When you think of Charlotte you may think of us as the 2nd largest banking city in the country, only behind New York City on the list. You may also think of the southern tradition that is NASCAR, but startups, probably not. When we talk “startups” you’re more likely to think of think Silicon Valley or Seattle. However, you might be a little surprised if we were to throw the Queen City, Charlotte, NC into that mix. A little over a decade ago, in 2003, Lending Tree a Charlotte, NC based startup, sold for $734 million in stock shares. Jigsaw, also started in the Queen City, was sold to Sales Force for $142 million dollars in 2010. Just this past September Yap!, another local startup was sold to Amazon for an undisclosed amount. These are just a few of the many examples of huge Startups generated out of the QC, earning us the right to deem ourselves amongst the top Startup incubators in the country.
Introducing Startup Grind Charlotte, a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect motivated entrepreneurs. Startup Grind is Powered by Google for for the education and benefit of entrepreneurs. Our goal is to help facilitate many more of these success stories come out of our proud city. With thousands of entrepreneurs all living in close proximity, we want to start a movement to help like-minded individuals connect in a judgment free, resourceful environment that bolsters success. Whether you’ve had your first startup idea today or have been launching new businesses for years, we feel confident that together we can share great information and help you grow your business(es) to new heights.
With many powerful startups and successful entrepreneurs in our area, we are very excited to have access to so many of these powerhouse individuals. With these high caliber speakers willing to share their stories, their experiences, there is no limit to the wealth of information to be learned. We are pleased to announce that we have special guest speaker Adam Hill who is the Executive Director of Packard Place, Co-Founder of RevTech Labs and Co-Founder of Vino LTD. The innaugral Startup Grind Charlotte event will be held at Packard Place in Downtown Charlotte on Tuesday, October 28th from 6 - 9 PM. We strongly encourage anyone who has an interest in taking their vision, idea or existing business to the next level to attend.
If you have any questions you may contact Startup Grind Charlotte’s director Jeff Brokaw at firstname.lastname@example.org