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July 14, 2022 | Tom Ballard

Largest entrepreneur event in Ohio starts just days before Knoxville’s “Innov865 Week”

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.

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