A conference for those who build, fund, and support scalable startups. In Akron on 12/1 and 12/2

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Meet – Learn – Accelerate

Flight helps scalable startups in the Midwest showcase their work, connect with investors & cofounders, and boost their success rate through educational speaker tracks.

VIP Cocktail Hour

Join us Thursday night for a cocktail hour with speakers, investors, and other founders. The perfect way to connect with the region’s top startup minds!

6 Tracks / 21 Sessions / 35 Speakers

Friday kicks off with our keynote speaker followed by 21 talks from devops, to UX/UI, to marketing.

Startup Showcase

Friday we’ll have the startup and support org. showcases set up so you can chat with other founders and see what everyone’s working on and see what help is available regionally.

After Party Networking

Come network with an entire conference’s worth of the regions most talented founders, investors, developers, designers, and professionals.

Coming from out of town? Spend the day in Akron the day before!

What You’ll Learn

Pretty much everything needed to run a successful startup. Tracks include: Marketing, Fundraising, Operations, Hardware, Design, Development.


How to improve your organic search results

Organic Google search optimization from an ex-Googler

Marketing analytics and data visualization

How to visualize your marketing data and use it to gain an edge

Finding for the perfect customer

Identifying your best customers and how to connect with them

Startup branding

How to tell your startup’s story so it connects with your target audience 


Fundraising term sheet negotiation

How get the best terms for your deal

Fundraising for your startup [Panel]

Venture capital 101 – a crash course in raising capital

Run the books

Financial management and forecasting for your startup

Business Operations

From napkin to beta

Operation lessons from launching a product

Startup sales

Designing and implementing an effective sales strategy

Build – Measure – Learn

Implementing the lean startup process

Protecting your idea [Panel]

Intellectual property and tech transfer

Hardware Development

From maker to market [Panel]

Building a company around projects from maker spaces

Hardware is hard

Navigating the pitfalls of building a tangible product

Hardware design

How to build a hardware company


Guerilla UX

How entrepreneurs can harness the power of design

Industrial design

A product design primer for startups

Design feedback for everyone

How to critique design work for non-designers

Development & DevOps

Actionable website performance

How you can instantly improve your site’s performance with HTTP/2 

An intro to automation

Using Ansible to configure your deployment environment

Through the backyard

Shortcuts for growing your side project

From startup to enterprise

How containers enable DevOps at any scale

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Latest News

Learn about the latest conference developments here.

The tech that hugs you back

Four questions with Parihug’s Xyla Foxlin When Xyla Foxlin, a student at Case Western, wanted a hug from her long-distance boyfriend, she turned to her penchant for robotics to solve the problem. Partnering with Harshita Gupta, then a high schooler who she met at a University of Michigan hackathon, Xyla wanted to make a teddy

Bring on the Designtrepreneurs

Four questions with ZoCo’s Lacey Picazo How should she answer these questions, as entrepreneur or designer? That was the question. The fact she could respond either way is part of what makes ZoCo Design founder Lacey Picazo so special. So we encouraged her not to choose but do both as “a designer turned entrepreneur” which

Being a startup without starting your own business

Four questions with Red Hat’s Patrick Regan With a background in is computer science and technical operations engineering — as well as a decade of professional IT experience — Patrick Regan now works as a Cloud Specialist Solutions Architect with Red Hat Technologies. His experience as both a software and operations engineer makes him passionate


Thursday Night

VIP Cocktail Hour

We will be hosting a VIP cocktail hour for All Inclusive ticket holders, speakers, and select sponsors. Join us for crafted cocktails at one of Akron’s top cocktail bars.

Friday Day

Event Content

7:00 am Doors open
7:30 am Breakfast
8:00 am Opening Remarks & Keynote
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Content Tracks & Startup Showcase
12:00 pm Lunch
1:15 pm – 5:15 pm Content Tracks & Startup Showcase
5:15 pm Startup Showcase

Friday Night

After Party

If you know anything about Launch League, you’ll know that our after parties are NOT to be missed! This will be an awesome chance to connect with everyone from the event in a relaxed setting.

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Apply To Exhibit At Flight

Show off what you’re best at! We’ll have two distinct exhibit areas (one for startups, and one for support organizations and service companies) at the conference. Exhibitor space is $500 per company with a 50% reduction for scalable startups.

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