Special Virtual Fireside Chat: Brad Feld (Co-Founder of Techstars, VC at Foundry Group)

August 26, 2020, 9:30 PM UTC – August 27, 2020, 12:30 AM UTC

Along with many other Startup Grind chapters around the world, we are proudly supporting this incredible event by SG Fort Lauderdale to bring everyone together to learn from Brad Feld about the future of entrepreneurship and startup community building in these disruptive times. Brad co-founded Techstars and is widely regarded as one of the most important pillars in the global startup community.

About this event

Limited attendance, please secure admission tickets to receive a registration link.

  • Who: Brad Feld (investor, entrepreneur, author, public speaker and co-founder of Techstars)
  • What: Fireside Chat + Global Startup Duels
  • Where: Virtual (link will be emailed)
  • When: Wednesday August 26th, from 2:30-5:30pm PDT

We are experiencing unprecedented times. Unemployment is expected to reach levels not seen since the great depression. Startups are failing left and right. Economic uncertainty has gripped the globe while a catastrophic global recession is all but guaranteed.

It is why we are proud to support this incredible event along with many other Startup Grind Chapters around the world to bring everyone to learn from Brad Feld as the summer closing event. Brad has accumulated decades of experience building and funding startups, mentoring and training founders as well as community builders. His insights are priceless and very much needed during these disrupted and turbulent times. If you are involved in a Startup Ecosystem in any capacity, engaged in entrepreneurship or are considering becoming an entrepreneur, you can't afford to miss this event.

About Brad Feld

Brad Feld has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur for over 30 years since 1987. Brad is also an avid blogger/writer, thought leader, and speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship. He’s written a number of books as part of the Startup Revolution series and writes the blogs Feld Thoughts and Venture Deals.

Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital as well as Intensity Ventures, through which he has built and wields one of the most prolific investment portfolios in the venture world. Among his most notable investments are Zynga, MakerBot, Fitibit, Vengo, Buffer, Calm, HoneyBook, Opendoor, Pigeonly, Poshmark and countless others. Alongside David Cohen, Brad is also widely known as the co-founder of Techstars, one of the most important mentorship-based startup accelerators in the world.

What You Can Learn from Brad

  • How the current crisis will impact the future of Startups ecosystems?
  • Should Startups adapt to the new normal or stay the course?
  • What tools and techniques ecosystem builders can apply to be more effective in the new reality?
  • What startup funding trends is he seeing emerging?

Brad will also be discussing his latest book "The Startup Community Way".

Startup Duels

Right after the insightful fireside chat, the event will continue on with Startup Duels, a fun 1 on 1 style mini startup championship with participating startups from around the globe. Come show off your startup to the global community, duel with the best of the best and earn some bragging rights, some amazing in-kind prizes will be up for grabs as well for the Crowd Favourite and the Best Startup!

The Startup Duels mini-championship pre-qualification stage is open to all startups (preferably vetted by a local Startup Grind chapter). Only 16 startups will make the cut to the main stage. Will you be among them? This Startup Pitch Duels are truly sudden death matches. May the best Startup win!

Applicable Prizes, Rules and Resources are available here. Anyone is welcome to apply using this Startup Registration Form. Application deadline is August 19th.

Check out what happened



August 26 – 27, 2020
9:30 PM – 12:30 AM UTC


9:30 PMNetworking & Startup Duel Prep
10:00 PMFireside Chat with Brad
10:45 PMAudience Q & A
11:00 PMStartup Duel Introduction & Rules
11:05 PMLet the Games Begin!
12:15 AMFinal Duel
12:25 AMWinners Announcements & Farewells