Startup Grind Dayton turns 3!

September 25, 2018

More than 140 people, including residents of Dayton, Cincinnati & Columbus, turned out to celebrate Startup Grind Dayton’s third birthday last week at the 444 building downtown.

“It was a huge success,” Startup Grind Dayton director Candace Dalmagne-Rouge said. “I had a lot of conversations with people who want to get involved.”

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In year four, Startup Grind Dayton has three goals, Candace said —

No. 1: Continue telling positive stories about Dayton.

“We want to tell better stories about Dayton,” she said. “We talk not just about the entrepreneurs of the past, but about the amazing innovators and inventors doing incredible work now.”

These innovators and inventors will continue to be asked onstage during Dayton Startup Grind’s monthly events.

No. 2: Work to engage more entrepreneurs in Dayton’s startup scene.

“Both of my Uber drivers from the night of the bash are running side hustles,” Candace said. “But so many people have no idea this is happening. That’s who I want to reach.”

The organization will also focus on boosting diversity and inclusion, she added.

No. 3: Connect Dayton to more global opportunities.

In addition to being Startup Grind Dayton’s director, Candace is also Community Manager of the Americas for the global Startup Grind organization, where supports chapter and sponsor growth in North, Central and South America.

“Startup Grind is a global network with more than 450 chapters,” she said. “It is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, so there are a ton of opportunities for Dayton entrepreneurs to connect to.”

One opportunity is the startup exhibition program held during the organization’s global conference.

“I would love to see Dayton companies applying and exhibiting there in Silicon Valley,” she said.

Sponsors for Startup Grind Dayton’s third birthday bash included The Entrepreneurs Center, WYSO, University of Dayton & McGohan Brabender.

Startup Grind Dayton’s next event is Oct. 15, 11:30am to 1:30pm, at 444 E. 2nd St., featuring serial entrepreneur David Gasper, who will speak on why entrepreneurs should spend 15 percent of their time on customers to ensure they understand the actual customer needs.

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