StartUp Toledo is a celebration of Toledo’s startup community, innovators, entrepreneurs and creatives who are driving the new economic engine of the Toledo Region.
We connect individuals and businesses to area resources so that their ideas can be nurtured, funded and commercialized.
It’s been a little over six years since StartUp Toledo held its first event. A small group of us, barely more than a dozen people, met at Manhattan’s in what would become our de facto home. There was no speaker, only some friends and colleagues who shared similar passions for technology, entrepreneurship, and a desire to bring the startup ethos we’d seen in other markets to Toledo. We filled a large gap in the community, and as we fostered speakers, sponsors and a loyal following, that gap narrowed. To-date, more than 50 fabulous speakers have taken the StartUp Toledo stage. Check them out below.
We've taken time to assess StartUp Toledo’s future, and its place in an ecosystem that now boasts the kind of talks, topics and talent that we could only dream about that summer in 2011. We’ve come a long way. It’s in the light of this bright future (can we finally say Toledo’s “Renaissance” has begun?) that we’ve decided to retire StartUp Toledo—in purpose if not in name. We'd like to thank you for your support these many years. Without you we wouldn’t have been able to fill that gap for so long with such good stuff. Your attendance, guidance and gifts have helped propel this region and pave the way for what’s to come. We're forever grateful for you, and the committment you made in our community.
We encourage you to engage and support the other initiatives and groups that are new or already growing here. There are exciting things on the horizon for these and related groups, and some exciting announcements to come. Lastly, a note of housekeeping: we’ll keep the lights on our website (as an archive of our work), Facebook page and other assets for the foreseeable future. People with questions and needs continue to find us, and having these channels enables us to connect these seekers to the wider community—we don’t mind being the Welcome mat to the wider ecosystem.
Engaging, informative, inspiring... StartUp Toledo guest speakers embody the “You Will Do Better In Toledo” spirit.
StartUp Toledo sponsors made a difference in our region by supporting not only big ideas, but ideas in action — and the passionate individuals behind them. We're forever grateful for their generosity.
People are always asking us for direction on startups, talent, funding, you name it. We love connecting people, places and things in the Toledo Region, so we’ve cobbled together this handy collection of links. As always, contact us if you're feeling lost.
The StartUp Switchboard
We took classified ads and pared them down to two simple actions: Ask and Offer. That’s it. On Switchboard, you either ask for or offer whatever matters to the community.