Startup Scaleup is right around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited! To help you prepare for the big day, we’ve outlined a last-minute preparation checklist to ensure an unforgettable event experience!

Register For Startup Scaleup
First things first, you have to register! We highly recommend that you purchase tickets online prior to event day, but if for any reason you’re unable to do so, you’ll also have the opportunity to register on event day at Near West Theater.

Register Here

Download The Startup Scaleup App
The Startup Scaleup mobile app offers an effortless way to plan your day, connect with other attendees, engage with speakers, share your experience and receive important event updates and reminders.

Download It Here

Plan Your Day
With 39 sessions and 100+ speakers in attendance, you have plenty of options! We recommend drafting a rough itinerary based on sessions that interest you most to keep yourself on track amidst the hustle and bustle of event day.

Use the Startup Scaleup mobile app to favorite sessions you don’t want to miss and set alerts 10 minutes, 30 minutes or 60 minutes before the session as a reminder to attend.  Remember all session seating is first-come, first-served, so get to your favorite sessions early if you want to ensure a seat.

Plan To Give Yourself Plenty Of Time For Check In/Getting To Sessions
We’re going to do our best to get you in and out of registration quickly, but we are anticipating a large crowd this year, so give yourself plenty of time to find parking, get registered and find a seat at your first session.

Given the popularity of many of our first sessions (9am start time), we highly recommend checking in no later than 8:30am (registration begins at 8am at Near West Theatre).

Choose Comfortable Footwear
While all of our session venues are relatively concentrated, you will still be doing plenty of walking throughout Gordon Square. Comfortable footwear will come in very handy.

Check The Weather
All of our sessions will be located indoors, but as mentioned above, they will be held in various locations throughout Gordon Square, so you’ll still be doing some outdoor walking. Startup Scaleup is rain or shine, so if the forecast calls for rain, don’t forget your umbrella!

Determine How You’ll Get To Gordon Square
There are a variety of free parking options in and around Gordon Square, including at the Capitol Theatre, Gypsy and along the neighborhood streets. However, we are expecting a large turnout, so spots will fill up quickly. We highly encourage carpooling and ridesharing (Lyft or Uber), if possible.

If you’re being dropped off, we suggest arriving at the Near West Theatre given its central location within Gordon Square. This is also where registration will take place.

New for 2018—you will have the option to leave your vehicle at Edgewater Park (just over a mile away) and hitch a ride on a shuttle bus making frequent stops at Near West Theatre in Gordon Square. Here’s the shuttle schedule:

  • 6:45am: Shuttle service begins with the first pickup at Edgewater Park
  • 7:00am:  First shuttle will make its first drop-off at Near West Theatre
  • 6:45am -10:45am: Two separate shuttles will pick up and drop off between Edgewater and Near West locations in 15 minute intervals
  • 10:45am -11:45am: Break – no shuttle service
  • 11:45am – 2:00pm: Two separate shuttles will pick up and drop off between Edgewater and Near West locations in 15 minute intervals
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm: Break – no shuttle service
  • 3:00pm – 6:00pm: Two separate shuttles will pick up and drop off between Edgewater and Near West locations in 15 minute intervals
  • 6:00pm: Shuttle service ends with the final pickup in at Near West Theatre and the final drop-off at Edgewater Park

Plan For The Evening
End your day with a beer! Join us for TechPint Happy Hour at Happy Dog where Crypto Cleveland, a popular meetup group focused on the world of blockchain and cryptocurrency, will host their June meetup. As part of the festivities, they will present rapid-fire talks about starting a company in this space and invite attendees to pitch their ideas.

Or head to Luxe for the BLKhack Exclusive Afterparty presented by BLKhack Cleveland. Enjoy an evening of conversation, networking and cocktails—plus music by DJ RED-I.

Share Your Experience
We encourage you to share your event experience on social media and within the Startup Scaleup mobile app using #StartupScaleup.

On event day, JumpStart staff members—in navy blue t-shirts with the Startup Scaleup logo—will be available throughout Gordon Square to answer your questions and point you in the right direction.

If you have questions prior to the event, please send an email to and a member of our team will be in touch.

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