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.
With more than 4 years of study and work experience in China, Erik is a creative event and community leader from Germany with a MA double-degree in Chinese-European Business and Economy.
Driven by his entrepreneurial spirit; he already helped bringing global events such as the Fête de la Musique, Startup Weekend, Startup Grind, Fuckup Nights and the Global Citizen Festival to Chengdu. After starting an event planning company and a healthy lifestyle community himself as well as directing Startup Grind and Fuckup Nights in Chengdu,
Erik is now the program director at Startupbootcamp in Chengdu. At SBC, Erik is responsible to accelerate 13 international and local digital health startups as they develop solutions which increase access to quality of care, bridge the gap in the health care delivery system and reduce local medical costs.
Roy Rao is an operation strategist, social entrepreneur, and community builder. Before he moved to Chengdu, Roy has advised Fortune 500 companies on supply chain management and data integration and been actively involved in Startup Community in Chicago. As an organizer of Startup Weekend and Startup Grind, he is excited to help build a stronger international tech community in Chengdu. 饶译是一位运营策划师，社会企业家和社区创造人.