How it began...

Startup Grind was founded in 2010 in Silicon Valley when Derek Andersen and a few other entrepreneurs working in the same office space got together to talk about the challenges, struggles, and excitements of launching a startup. This quickly became a monthly tradition that soon began to grow in attendance. What began as an informal meeting with a group of friends quickly became something much greater when they began to invite successful founders to share their knowledge and experience. Still, the magic remained in the conversations that were had after the event ended.

Startup Grind chapters are located in 600 cities (and counting!) across 125 countries. We are passionate about helping founders, entrepreneurs, and startups succeed by making their startup journey less lonely, more connected, and more memorable.

Startup Grind Leeds is bringing the power of our global network to boost the local ecosystem.

Our Mission is to create a greater sense of local-inclusive community to facilitate connections between startups and business organisations. We achieve that by creating the space for the founders at any stage of their journey to share the challenges and achievements and inspire one another.

Our strong tech orientation enables us to focus on sectors that are already strong in the Leeds and Yorkshire region as well as CleanTech, FinTech, Blockchain, and AI, and opening up in-depth conversations around other emerging sectors.

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Upcoming events

Jun 8, 2023

In-Person Event

Startup Grind Women in Tech - Leeds' Leaders

A panel discussion with some of Leeds' top women in tech, data and dealmaking, wrapped up in a wonderful venue with access to co-working space for all attendees.

Jun 14, 2023

Virtual Conference

Product & AI Summit

Join us at Product + AI Summit on June 14th, 2023 to explore the ever-changing, uberly-important role of AI in product development and what it means for startups.

Jul 6, 2023

In-Person Event

An Idiot's Guide to becoming a founder - Dos and don'ts from Founder's Handbook

Lee Russell from Founder's Handbook shares his top tips, dos and don'ts and WTF moments from a career advising startups. This will be a value-packed, laugh a minute session with some solid gold takeaways for any founders in the audience.

Sep 19, 2023

Virtual Event (Free)

Accelerate Your Growth: A 3-Day Strategy Bootcamp

Join us for a 3-day online Strategy Bootcamp and learn from accomplished growth experts to build your strategy roadmap and scale your business.

Past events

Virtual Event (Free)

Early Stage Startups:What You Can Learn From the Startup Grind Global Conference

Virtual Event (Free)

Creating a Compelling Value Proposition for Your Startup

Virtual Event (Free)

Perfecting Your Pitch: A Workshop on Crafting an Effective Pitch Deck

Virtual Event (Free)

Maximizing Your Productivity with ChatGPT


Patrycja Maksymowicz

Chapter Director
Open Solutions Global

Christopher Rabbitt

Startup Grind Leeds

Hamish Rutherford

Partnerships Executive

Jessica Kuznia

Head of Community

Mayla Santiago

Startup Ambassador

Global sponsors