Austin Startup Week hopes to connect community as it goes virtual its tenth year – Business – Austin American-Statesman

Austin entrepreneur Jacqueline Hughes has made more than 100 calls this week alone, as she prepares for one of the biggest events of the year for Austin’s entrepreneurial community.

But if all goes as planned, Hughes will be able to catch dozens of speakers, panels, and pitches and attend a virtual startup crawl — all from the comfort of home next week for the annual Austin Startup Week.

Hughes co-founded the event with Joshua Baer, who runs Austin-based accelerator Capital Factory, in 2011, as a way to bring together the startup community. For a decade, Austin Startup Week has been a can’t-miss for Austin entrepreneurs and emerging businesses to meet yearly, pitch business plans, network, and mingle.

But this year, rather than packed booths and standing-room-only panels, participants will gather virtually in chat rooms, video calls and virtual maps from Oct. 5-8.

The event joins the ranks of a number

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