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.
Patrice is an Army brat who has lived in Germany, Hawaii and several less exotic locations. A polymath with 25+ years’ experience in state government and the private sector including broadcast TV/Radio host; paralegal; director of marketing; writer/editor; patent/trademark proofreader; prospect researcher; narrator/director/producer; documentarian; philanthropist. Recently launched The Word Architect, a boutique firm focused on helping startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses find their Authentic Brand Metaphor™. Former Santa’s Reindeer Keeper.
We’ve been fortunate to host the amazing Ed Mitzen of Fingerpaint Marketing, not just once but twice - first to kick off our inaugural event at the Albany Beahive and then by special request at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Mitzen, a serial entrepreneur, shared insights about making the transition from working for someone else to owning your own company, and repeatedly referred to the importance of family. In fact, it was a family incident that caused Mitzen to walk away from his job and strike out on his own.