Running a startup can sometimes feel like you have the world on your shoulders without any support. Well, today’s snack addresses those feelings by putting a spotlight on the community, the startup community to be specific. There are lots of resources out there to lend support to your heavy shoulders and meet other startups who can commiserate and share tips and tricks. Here’s a link to some local ones in Cincinnati.
Entrepreneurial Support Organizations (ESO) are a great place to start your journey into a startup community. They exist across the US in various forms and a basic google search of the term and your location would be a great place to find them. Alloy Growth Lab is one such organization based in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a result of being a part of the Greater Cincinnati Startup Ecosystem, Alloy is connected to all sorts of resources and partners for startups. Alloy works closely with other ESOs and a variety of civic and academic institutions. The StartupSpace.App is an online platform that allows you to interact within these communities.
Another place to look for startup community events is Eventbrite. A quick search using the term “startup” or “entrepreneur” will lead you to local events in this category. Meetups are a great place to meet other founders and interested organizations in your community.
To get even more exposure to community and like minded entrepreneurs keep an eye out for Startup conferences or Startup Weeks. Here in Cincinnati we are less than two weeks away from StartupCincy Week, a celebration of all things entrepreneurial in the community. The event takes place from October 10th – 14th and has a variety of sessions and panels to choose from. You can register for the event here. Below are a few sessions that caught our eyes:
Our mission at the Alloy Growth Lab is to help startups with the following:
- Navigating the investment/funding landscape;
- Connecting them to fellow entrepreneurs, potential customers, and regional talent;
- Developing and managing a strong growth strategy;
- Gaining traction with the right product and market.