Immerse yourself in innovation at Launch Dayton Startup Weekend

March 8, 2022

April 8-10, designers, developers, marketing experts, students, entrepreneurs, and startup enthusiasts across the Dayton region will converge on the Arcade Innovation Hub for the first-ever Launch Dayton Startup Weekend.

Powered by Techstars, Startup Weekend is a jumping off point for entrepreneurship. Over the 54-hour event, attendees will share ideas, team up, and launch startups.

Launch Dayton Startup Weekend organizer Matt Veryser has participated and facilitated Startup Weekends and hackathons across Columbus, Miami University, Ball State University, Davidson College and Winston-Salem State University. He is excited to bring the event to Dayton.

“I love Startup Weekend because it is the single most catalytic entrepreneurial experience that I’ve ever witnessed,” Veryser said. “Firsthand, I’ve seen it change the career paths of 3 or 4 dozen people by changing the way they see the world.”

The Launch Dayton Startup Weekend Schedule

The goal of Launch Dayton Startup Weekend is to create an environment where passionate, driven, and like-minded people can come together to get things done — to learn, network, bridge the gap between trades, expose potential, and see actual results.

The event flows as follows:

  • Friday evening, participants gather, eat some Pizza Factory, and pitch ideas. Teams are formed around the most popular ideas pitched.
  • Saturday, teams return to develop the idea, validate their product/technology/business model, eat some ice cream, and hack together a minimum viable product
  • Sunday, teams put together their decks, then pitch their startups for prizes, including services to help their startup grow

On Saturday and Sunday, entrepreneurs and experts from the community will volunteer to serve as mentors for the Startup Weekend teams, helping them develop their business strategies and prototypes.

Get Your Tickets

Early-bird tickets are on sale for $50 until March 18, when tickets will go up to $75. Scholarships are available for college students and those who need them.

Launch Dayton Startup Weekend is sponsored by Ascend Innovations, Entrepreneurs’ Center, Mile Two, Parallax Advanced Research, and University of Dayton’s Crotty Center. Snag your ticket at

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