2018 Session Agenda

Plan Your Day

Startup Scaleup offers attendees a wide variety of collaborative workshops, interactive panel discussions and valuable networking events.

Whether you’re thinking of starting your own venture, currently building a startup or working to reinvent an existing business, there is something for you on the agenda.

We’re adding sessions everyday, so be sure to check back often for agenda updates!

Look for these three icons next to the name of each session. They will help you quickly determine the session theme.

Growth Sessions are aimed at helping your existing business reach the next level of growth.

Funding Sessions deal with finding and working with the capital resources you need to launch and grow a business.

Talent Sessions focus on finding and retaining the right people with the right skills to help you succeed.

8am-9am – Onsite Registration

Stop by Near West Theatre to check-in and get your materials for the day. There will be lots going on here, including exhibitors, photo opps, and food & drink located in the downstairs cafe.

Looking for a break? Need to plug-in or take a meeting? Stop in at Gypsy for “A Cup of Coworking” with StartMart, open from 8am-11am.


Making Brick & Mortar Work In The Age Of Amazon

In the session, you’ll hear from a mix of local business owners as they share stories and strategies on how to run a successful brick & mortar shop in the modern economy.


10:15am-10:45am – Break

Have a question? Visit Toast for an appointment for a 1:1 advising session with one of our experts! We are taking appointments all day until 3pm.


An Entrepreneur’s Guide To The MVP

An informational session, focused around the entrepreneurial mindset, on how to approach your minimum viable product, or MVP. Design, development, and business advice on the MVP.


Pitch Improv: Selling Your Business Idea

Hone both your entrepreneurial and improvisational skills by taking a random “game-changing” idea, developing a pitch around that idea and delivering that pitch to a panel of judges.


Don’t Wreck Your Business With The Wrong Team

Explore the dynamics that great teams share and learn how to avoid common pitfalls from entrepreneurs who have been there.


Finding Money For Your Business

Join a panel of experts for a discussion about finding the money you need.


The Fine Art Of Financial Forecasting (10:45am – 12pm)

Learn how to build a financial framework that is both compelling and credible, so you can attract investors/lenders without losing touch with reality.


11:45am-12:15pm – Break

It’s lunchtime, but there is still plenty to do! 1:1 Business Advising at Toast, Coworking hosted by The Tech Hive at Gypsy or head to one of our over-lunch sessions.

12:15pm-1:30pm (Over Lunch Sessions)

Angels 101 for Entrepreneurs

Several fast-paced panels of angel investors and entrepreneurs will discuss the nuances of raising an angel (typically $250k-$1.5M) in Ohio. Topics include identifying/approaching investors, getting through diligence, the term sheet process and working with angels after the investment.


Turning Your Physical Product Idea Into Reality

A panel of local experts will discuss the questions startup makers and manufacturers should ask, and the resources available to support that journey.


Using Great Company Culture to Grow Your Business

In this talk, we’ll walk through strategies for discovering and defining your cultural values, understanding your candidate personas and using inbound marketing tactics to attract new talent to your business.


1:30pm-2pm – Break

Looking for some dessert with a side of networking? Stop by Sweet Moses for a round of People Bingo hosted by LaunchHouse!


Startup Bootcamp: Build Your Business In An Hour

During the Startup Bootcamp we will guide you through a rapid process to help turn that idea into a working business.


The Startup Talent Tell All

Hear from startup employees and founders as they reveal what keeps them motivated and how they keep their best employees happy and productive.


3pm-3:30pm – Break

Building a business takes up a lot of time and energy. Sometimes it’s difficult to make time to de-stress. Come join LaunchHouse at Sweet Moses to create a quick and easy DIY stress ball to wind down without the hassle.



In this session, you’ll have a chance to meet one-on-one with a Burton D. Morgan mentor to discuss your business.