Innovators, investors and tech sector insiders will be in Riverside later this month, sharing their knowledge of what it takes to get an enterprise off of the ground and where the opportunities may be in the Inland Empire.

The inaugural Riverside Startup Week is slated for Sept. 25-29 at multiple downtown venues, including the Box Theater, City Hall and the Riverside County Administrative Center.

“Startup Week is a testament to the business growth and excitement generated by our entrepreneurial ecosystem in Riverside,” Mayor Rusty Bailey said. “If you believe in the entrepreneurial spirit, Startup Week is the place for you.”

The five-day event is intended to open prospective tech entrepreneurs’ eyes to digital development possibilities and how to take advantage of changes in the marketplace, according to organizers. There will also be numerous mentoring workshops, networking mixers and talks from business leaders.

“This regional event will allow all inland Southern California entrepreneurs to come together and learn how to pitch to investors, build a minimal viable product, monetize their apps and source new team members for their startup,” said Steve Massa, the city’s economic development coordinator.

“The ecosystem we are building … increases investment opportunities for entrepreneurs who are committed to building and scaling businesses in our region,” he said.

Among those slated to speak are Scott Miller, inventor of the Roomba self-guided vacuum, Jason Calacanis, a seed investor for Airbnb and Uber, Gordon Bourns, chairman and founder of engineering firm Bourns Inc. in Riverside, and Jack Dangermond, CEO of Redlands-based ESRI, a mapping software firm.

“Launching our first Startup Week is a huge step to promoting our region as a destination for startup activity,” Councilman Jim Perry said. “I’m excited to see the ideas and future businesses that eventually matriculate from such an effort.”

All of the workshops, talks and mixers are free. However, due to space limitations, not everyone may gain entry, depending on the venue.

Registration is required at . The website also provides information on where each particular event is taking place.

–City News Service

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