Hunting for Silver Linings w/ Adrian Smith of Startup Grind Winston Salem, North Carolina

Friday, January 15, 2021, 3:00 – 4:00 PM UTC

Join Startup Grind Grand Rapids’ Chapter Director Corey Hart and Beneventure Partners Managing Director Yorgo Katsanos as we host an event series featuring check-ins with investors and Startup Grind Chapter Directors from all corners of the world. Joining us for this event: Adrian Smith of Startup Grind Winston Salem, North Carolina

Virtual event

About this event


Never before did investors, founders, entrepreneurs, and leaders of even the smallest companies think that Through our Startup Grind event series Hunting for Silver Linings, we check in with ecosystem builders, investors, and business leaders from around the world.

We dig for deeper context around challenges and opportunities found in markets around the world, as well as mine for insight that can better inform biases about regions, their talent, and potential for investment.

Then, we connect the dots.


Corey Hart | LinkedIn
Chapter Director, Startup Grind
Co-founder & CMO, Telebehavioral Health.US

Yorgo (George) Katsanos
Managing Director, Beneventure Partners


Wednesday, January 6th, we are pleased to host Adrian Smith of Startup Grind Winston Salem, North Carolina. Adrian will give us some insight on how the epidemic is affecting the startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem in his region, as well as provide advice to entrepreneurs.


We spend our time checking in with investors, entrepreneurs, founders, and Startup Grind Chapter Directors from around the globe to get accounts of what's happening in their areas and learn of what their challenges and opportunities are. 

  • We learn about our guest, their story
  • We dig into their area & industry of expertise, and their ecosystem
  • We identify specific challenges & opportunities they are close to
  • We ask what their outlook is for the next 6, 12 months
  • Finally, we ask how our network of global Directors, entrepreneurs, and investors can help them

Check out what happened


  • Adrian Smith

    Flywheel Foundation

    Executive Director



Friday, January 15, 2021
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM UTC


3:00 PMPodcast Interview


  • Corey Hart

    Startup Grind Grand Rapids

    Chapter Director

  • Maya Heibel

    Startup Grind

    Startup & Venture Capital Intern


  • Corey Hart, Startup Grind

    Startup Grind

    Chapter Director

  • Elizabeth Hiemstra

    Tungsten Branding


  • Renee De Haan

    Equitable Advisors