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No. 5: The Leap

Courageous entrepreneurs who have successfully made the LEAP to full-time entrepreneurship will tell stories of their rites of passage, and the fears, follies, successes  and lessons learned along the way.

Keynote Storytellers

Kevin and Katy Malhame

Founders of Northstar Café 
Brassica, and Third & Hollywood

Read our  announcement at Columbus CEO


how we selectED our storytellers

This year more than 110 entrepreneurs were nominated to speak.  Of that group, 54  submitted applications.

A Speaker's Bureau comprised of entrepreneurs from  diverse backgrounds  and industries scored each applicant through a 'rubric' which awarded points for: Impact of Entrepreneur, Diversity, Leap Story,  Presentation Skills and  Exposure Need.  Scores tallied, the group selected our speakers and alternates. 

How We  prepare  our storytellers

Through the   Storyteller's Academy powered by OneNineNinety, of course!

A hand-picked team of experts have worked to create a series of coaching sessions, exercises, workshops, feedback opportunities and rehearsals designed to ensure our storytellers deliver the best story of their life.


Event Details

April 19, 2017

Doors 4:30p
Storytellers  6p
FIN ~9:30p

Choose your  meal from one of these startups that will be telling their story on stage:

($)  Bar featuring local spirits by Museum Staff

($) Juice Bar (NA)

($) Coffee Bar (NA)

Columbus Museum of Art
480 E Broad St
Columbus, OH 43215





Event No.5 video

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'The Leap' T-shirt

This is our first-ever event t-shirt, thanks to a collaboration with Columbus’ favorite printer, Traxler Printing.

As you reach into your dresser drawer, there it is, staring back at you; the Leap t-shirt you bagged at Startup Storytellers. It’s quickly becoming your favorite: soft, comfortable and so local it even smells like Columbus.

The hand-lettered logo, designed by Kay Karg, is a reminder of the event where you set your intention to strive harder. On the back, our timeless Startup Storytellers logo, designed by Ross W. Gibson.

Inspire your community; take the Leap, Columbus.


Run of show

Subject to change


Arrival and Welcome  at 4:30PM

Welcome to Startup Storytellers.

Use this time to grab your meal (included) and grab a drink (alcohol varieties, fresh juice and hand-poured coffee).

Have a look around. Buy some exclusive event merchandise.

Make a meaningful connection or 3.6 (average number past two years).



Program Begins right at  6 PM

Seats are tough to come by, so you better be ready to grab your seat unless you've decided to go for a VIP Ticket.

With grace, each  storyteller  will have the stage to stand before you, sharing  their Leap.

Get ready to be inspired, Columbus!

  • Intermission  7:30 PM

  • Concludes 9:30 PM


Event logo by Kay karg


2017 SPONSORS: Gratitude Thanks 

our venue

Columbus Museum of Art




Welcome Back

Each time we craft  Startup Storytellers, we learn  what works and what doesn't.  The Columbus Museum of Art has been the best space for our event on all levels and we are excited to have another opportunity to utilize the space. (Just get your ticket early!)

For those of you that attended 'Path of the Legend' in 2016, know that THE LEAP  will be much different since we have the entire space. We are also partnering with stage and production vendors to add to the experience. OK, to blow it out of the water!



Columbus Museum of Art
480 E. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215


Abundant &  free in surrounding parking lots

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