Become a

Every month, Startup Grind chapters around the world get together to soak up the advice of the best entrepreneurs, investors, and local influencers in their cities. Our speakers have learned from experience and mentors as they built successful companies, investment portfolios, and products, and now pass their time on freely to mentor the communities in which they live.

So what can I expect?

A Startup Grind event isn’t a keynote or a product pitch. It’s a personal fireside chat with our director or another local founder that will ask you or the entrepreneur you recommend about his or her life, business, and the transferrable lessons learned in building each of the two. These talks should inspire a room full of founders and educate them to challenges they will encounter in their business. Every talk ends with audience interaction: our director welcomes the crowd to ask about 15 minutes of questions to compliment the 45 minutes of fireside discussion.

What happens after?

Every Startup Grind event is recorded with full audio and video for distribution on our video and podcast channels, which draw over 50,000 viewers and listeners every month. Your fireside session will be listed alongside the likes of Biz Stone, Clayton Christensen, Steve Blank, Jessica Livingston, and Reid Hoffman on the Startup Grind YouTube channel, which has amassed over 6 million minutes watched. You may use the video and audio collateral for promotion and media in the future, but Startup Grind reserves all rights to the content for commercial purposes. You’ll also become part of the Startup Grind community, complete with invitations to other Startup Grind events, access to our trusted partners, and an invitation to contribute their learnings to the Startup Grind blog network.

If you or a trusted colleague feel ready to become a mentor to a whole city of entrepreneurs, apply below!


Phin Mpofu

“The sheer first hand insight and knowledge I have gained from Startup Grind fireside chats is incredible.”

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