Ten Reasons Why We Are Excited for TENWEST

The annual TENWEST Festival commences this week and we are so excited for it! Created by Startup Tucson back in 2015, we love how TENWEST encompasses and highlights the city of Tucson into different paths: arts, entrepreneurship, technology and communities. This year it’s taking place from October 14 to October 22. There’s going to be a lot of energy, content and conversations going on all week throughout downtown but we wanted to share the top ten things we are excited for!

It’s Downtown

We may be a little biased because we are located downtown but the real reason why we love that TENWEST takes place in downtown Tucson is because of all the growth it’s been experiencing! An innovative festival taking place in an innovative part of the city is perfect.

Picking Up Our Badges

Local graffiti artist, Tim Pasqual, painted over all the TENWEST badges and it looks so amazing! So not only do our badges give us attendees access to all the insightful happenings of the week, but we’ll also be walking away with a piece of local art!

Meeting Likeminded People in Our Community

Being that we are a coworking space passionate about small, local businesses and startups, we can’t wait to be around all those who are passionate about that too. Sharing space with people whom share the same interests (and the same community!) is one reason why local events like this are the best.

Social Impact Summit

The Social Impact Summit takes place today and is by way of the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona. It consists of a full day of speakers, afternoon panels, roundtable discussions and an evening pitch competition between six great social impact finalists! Some panel topics include: “Why Women Entrepreneurship Matters for Southern Arizona Growth” and “Creating a Generation of Young Entrepreneurs in Southern Arizona.”


IdeaFunding – Arizona’s Conference on Startup Funding – takes place tomorrow at the Tucson Convention Center! The keynote speaker is Manny Fernandez, Silicon Valley angel investor, serial entrepreneur, and bestselling author featured on CNBC’s Make Me a Millionaire Investor.  Title of his discussion is, “How to Raise Capital for Your Startup.”

Our Panel Discussion

Connect Coworking will not only be exploring TENWEST through the week but we also have our very own panel discussion on Thursday titled, “No One Told Me This Sh*t Was Going to be Hard.” Our Operations Manager, Dani Schiess, will be moderating three panelists (who are Connect Members) and will be holding a conversation about the journey behind building a business.

All the Other Panel Talks

We’re not only looking forward to our panel because there are so many great ones taking place Thursday, Friday and Saturday! Some of our members are even panelists for other panels, which is so awesome! It’s going to be an inspiring end of the week.

Film Fest Tucson

From Friday to Sunday, films will be shown at Scottish Rite all day! Bust out the popcorn!

Evening Mixers

There are evening mixers ending off each day of TENWEST this week. On Thursday it will be taking place at MOCA and we love that venue! Cheers to networking and connecting after a day full insightful content. We’re all about that!


At the end of it all, a showcase of local music and makers will be happening at TENWEST FUSE! There will be musical performances, a beer garden with Dragoon Brewing Co., a food truck round up, and a Marketopolis Maker Fair. Best part? All door proceeds go to KXCI Community Radio!

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