101
  • Tuesday, July 27, 2021 Prototyping 101
  • Thursday, July 29, 2021 Pitch Practice Night
  • Tuesday, August 3, 2021 — Pitch Night Competition

Participation is open to undergraduate students who have obtained or are seeking a paid, full-time internship at a startup or emerging company. Spots are limited; students and companies are encouraged to express their interest now!

Contact Student Programs Director, Sara Schnittgrund, for details.


How to Apply

Complete the 2021 Startup Summer Application.


Information for Employers

Is your emerging company interested in maximizing the impact of summer interns? Consider taking part in Startup Summer to get the most out of the experience.

How does the program benefit my interns?

  • Exclusive opportunity to meet and learn from Colorado’s top entrepreneurs.
  • Build their peer network, engage in a worthwhile and rewarding summer activity, and compete for cash prizes.
  • Walk away with an understanding of how to build a company and sell themselves in their own career.

How does the program benefit my company?

  • Give back to the next-generation entrepreneurial community.
  • Help ensure your interns get the best experience possible.
  • Invitations to virtual networking happy hours and summer-end pitch night.

How can my company participate?

Employers can support the program in at least one of the following ways:

  • Send your interns to participate.
  • Commitment from at least one C-level executive to attend pitch night.
  • Provide at least one employee as a mentor to our students to be available for one-off mentorship needs.
  • Provide at least one employee as a pitch-coach to our students.
  • Become an official Silicon Flatirons Supporter.

Contact Student Programs Director, Sara Schnittgrund, for more information.

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Information for Students

Are you ready to enter the world of startups, innovation, and emerging companies? If so, Startup Summer is right for you!

Why Join?

  • Exclusive opportunity to meet and learn from Colorado’s top entrepreneurs.
  • Build your peer network.
  • Engage in a rewarding summer activity.
  • Compete for cash prizes.
  • Walk away with an understanding of how to build a company and sell yourself in your career.

How to Participate

  • Contact Student Programs Director, Sara Schnittgrund, to sign up.
  • Encourage your employer to sponsor you.

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Student Testimonials

The program provides insight from all walks of entrepreneurship, allowing students to really get a feel for what a startup entails. It’s a great way to connect with others starting out and experienced professionals.”

— Hannah Newton (2020)


“The opportunity to hear from influential figures in the Front Range startup community was unbeatable. Hearing them speak, I really came to see why Boulder is such a special place for entrepreneurship.

— Andy Bredar (2020)


“Startup Summer was incredible. I learned a ton about the process of building a business and met lots of new people, ranging from industry experts (such as the CEO of Sphero) to college students from across the country—the people involved are what made Startup Summer truly special.”

— Jackson Roberts (2019)


“I expected to learn a lot during Startup Summer, particularly how the startup I was interning for worked internally—and I did. What I didn’t expect was to get such an inside look into Boulder startup culture. Visiting the headquarters for companies like Sphero, Techstars, and Boomtown Accelerators was an incredibly cool experience, not to mention the opportunities we were given to speak candidly with leaders about their experiences, wins, and failures.”

— Elizabeth Damioli (2019)

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Startup Summer Archive


2020 Sponsors

Special thanks to the following official Silicon Flatirons Supporters for sponsoring the program.

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