Startup Grind Launches Local Chapter and Monthly Fireside Chat

Tom Denison wants to give back. And, he’s doing it by bringing the global organization, Startup Grind, to entrepreneurs in Chicago.

Denison kicked off the first Chicago Startup Grind event at 1871 with a fireside chat featuring Ross Kimbarovsky, co-founder of Crowdspring — a community of graphic designers who compete with each other to create logo designs, written content, company names, and websites, for small businesses clients online.

Denison says he plans to hold the chats on a monthly basis, each time, with a seasoned entrepreneur who can share industry expertise or war stories about launching a company.

The Startup Grind franchise, which originated in Silicon Valley, describes itself as a “community of founders, entrepreneurs, and wantrapreneurs looking to be inspired, educated, and network with the smartest startup minds.”

Denison says the time was right to begin a Chicago chapter. He is a long-time serial entrepreneur, and mentor, having guided more than 100 startup companies through their challenging journeys while founding several companies of his own.

There are currently 40 Startup Grind communities worldwide. ❒

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