This is Startup Grind.

We are the world’s largest startup community.

Who we are

Changing the world one startup at a time.

Startup Grind was founded in 2010 when our founder, Derek Andersen got some friends and fellow entrepreneurs together to crack the same problem they were all facing: the growing challenges of launching a company. What became clear was these obstacles were extensive and stretched far beyond their group. Their gatherings soon spurred a local startup movement that attracted founders and experts from every industry, all coming together to share their advice and inspirations for early entrepreneurs. Eventually, vibrant Startup Grind communities (“chapters”) began developing in Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, London, New York, Beijing, and many more.

Our community proves that entrepreneurs are in fact, stronger together.

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Today, Startup Grind is the world’s largest community of startups, founders, innovators, and creators.

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together – African Proverb

Our mission

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

We strive to help founders, entrepreneurs, and startups succeed, regardless of geographic location or socioeconomic circumstance. We believe a better tomorrow is possible by supporting the innovators and risk-takers of today. 50% of our team are founders themselves, so we know from experience how difficult it can be. It cannot be done alone, and the COVID-19 pandemic has created an even greater sense of urgency. This is why we built a safe haven for emerging startups that share our belief that a better future is on the horizon — because we know it’s up to us to make it happen.

Our values

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

We are passionate about the forces that strengthen our community and our chapters worldwide. We believe our investment in community-building is what drives our startups toward continued success. Each of us lives and breathes our values and relentlessly strives to do better everyday. What makes us different is our commitment to global citizenship, and our goal to lead by example in this space. As Global Citizens, we take pride in knowing our global presence in every community has a direct impact on the livelihoods of the people living there.

How do we do it?

We host a lot of events. But more than that, Startup Grind is a community. We bring like-minded yet diverse individuals together to connect, learn, teach, help, build, and belong. We do this daily through our local events, flagship conferences, startup membership, partner membership, student and investor programs, and online media + content – collectively reaching millions of individuals worldwide.

We couldn’t do this alone…

We were founded in Silicon Valley, but our chapters have roots in 600 cities across 125 countries (and counting!)






Chapter Team Members


Community Members Worldwide

Our global partners

We are proud to work with brands who are helping startups.

Diversity, equity, inclusion.

At Startup Grind, we believe everyone is equal and has a story to share. In fact, this is something we encourage. At HQ, our team shares stories and celebrates personal milestones in our team meetings because we believe that open conversations are the key to unlocking the strength of diverse teams. This allows us to continually practice cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion that feels safe for everyone. It also inspires us to think differently, and challenge our own assumptions and biases. We embrace open conversations on diversity, equity, and inclusion because they allow our community to evolve and continually move forward.

Each year, we host various company-wide initiatives to champion advocacy, amplify diverse perspectives, and increase awareness of our own personal responsibility on the global stage. Recognizing each other as Global Citizens empowers us to think bigger and set the bar higher as we seek to transform our communities. At Startup Grind, our global mindset defines us and informs everything we do.

Our code of conduct.

Startup Grind community members must hold themselves to the highest standards. We recognize that each of us is an ambassador for Startup Grind and reflects the organization and its values in our actions. As part of the Startup Grind global community, we must act justly and respectfully at all times.

Those who do not abide by this Code of Conduct may be removed from the Startup Grind community and/or organization.

The Startup Grind Code of Conduct revolves around our key values:

  1. We believe in giving back.
  2. We believe in making friends.
  3. We believe in helping others.
  4. We believe in doing good.

Partner with us

We are proud to work with brands who are helping startups.