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 250 cities and 100 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.
Since launching in 2014, the Charlotte Chapter of Startup Grind has hosted events featuring successful entrepreneurs from all over the world. Robert Ingalls is the Charlotte Chapter Director. You can contact Robert here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, December 12
Technology Enabled Strategies for Your Startup with Walt Frye
With over 15 years of experience in large financial services and technology companies, Walt has worked with leaders all over the globe to transform business processes, affect lasting change, and introduce pivotal products for business clients and consumers.
Startup Grind Hosts Lindsey Haaser, Founder of Notable
We're starting the year with a successful founder who is combining a passion for inclusion and diversity with economic and social impact. Lindsey Haaser is a social entrepreneur, founder of the disability recruiting firm, Advocations, and founder of Notable, a game-changing cloud-based platform that empowers people with disabilities to build a network and enhance skills while searching for a job.
2ULaundry Founders Dan D'Aquisto & Alex Smereczniak
Dan D’Aquisto and Alex Smereczniak founded 2ULaundry in 2015. Since then the company has raised almost $3 Million and expanded into Atlanta. Join us on February 7th as Dan & Alex share how they skyrocketed 2ULaundry to success in less than two years.
Startup Grind Charlotte hosts Coy Pittman, Founder and CEO of social streaming site Disco Melee. From growing up in a rural farming community to selling his first venture for a 50X return to taking on the tech giants of eSports, this is a compelling and improbable story of entrepreneurship that you don't want to miss.
Rob is the Founder of YourPod Podcast Consulting & Production, as well as professional mentor, speaker, writer, recovering attorney, and host of the Future Self Podcast. You can connect with Rob at robertingalls.com or on social media @FutureSlf
Jeff Brokaw is a veteran web developer with 18 years of experience in digital marketing, Charlotte web design, Charlotte SEO, and entrepreneurship. He founded his first web design and web hosting company at age 14, and at age 16 he ran the IT department of a large stock brokerage firm. Jeff founded a second successful web design and web hosting company, which was ranked as the #1 web design firm in North America by “Which Web Design” in 2012.
Since then, he has sold his own bitcoin course online and appeared in CBS Money, Yahoo Finance, The Boston Globe, International Business Times and the San Francisco Times.
Jeff focuses on the intersections of innovative design, marketing, and launching successful business ventures through technological media.
What do most people do on New Year’s Day? Sleep in, watch college football, eat black eyed pea’s and greens perhaps. Well, on January 1st, 2004 Garth Moulton was in Silicon Valley doing everything but that, he was busy launching JigSaw.com, his first ever startup.
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.