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

Oct 18, 2023

Conference [RSVP/Free]

Startup Summit

Startup Summit 2023 will bring together thousands of startups, tech experts and investors to tackle today's growth and fundraising challenges. Tune in virtually on October 18th to join the Startup Grind community for insightful discussions, hands-on workshops, live speaker Q&A, and more.

Past events

In-Person Event

From Zero to Hero with Simon Squibb powered by TikTok

Virtual Event (Free)

Startup Office Hours w/ Ryan Smith (Qualtrics/Utah Jazz) + Derek Andersen (SG)

Virtual Event (Free)

AI and Neuromarketing Masterclass

Conference [RSVP/Free]

Product & AI Summit

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Patrycja Maksymowicz

Chapter Director
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Christopher Rabbitt

Startup Grind Leeds

Hamish Rutherford

Partnerships Executive

Mayla Santiago

Startup Ambassador

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