Startup Grind

Actively Educating, Inspiring, And Connecting 3,500,000 Entrepreneurs




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Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 3,500,000 entrepreneurs in over 400 cities. We nurture startup ecosystems in 120 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Startups. The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators, and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies.


Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users since its founding in 2010.

Our Values are Simple:

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

We believe that these values should be the values of every entrepreneurship ecosystem everywhere. We host monthly events for San Diego entrepreneurs and supporters.


Each event features a successful local founder, innovator, educator or investor who shares personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

We offer local food + drinks and spend an hour filming an informal, intimate fireside-chat-style interview with our awesome person of the month then have a Q&A and mixer.

Each event gets archived on—some of the past interviews were with biz legends like the founders of Nest, Capital One, Pinterest, Stripe, SoundCloud, Words with Friends, Intuit, Indiegogo—the list goes on and on.


These interviews are a unique peek behind-the-scenes at the life, journey, and insights of those who have gone before, and are incredibly engaging and inspiring events.

Startup Grind was recently featured in Forbes magazine and is quickly becoming known as the TED of the entrepreneur world. Locally we have featured companies such as Startup San Diego, Classy, Fashionphile, Walmart Labs, Mission Edge, LaunchBio, and Blink UX, and many more to come in the future.

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