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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

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    Michael Thaney

    Startup Grind


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    Adolf Akuffo-Afful

    Valley 2 Valley

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    Fernanda Sesto

    Community Manager

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    Douglas Kellermeyer

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    Branden Raczkowski

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