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Launch Dayton Startup Week

  • 09/13/2021
  • 8:30 AM
  • 09/16/2021
  • 5:00 PM
  • The Arcade (various locations)

The Dayton region's premiere entrepreneurship conference

About this event

Launch Dayton Startup Week is the Dayton region’s premiere opportunity for entrepreneurs to connect and network with both resource providers and fellow founders. Speakers and workshops are curated to spur tangible progress for local businesses and to celebrate the diversity of our startup community.

This free, annual, week-long, entrepreneur-led, volunteer-run, community-focused conference brings together the region’s thinkers, dreamers, doers, makers, entrepreneurs and small business owners.

All experiences are welcome — whether a seasoned entrepreneur or new to the community, there is space to jump in.

Monday we'll kick off at 8:30a with inspirational stories and how-to talks from founders offering advice that applies across industry lines, all told from our main stage in the historic Dayton Arcade. Shop local businesses throughout the day at the Launch Dayton Startup Week Startup Market, hosted in partnership with Tae Winston, founder of the The Entrepreneurs' Marketplace, Shoppe & Connection. Stick around after the final keynote for a social hour, followed by the Launch Dayton Startup Week Early Risers Pitch Competition, where 10 local startups will compete for cash + prizes, starting at 6p

Want to pitch & win up to $5K in cash + prizes? Apply here by Aug. 13:

Tuesday through Thursday, dig deeper into your business with industry-specific tracks. We'll kick off after lunch and go until 8p to create more opportunities for aspiring founders to attend. Partners have curated a series of talks for founders innovating in the areas of:

• MedTech, curated by BioOhio;

• Food/Bev/Retail/Consumer Products, curated by Downtown Dayton Partnership and the Arcade Kitchen Incubator;

• SaaS, curated by Technology First

• Artists + Creative Entrepreneurs, curated by CultureWorks & hosted by The Contemporary;

• Defense, curated by Parallax Advanced Research and sponsored by Infinite Management Solutions & Treble One Aerospace;

• Future Tech, curated by OhioX;

And get hands-on with various workshop opportunities, including:

• Business 101 classes, curated by Early Risers Academy;

• Value prop, financials & investment workshops, curated by the Entrepreneurs' Center;

• marketing workshops, curated by LMG;

• and elevator pitch practice — in an actual elevator!

Attend this year's conference in-person or online. Join us in-person by entering the Dayton Arcade via The Hub Powered by PNC, at 31. S. Main Street, downtown Dayton. Park at the Reibold Garage on Fifth Street, or park at meters available around the building.

Prefer to attend virtually? Register now, and as the conference gets closer, we'll send you a link to download the official Launch Dayton Startup Week app. The app, available on iOS, Android and the web, will allow you to personalize your schedule, attend sessions, connect with attendees, find resources, and win prizes.

Launch Dayton Startup Week 2021 is made possible through support from title sponsors Canary Consulting, Fifth Third Bank, Entrepreneurs' Center and Parallax Advanced Research. See our full list of partners & sponsors here.

Launch Dayton Startup Week 2021 Tickets, Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 8:30 AM | Eventbrite

Meet Our Partners

Our Annual Partners share a common goal: to connect, strengthen, and champion the technology community in our region. A Technology First Partner is an elite member leading the support, development, and expansion of Technology First services. In return, Partners improve community visibility and increase their revenue. Make a difference in our region and your business. 

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Cornerstone Partners

1435 Cincinnati St, Ste 300, Dayton Ohio 45417

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