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.
Ryan has had the privilege of being part of several startups and growth companies. He has helped companies grow from inception, to viability, through to sustainability. During the evolution of these companies, Ryan has served on company boards and been instrumental in capitalization activities. He has also helped companies to expand to international markets. Ryan brings a unique blend of business acumen and technical knowledge to help companies and customers to achieve their objectives. He enjoys the process and challenge of starting and growing a company. Ryan (@ryanfrederick) is currently a Principal at AWH (@AWHNET), Columbus Director of Startup Grind (@startupgrindcmh), Advisor at Rev1 Ventures (@rev1ventures), Advocate for i.c.stars|*Columbus (@icstarscolumbus), Co-Founder of (@black_hack), and leader ProductCamp Columbus.
I am excited to announce GBQ as our most recent sponsor. GBQ's support of Startup Grind in Columbus is another demonstration of their commitment to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Columbus. Look for members of the GBQ team at upcoming events.
I get asked why I decided to get involved with Startup Grind and lead the chapter in Columbus. I typically echo Startup Grind's mission and values, which you can get to know if you visit the Home or About Us pages of the site. You have probably already been there if you've made it to this post. As I thought more about what happens at Startup Grind events and at our Global Conference, I can sum it up as people helping people. Of course people helping people isn't fundamentally a new concept. And maybe the idea of help being the currency of these times isn't new either. It doesn't matter if it is new. It just matters that it matters. And it matters to the Startup Grind family.
The law firm Bricker & Eckler are now a sponsor of Startup Grind Columbus. Alex Brown, a Partner at the firm and Brian Begg , an attorney at the firm have already been actively participating and supporing us. We are thrilled to have them on board as a long-term sponsor and for their ongoing commitment to supporting the Columbus startup community.