"and now that 2020 is done, it may feel that the year was not won. As we shift our focus and energy into 2021, let us always remember that the fact you are here today, you already won!"
We hope you and your loved ones are all keeping safe and well. 2020 took a lot out of us all!
One silver lining out of it all was the resilience and collaboration that we saw come from our community. We couldn't be prouder! It's going to be a while before things get back to normal and in-person events become a thing again, but we'd encourage you to continue to keep your local startup ecosystems engaged and inspired. They'll appreciate you for it.
We launched our Annual Directors Survey at the backend of last year and we are in the final days before it closes. We'd love to have your feedback and thoughts as the annual Directors Survey contributes to many of the strategic decisions we take throughout the year. As per previous years, we'll share the findings at our Directors Summit, which this year will be virtual. This is your chance to have your voice heard :)You can fill it out here. The deadline is January 31st.
2021 Year Plan
We have much planned for this year and we shared our year plan during our Town Hall in December. You can view it here and start planning your events accordingly. New for this year is Funding Month presented by American Express and Oracle for Startups. This will be taking place in April. Check our the rest of the year plan here.
February Office Hours
Our Office Hours are a great opportunity for you to meet and connect with other Directors. We'll also share updates from HQ and the Community Team. Click below to RSVP for the upcoming Office Hours calls for February.
February 2nd | 10 AM PST | 6PM GMT+100 | America Friendly Timezone HERE
February 3rd | 8 AM PST | 4PM GMT+100 | EMEA Friendly Timezone HERE
February 4th | 1 AM PST | 9 AM GMT+100 | APAC Friendly Timezone HERE
Global Conference + Director Summit
We have put together a guide on all things Global Conference and Director's Summit. Please bookmark this document as we will consistently be updating it with new information as we get closer to the conference and summit!
Directors Summit this year will be virtual . Please register for the Director Summit HERE
Expect sessions led by other Directors who share their experience and expertise. If you'd like to lead a Quick Fire session, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers Application for Global
If you are interested in supporting the Startup Grind Global Conference, click here to apply.
Director of the Month: Congratulations to Luca Albertinazzi
Google for Startups: Startup School is in session
Startup School is a series of free virtual trainings designed to equip founders and their teams with the tools, products, and skills that they need to address everyday challenges. Guided by industry experts from around the world, these sessions help early-stage startups make the most of Google products from Ads to AI. And the best part? Sessions are offered on a rolling basis and in multiple time zones, so startups can tune in whenever works best for their schedules:
While we are bummed we don’t get to see you in-person we are excited that a majority of our community will have easier access to attend this year's Directors Summit.
We are excited to have Directors from all our Chapters around the world tuning in and experiencing a unique Directors Summit. Stay tuned, more information will follow soon.