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.

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Here are the first 4 steps I recommend to do in less than 5 minutes....Starter Kit


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Upcoming Events


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Past Events

Upcoming events

22 abr 2024

In-Person Conference

Global Conference 2024

The annual gathering of startups who are building the next big thing, investors looking to do their next deal, and teams who are bridging the gap between large organizations and the next generation of innovation.

2 may 2024

In-Person Event (Free)

First Thursdays Creative Collisions with RocGrowth and Startup Grind

Community collaboration and creative collisions are critical ingredients for a thriving and innovative community, join us for a meetup with anyone who identifies as an entrepreneur, creative, community supporter, mentor, advisor, connectors, and more!

3 may 2024

In-Person Event

Launch NY & Startup Grind Rochester Mixer

Join us to be part of the tale of two cities, Buffalo and Rochester, brought to you by Launch NY and Startup Grind Rochester at la Bola at the Mercantile on Main in Rochester to connect with the ecosystem builders and innovators of WNY. This is an open networking event to make new friends not just contacts.

23 may 2024

In-Person Event

Pitch In - May

Grab a seat to join the monthly pitch-in and a grab a slice of pizza, come join us to socialize and make friends in the startup community of the Genessee Valley before Memorial Day weekend.


Michael Thaney

Startup Grind

Joshua Batres

Community Outreach Lead

Dustin Doucette

Director of Operations
Upstate Venture Connect

Carolyn Spencer

Founder Relations

Ananth Prajval Tallavajhula

Community Manager

Eric Leinberg

Founder @ InfoPreserve

Nathanael Thomas


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About Startup Grind

This is Startup Grind. We are the world’s largest startup community.

Our Mission

To give startups everywhere the education and opportunities they need to build, grow, and scale their companies.

Our Values

We believe in making friends, not contacts. We believe in giving first, not taking. We believe in helping others before helping yourself.

Tools & Discounts for Startups

Take advantage of resources and offers provided by organizations we know and love, designed to help you navigate the startup journey.

Global Conference

Our annual flagship event in Silicon Valley brings together thousands of startup teams, investors and organizations from all over the world.

Join the Startup Membership

This membership gives you free access to networking, events, mentorship, office hours, and other exclusive opportunities curated by Startup Grind HQ.

Past events

In-Person Event

Startup Grind X Grow-NY: Pitch In & Networking Event

In-Person Event (Free)

First Thursdays Creative Collisions with RocGrowth and Startup Grind

In-Person Event (Free)

RocGrowth Candids: Downtown Rochester at an Inflection Point

In-Person Event

Pitch In - March - Women's History Month Edition

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