Last call for pitch competition!

August 30, 2022

You have two more days to apply for this year’s Launch Dayton Startup Week Pitch Competition!

We’re looking for 10 founders to pitch for cash + services.

The innovation track is geared for tech-enabled startups or companies developing intellectual property that want to scale their business broadly & sell beyond the greater Dayton region. Winners will take home $5K in cash + $7,500 in services from Entrepreneurs’ Center and Converge Ventures.

The main street track is geared for companies that serve the local population such as restaurants, marketing firms, coffee shops, etc. The winner will take home $3K in cash.

So whether you’re building software or baking cupcakes, we want to hear from you! 

To qualify, your business must:

• have less than $50K in revenue or investment to date
• be connected to the Dayton region

“Winning the pitch competition during Startup Week Dayton was by far one of the most exciting milestones yet for Baba Love Organics. It was my first time to compete among other small business owners and share the Baba Love vision in front of so many guests.”

— Vaniti Byrd, Founder, Baba Love Organics, & winner of the 2019 Startup Week Early Risers Pitch Competition

“It was a good day that honestly was a springboard for us. We made some great introductions. We learned about resources available in the area, and that was amazing and took us on a new trajectory.”

— Carlos Portis, Cofounder, Soft Cards, & winner of the 2018 Startup Week Early Risers Pitch Competition

APPLY BY AUG. 31. Finalists will be notified the week of Sept. 7. The pitch will be Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 4p. Finalists will have five minutes to pitch. A diverse panel of experts will judge the competition and select the winners.