LaunchHack Startup Weekend is back!

February 6, 2024

Build a startup in 54 thrilling hours at LaunchHack Startup Weekend, April 5-7!

Friday night, designers, developers, marketing experts, students, entrepreneurs, and startup enthusiasts across the Dayton region will converge on the Arcade Innovation Hub Powered by PNC. Snag your ticket by Feb. 29 for early-bird + BOGO pricing!

Inspired 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.

Last year’s winning team, Team Kitchen Kanvas, comprised students from Sinclair College, The Modern, University of Dayton & Cedarville University. They pitched an idea for single-serving spices contained in edible, compost-able, tear-able rice sheets.

“I didn’t realize we were actually going to be making a company, and the fact that we’ve done it, too, it just blows me away,” Micah Hermiller said. “I learned that your team is the most important thing. Everyone brings a different skill set, and if you’re missing any piece of the puzzle, it’s not going to work, so your team is the most important part of starting something.”

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, 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 Feb. 29, when tickets will go up to $75. Get an even better deal when you bring a friend for free — making both tickets only $25! Learn more and snag your ticket here.

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