StartupGrind On Tour: We are hosted by Jan Bednar at ShipMonk.

Ft. Lauderdale
Wed, Dec 23, 6:00 PM (EST)

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  • Who: Jan Bednar, CEO of ShipMonk
  • What: Facilities Tour and Fireside Chat
  • Where: ShipMonk HQ | 201 NW 22nd Ave. | Fort Lauderdale
  • When: Wednesday March 18th, from 6:00-9:00 pm

We are extremely excited to host our March Fireside Chat with Jan Bednar at ShipMonk, as part of our 2020 initiative to bring amazing experiences to our Chapter members.

What is Startup Grind On Tour? 
Startup Grind On Tour is a Fireside Chat on steroids. Instead of hosting entrepreneurs at our regular venue, we bring you to the entrepreneurs facilities where you can experience their trials, tribulations and triumphs in person. We pick thriving local startups led by inspiring entrepreneurs and bring you right into the actual experience of running the company. 

ShipMonk is one such thriving company defying the odds in our own Broward backyard.
ShipMonk is revolutionizing the world of eCommerce by providing multi-channel fulfillment and inventory management solutions for today’s global economy. By combining advanced inventory, warehouse, and order management technology with exemplary customer service, we facilitate next-level growth for small to medium-sized businesses.

Since its start in 2015, ShipMonk has grown to over $65 million in revenue in 2019 and currently employs over 650 people between its Prague engineering office, Florida, California and Pennsylvania warehouses. ShipMonk was also named one of Inc. Magazine’s Fastest Growing Companies in the US in both 2018 and 2019. 

Jan Bednar's story is nothing if not one of the most inspiring entrepreneurial journeys.

From humble beginnings growing up in the Czech Republic to inclusion in Forbes’ vaunted 30 Under 30 list, Jan Bednar’s entrepreneurial journey has been a dynamic one.

By the age of seventeen, he moved to the United States in pursuit of the American dream. Shortly after moving to the States, Jan became everybody’s new best friend back home because he had access to American brands and products that didn’t ship internationally.

The demand for American brands was so high that Jan turned these favors into a profitable business, ultimately winning a pair of business plan awards while attending Florida Atlantic University. Following his graduation in 2014, Jan propelled his package forwarding business even further by going through Tech Runway’s accelerator program.

While attending Tech Runway and learning more about the antiquated shipping industry, Jan identified an opportunity to work directly with eCommerce companies and launched ShipMonk to focus on revolutionizing the order fulfillment industry.

We will ask Jan about:

  • His experience moving to the States as a budding entrepreneur
  • Building Bedabox and winning FAU business plan competitions
  • Attending Tech Runway and it's impact on his success
  • Growing ShipMonk 8000% in the span of a few years
  • Managing multiple teams in global locations 
  • Implementing his technology-driven fulfillment solutions vision
  • ShipMonk’s first SaaS product for eCommerce businesses
  • His personal inspiration and management style
  • His future plans and lessons learned.
  • The ShipMonk Startup Program

Tour Restrictions:

  • No open-toe shoes
  • No pictures

Warehouse video 

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  • Jan Bednar

    Jan Bednar



    Jan Bednar is the CEO and founder of ShipMonk, one of America's fastest-growing fulfillment centers. Jan started his entrepreneurship journey at age 17 when he immigrated from Czech Republic to Florida to pursue his college education. After graduating from Florida Atlantic University, Jan founded what is known today as ShipMonk, a technology-driven, eCommerce fulfillment and logistics company.

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  • When

    Wednesday, Dec 23
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EST)

    Brought to you by

    • Marc Lissade

      Marc Lissade

      Startup Broward

      Executive Director