Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. It is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in 200 cities and 85 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.
Startup Grind is a connected online and offline network of vibrant startup communities to help fuel innovation, economic growth and prosperity at the local level. While Startup Grind was founded in Palo Alto, California, our extended network of Startup Grind chapters are located around the world. Start a Chapter in your city or school!
We believe in making friends, not contacts. We believe in giving, not taking. We believe in helping others before helping yourself. We are truly passionate about helping founders, entrepreneurs and startups succeed. We intend to make their startup journey less lonely, more connected and more memorable.
Fedja Zulfic cofounded freelance consultant marketplace/network Icons Alliance and chess e-magazine 50 Moves. He is currently the Chief Product Officer at Accodex, an accounting-tech startup that services clients through a network of freelance partners.
While many people view the 'Grind’ as hard work that they don’t want to do, Fedja believes that this process of continuously solving challenging problems outside our comfort zones is the most rewarding part of the journey to success - in startups and just about any other pursuit.
Jenny Vandyke is the managing director of Startup Adelaide, and Jenny is on a mission to help South Australia to pivot from the industrial age to the entrepreneurial age. Working with startups since the age of 12, over the last 20 years she has worked with ventures ranging from bootstrapped operations to billion dollar fintechs in Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide.
As a regular speaker on innovation and startups, her recent speaking gigs have included Southstart, CPA Week, Open State and the Vivid Festival. She is also a judge for the Anthill Magazine Smart 100 Awards, judging the most innovative products in Australia. After moving from Melbourne to Adelaide in 2015, Jenny has become a passionate supporter of her new hometown. Jenny believes there has never been a better time to be living and working in Adelaide.