Speak at the 2024 Startup Week conference!

April 15, 2024

If you’ve been waiting for the right moment to present your expertise, this call for speakers for the 2024 Launch Dayton Startup Week is for you!

Startup Week is the Dayton region’s biggest gathering of entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Sept. 10-12, 2024, hundreds of bold makers, innovators, dreamers and doers will converge in downtown Dayton to learn, network, and engage with both peers and resource providers. The week-long schedule includes powerful talks, impactful hands-on workshops, and vibrant networking opportunities, all designed to help entrepreneurs move their businesses forward.

This year’s theme is “The Quest for Entrepreneurial Mastery.” We believe entrepreneurs are heroes, and there are certain things every hero needs along their journey, like maps, tools, and teammates. So we’re excited to launch this call for speakers. We want YOU to share the tangible tactics, strategies and lessons you’ve learned along your business journey — bonus points if you incorporate your favorite book/game/movie hero in the process!

Every attendee should walk away from the conference with at least one piece of new knowledge or expertise they can immediately apply in their own business.

Startup Week is FREE to all attendees. One reason that’s possible is because of the Launch Dayton community’s “Give First” value. At Startup Week, this value is embodied when speakers volunteer their time.

We’re seeking both folks who want to present individually and folks who want to speak on panels. We recommend to prepare about 30 minutes of content & leave 15-20 minutes for Q&A.

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Apply by June 1. Selected speakers will be notified & confirmed in June.

What talks should I pitch?

Want to share your story on stage? We don’t just want to hear why you started — we want to know what tangible strategies worked for you in your journey that you can now teach others. Maybe you’ve nailed how to effectively network. Maybe you have a fool-proof marketing or sales strategy. Or maybe it’s Maybelline — Tell us! We’re looking for hands-on workshops and tutorials to help entrepreneurs implement these solutions in their businesses.

Here are some how-to topics we know our community wants to hear:

  • marketing — both intro- and next-level strategies & tactics
  • sales — from how to land that first customer, to how to build that consistent sales funnel
  • how-to business operations, processes, systems/software
  • tech industry trends, what’s next with AI, etc.
  • recession-proofing your business
  • launching a company in retirement
  • launching a food business
  • pricing strategies
  • customer service strategies
  • hiring/retaining good employees
  • soft skills for successful business owners
  • best practices for service-based businesses
  • building a sustainable business

Please have a headshot and speaker bio ready to include in your speaker application. Questions about whether you should apply? Reach out to us at [email protected]. We can’t wait to hear from you!