Startup Grind, the global community of entrepreneurs, has just launched a chapter in Port Elizabeth. Represented in over 115 countries and in over 300 cities, Startup Grind has hosted more than a million entrepreneurs at regular Fireside Chats and events.
Startup Grind South Africa has been running since 2013. They have a presence in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Bloemfontein. They offer a forum in which entrepreneurs can gather to share their experiences, network and learn from each other.
The format of the monthly meetups starts with an hour-long networking, helping like minded individuals to connect with each other, followed by a 45-minute fireside chat where a successful entrepreneur is interviewed to tell their business journey and any success (and failure) stories that formed part of it. The questions are structured in a way to inspire the entrepreneurs in the room on how they managed to make their business a success.
A 15-minute Q&A session, during which the audience can informally interview the main guest, is followed by another networking opportunity to solidify relationships that have been established.
Port Elizabeth Startup Grind Director, Alan Straton says; “Startup grind is a natural progression for myself coming from a background of tirelessly promoting Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay business and business excellence through various online publications such as MyPE.co.za and dovetails perfectly with my philosophy of making friends, giving more than expected and helping others. Along with the excitement of interacting with dynamic entrepreneurs I just may also be able to introduce them to some of my services on offer as well. Win win for everyone and the city that I love.”