Two weeks until Launch Dayton Startup Week!

August 31, 2021

Have you snagged your spot yet for Dayton’s premier entrepreneurship conference?!

We’re counting down the days to this year’s free Launch Dayton Startup Week conference, which will bring inspirational stories of local founders, hands-on workshops to help you launch and grow your business, a pitch competition with $10K in cash prizes, a startup market, and more!

This year’s lineup has been curated to celebrate the diversity of the Dayton region’s startup community and to spur tangible growth for local business owners. Check out the full Launch Dayton Startup Week agenda with descriptions here, or scroll down for a glance at the full lineup.

Launch Dayton Startup Week is made possible through the generous support of our title sponsors: Canary Consulting, Fifth Third Bank, Entrepreneurs’ Center, and Parallax Advanced Research

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Monday, Sept. 13 — Main Stage, Arcade Rotunda

  • 8:45a, Kickoff
  • 9a, Living Room Co to $15M Contract, featuring Mile Two founder Jeff Graley & Jorge Sanchez
  • 10a, Maximize the Money You Have, featuring Emerald Sparks and Arcani Coil Care founder Jerricha Hoskins
  • 11a, Doing Business in 2020, featuring Theze Dealz founder Zontaye Richardson & 937 Delivers founder Shanon Morgan
  • 1p, Marketing Debunked, featuring Christina Mendez, Jon Powell, Taylor Hudson-Snead, and Israel Olaore
  • 2p, Don’t Hire Your Freinds + Other Advice for Founders Gearing Up, featuring Canary Consulting’s Kyle Babirad & Puff Apothecary’s Bethany Ramsey
  • 3p, One Founder’s Secrets to a $90M Exit, featuring X-spine and Aerobiotix founder Dave Kirschman
  • 4p, Meet a Black-Owned Startup in the Cannabis Industry, presented by What’s The Biz & featuring Noorah Labs’ Nickole Ross
  • 9a-8p, Launch Dayton Startup Week Startup Market, in collaboration with Tae Winston
  • 6p, Launch Dayton Startup Week Pitch Competition, featuring 10 companies competing for $10K in cash prizes, sponsored by the Entrepreneurs’ Center (EC) and Spark Fairborn

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Tuesday, Sept. 14 — MedTech, The Hub + The Tank

Sponsored by ClearnMark QMS & Factor 7 Medical | Coordinated by BioOhio

  • 9a, Product Regulation & Regulatory Strategies Workshop, Alison Sathe, ClearMark
  • 10:30a, Right Size Quality Management Systems in MedTech Startups, Alison Sathe, ClearMark
  • 1p, Incorporating Automation into Medical Device Manufacturing, Noah Smith, Invotec
  • 2p, Successfully Navigating the Medical Device Development Process, Jennifer Palinchik, Jalex Medical
  • 3p, Accessing & Engaging DoD Resources for Medtech Founders, Lisa Delp, GDI Partners
  • 4p, Social Hour + Medtech Startup Showcase

Tuesday, Sept. 14 — SAAS, The Tank

Sponsored & coordinated by Technology First

  • 5p, What Does It Really Cost to Develop an App?
  • 6p, Positioning Your Tech Startup for a Funding Round, Josh Reid, Inphlu
  • 7p, Social Hour

Tuesday, Sept. 14 — Business 101, The Hub

Sponsored by First Financial

  • 1p, Are You Really Ready to be an Entrepreneur?, KeAnna Daniels
  • 2p, Create a 10-Day Business Plan, Katie Hill, the EC
  • 3p, Bookkeeping Basics, Sarah Seagraves, 67B Bookkeeping
  • 4p, Social Hour

Tuesday, Sept. 14 — Marketing, The Hub

Coordinated by LMG

  • 5p, Market Research: Working With Personas & Audience Insights, Israel Olaore, LMG & Danielle Phillips, GuideBeam Digital Marketing

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Wednesday, Sept. 15 — Food/Retail, The Tank

Sponsored by Honeycomb Digital | Coordinated by Downtown Dayton Partnership

  • 1p, From Chef to CEO, Elizabeth Wiley, Meadowlark | Isiah Davis, Cookieologist
  • 2p, I’ve Outgrown My Production Space, Where Do I Go?, Charlynda Scales, Mutt’s Sauce | Charles Nick, Third Wave Water
  • 3p, Make Your Storefront Work For You, Theresa Peretta, Culture Refined
  • 4p, Tech Startup Mindset Meets the Hospitality Industry, Chris Dimmick, Tender Mecy/Sueno
  • 5p, Aviatra presents: Million-Dollar Women Founders Panel, Robin Gentry-McGee, Functional Formularies | Melanie Cedargren, Spicy Olive | Katie Hill, CommuterAds | Tamela McBath, Human Capital Analytics LLC | Pamela Cone, Aviatr Accelerators — Dayton
  • 6p, Are You Actually Ready For Retail Shelves?, Tae Winston, The Entrepreneurs’ Shoppe | Lynda Suda, 2nd Street Market | Leah Bahan-Harris, Gem City Market
  • 7p, Product Photography Tutorial, Taylor Hudson-Snead, Taylored Social | Abby Hofrichter | Carly Hensley, Fusian

Wednesday, Sept. 15 — Artists + Creative Entrepreneurs, The Contemporary Dayton

Coordinated by Culture Works | Hosted by The Contemporary Dayton

  • 1p, Art Is My Day Job, Rodney Veal | Thomas Troutman | Michelle Hayford
  • 2p, Getting Funded as an Artist, Ann Kim | Mychaelyn Michalec | Jesseca Ynez Simmons | Furaha Henry-Jones
  • 3p, Paperwork for the Creative Entrepreneur, Emerald Sparks
  • 4p, How to Build Your Audience, Ace Metaphor | Candace Hester | Julie Riley | Phillitia Charlton
  • 5p, Social Hour, The Tank

Wednesday, Sept. 15 — Scale-up, The Hub

Coordinated by the Entrepreneurs’ Center

  • 1p, Create a Clear Value Proposition, LeKeisha Grant, the EC
  • 2p, Know Your Numbers: Financial Projections Workshop, Katie Hill, the EC
  • 5p, Seek Investment, Kim Frazier, the EC
  • 6p, Social + Networking, The Tank

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Thursday, Sept. 16 — Defense, The Tank

Sponsored by Infinite Management Solutions & Treble One Aerospace | Coordinated by Parallax

  • 12:30p, Keynote
  • 1p, Leverage the Gov’t to Launch Your Defense Company, Scott Koorndyk, the EC | Atossa Alavi, Immobileyes | Jason Molnar, Infinity Labs | Sivaram P. Gogineni, Ph.D.
  • 2p, Government Proposals: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Darrell Lochtefeld, Parallax
  • 3p, The Contract is Signed: Here are the Mistakes You’re Going to Make, Lisa Coker, Infinite Management Solutions
  • 4p, Social + Networking

Thursday, Sept. 16 — Future Tech, The Tank

Coordinated by OhioX

  • 5p, The Occuli Story: Lessons for Ohio from Silicon Valley, Steven Hong, Occuli | Chris Berry, OhioX
  • 6p, The Next Medtech Frontier
  • 7p, Flying Cars & Other Drones of Tomorrow

Thursday, Sept. 16 — Marketing, The Hub

Coordinated by LMG

  • 5p, Digital Marketing: Make Your Marketing Adventure Map, Israel Olaore, LMG & Danielle Phillips, GuideBeam Digital Marketing

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