Pitch-a-Kid + MassChallenge = Crossing the Finish Line

Sep 14, 2017, 12:00 – 2:00 AM

Iron Yard Houston, 4203 Montrose, Suite 100, Houston, 77006

Due to Hurricane Harvey, we are rescheduling Mike's Grind to December 13th. When answering his daughter's questions about a startup he was working on, Mike Millard decided to create a way to encourage her generation's natural curiosity for entrepreneurship. Pitch-a-Kid was born! Mike is also the MD for MassChallenge Texas, the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet.

In-person event

About this event

We're rescheduling Mike's Grind to December 13th to give our community time to focus on their families and homes.

Those of you with tickets already, your ticket is good for October's Grind.

This is the must attend Grind event of 2017 for Parents, Educators, and Business Leaders.

Mike Millard, is a goal-oriented achiever 

  • A Runner 
  • A Leaf Raker
  • A Ping Pong Player

He's a compassionate thinker with the 'will to win.' Mike is described by peers, employers, and employees as an exceptional leader who "balances the dynamics of change and getting results." He has built upon this and other strong leadership skills consistently while running his entrepreneurial journey of creating and growing business ecosystems. 

He Ushers New Ideas To Commercialization

Mike Millard's mission starts with building kids with Pitch-a-Kid while simultaneously funding startups through MassChallenge. He provides freedom for entrepreneurs to develop and grow ideas and businesses. He accomplishes his mission by empowering youth with their exposure to entrepreneurship as judges, giving them a fast understanding and quick analysis of startup, growth, and enterprise-level businesses through Pitch-a-Kid. 

His mission continues as the current managing director for MassChallenge Texas, an accelerator providing mentoring from industry experts, tailored programming, free co-working space, and unrivaled access to corporate partners globally. A differentiator for MassChallenge is that they take no equity from their startups.

Whether you're running the entrepreneurial race, education race, or the race to acquire future talent, allow Mike to advise on your next steps. 

Who benefits from attending

  • Involved Parents
  • Business Innovators
  • Strategic HR Managers
  • Socially Aware Employers 
  • Forward Thinking Educators

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 300+ chapters in 110 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:

On your mark, get set, GO! - Every month we invite local “Entrepreneur Partners” (Funded Startup, Growth & Enterprise Business Leaders) within our local ecosystem to kick off the event. Sharing accomplishments, values or needs with attendees, while connecting with our local team and featured guest demonstrates your commitment to our area's innovators. Entrepreneur Partners are also able to exhibit products and/or services after our signature Fireside Chat. This opportunity is available for a limited number of businesses, Apply Today!

Listen & Learn - Are you a member of our local entrepreneurial ecosystem? And/Or... Do you have children (truly or businesses that may as well be) who can benefit from exposure and funding? We encourage you to come meet, learn from and have the chance to ask questions of one of Texas’ most dedicated dads and innovators, Mike Millard (LinkedIn Bio).

Spread the Word - 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)

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  • Identify opportunities from dynamic conversations and encounters.
  • Absorb new information from our guest’s and your peer’s expertise.
  • Implement & Test an idea so you are utilizing good startup practices of validation.

Check out what happened


  • Mike Mallard





Thursday, September 14, 2017
12:00 AM – 2:00 AM UTC


Meet the Entrepreneurs
Fire-side Chat
Make Friends


  • Michele Price

    Breakthrough Business Strategies

    Houston's Chapter Director

  • James Phelan

    Village Insights

    Partnership Director

Global sponsor

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Dell Technologies


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