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Rye Finegan

Manager, Denver Startup Week & Innovation Programs

Rye manages Denver Startup Week, the largest free entrepreneurial event in North America, and Innovation Programs at the Downtown Denver Partnership. In this role, Rye oversees the Partnership’s efforts to make Denver Startup Week a cornerstone of entrepreneurial energy, innovation, and connection and to ensure that anyone who wants to start or grow a business can succeed in Downtown Denver. Prior to joining the Partnership, Rye was a member of The Nature Conservancy’s Corporate Practices team where he led the organization’s Global Business Council and worked with Fortune 500 companies to integrate the value of nature and ecosystem service considerations into critical business decision making. Rye is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and active on several non-profit advisory boards, including KIPP Colorado, the American Red Cross Colorado, and the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Alumni Council. To learn more about Denver Startup Week please visit