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.
Startup Grind Chicago welcomes Juha Koponen, Co-founder of Swap.com. An entrepreneur driven by unearthing new ways to lead a more sustainable lifestyle, Koponen wants to get people to thinking differently about the way they shop.
Tom's passion is mentoring, advising, and funding tech and biotech startups. Tom has engaged with hundreds of startups, at all stages, from concept to exit. Today, Tom is Co-Founder and President of SmartHealth Activator, an incubator for biotech startups activating extraordinary biotechnology to solve mankind's greatest health challenges.
Aaron’s spent the last 7 years in the employee engagement and performance space. He is an ICF Associate Certified Coach, a contributor to Thrive Global and a member of the Forbes Coaches Council. Aaron's educated, coached, and consulted over 4,000 business leaders, helping them to define goals, create action plans, and achieve sustained success.
Aaron is deeply passionate about awakening people to their potential and works with organizations on their employee value proposition, management training and development coaching to unlock the power of their young talent.
David Kalt the founder of Reverb.com and Co-founder of optionsXpress, the online marketplace for guitars, gear and musical instruments, and the owner of the Chicago Music Exchange, one of the world’s best-known vintage guitar dealers. He is a technologist and serial entrepreneur, and will be the featured guest at the next Startup Grind Chicago, happening November 18.