Giving Thanks for Our Community: A Spotlight on Startup Grind Chapter Directors Around the World
This month, we’re focusing on one of our core values — give, don’t take. The Startup Grind community is one built by amazing people from all walks of life and from around the globe.
We’re so grateful to have the passion, determination, and friendship from our community members that has helped to grow Startup Grind from our very first chapter in Palo Alto just eight years ago to more than 500 chapters in 125+ countries today. Beyond our local chapters, Startup Grind has also grown to include two major conferences — including our Global Conference and Europe Conference — and regional conferences in Barcelona, Australia, and Morocco.
Each Startup Grind chapter begins with our volunteer Chapter Directors. Our Chapter Directors hold a special place in our hearts. Without their hard work, desire to see positive change in their communities, and commitment to our ideals, Startup Grind might just be like any other networking organization.
Instead, it truly has become a global family committed to nurturing startups, entrepreneurs, and the ecosystems that house them. In 2018 alone, the Startup Grind community has held nearly 1,500 events with 30,000 attendees and featured successful local founders, innovators, educators, and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on their paths to building great companies.
People are at the heart of our organization, but don’t just take our word for it. See why our Directors decided to launch Startup Grind chapters in their cities and the impact it has had on them and their local communities — in their own words.
“We decided to launch Startup Grind Wichita because our community needed a spark! A spark that ignites passion among our startups. Startup Grind is now a staple in our community and ‘the’ networking event for all entrepreneurs throughout Wichita. For us, it was a game changer!”
— Jacob Wayman (Startup Grind Wichita, USA)
“Our DNA — and what I truly nurture at Startup Grind — is the intimate and engaging atmosphere, as well as the personal story we help shape and share between the speaker and her or his audience. With a unique peek behind-the-startup-scenes, our fireside chats present ‘hidden champions,’ who exemplify hard-work, profound humility, and success, and demonstrate an affinity to foster local businesses. They provide a safe environment to get engaged, try and ask questions. Our biggest achievement has been to build a connected online and offline vibrant community to help fuel innovation at the local level.”
— Sabine Fletchet (Startup Grind Munich, Germany)
“I decided to start the Startup Grind chapter in Guadalajara because I wanted to help and have an impact on startups and entrepreneurs to fulfill their dreams. SG not only allowed me to do this but it allowed me to discover a world of individuals who inspired me day after day and through Startup Grind was able to connect and build a stronger and more solid network of talented and successful human beings.”
— Martin Moscosa (Startup Grind Guadalajara, Mexico)
“Bloemfontein, being the conservative city it is, in the Free State, nestled in the heart of South Africa, has always been perceived as a very traditional town, and ‘backwards.’ Startup Grind, has given us the platform to uncover some of the City’s hidden gems, incredibly remarkable people who achieve massive success but live in the city and go unrecognized.”
— Lesley Jennings (Startup Grind Bloemfontein, South Africa)
“Not only have we attracted foreign investment (mostly from the US) for local startups through our annual conference and our regular events, but we’ve also become the leading event for startups in the city. Because of being a clear leader in the ecosystem, we’re able to help our startups by providing intros to potential investors, recommending them to acceleration programs and even helping them to get international exposure through our partners and sponsors.”
— Alex Rodríguez Bacardit (Startup Grind Barcelona, Spain)
“I became a chapter director as I wanted to give something to the community I’m in… It’s definitely given me wonderful connections. I feel like I know the best people in the city now :-) It’s also been great to get to know amazing folks around the world. It’s a real community of ‘dreamers and doers.’”
— Colin Donohue (Startup Grind Tbilisi, Georgia)
“Startup Grind helped me accelerate my understanding of the local startup ecosystem with all its players and the dynamics in the market. I could further expand my international network and meet outstanding people, not only in Berlin but all around the world.”
— Mareike Popp (Startup Grind Berlin, Germany)
We’re looking to make connections with more amazing people in new cities.
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