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.

Our Startup Community Starter Kit

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


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Michael Thaney

Startup Grind

Douglas Kellermeyer

Partnerships Lead

Ami Berger

Tech Founder
Startup Grind

Ananth Prajval Tallavajhula

Community Manager

Adham Mashaly

Marketing Lead

Joshua Batres

Community Outreach Lead
Tech Talent & Strategy

Dustin Doucette

Operations Manager
Sedgwick Business Interiors

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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 Rochester End of Year Holiday & Flower City AI After Party

In-Person Event

Pitch In - November

In-Person Event (Free)

First Thursdays Creative Collisions with RocGrowth and Startup Grind

Virtual Event (Free)

Startup Office Hours w/ Ryan Smith (Qualtrics/Utah Jazz) + Derek Andersen (SG)

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