Vision

ethos

: the distinguishing character, sentiment, moral nature, or guiding beliefs of a person, group, or institution;

ethos of Startup Storytellers

Stories Bring
Communities Together

 
Entrepreneur Deja Redman shares her powerful journey at No. 5: The Leap at the Columbus Museum of Art Photo by Commons Studio

Entrepreneur Deja Redman shares her powerful journey at No. 5: The Leap at the Columbus Museum of Art
Photo by Commons Studio

About

1. A world-class platform for entrepreneurs to tell their authentic story; and  
2. The gathering where our community meaningfully connects.

 

Why I started it

to fill a need in the market and in my own personal journey

 

No.  2

Event Concept shows promise

 

No. 3

sold out two weeks before event

 

No. 4

700+ Participants across two events

 

No. 5

We Got It Right

 

It seemed like the rest of the world was only paying attention to the contemporary story, rather than the foundational journey of being an entrepreneur.

Shark Tank Pitch v. Inspiring Lessons Learned.

I was new to Columbus as a startup founder, although I grew up here. My journey as an entrepreneur started in Washington, DC and then moved to San Francisco and Chicago before returning back home.

I was starting over in business and a new community, yet my experiences as an entrepreneur were the foundation of what demonstrated my capabilities. 

The best way for me to prove what I do for the community is to demonstrate it.

I had developed a point-of-view in communication, now commercialized in the agency which produces the event, OneNineNinety, that stories bring communities together. The thesis is that if you want to bring the entrepreneurial community together, the most effective way to do so is by creating a platform for entrepreneurs to tell their stories. Their personal brand and prestige compounds, attracting other entrepreneurs and those that aspire to be an entrepreneur.

I was right. The event has sold out every year with a crowd that is:

60% entrepreneurs
20% will be entrepreneurs and
20% support or work for entrepreneurs

THE HISTORY

 

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.

The SECURD team chooses the whiteboard instead of a deck for Startup Storytellers

The SECURD team chooses the whiteboard instead of a deck for 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.

On August 5, Startup Storytellers brought together a host of entrepreneurs, government officials, and startup advocates to discuss ways they all could benefit the local innovation economy.
— Rev1 Ventures (f.k.a. TechColumbus)
Startup Storytellers was an opportunity for entrepreneurs to come together with public officials to swap stories and discuss challenges. Thanks to @missioncoffeeco  for hosting and  @chavilah  for the photo. We plan on hosting this forum on a quarterly basis moving forward. Sign up for emails at CivicHacks.org to hear about the next experience.

Startup Storytellers was an opportunity for entrepreneurs to come together with public officials to swap stories and discuss challenges. Thanks to @missioncoffeeco  for hosting and  @chavilah  for the photo. We plan on hosting this forum on a quarterly basis moving forward. Sign up for emails at CivicHacks.org to hear about the next experience.


 

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...

Logo designed by Kyle Knapp

Logo designed by Kyle Knapp

A youth event was created, Legends in Training, where 78 high school students received engaging content to   plant seeds of entrepreneurship in our youth.   

Logo designed by Kyle Knapp

Logo designed by Kyle Knapp

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.

You can read more about The Crucible at  Columbus CEO or  the Burning Man blog.

 


The Leap

Photo by Stephen Takacs Photography

Photo by Stephen Takacs Photography