I’m not sure if the Startup Grind 2016 conference chose the name because startups are long hours of hard work, or if it’s because as a startup founder you drink WAY too much coffee. Either way, it looks like a great conference, and best of all, Shelfie has been selected as one of the 53 startups that get to be there.
Of the 53 startups selected to attend, 20 get the chance to pitch on stage. The selection for who gets to pitch on stage is done through an online poll. If you’re a Shelfie fan and would like to see us pitching on stage, here’s the link to cast your vote (it takes less than 5 seconds and doesn’t require a registration or email address):
Below is the full press release for the conference:
Startup Grind Names 50 Companies to the 2016 Startup Program
Startup Grind: Inspiring, Educating and Connecting Entrepreneurs.
PALO ALTO, CA – January 19, 2016 – Startup Grind today announced the induction of 50 companies to the 2016 Class of our Startup Program. The Startup Program that recognizes the top 50 companies hand picked from 200 cities around the world. Startup Grind Startup Program companies are an elite group of companies whose founders range from former Googlers to CERN Physicists to Forbes 30 Under 30.
Startup Program companies are given access to Startup Grind’s network of mentors and investors. The program helps companies to accelerate their pace towards growth and success.
“We started this program after seeing many of the Accelerators and Incubators not doing much to really help companies,” says Derek Andersen, founder & CEO of Startup Grind. “We really wanted to make an actual difference in the startups trajectory and leverage all of our resources and network to their advantage.”
“Of the 1,100 startups that applied, 50 were selected representing the Startup Grind community across 80 countries. These startups have great teams, traction, technology and massive markets,” says Andersen. “Our biggest goal is for each startup to go back home with a new and improved game plan that would not have happened without the help of the program and the mentors/resources that were made available to them.”
Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 215,000 founders in over 200 cities. We nurture startup ecosystems in 70 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs. 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 now hosted 2,000 fireside chats since it’s founding in 2010. To date, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.
Learn more at http://www.startupgrind.com.