Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs.
Startup Grind's Buffalo chapter is led by Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus team member, Sean Heidinger, and is typically facilitated at the Innovation Center on Ellicott Street in downtown Buffalo, NY. Due to growing companies and limited space, Startup Grind has taken place in new and exciting venues around the city. For this event, we have teamed up with Nichols School's senior elective class, Entrepreneurial Studies. This event will be hosted in Nichols School's Flickinger Performing Arts Center.
Mark Maidment is the SVP of Brand at New Era Cap, having moved to Buffalo just 3 years ago to take on the role. Mark’s position involves overseeing product design and marketing for the New Era brand. Mark maintains a 25 year career in the branded fashion industry encompassing prestigious positions such as Creative Director at Ben Sherman, the famous British heritage brand, at Caterpillar Workwear, the American earth moving company, Design Director at US street wear brand, Reactor Plus, and Commercial Director Post at Italian Denim brand Diesel. Blending a product design educated background with a passion for disruptive marketing and brand positioning, Mark brings a unique viewpoint and approach to the cultural consumer and lifestyle space.
Lorenz is the CIO of New Era cap, the 99-year-old global headwear and lifestyle brand. He made the move to New Era in 2016 from Burberry Group in New York where he led all technology programs and for the Americas region. Lorenz’ experience also includes technology management roles at Australia’s largest telecommunications and media company Telstra, and time working in London, England with Swiss HR services giant Adecco Group as well as Burberry Group. Born and raised in Australia, of Chinese and Swiss heritage and having lived and worked in several countries gives Lorenz a broad range of international technology and business experience.
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Sean brings a unique background in community engagement and event planning to his current role in Entrepreneurship & Business Development at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and as the Chapter Director in Buffalo, NY.
Sean joined the BNMC team in November 2015 and is the main point person for dig at the Innovation Center, Buffalo’s premier coworking and event space. Within this role, he manages and expands the dig membership, as well as plans and executes a multitude of networking and social events of all sizes and varieties.
Sean maintains a professional workspace, provides customer service to dig’s co-working professionals and manages events with a sense of professionalism, energy and fun. He also assists in the development of the Innovation Center’s entrepreneurial ecosystem that provides those with innovative ideas the tools and resources they need to launch and grow their business.