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ABOUT STARTUP GRIND

Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting more than 4,500,000 entrepreneurs in over 700 chapters. We nurture startup ecosystems in 125+ countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Amazon Web Services, Silicon Valley Bank, American Express for Startups, and more.

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.

GLOBAL STARTUP GRIND AWARDS

πŸŽ‰πŸ”₯ GLOBAL CHAPTER DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR 2021 πŸš€πŸ•Ί

πŸš€ Overachiever Award at the Global Director's Summit 2021
πŸš€ The Most Fun to Work With Award at the Global Director's Summit 2021
πŸš€ The Bull Award at the Global Director's Summit 2021
πŸš€ Chapter Director of the Year at the Global Director's Summit 2021

πŸš€ Overachiever Award at the Global Director's Summit 2022
πŸš€ The Bull Award at the Global Director's Summit 2022

ABOUT OUR ECOSYSTEM

There are some incredible people, public and private organizations, and nonprofits working very hard to ensure the entrepreneurial and startup ecosystem in the Great Lakes 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 2021 Michigan Venture Capital Association Report:

  • 15 percent of Michigan venture-backed startups were led by a CEO who is a person of color, compared to 7.4 percent of CEOs of Fortune 500 companies nationally.
  • Every dollar invested by a Michigan startup by a Michigan venture capital firm attracts $9.70 of investment from outside of Michigan.
  • There are 26 venture capital firms headquartered or with an office in Michigan.
  • There are 165 venture-backed startups in Michigan, an increase of 17 percent over the last five years.
  • Total venture capital under management in Michigan is $3.7 billion, a decrease of 31 percent over the last five years.
  • 542 venture firms from outside of Michigan have invested in Michigan-based startups.
  • In Michigan, 102 startups raised over $49.5 million from angel investors in 2020. 

OUR TALKS

We highlight local CEOs, Founders, ecosystem builders, thought leaders for Fireside Chats. We also host workshops from expert practitioners around branding, scaling, leadership, pitching, mindset... and also on to develop skills you can use IN the business.

Here's a list of some of our greatest events featuring those from our Michigan ecosystem:

HOW YOU CAN HELP SG GRAND RAPIDS?

We need:

  • Speakers
  • Workshop leaders
  • Volunteers
  • Sponsors
  • In-kind partnerships (like refreshments!!)

Reach out to the Chapter Director, Corey Hart at corey@startupgrind.com or the Co-Director Renee De Haan at renee@startupgrind.com.

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Upcoming events

2024εΉ΄4月17ζ—₯

Virtual Event (Free)

Conquering Communications & PR for Your Startup w/ Otto Pohl of Core Communications

Whether you're already getting lots of buzz or just starting to think about creating a proactive outreach plan for your company, join startup communications expert Otto Pohl for a presentation and discussion on how to shape and project your company message most effectively.

2024εΉ΄4月22ζ—₯

In-Person Conference

Global Conference 2024

The annual gathering of startups who are building the next big thing, investors looking to do their next deal, and teams who are bridging the gap between large organizations and the next generation of innovation.

2024εΉ΄5月2ζ—₯

In-Person Event

Panel Discussion: Applying Innovation to Disrupt Healthcare w/ Ben Look of Seamless Ventures

Join us for a panel discussion with speakers who are not just exploring new innovations but applying them in the real world.

Organizers

Corey Hart, Startup Grind

Chapter Director
Startup Grind

Renee De Haan

Chapter Co-director
Equitable Advisors

Vanessa Mahoney

Chapter Co-Director

Margaret Periard

Startup & Venture Capital Intern

Whitney Allred

Social Media Manager
WhitMarie Media

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About Startup Grind

This is Startup Grind. We are the world’s largest startup community.

Our Mission

To give startups everywhere the education and opportunities they need to build, grow, and scale their companies.

Our Values

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

Tools & Discounts for Startups

Take advantage of resources and offers provided by organizations we know and love, designed to help you navigate the startup journey.

Global Conference

Our annual flagship event in Silicon Valley brings together thousands of startup teams, investors and organizations from all over the world.

Join the Startup Membership

This membership gives you free access to networking, events, mentorship, office hours, and other exclusive opportunities curated by Startup Grind HQ.

Past events

Past Event

Snowflake Startup Demo Day

Virtual Event (Free)

Pre-SXSW Happy Hour!!!

Virtual Event (Free)

Webinar: Startup Hypeman X Midwest House

In-Person Event (Free)

Year End Happy Hour!!!

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