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May 24, 2021


Dayton, Ohio -- Mark your calendars for the sixth annual Launch Dayton Startup Week on September 13-16, 2021 at the Dayton Arcade!

Startup Week brings together the thinkers, dreamers, doers, makers and entrepreneurs with resource providers, mentors, and peers. All experiences are welcome. Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or new to the community, there is space for you to join.

This year, Launch Dayton Startup Week will be a blended conference that will offer both in-person and virtual attendance options. Sessions will be held in the Arcade Rotunda and at The Hub at the Arcade and streamed live online via webinar.  

“Launch Dayton Startup Week inspires current and future entrepreneurs. It is the Dayton region’s premiere opportunity for entrepreneurs to connect and network with both resource providers and fellow founders,” said John Owen, Parallax Advanced Research program manager and Launch Dayton Startup Week organizer. “We’re curating speakers and workshops to spur tangible progress for local businesses and to celebrate the diversity of our startup community.”

On Monday, we’ll host a series of powerhouse speakers from the local entrepreneur community on our main stage in the Arcade Rotunda. The day will wrap with an entrepreneur resource fair + social and the annual Early Risers: Startup Week Pitch Competition, where ten area startups will compete for cash + services. Interested in pitching your company? Apply here: http://bit.ly/PitchLaunchDaytonStartupWeek2021

That Tuesday through Thursday, we’ll be offering industry-specific tracks that will enable attendees to dig deeper into relevant niche topics, as well as workshops where entrepreneurs can actively work on their businesses. These sessions will be offered in afternoons and evenings to accommodate founders who are still working day jobs as they get their companies up and running.

On Tuesday, September 14 catch:

  • a medtech track coordinated by BioOhio
  • a SaaS track
  • marketing workshops, coordinated by LMG - a Dayton-based national branding and marketing firm
  • business-building workshops, coordinated by Early Risers Academy
  • elevator pitch practice coordinated by various Launch Dayton partners

On Wednesday, September 15, catch:

  • a food & beverage, retail, consumer products track coordinated by the Downtown Dayton Partnership
  • an artists & creatives track, coordinated by Culture Works
  • tech founder workshops, coordinated by the Entrepreneurs’ Center
  • a million-dollar women founders’ panel, coordinated by Aviatra Accelerators — Dayton
  • meet-your-banker office hours.

On Thursday, September 16, catch:

  • a defense track, coordinated by Parallax Advanced Research
  • a future tech track
  • a second round of marketing workshops, coordinated by LMG
  • meet-an-investor office hours

Want to support this year’s conference? Several sponsorship tiers are available. Contact KeAnna Daniels at keanna.daniels@parallaxresearch.org for more information.

Stay tuned to launchdayton.com/events/dayton-startup-week/ for the latest info as speakers are announced!


About Parallax Advanced Research

Parallax is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that tackles global challenges by accelerating innovation and developing technology and solutions through strategic partnerships with government, industry and academia across Ohio and the Nation. Together with academia, Parallax accelerates innovation that leads to new breakthroughs. Together with government, Parallax tackles critical global challenges and delivers new solutions. Together with industry, Parallax develops groundbreaking ideas and speeds them to market.

About Launch Dayton

Launch Dayton is a collaborative effort of regional entrepreneurial support organizations to connect and support Dayton’s entrepreneur and startup community. Launch Dayton partners believe everyone, regardless of their background, should have the opportunity to determine their own economic prosperity. The Launch Dayton community exists to support and inspire all Daytonians who are building businesses. Launch Dayton partners collaborate to build an easily accessible environment, run high caliber programming, and connect a network of champions, mentors, and resource providers.