From May 17 to 24 a group of startupenthuisiasts from Heerlen visited Boulder Colorado (and the Boulder Startup Week)
Boulder is a relatively small city (population: 100k) with a large city nearby: Denver (population: 4mln). Heerlen is in an area with a population of 4 mln, with several cities, the biggest being Liege with 500K, Brussels and Cologne are only one hour drive away.
Both Heerlen and Boulder are young cities and both grew out of a sudden interest in mining. For Heerlen it was coal, for Boulder gold. We assume this must have some effects that might be quite similar.
We thought it would be a great idea to get on a plane and visit Boulder during the Boulder Startup week to get a hands on experience of the startup eco system and find out if and how we could emulate, iterate and build upon this idea of a bottom-up startup ecosystem outside of hotbeds like Silicon Valley or metropolises like NYC.
SPARKCITY is where entrepreneurs, innovators and business people of all types go to start a conversation, an idea, an innovation, a business, a journey.
SPARKCITY is unique as it’s located in Germany and The Netherlands. We bridge the border and are the springboard to Europe’s largest mark
Founded by local entrepreneurs, SPARKCITY is a non-profit, community effort focused on helping develop the next generation of business successes in the Euregio.
SPARKCITY is collaborating with specialized resources throughout our community’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Along any startup journey they will play important roles in helping new businesses pursue their vision and spur their success.
SPARKCITY is a place for startups and mature tech companies in central Aachen and Heerlen, at the heart of a growing ecosystem. We offer an outstanding work environment with communal areas designed to facilitate collaboration. From a desk to 200 sqm units and 1000 sqm and above.
As an organic accelerator aimed at startups and founders at any stage, help is provided in various fields (e.g. law, financing, technology, design and branding). In office hours first issues are addressed and answered with the help of our network of mentors and industry specialists.
We offer an international network and location right in the middle of Europe’s largest market. We connect you to local, Euregional or international networks, entrepreneurs and businesses.
SPARKCITY was born in 2014, when we were looking for space to bring together likeminded founders. We had built a great fast-growing co-working place, but we felt an urge for more tech startups and a startup mindset.
Our mission is to create advantages for startups by providing space and support for them to start or grow their businesses. We are accelerating the Euregion ecosystem by providing a playground to those that want to invent, change, improve and grow. SPARKCITY bridges hardware tech, digital, smart services and the international tech community.
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