Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 400,000 founders in over 200 cities. We nurture startup ecosystems in 85 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 its 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.
This is event is free and open to the public. We will be the Makerspace at Donaghey Hall (250 Donaghey Ave. #130) and FREE Tacos 4 Life is provided!
Our featured guest this month is Earnest Sweat.
Earnest Sweat is the Venture Investment Manager at a large real estate company's venture capital team. His 10-year career consists of a blend of real estate and technology-focused roles. He began his career at BMO Capital Markets as an equity research analyst covering REITs. Prior to joining the corporate VC group in 2017, Earnest served as the investor-in-residence at Backstage Capital where he focused on the technical and business model due diligence of investment opportunities. Earnest is also a former startup founder and tech blogger that is passionate about serving as a startup advisor for high potential startup entrepreneurs. He has also worked diligently with accelerators such as Camelback Ventures and GSVLabs, assisting tech startups with fundraising and product-market fit. Mr. Sweat received his Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University. He also earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
5:00 p.m. - Doors open. Networking. Tacos are served.
6:00 p.m. - Fireside chat with Earnest.
7:00 p.m. - Networking.
We look forward to seeing you at Startup Grind on October 19th! You don't want to miss this!