Beyond Introductions - Mastering the Connection Gap

Oct 17, 2018, 11:30 PM – Oct 18, 2018, 1:30 AM

Local Office, 2617 Bissonnet St Suite 200, Houston, 77005

You want the business community to know who you are and what you do. After attending networking events, panels, and pitches, have you heard from your potential customers and investors that they are still not sure how to help you? We have a way to help you! Your Startup Grind team has created interactive evening that is part workshop + part practical.

In-person event

About this event

Listening and being heard are two different things.

Dealing with uncertainty came up over and over this last month as one of the BIGGEST challenges you face. We heard you! Now it is time to do something about it.

This dichotomy reminds us of the "Telephone Game" where one person would whisper in another person's ear, then they were to repeat that same thing to the next person. At the end what is shared after being "repeated" around the circle was NOTHING like what was initially said.

We want you to get the most out of attending our events, and certainly more than just getting to know your circle at Startup Grind. We want you to gain the most from every group, meetup, event, and accelerator/mastermind that you decided to participate in and grow from. That’s who we are!

Being able to build a fruitful network...

 ...One that really understands who you are and what you do. For many is a lot harder than it would seem. Because one of your Houston Startup Grind team's mission is “to educate” (the others are “to inspire” and “to connect”) entrepreneurs.

We have developed an evening that is a fun hybrid of both learning and practical exercises. The goal is to give you the individual assistance to go beyond the typical introduction of your name, your business’s name, and what you do. The details are the key to a successful introduction.

Building trust with sincere language (verbal + physical) and clear explanations takes practice and repetition to accomplish. This is a gap that plagues even the most seasoned of entrepreneurs.

Learning with your peers how to...

 ...present yourself, your ideas, and gain adoption is the lifeblood for entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses.

We will do this using:

  • Mini-workshop
  • Speed networking 
  • Feedback from experts* 

*( A media professional, investor, and professional speaker.)

We chose these 3 areas of expertise because we know the importance for you to be able to shift your delivery and your message to appeal to the audience you are in front of right then.

You Gain...

  • Assurance
  • Determination
  • Tenacity
  • Confidence

Every month we invite you to better understand and to embrace Startup Grind’s Values:

Give First (before you ask)

Make Friends (not just contacts)

Help Others (before you help yourself)

And to broadcast Startup Grind’s Mission:

To Educate, Inspire, and Connect Entrepreneurs

Our global community of 400+ chapters in 120 countries worldwide is here for you. Let us know... How may we best assist you? (I.e. - Can we help facilitate warm introductions to businesses, mentors, and/or investors to grow your startup here or elsewhere?)

Ways You Can Participate this Month:

Master the Pitch! - Every month we invite local “Entrepreneur Partners” (Funded Startup, Growth & Enterprise Business Leaders) within our local ecosystem to kick off the event. Use this opportunity to get specific answers to your idea or product. Our community also enjoys hearing about your accomplishments, values or needs. Entrepreneur Partners are invited to exhibit products and/or services before our signature Fireside Chat or Peer Discussion. This opportunity is available for a limited number of businesses, Apply Today!

Listen & Ask - Are you a member of our local entrepreneurial ecosystem? We encourage you to come to meet, learn from and have the chance to talk about the rollercoaster of entrepreneurship in our guided peer discussion.

Share Your Solutions - Startup Grind Houston's monthly events are an effective and valuable opportunity to share your brand and message with our local entrepreneurial community. Startup Grind’s events regularly attract many influential Founders, Professionals, and Investors. We have several options available, starting at only $250. (Connect Here)

Register Now!

Check out what happened



October 17 – 18, 2018
11:30 PM – 1:30 AM UTC


Food + Chat
Start Workshop
Practical Exercise
Regroup + Share


  • Michele Price

    Breakthrough Business Strategies

    Houston's Chapter Director

  • James Phelan

    Village Insights

    Partnership Director

Global sponsor

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Dell Technologies

About Startup Grind

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We believe in making friends, not contacts. We believe in giving first, not taking. We believe in helping others before helping yourself.

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