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Help us make Genesee Valley the next Silicon Valley!

Startup Grind is a global startup community, actively educating, inspiring and connecting 3.5 million entrepreneurs in more than 525 cities. Founded in Silicon Valley, we nurture startup ecosystems in 125 countries through local and international events and partnerships with organizations like Google for Startups, AWS and Global Silicon Valley. 

Our values are what set us apart. We believe in making friends not contacts, in giving not taking, and helping others before helping ourselves. These values are what continue to drive us in Rochester, and so many people around the world.

Get coffee with us 

Join founders and our startup community supporters every Wednesday mornings at 7:30-9am at ROCC (Rochester Open Coffee Club).  Email michael.thaney@startupgrind.com for the zoom link until we're meeting in person again.


Want to practice your pitch at an ROCC or ROC the Room Pitch Battle for a chance to move on to the global conference in Silicon Valley.  Apply now

Upcoming Events

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Past Events

Global Pitch Battle Finals

The Business Benefits of Storytelling with All Raise

ROC the Room Summer Pitch Battle

Demo Day - RIT Summer Accelerator

Fireside Chat with Melissa Mueller-Douglas

Equity, Compensation + Cap Tables with Carta

Content Marketing for Your Startup with Hubspot

[VIRTUAL] AWS Fargate Workshop with George Adams from RocDev

[VIRTUAL] Docker Workshop with George Adams from RocDev

Rochester Open Coffee Club

ROC The Room "Foodie" Pitch Night Competition @NextCorps March 5th 6:30pm-8:30pm

Rochester Open Coffee Club

Fireside Chat with Joe Trapp (CEO of Third Estate Ventures)

ROC The Room "Community" Pitch Night Competition @NextCorps Jan 16th 6:30pm-8:30pm

Spill some coffee on your resume and beat the ATS

Roc Foodpreneurs: Idea to Validation

Pitch Night @ NextCorps

S'mores, Bonfires and Blankets - featuring Wefunder Venture Partners

Marketing With Snapchat

Women in Venture Capital

Payble Beta Launch Party

Ecosystem Building with Richard Glaser, Calvin Eaton and Thea Vinereanu

We are hosting Patrick Bosek (Co-founder of Jorsek.com)


  • Michael Thaney

    Michael Thaney

    Startup Grind


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    Velizar Demirev


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  • Adolf Akuffo-Afful

    Adolf Akuffo-Afful

    Valley 2 Valley

    Venture Partner

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    Fernanda Sesto

    Community Manager

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  • Douglas Kellermeyer

    Douglas Kellermeyer

    Partnerships Lead

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