Selecting the perfect keynote speaker for your upcoming entrepreneurship or startup event is an important decision. Entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and bestselling author Josh Linkner will bring your event to life with his extensive experience and unique perspective in the entrepreneurial world of startups.

Starting his first company at age 20, Josh Linkner has been one of the preeminent entrepreneurs of our time. He was the sole founder and CEO of four technology businesses that sold for a combined exit value of over $200 million. He is the founding partner of Detroit Venture Partners, a $55 million early-stage tech fund helping to rebuild his hometown of Detroit through entrepreneurship. Throughout his twenty-five-year career, he’s raised over $100 million of venture capital and been involved in the funding or launch of over one hundred startups. In addition to his work as a bestselling author and top-rated keynote speaker, he is the co-founder and chairman of Fuel Leadership, a business leadership company established to disrupt the old, boring leadership development industry. Josh has twice been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and has won dozens of other startup and entrepreneurial awards. He was an active member of EO and YPO for many years, and contributes cutting-edge insights on startups and venture capital weekly to Inc. Magazine, Forbes, and The Detroit Free Press.

Josh Linkner is the ideal speaker for startup or entrepreneurial events, since he’s spent his entire career in this sector. He also has deep experience in venture capital, private equity and startup finance arenas – from being on both sides of M&A deals to large-scale recaps to funding from seed through Series D financings. He has co-invested with industry giants including Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, and Lightbank Capital. Josh has also delivered keynotes at dozens of venture and PE events including: Ohio Venture Association, Edison Ventures Leadership Summit, Michigan Growth Symposium, ACG Capital Summit, Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association, Inc. Magazine’s GrowCo, and Startup Miami. Additionally, he has also spoken to many entrepreneurial companies and small business events in four continents. He’s even served as a “shark” more than twenty times for entrepreneur pitch contests and has seen over 3000 startup pitches throughout his career.

With extensive, personal, and direct experience as a venture-funded entrepreneur and proven startup leader, there is no better choice for a keynote for you upcoming entrepreneur or startup event. Linkner’s deep knowledge of the trends and best practices combined with an intimate understanding of startup culture and language make him the ideal keynote speaker for your event.







The Top 10 Reasons Josh is the Perfect Keynote Speaker for Your Entrepreneur or Startup Event

  • 10. Relatable – With 20+ years as an active entrepreneur, he’s a proven startup leader with deep real-world experience. His experience as the founder of four tech companies, a venture fund, and now a leadership development company provide direct and real-world insight and knowledge.
  • 9. Engaging – Josh’s talks are interactive, fast-moving, and entertaining. Your audience will be fully engaged and leaning forward.
  • 8. Unique Perspective – As an entrepreneur, professional-level jazz musician, venture capitalist, and rebuilder of his hometown of Detroit, Josh brings a fresh and compelling perspective.
  • 7. Real Takeaway Value – Your audience will leave with meaningful tools, frameworks, and techniques that can be immediately applied to real-world challenges.
  • 6. High Energy / Inspiring – Josh’s enthusiasm consistently inspires audiences. Guests will depart fired up, energized, and ready to reach new heights.
  • 5. Visually Stunning – You wont see bullet point lists or text-heavy screens with Josh. Instead, audiences are dazzled with high-resolution photography, energizing HD video clips, memorable props, and gorgeous visual transitions.
  • 4. Captivating Stories – Concepts are delivered through rich story telling — not boring professorial directives. Emotionally-charged stories help the audience retain key points while enjoying a highly entertaining experience
  • 3. Zero Drama – No outrageous demands. No diva-like requests. Instead, Josh is professional, accommodating, and easy to work with at every step.
  • 2. Custom – Instead of a ‘canned’ speech, Josh takes the time to learn about your organization, audience, and key objectives. His presentation will be on-point, relevant, and customized to your specific needs.
  • 1. High Impact – Josh will make every minute count. Your audience will be moved and inspired while gaining practical tools to improve their performance. He will do whatever it takes to ensure your event is a roaring success.