Looking for platform exposure, funding, mentoring, and networking opportunities for your startup? This spring, we are on a search for innovative early-stage startups looking to take the next step. Main Library’s StartUp Akron series focuses on comprehensive startup support that offers 

  • Individualized direction and counsel from licensed patent attorneys
  • One-on-one consulting sessions with our in-house Microbusiness Specialist
  • Lessons on the details of business plans, elevator pitches, and how to bring your business to life
  • Up to $3,000 to the winner of our first-ever pitch competition

These free events offer access to an ecosystem of resources and support from the Library and are great opportunities for new or aspiring entrepreneurs looking to grow.

Event details:

Startup Akron: Pitch Competition

Wednesday, May 17 | 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Looking for seed money to start your business? Need a financial bump to take your idea to the next level? Main Library's first-ever pitch competition, hosted by Ace Epps. 

$3,000 for first prize

$1,500 for second prize

Startup Akron: Bring Your Business To Life

Saturday, April 15 | 10:30 am

Get going on your business-ownership dream. Learn how to enter (and win!) a pitch competition, secure your business’s intellectual property, write a business plan, network, and more. Doors open at 10 am. Visit with exhibitors from local organizations that support small businesses. Network with other entrepreneurs.

Startup Akron: Ask An Attorney - Business Law Clinic

Thursday, April 6 | 5 – 8 pm

One-on-one consultations and presentations on business-related legal matters. Registration is required for one-on-one consultations; no registration is required for the presentations. This program is a partnership between Akron-Summit County Public Library, Community Legal Aid, Akron Bar Association, Summit County Probate Court, and The University of Akron School of Law's Small Entrepreneur and Economic Development (SEED) Clinic students and independent volunteer attorneys.

StartUp Akron is made possible through generous support from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

by Brett Neff,
Downtown Services Manager

Our Mission: The Akron-Summit County Public Library provides resources for learning and leisure, information services, meeting spaces, and programs for all ages that support, improve, and enrich individual, family, and community life.