This time startup grind featured global startup mentor Gary Whitehill as a speaker, who shared his experience with the representatives of over 40 startups and inspired them to be a main driver in entrepreneurship, grow their businesses and never step back.
Nicknamed “The Sheriff” by AOL and “The Harry Potter of Global Entrepreneurship” by Globo, Gary is the only person in history to travel from continent-to-continent studying comparative entrepreneurship and innovation. Having spent time in more than 40 countries, Gary believes both are the answer to the great debate toward the way forward for all of humanity, not just the motivated entrepreneur. As a global social reformer, serial entrepreneur, educator, and mentor, Gary advises Presidents and Prime Ministers, Fortune 100 CEO’s, economic development offices, incubators, accelerators, think tanks and entrepreneurs on both the art and science of entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development.
Venture Elevator, run by Nino Skhirtladze, a startuper herself and marketing professional, is a new place for startups which offers various ways to grow their business. It guarantees access to space, extensive networking, mentorship, PR & Marketing essentials and most importantly connects startups with potential investors.
Despite its recent establishment Venture elevator is already home to successful startups like VRex, QuickCash, IBF and Imedia Hub & Gebuy.net. Main idea behind its creation was exploring the needs of both startups and investors, therefore creating a fruitful cooperation framework.
Startup Grind Tbilisi is organized by Colin M Donohue a digital marketing and startup consultant from US who lives in Tbilisi. Startup Grind is an international network started in Silicon Valley in 2010 which now has over 1 Million followers and 250 chapters in 100 countries.
Global sponsors include Google for Entrepreneurs, and local sponsorship is led by innovators Crystal MFO and Menu.ge.