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Startup Grind

About Us

Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting more than 1,500,000 entrepreneurs in 450 cities. We nurture startup ecosystems in 120 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs. The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs build their businesses, connect with strategic partners, and secure funding. 

Our Values

  • We believe in making friends, not contacts.
  • We believe in giving, not taking.
  • We believe in helping others before helping yourself.
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Our Team

Derek Andersen Derek Andersen
Founder and CEO of Startup Grind
Paul Ark Paul Ark
Bangkok Chapter Director
John Boitnott John Boitnott
Advisor
Judy Chang Judy Chang
Marketing Manager
Emily Cooper Emily Cooper
Cincinnati Community Manager
Candace Dalmagne-Rouge Candace Dalmagne-Rouge
Community Manager
Eugenia Digon Eugenia Digon
Graphic Designer
Joel Fernandes Joel Fernandes
Startup Grind CTO
Baird Hall Baird Hall
Marketing Manager
Said Hassan Said Hassan
Events Manager
Drew Hendricks Drew Hendricks
Advisor
Jelle Kajim Jelle Kajim
Community Manager
Bruce Lunnis Bruce Lunnis
Community Manager
Neda Morrar Neda Morrar
Operations Manager
Tracey Norkjaer Tracey Norkjaer
Events Manager
Inne Ongkodjojo Inne Ongkodjojo
Co-coordinator
Deanna Rampton Deanna Rampton
Editor-in-Chief
Àlex Rodríguez Bacardit Àlex Rodríguez Bacardit
Startup Grind Barcelona
Vi Tran Vi Tran
Startup Grind Team Hustler
Silke Wolf Silke Wolf
Zurich Co-Director
Rodrigo de Alvarenga Rodrigo de Alvarenga
Brazil Regional Manager

What people are saying

Phin Mpofu

“The sheer first hand insight and knowledge I have gained from Startup Grind fireside chats is incredible.”

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