untitled-2Are you thinking about starting your own business? If so, you should consider attending the highly-popular Seattle Startup Week. The free, five-day festival (now in its third year) begins on Nov. 14 and features more than 150 informational sessions with a range of speakers who will share their knowledge and experiences all to help local entrepreneurs launch and grow their companies.

We checked the schedule and noted some events with Eastside connections that piqued our interests.

Real Talk: Black & Brown Startup Entrepreneurs

Monday, Nov. 14, 5:30 p.m.

David Ortiz, a veteran video game and entertainment technology developer and the CEO and founder of Redmond-based Emortal Sports, will join a panel of African American and Latino business owners to discuss technology entrepreneurs of color (Seattle Startup Week organizers note only one percent of funded startup founders are African American). This group will share tips about launching, fundraising, hiring, and leading startup companies in an industry that could be better served by more diversity.

Nonprofit Startups: A Look Back

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 1 p.m.

This session will offer insight into starting your own nonprofit organization, such as building an effective board, gaining community support, fundraising, donor engagement, and marketing. Putter Bert, president and CEO of Kids Quest Children’s Museum, is a scheduled panelist.

The Dark Side of Entrepreneurship, What No One is Talking About

Wednesday, Nov 16, 12 p.m.

A startup entrepreneur’s world can be filled with stress and self-doubt. Is my company growing fast enough? Am I making the right hiring decisions? Are my investors satisfied with my company’s revenue goals? Will my company succeed even after I poured all those financial and emotional resources into it? Those are some of the anxiety-laced questions moderator Peter Chee, CEO and founder of Redmond-based Thinkspace, will unpack and discuss with a panel of experts that includes Seattle Mariners and Seattle Seahawks sideline reporter Jen Mueller, founder of Issaquah-based Talk Sporty To Me.

Navigating the Co-Working Landscape

Thursday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m.

A panel of co-working experts, including WeWork Pacific Northwest general manager Gina Phillips (WeWork plans to open a location in Bellevue next year) will discuss the benefits of working in these collaborative and communal spaces.

Fore! The Key to Success is Focus

Friday., Nov. 18, 2 p.m.

Get out of the office and onto the fairways at the Bellevue Golf Course to learn more about how this sport can be a great way to reduce stress, clear your mind, and hone your focus. Angel investor Gary Rubens of Start It Labs in Bellevue will join participants who will be offered a bucket of golf balls and time on the driving range, as well as the opportunity to share their business stories and acquire tips for reducing stress.

For a full schedule of Seattle Startup Week events, visit Seattle Startup Week’s website.

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