Alloy Growth Lab – Startup Snacks #5

Hey Everybody!

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:

Cincy’s Got Startups – Pitch Showcase is an interactive experience combining the spark of Cincinnati founders’ spirit with an America’s Got Talent style run of show. The session will include a happy hour and interaction at tables featuring the presentees and exhibitors.
This workshop will be dedicated to providing the tools needed to be able to network successfully, with a moderated networking session to follow. Ice (Cream) breakers will be provided from Graeter’s Ice Cream.
Join us for a happy hour and “shark-tank” focused on green and clean innovations. Startups will walk away with feedback and resources to take your company to the next level. Four teams will be selected to participate. Startups will have 30 minutes front and center – they will present and receive instant feedback from the mentors.

We hope to see you at some of the events!

Upcoming Events:

September 26 – DEADLINE – Applications close for Enginuity SBIR Accelerator – info/application here.

October 3-4 – OnRamp Manufacturing Conference – the leading conference for manufacturing innovation – info/registration here.

October 5 – REBUILD Conference – REBUILD, formerly the High Performance Buildings Seminar, is a conference that equips leaders to build sustainable value in their organizations. Divergent questions lead to innovation. Info/registration here.

October 11 – We are looking for GREEN startups (space limited to 4 startups) to participate in GreenCharge event hosted by the Alloy Growth Lab and Madtree Alcove during StartupCincy Week – info/registration here.

Oct 10 – 14 – StartupCincy Week – Learn more here!

October 14 – StartupCincy Week Job Fair – contact Abby at Cintrifuse ( if your company is interested in participating.

October 19 – Connecting the Coasts to the Heartland – presented by One America Works, OhioX, Youngstown Incubator, HG Ventures, Youngstown Business Incubator, and Comeback Capital – info/registration here.

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.

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