Event Concept shows promise
sold out two weeks before event
700+ Participants across two events
We Got It Right
A platform for entrepreneurs to tell their authentic story...
As entrepreneurs, we realized that the most interesting and inspiring stories behind our own journeys were never being told at entrepreneurial events.
Rather than pitching our latest business or talking on a panel about our latest milestone in the business, we dreamed of a forum to learn from other entrepreneurs that their experience was similar to ours.
The kind of stories that would come up organically around a camp fire if you knew what questions to ask.
Startup Storytellers is an event. It is an experience, a gathering, and a memorable, meaningful and transformative evening.
It is fun, but fun in the sense of a celebration; a collective exhale of the work accomplished over the previous year.
The event has sold out every year with a crowd that is generally:
- 60% entrepreneurs
- 20% will be entrepreneurs and
- 20% support or work for entrepreneurs
Below you will see how our community has helped us build Startup Storytellers organically to be one awesome brand with a bright future.
One Entrepreneur in a Conference room
In April '14, David All was inspired by the founder of the winning student startup at The Ohio State University's annual BOSS Competition to invite him to come and meet his colleagues at a local startup. This was the very first Startup Storytellers.
Let's Support 'NATIONAL STARTUP DAY'
Startup Storytellers No. 2 occurred at Mission Coffee in the Short North in August '14 to support National Startup Day. More than 40 people packed the room with one week notice; we knew we had something much bigger on our hands.
Then TechColumbus (now Rev1 Ventures) posted a story about the event on their widely read blog.
Fashion. Food. Maker Tech.
Startup Storytellers No. 3 took place at Strongwater in Franklinton in March '15. The event sold out two weeks before the event and packed more than 250 people to hear the stories of three entrepreneurs. It was co-moderated by now Mayor Andrew Ginther.
The path of the legend
Startup Storytellers No. 4 took place at the awe-inspiring Columbus Museum of Art in April '16. More than 700 attended, including entrepreneurs and the ecosystem that supports business to hear 15 entrepreneurs share some of their best stories, including a keynote talk by Nancy Kramer.
The editor of Columbus CEO, Mary Yost, wrote an article after the event worth reading.
The experience was pulled together through a thoughtful theme, 'The Path of the Legend,' which was based on Discover Your True North by Harvard business professor, Bill George.
Through curated stories, we showed how each entrepreneur was at a different 'place' in their journey and even how their most challenging experiences can help them discover their 'true north.'
Watch most of the talks...
A youth event was created, Legends in Training, where 78 high school students received engaging content to plant seeds of entrepreneurship in our youth.
And for the first time, Startup Storytellers wasn't just about the outward experience of storytelling and networking thanks to 'The Crucible.' At this experience, experts guided participants through a meditation to their most challenging moments and helped them embrace whatever was holding them back.