Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. It is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in 250 cities and 100 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.
Startup Grind is a connected online and offline network of vibrant startup communities to help fuel innovation, economic growth and prosperity at the local level. While Startup Grind was founded in Palo Alto, California, our extended network of Startup Grind chapters are located around the world. Start a Chapter in your city or school!
We believe in making friends, not contacts. We believe in giving, not taking. We believe in helping others before helping yourself. We are truly passionate about helping founders, entrepreneurs and startups succeed. We intend to make their startup journey less lonely, more connected and more memorable.
Guillaume De Smedt, "G", as he is otherwise known, is the Global Community Director for Startup Grind. He completed his bachelors degree in Electronic Engineering and is part of the Silicon Cape Board.
Part efficiency nut, part branding fanatic, part dance devotee and definite business addict; Christie Simmons loves everything entrepreneriffic.
Through her varied experiences building her own businesses, working for Fortune 100 companies and coaching passionate business owners Christie developed a knack for helping business owners create more success. She also helped savvy entrepreneurs take things to the next level as an Executive Director in Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University. She does lots more cool things you can learn about at hichristie.com.
Dimitris is a PMP® certified project manager who is passionate about internet startups. His entrepreneurial spirit showed up early. Dimitris founded hiphop.gr in 2000, one of the largest on-line entertainment portals in Greece. He has a MSc in Project Management from Lancaster University and has developed his international experience managing complex IT projects while working at IBM UK. Dimitris is currently working as Project Manager and Business Developer at Edenred Greece. He covers the Greek tech startup scene on TechStart where he contributes as a guest author.
Jan runs the world's largest entrepreneur community (Startup Grind) in China and APAC. He works with some of the brightest and most passionate startup community builders in around 75 cities in APAC. Over the last 12 months, under Jan's leadership, Startup Grind community in China has more than quadrupled (4x) to 20+ active cities hosting regular events and impacting the innovation landscape in China and beyond.
Previously, Jan helped launch a venture for Rocket Internet (a company that incubated and invested in 100+ companies with the valuation exceeding $15B) and built an online business while still in college (successfully exited).
He's currently based in Shenzhen and works effortlessly to help build a bridge between China and the rest of the world.