About Startup Grind

Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 400,000 founders in over 200 cities.  Including Afghanistan 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.

Our Values

We are truly passionate about helping founders, entrepreneurs and startups succeed. We intend to make their startup journey less lonely, more connected and more memorable.

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

Why in Afghanistan

Afghanistan with unstable economy especially after reduction of international AID; suffers from number of challenges which make the country unfavorable place for most of its citizens. Among the challenges being faced by Afghans unemployment is the biggest.

When a young person is graduated from University he/she is promptly searching for a job, less percentage of such people can secure a job, large percentage remain unemployed and hopeless of their future in Afghanistan. This situation makes youth to not support the government, remain complainant from society, option for leaving the country to make a better future for themselves only and even dangerously option to join insurgents.

We believe by nurturing entrepreneurship ecosystem in Afghanistan, especially in big cities, we will be able to address the unemployment issue to larger extent, as more startups means more jobs. The ecosystem much appreciates by organizing events where top entrepreneurs, CEOs and Founders share their experience with fresh graduates and unemployed youth; and motivate them for developing ideas which will make them creators of jobs rather than  job seekers.

We will spread the message and motivate the youth that employment in an organization should not be the only objective of studies, better to option for entrepreneurship and employ ten to hundreds from the society.

About our events

While Startup Grind was founded in Palo Alto, California, our extended network of Startup Grind chapters are located in some of the most entrepreneur-friendly cities and startup ecosystems around the world including Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, New York, Boston, Seattle, Toronto, Sydney, Singapore, Melbourne, now in Kabul and more with dozens of new chapters launching in the coming months. Join our community by attending one of our monthly events. Our events flow as described below.

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