Just days before Knoxville’s “Innov865 Week” that begins with the “The Maker City Summit” on September 16, the folks in Dayton, OH are hosting their own start-up event that is billed as the largest gathering of entrepreneurs in the Buckeye State.
“Dayton Start-up Week Presented by Fifth Third Bank” is expected to draw about 1,000 attendees to the downtown area over a three-day period starting September 13. For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be held entirely in-person.
Sessions will cover a range of topics including:
- You Have an LLC. Now What?, offering practical tips and next steps for new business owners;
- Turning Social Media Followers Into Customers, offering tips and tricks from leading marketers
- The Due Diligence Checklist: Preparing to Raise Venture Capital, a workshop for founders preparing to raise venture capital;
- Bosses Who Brew, a collaboration with Scripted in Black that will center the voices of Black founders and creatives;
- Business Automation: Don’t Put a Person Where a Process Can Be, a guide to streamlining operations to work smarter, not harder;
- Business 101 Workshops, a series of sessions that will send attendees home with a completed business model canvas;
- Retail Lab Hop, a social event that will take attendees to some of Dayton’s newest storefronts;
- Hiring in a Post-Pandemic World, a guide to make your job posting stand out and reach top candidates;
- Focus Over Balance, from Inphlu Founder Josh Reid, who will share his story as a Black founder in tech and why entrepreneurs should get comfortable being uncomfortable;
- Bouncing Back: Your Recipe For Success, from Charlynda Scales, Founder of Mutt’s Sauce; and
- No, You Don’t Need a Brick + Mortar to Start Your Business, where Chef Zack Weiner from Jollity and Chef Dane Shipp from Yellow Springs Food Hall will share how they proved their concepts first with pop-up dinners and events.
Other session topics will include access to capital, hands-on marketing workshops, founder wellness strategies, the state of Black venture capital, proposal-writing for artists, and an intro to the 6888 Kitchen Incubator.
There is also a pitch event where the winner of the tech category receives $10,000 and the Main Street winner takes home up to $5,000 in cash.