Newcastle upon Tyne



Startup Grind was founded in 2010 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.

We were founded in Silicon Valley but our 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 x Newcastle Upon Tyne 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 North East like CleanTech, FinTech, Blockchain, and AI. As well as, opening up in-depth conversations around other emerging sectors.

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To ensure high attendance, engagement, and a more valuable experience for everyone, we have introduced a low ticket fee for all our upcoming in-person events. 

Upcoming events

Sep 27, 2023

Virtual Event (Free)

Startup office hours w/ Ryan Smith (Qualtrics/Utah Jazz) + Derek Andersen (SG)

Join Startup Grind founder Derek Andersen as he takes questions from founders on challenges they're facing in their startup. For the past 15 years Derek has been building communities. He is the co-founder/CEO of Bevy, a SaaS product that helps companies build virtual and in-person communities. He co-founded Startup Grind, a community of 600

Sep 29, 2023

In-Person Event

From Zero to Hero with Simon Squibb powered by TikTok

Simon Squibb is an Investor, Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of HelpBnk. Simon has spent 10 years as an entrepreneur in the UK and 20 years as an entrepreneur in Hong Kong. He started his first company when he was homeless at 15 years old, and he sold his last company Fluid to PwC. He has also invested in over 70+ startups in the last 15 years. Today Simon is the founder and CEO of HelpBnk.

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 (Free)

Summer Social

Virtual Event (Free)

AI and Neuromarketing Masterclass

Conference [RSVP/Free]

Product & AI Summit

Virtual Event (Free)

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

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Patrycja Maksymowicz

Chapter Director
Open Solutions Global

Jeremy Rodgers

Chapter Co-Director

Roger Spurr

Digital Lead
Woods & Walker

Hamish Rutherford

Events Management

Jeremy Rodgers

Chapter Co-director

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