Global Conference

"These are our people"
Sam Altman, Y Combinator
February 21-22, 2017 – Silicon Valley
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With 5,000 founders and investors, more than 40 keynote and fireside sessions, and over 50 exhibiting startups, this is Startup Grind's largest event ever.


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Give First
Don't Take
Make Friends
Not Contacts
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Exhibit your startup in Silicon Valley

Apply to be one of only 100 Startups to exhibit at our 2017 Global Conference

Facilitate exposure to our network of 200+ investors
Demo table in Exhibit Hall (Day 1 or Day 2)
Startup Toolkit from partners
Possible Selection to 500 Startups Next Batch
3,000 potential new customers
Possible selection for quickfire startup pitch on main stage
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Programming runs from 8AM to 6PM on both days (February 21th and 22nd). We’ll be hosting an afterparty on the 21st that will go until 10:00 PM.

The event takes place at the Fox Theater at 2215 Broadway, Redwood City, CA.

You’ll have all-access to two full days of speaker sessions and networking across multiple theaters in Redwood City. Your ticket also includes coffee, lunch, snacks, and drinks throughout the day. It also admits you into the Startup Grind afterparty and parties throughout. For our best deal, get the 2-for-1 ticket and bring a friend!

We work with Fortune 500 as well as newly launched companies to reach entrepreneurs around the world, and we’d love to work with you as a sponsoring partner. You’ll reach thousands of entrepreneurs, business owners, as well as developers, investors, and the like during our event. As a sponsor, we’ll also include you in messaging to our network - spanning across hundreds of thousands of online followers and subscribers. Please fill out the form or email our Partnerships Director, for more info.

If your business has raised less than $3MM and has fewer than 20 employees, you’re eligible to apply for the 2017 Startup Program. If selected, you’ll have the chance the exhibit your company during the conference, be exposed to our network of 200 investors, and enjoy perks like media opportunities and startup service discounts.

The Startup Program is simple and transparent: if chosen, your startup receives 4-full day tickets, including a display booth for one of the two conference days.

San Francisco (SFO) is the most trafficked airport in the Bay Area, complete with its own airport BART station. It is the closest (15mi/24km) to the Fox Theater. Travelers will get ride the BART to Millbrae, then transfer onto the Caltrain to Redwood City.

Oakland (OAK) is located across the peninsula in the East Bay, offering slightly cheaper airfare and accommodations. It’s furthest (29mi/47km) from the Fox Theater, but offers nearby BART public transit to get into Silicon Valley.

San Jose (SJC) is located at the very bottom of Silicon Valley and is closest to Palo Alto. While not far from the Fox Theater (20mi/32km), SJC doesn’t offer many public transit options.

We usually find the cheapest tickets on Skyscanner or Google Flights, book comfortable housing using Airbnb, and travel with Uber or Lyft. Use code "UberSGConf" for your first ride free.

All the following hotel suggestions are less than a 15-minute drive from the Fox Theater, the Startup Grind Global Conference Venue. Many guests also choose to stay with local hosts through Airbnb.

TownPlace Suites
1000 Twin Sophin Dr. Redwood City, CA 94065

Fairfield Inn & Suites
555 Skyway Rd, San Carlos, CA 94070

Hotel LiA
950 El Camino Real, San Carlos, CA 94070

Extended Stay America
3 Circle Way San Carlos, CA 94070

223 Twin Dolphin Dr, Redwood City, CA 94065
Expect: luxury, concierge service, modern decor.

Atherton Park Inn & Suites Redwood City
2834 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94061

Best Western Plus Executive Suites Redwood City
25 Fifth Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063

Holiday Inn Express Redwood City-Central
1836 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94063
Expect: Business-tier accommodations, concierge service.

Hotel Keen
425 High St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Expect: Luxury accommodations, central location, free breakfast, wine tastings.

Sure, though streetside parking is limited near the venue. Luckily, local garages offer more space by the hour. Both of the following garages offer paid parking 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Monday through Friday, with free parking after 6:00 PM.

Winslow Parking Garage: Located on Middlefield close to the Fox Theater, Winslow offers parking for 50 cents per hour.

The Main Street Parking Lot: Located on Main Street by City Hall, this garage offers parking for 25 cents per hour.

Jefferson Garage: The underground garage on Middlefield between Jefferson and Winslow provides 1.5 hours of free parking.

The Marshall Street Garage: With entrances off of Marshall and off of Broadway offers 1.5 hours of free parking.

The Jefferson and Marshall garages offer limited parking that may be limited by duration.

Absolutely. The Fox Theater is a few blocks from the Redwood City Caltrain station. If you’re visiting us from San Francisco, you can easily take the BART to the Millbrae BART station and connect onto Caltrain.

The Caltrain runs between San Francisco and San Jose, with stops covering the entire Bay Area. See the Caltrain schedule here.

BART is San Francisco’s city rail service and the best way to commute to and from OAK and SFO airports. See Bart locations and schedule here. It may be wise to purchase a Clipper Card, used for all public transit in the Bay Area.

For bikers and rail commuters, thanks for doing your part to save the rainforests!

You may also hire a car using Uber or Lyft. Use code “uberSGConf” for your first ride free.

Yes. Over 100 Startup Grind Directors and thousands of startup founders are flying in from places like Iran, Mongolia, Australia, and China. They’re definitely not stepping away from their businesses, families, and teams without good reason: this is going to be good.

Absolutely! You can enter and exit the event at your leisure so long as you are wearing your Startup Grind wristband, which acts as your ticket.

But do us a favor: do not remove, tamper, or attempt to transfer your ticket to another visitor, or we may have to refuse your entry.

You can shower and sleep with your wristband on, and if you wear it for the whole year, we guarantee you a free ticket to our next conference. Yes, really!

Thanks for offering your time! We usually receive many applications for just a limited number of volunteer spots, but if you have the right skill set to be an awesome volunteer please fill out this form.

The entrepreneur’s journey can be a winding one, so we often collaborate with partner companies to sponsor the tickets of a handful of applicants. To find out if you’re eligible, tell us about what you’re working on and why you should receive a sponsorship at this email.

If you’re a journalist reporting for a major media outlet or a private blogger with a considerable audience, we’d be happy to have you join as our guest.

Please email us with your name, the name of the outlet for which you’ll report, a link to the site where your articles are published, and the monthly recurring visitors to the media property (if known).

Please note that speaker access is reserved to select media personnel on advance request and is not open to most press pass holders.

Ah, bosses — we know the drill. We have an expert team at the ready for this kind of situations: they’ve spent their lifetimes training in the fine art of tasteful wit, persuasive copywriting, and even the dark arts of corporate speak. Send us an email to and we’ll make the case on your behalf. But beware! With such great power comes great responsibility — contact wisely.

Though speakers like Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures spent over an hour with the audience, most speakers are busy founders who do us the great favor of sharing their time pro-bono exactly because they know we won’t demand much of it. All speakers are encouraged to meet attendees, walk the floor, and enjoy the conference — but we make no guarantees.

There will, however, be hundreds of investors among the audience — many who’d love to meet you. There was over $1.5 million offered to founders by investors they met during the two days of the event, some who randomly bumped into one another.

Our secret to spotting & connecting with VIPs: say hello to those people who seem relaxed and sit back during networking breaks, as many of them will be those whose networks are already incredible. If they don’t invest, it’s likely they know those who do — so make friends instead of pitching hard.

Want to be matched with investors? Apply to our Startup Program.

Aww, we were really looking forward to meeting you. We’re sorry to say we do not issue refunds, but you can definitely exchange your ticket with a friend or business colleague up to a month before the event. Email us here with your name and the name to which you’d like to transfer your ticket, and we’ll get you sorted.

Hope to see you next year!

Yes: comfortable. Expect some people to feel most comfortable dressed in formal business attire – it can be a nice confidence booster. Also expect to mingle with a Silicon Valley crowd that’s most comfortable in casual streetwear, maybe accented with a company hoodie.

Keep in mind the amazing people you’ll be meeting at this conference, and dress to impress and connect with them. However you style yourself, make sure it’s respectful of the beautiful venue and other guests attending the event.

We appreciate your enthusiasm, but we ask our guests to stick to business cards at most. Flyers tend to take time and focus away from the conference experience, so nail your pitch instead.

The only exception is paid sponsors, who also receive a booth and other perks at the event. Learn more about sponsorships here if you’d like to reach the Startup Grind audience. We’d love to work together.

Trust us, we’re big proponents of a simple and inviting US immigration policy for ambitious entrepreneurs and skilled technologists. Unfortunately, we will not be sponsoring visas for attendees to the Startup Grind Global Conference.


Any other questions? Email or tweet @startupgrind on twitter.

"These are our people"
Sam Altman / Y Combinator
"A must attend"
"Some of the best community stuff out there"
Steve Blank / Startup Owners Manual
"One of my favorite events"
Mark Suster / Upfront Ventures
"Blown away by Startup Grind"
Steve Clemons / The Atlantic

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