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.
Guillaume De Smedt, "G", as he is otherwise known, is the Global Community Director for Startup Grind. He completed his bachelors degree in Electronic Engineering and is part of the Silicon Cape Board.
Part efficiency nut, part branding fanatic, part dance devotee and definite business addict; Christie Simmons loves everything entrepreneriffic.
Through her varied experiences building her own businesses, working for Fortune 100 companies and coaching passionate business owners Christie developed a knack for helping business owners create more success. She also helped savvy entrepreneurs take things to the next level as an Executive Director in Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University. She does lots more cool things you can learn about at hichristie.com.
Dimitris is a PMP® certified project manager who is passionate about internet startups. His entrepreneurial spirit showed up early. Dimitris founded hiphop.gr in 2000, one of the largest on-line entertainment portals in Greece. He has a MSc in Project Management from Lancaster University and has developed his international experience managing complex IT projects while working at IBM UK. Dimitris is currently working as Project Manager and Business Developer at Edenred Greece. He covers the Greek tech startup scene on TechStart where he contributes as a guest author.
Jan is originally from the Czech Republic but currently lives in Shenzhen (China). He builds an awesome startup community in China, APAC and beyond on behalf of Startup Grind. Prior, he helped launch a venture for Rocket Internet (in 2 markets), built an online business during my last year of BA and found a passion in connecting and educating people in the startup world. He is also an author of China Biz-Tech Weekly newsletter (medium.com/china-biz-tech-weekly). Learn more about him and his activities on his personal website (jsmejkal.com).