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ABOUT STARTUP GRIND

Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting more than 2,000,000 entrepreneurs in over 600 chapters. We nurture startup ecosystems in 125+ countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Amazon Web Services.

The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. 

Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs build their businesses, connect with strategic partners, and secure funding.

OUR MISSION

To educate, inspire & connect area entrepreneurs.

OUR VALUES

Help others before we help ourselves, give before we take, make friends not contacts.

ABOUT OUR CHAPTER

Founded in December 2019, the West Michigan / Grand Rapids chapter of Startup Grind acts as the connective tissue between all the great resources in our community. 

As such, we are here for those who are trying to navigate the landscape of great resources available. 

We also serve to contribute to the conversation as we all work to grow our entrepreneur and startup ecosystem.

ABOUT OUR ECOSYSTEM

There are some incredible people, public and private organizations, and nonprofits working very hard to ensure the entrepreneurial and startup ecosystem is well supported.

Whether you're in the ideation stage, fundraising, looking for talent, or whatever stage of your endeavor, there's some incredible support available.

Need help navigating? Reach out!

ABOUT OUR REGION

The Great Lakes region is no longer the best-kept-secret in tech. Encompassing great talent and capital hubs around the Great Lakes, we've got powerful tech cities like Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, St. Louis, Detroit, Buffalo, Traverse City, Ann Arbor, Waterloo, Toronto, among others.

According to the 2020 Michigan Venture Capital Association Report:

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Want to speak?

Want to host, partner with or sponsor one or more of our events?

Want to help coordinate our events?

Reach out to the Chapter Director, Corey Hart at corey@startupgrind.com.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

7/3/20 Hunting for Silver Linings w/ Gianluca Abbruzzese of Startup Grind Caserta, Italy

7/1/20 Hunting for Silver Linings w/ Mauricio Duque of Startup Grind Barranquilla, Colombia

6/29/20 Hunting for Silver Linings w/ Georgi Tonchev of Startup Grind Plovdiv, Bulgaria

6/26/20 Hunting for Silver Linings w/ Vik Kasturi of Startup Grind Atlanta, Georgia

#SGWomen Month: From Idea to Exit: Innovating, Fundraising & Pivoting During Crisis

6/24/20 Hunting for Silver Linings w/ Sam Adekunle of Startup Grind Ife, Nigeria

M/W/F Hunting for Silver Linings w/ Asif Iqbal of Startup Grind Dhaka, Bangladesh

6/19/20 Hunting for Silver Linings w/ Mo Salah of Startup Grind Amman, JO

5/17/20 Hunting for Silver Linings w/ Prosper Ocloo of Startup Grind Ghana (KNUST)

6/12/20 Hunting for Silver Linings w/ Corey Hart of Startup Grind Grand Rapids, MI

6/12/20 Hunting for Silver Linings w/ Zain ul Hassan of Startup Grind Wah Cantt, PK

6/10/20 Hunting for Silver Linings w/ Rafat Abushaban of Startup Grind Gaza, Palestine

#SGWomen Month: Female Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Michigan Moderated by Terry Barclay

5/8/20 Hunting for Silver Linings w/ Celestine Ukpere of Startup Grind Kajaido, Kenya

6/5/20 Hunting for Silver Linings w/ Gabi Chaves of Startup Grind Joao Pessoa, BR

6/3/20 Hunting for Silver Linings w/ Kasra Khalili of Startup Grind Baton Rouge

6/1/20 #REALTALK Office Hours & #AMA: Hunting for the Silver Lining w/ Salvatore Rosania (Pisa-Lucca)

5/29/20 #REALTALK Office Hours & #AMA: Hunting for the Silver Lining w/ Luca Albertinazzi (Santiago)

5/27/20 #REALTALK Office Hours & #AMA: Hunting for the Silver Lining w/ Modou A. Njie (Banjul, Gambia)

5/25/20 #REALTALK Office Hours & #AMA: Hunting for the Silver Lining w/ Henry Soo (Vancouver, BC)

5/22/20 #REALTALK Office Hours & #AMA: Hunting for the Silver Lining w/ Arzish Azam (Islamabad)

5/20/20 #REALTALK Office Hours & #AMA: Hunting for the Silver Lining w/ Declan McLaughlin (Edinburgh)

5/18/20 #REALTALK OFFICE HOURS W/ EXPERTS IN TURNAROUND & CRISIS MANAGEMENT

5/15/20 #REALTALK OFFICE HOURS W/ EXPERTS IN TURNAROUND & CRISIS MANAGEMENT

5/13/20 #REALTALK OFFICE HOURS W/ EXPERTS IN TURNAROUND & CRISIS MANAGEMENT

TECH + TALENT + EQUITY & CREATING THE BEST NEXT NORMAL

5/11/20 #REALTALK OFFICE HOURS W/ EXPERTS IN TURNAROUND & CRISIS MANAGEMENT

5/8/20 #REALTALK OFFICE HOURS W/ EXPERTS IN TURNAROUND & CRISIS MANAGEMENT

5/6/20 #REALTALK OFFICE HOURS W/ EXPERTS IN TURNAROUND & CRISIS MANAGEMENT

5/4/20 #REALTALK OFFICE HOURS W/ EXPERTS IN TURNAROUND & CRISIS MANAGEMENT

5/1/20 #REALTALK OFFICE HOURS W/ EXPERTS IN TURNAROUND & CRISIS MANAGEMENT

4/29/20 #REALTALK OFFICE HOURS W/ EXPERTS IN TURNAROUND & CRISIS MANAGEMENT

4/27/20 #REALTALK OFFICE HOURS W/ EXPERTS IN TURNAROUND & CRISIS MANAGEMENT

Presented with AWS, Communicating in the Upside Down: An Epic Ask Me Anything w/ Eric Hultgren

Overcoming Adversity with Creativity & Grit w/ Erika Plunkett (Ama International)

Workshop: How to Create Your Value Proposition for Unparalleled Competitive Advantage

Scaling Teams with a Culture-First Mindset - Chip LaFleur (LaFleur Marketing)

Creating a Business with Authenticity, Resiliency & Integrity - Cara Fedewa Debbaudt (BloomBright)

Organizers

  • Corey Hart

    Corey Hart

    Startup Grind

    Chapter Director

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  • jaylin golson

    jaylin golson

    STARTUP GRIND

    Development Director

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  • Stephanie Gonda

    Stephanie Gonda

    Start Up Grind Grand Rapids

    Chief of Staff

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  • Amber Storteboom

    Amber Storteboom

    Startup Grind

    Social Media and Events Intern

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  • Jessica Piszker

    Jessica Piszker

    STARTUP GRIND GRAND RAPIDS

    Social Media & Events Manager

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  • Maria Soto

    Maria Soto

    StartUp Grind Grand Rapids

    Venture Capital & Investment Intern

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  • Tyler Morris

    Tyler Morris

    Startup Grind Grand Rapids

    AV & Events Manager

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  • Gwendolyn Robbins

    Gwendolyn Robbins

    Startup Grind

    Social Media & Events Intern

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