When Worlds Collide: The Juggernaut of Esports

Sep 12, 2018, 11:30 PM – Sep 13, 2018, 1:30 AM

The Cannon Houston, 1336 Brittmoore Rd., Houston, 77043

Two Esports execs share their experiences on their meteoric rise. They’ve addressed issues that can leave entrepreneurs conflicted: Planning - Real Time vs. Ahead Of Time, Workforce - Remote Team vs. HQ Team, Market Presence - Real Company vs. Hollow Company. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a gamer, or both, this will be an #IKnewThemWhen moment. To register PRESS START!

In-person event

About this event


Opportunities begot change that lead to decisions...AND decisions are hard. Our guests’ Esport production company, Mainline, is making BIG impressions on brands and gestures from investors. They have discovered ways to successfully engage customers while rocketing along their journey. It’s a great example of a primarily digital business that is successfully translating into an exciting physical experience. eSports is giving us insights into what moves people to come out and attend Esports events selling out arenas. What if you could apply those learnings to how to affect your buyer’s behavior and choices... That's a BIG deal!

We think these three areas are a good starting point.


Hear from diametrically opposed personality types and planning styles who have forged their startups “warp drive.” Imagine tapping into that power for your business.


The first day they all showed up at The Cannon Houston, half of them did not know each other’s real names and none of them had never met IRL. Is there power in daily face time instead of 100% remote teams?

Market Presence

As we have seen across many startup industries, there is a LOT OF NOISE. The Mainline team broke the barrier by setting themselves apart through their authenticity and verifiable results. Would your business actions result in industry accolades, traction and sales? They should!

At Startup Grind we enjoy finding and sharing lessons that can be shared across industries. Why? Because this stretches your mind, it challenges the status quo and causes your own breakthroughs. We are here (and in 400+ cities worldwide) to help you to deliver solutions that have your customers saying “YES! That is what I need.”


Every month we invite you 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 growing global community of over 1.5M entrepreneurs in 400+ cities is a powerful network that is available to you. Let us know if we can facilitate warm introductions to businesses, mentors, and/or investors to grow your startup here in Houston or elsewhere.

Ways You Can Participate this Month:

Show Us What You’ve Got! - Attendees enjoy hearing from “Entrepreneur Partners” (Funded Startup, Growth & Enterprise Businesses) within our local ecosystem. Use this opportunity to share your product or service, or get specific answers to your idea or product development. Share your accomplishments, values or needs. We’re here to assist! Entrepreneur Partners are invited to exhibit before our signature Fireside Chat, Workshop, or Peer Discussion. This opportunity is available for a limited number of businesses, Apply Today! (Connect Here)

Work & Play - Are you a member of Houston’s entrepreneurial ecosystem? You are... Awesome! We encourage you to meet, learn from, and have the chance to speak with a couple of eSports’ heavy hitters. They have knowledge that both the business community and eSports fans will relate to and enjoy. 

Connect IRL - Startup Grind Houston's monthly events are an effective and valuable opportunity to share your brand and message with stakeholders in our Houston’s growing and influential entrepreneurial community. Startup Grind events regularly attract many influential Founders, Professionals, and Investors. Opportunities to sponsor an evening start at only $250. (Connect Here)

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Check out what happened


  • Keith Landry

    Mainline + FanReact


  • Brandon M. Spearman


    Head of Esports



September 12 – 13, 2018
11:30 PM – 1:30 AM UTC


Meet the Entreprenuers
Practical Hands-On
Fire-Side Chat
Make Friends


  • Michele Price

    Breakthrough Business Strategies

    Houston's Chapter Director

  • James Phelan

    Village Insights

    Partnership Director

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Dell Technologies


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Rice University

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