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I’m Patrice Perkins and I run Startup Grind NY- Capital Region, the most progressive and innovative monthly gathering of entrepreneurs in our region.

Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community actively connecting more than 1,500,000 entrepreneurs in over 500 cities in 125 countries. We're partnered with Google for Startups, and we host monthly fireside chat interviews, mixers and annual conferences featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

Each month I select one of our region’s movers and shakers to chat with for an hour in front of an audience of enthusiastic folks who are eager to hear about how my guests built their successful company.

We educate and inspire business owners and others wanting to learn innovative best practices to get more customers, reduce costs and grow their companies.

Upcoming Events

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Past Events

Isolated on the Road: A Photobook Documentary of US Scenery During COVID-19 - Parker Fairfield, Jr.

From a Graveyard of Failed Startups to The Startup Story + Grindology - James McKinney, Founder

Startup Grind: Incubator for Innovation & Global Collaboration: TimeChi - Sean Greenhalgh + Martin Moscosa + Patrice Perkins

The Story of Airmeet: Disrupting Virtual Events, $15M Raised in Year 1 - Lalit Mangal, Co-Founder

Kevin Sykes, President N.A. - Bringing Inspiration to Life: Massivit 3D

How to Launch 5 Businesses on 3 Continents - Sindy Foster, CEO, NYLON Marketing

Forbes named her the "Next Steve Jobs" - Angel Rich, Vice Chair, DC Government Financial Literacy Council & Founder, The Wealth Factory

Let Go of the Guilt and Take Back Your Joy, Valorie Burton, Founder of the Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute

Cultivating an Agile and Innovative Organization: Kate Manley - President, Rensselaer Chamber of Commerce

Tech, Market Research & Shark Tank Casting Tour - Brandon Andrews, co-founder, Gauge + Senior Consultant at Values Partnerships

Predicting Emerging Tech Trends, Flameouts + M&A: Anand Sanwal CEO & Co-founder of CB Insights

"Resist the Urge to be Average!" Shelly Bell, Founder, Black Girl Ventures

Building a Board of Advisors (Virtual) - David Stengle, CEO and Founder, Board ++

Resilience in the Eye of the Storm - Tinker & Fiddle: Hilary Lashley Renison, CEO/Founder + Serena White-Lake, Director of Strategic Partnerships

Diversify Your Board and Improve Your Bottom Line - David Stengle, Founder and CEO, Board++

Engaged, Honest, and Present in the Work - Fred Wilson, Partner, Union Square Ventures

The New Reality is Already Here - Greg Shepard, Founding Partner, BOSS Capital Partners

Michael Coupe, Co-Founder, Nerdwise

Not the Usual Story: Guha Bala, President, Velan Ventures and Velan Studios

Troy Web Consulting - Building Culture, Community Engagement & Kick-Ass Software

Each Day an Adventure! Steven Flenory, Studio Head, WB Games New York

Healthy, Local Food for Busy People: 9 Miles East Farm - Gordon Sacks, Founder & CEO

$ales is Not a Dirty Word - Lorraine Ferguson, Sandler Training Associate and Author

Sticker Mule - Custom Stickers That Kick A** Anthony Constantino, co-founder & CEO

It Shouldn't Take 5 Years - Tom Nardacci, CEO, Aurelius Coworks and Gramercy Communications

Travel and Do Good - Gabby Fisher, CEO, co-mads

Starting Your Company With No VC - David Gibson, Founder/ex-CEO, XOS

Doing the Next Good Thing, Jeffrey Buell, Principal, Redburn Development Partners

Creating a Company That Means Something - Joe Tyler & Terry Nawrot (SpringStart, ex-Informz)

Robots, Culture & Car Washes - Ron Slone, President, Hoffman Development

Both Sides of the Table: John A. Cococcia, Co-Founder/Managing Partner of Arista Strategy Group

It'll Never Happen To Me - Cindy Applebaum, Market President & Publisher - Albany Business Review

Steve Lobel (Anchor Agency) - You Only Know Part of the Story

Rich Honen (Phillips Lytle) Talks 30 Yrs. Educating Upstate NY about Venture Cap & Angel Investing

Startup Grind Albany Hosts André Taylor (Taylor Insight Worldwide)

Robert Starbuck (Migrate Business Services & Migrate Int'l. Investment Co.)

Stephen Key (inventRight)

Sue, Zak & Max Kerber (RAD Soap Co.)

Mike Brown (Death Wish Coffee Co.)

Ethan Schmertzler (Dispel)

Vic Christopher & Heather LaVine (Lucas Confectionery/Peck's Arcade)

James E. Spencer, Jr. (RPiHUB)

Anu Duggal (Female Founders Fund)

Colleen Costello (Vital Vio)

Sinclair Schuller (Apprenda)

Tom "TK" Kuegler (Wasabi Ventures)

James E. Spencer, Jr. (RPiHUB)

Eben Bayer (Ecovative)

Dr. Walter L. Robb (Vantage Management, Inc.)

James E. Spencer, Jr. - POSTPONED!! (RPiHUB)

Robert Manasier (In Focus Brands/IFP Films)

Jacques Bastien (Boogie/PrettySimpl)

David W. Dussault (DHA Holdings, Inc.)

Ken Deckinger (Jess, Meet Ken)

Dr. Kimberly A. Fredericks (The Sage Colleges)

Dr. Emad Rahim (Endowed Chair, Bellevue University)

Martin Babinec (TriNet/Upstate Venture Connect)

Guy Kawasaki (Canva/Ex-Apple)

Philip Schwartz (Albany Business Review)

Richard Green (evvnt)

Heather Dwyer (Semi-Lux, Inc.)

Christianne L. Smith (Designsmith Studio)

Joshua Drew (Microsoft - BizSpark)

Rick D'Errico (New York BizLab)

Max Weber (Spotify)

John Miller (Entrepreneur & Member, Eastern NYAngels)

Michael Hickey (Pitney Bowes Software/MapInfo)

Heather Howley (Independent Helicopters)

Walter S. Borisenok (Fortitech)

Ed Mitzen (Fingerpaint Marketing)

Antonio Civitella (Transfinder)

Amy Friedman (Broadblast Inc.)

Ed Mitzen (Fingerpaint Marketing)


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