MAR 2019 | SGGlobal + April2019 + LATAM + BrandGuidelines

Important Topics In This Newsletter

Payouts - Pay Local Leaders via Bevy
#SGEurope - Book those tickets / be an affiliate
#April2019 - Regional Conferences
#SGPanel - Please host a panel in April
#Diversity&Inclusion - New Committee
#HQTeamChangesInLATAM - Jelle now oversees LATAM
#GoogleForStartups - Tell us your stories
#UpdateYourLogos - (Brand Guidelines) Please update them on social media
#Resources - Links to cool things from our GFS Partners


What a Global Conference it’s been! An unbelievable moment for us, and hopefully for all of you who managed to join us in this unique experience. We’ve been reflecting on it for a while now, and it keeps sparking feelings of joy and pride. It is without a doubt the best week of the year because we get to spend it with you - our international family!

If you want to relive the moments:

Find Pictures (taken by Dino! Dino! Dino!) here:

Find Videos HERE

Believe it or not, we are now in full preparation mode for the Europe Conference and Global 2020. Your perspective from the conference helps us enormously to improve year after year. Thus if you have any feedback from the Global Conference or Directors Summit please share it with us by sending an email to


Our next conference is coming up - it’s happening in London on 6th June (Directors Day will be on 5th June) - and we really hope you can join us there. We will have 100 startups exhibiting as part of the Startup Program + have an affiliate program you can get involved in as well.

Please email regarding the Startup Program Affiliate Program

Please email if you wish to be part of the Ticketing Affiliate Program


April is already around the corner. It’s an exciting time, not because of “April Fools”... but because April is jam-packed with not one but TWO Regional Conferences as well as a themed month!

Àlex Rodríguez Barcadit will host his 3rd Regional Conference in Barcelona on the 9 of April. It is also a time of celebration as it will mark his 5th year hosting Startup Grind in Barcelona!

Next, our Director of the Year, Pablo Lascurain, will host his 3rd Regional Conference in Mexico City on the 25 of April.

If you have the opportunity, do try to join one of these upcoming conferences. You will have a great time and see familiar faces :D. More importantly, if you can contribute to their conference in any way - either with speaker suggestions or with potential sponsors - please reach out to them. We know they would appreciate the help!


April is also “SGPanel Month”.  A lot of you have been requesting panels for a long time and we’ve heard you. April is the month to give this a try!

Feel free to pick your own topic for the panel. Remember that it takes extra effort to maintain high quality in panels, and requires extra preparation from your side. Please read through the advice from Derek in his blog post on how to run panels:

Important: If you are hosting a panel, please make use of the beautiful Art Assets that have been created by Ginny especially for this month. You can access those HERE.


Startup Grind will be rolling out a Diversity and Inclusion initiative in the coming months. This topic is close to our hearts and is an important focal area for many of our directors. We’ve identified a steering committee that will help lead the charge, working to be more intentional about D&I across Startup Grind and to empower Directors with actionable approaches and tools to champion diversity and inclusion in your chapters.

There will be a webinar coming up about this - we will send an official notification - please keep an eye out on Slack for it!


Over the past year, Candace Dalmagne-Rouge (aka Tina Turner, for those of you who have seen her perform on stage) has been the Community Manager for LATAM + North America + Canada. Her goal was to grow and strengthen the community in these regions which she did super successfully. In LATAM alone, we have roughly 60 active chapters.

As a result of this amazing growth, Candace oversaw 200+ chapters (that’s a lot!). As such, Jelle Kajim, who has been Community Manager for Europe and the Middle East, will now oversee LATAM, Candace will focus on the USA and Canada, and Phin Mpofu will oversee Europe and the Middle East. If you don’t know Jelle, he’s the Dutch windsurfer, SG Amsterdam team member, and all around pro at community management.

If you’re in LATAM, we know you’ll enjoy working with him. Please give him a warm welcome on the next AMERICAS Office Hours to be held on March 26 at 1pm EST. Invite coming soon. If you have any questions with regards to the LATAM region feel free to contact Jelle on his mail or via ford at


GFS would love to hear stories from your communities! Storytelling is one of their priorities for 2019 and they want to hear powerful stories happening within our SG community.

If you have an interesting story from your community - such as a founder with a fascinating personal story, or a startup that is improving lives in amazing ways, or that is tackling a challenge with groundbreaking technology, please share it with us! Send your story to  (Note: these startup stories do not have to have a direct tie to Google or Google for Startups.)


Important: All of you should be aware by now that we have gone through a re-branding in 2018 and all art assets have been updated. Unfortunately, we continue to see many chapters that are still using outdated assets.

We need your help to ensure that all of your art assets are up to date. This includes your Startup Grind chapter website, all social media accounts (Meetup, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), email signatures, printed banners, flyers, etc.

This month, please be sure to check and update all of your accounts so that we can be united when it comes to the Startup Grind brand.

Here are our Guidelines on how to use the brand:


A few opportunities have arisen from Google for Startups that you should be aware of. Feel free to share these resources with your local communities:

How to build a Startup by Udacity [Recommended by Google]:

  • The course is taught by the legendary Steve Blank
  • It covers Startup Fundamentals from A-Z...from business models to customer development to value prop and more!
  • It takes +/- 1 month to complete
  • Best of all, it's free!

#FounderGym is looking for the next group of top-notch founders to join their next Pre-Seed and Seed Cohorts. The deadline is Monday, March 25, 2019. Apply at

Thanks all and have a great week!


Derek, G, Candace, Bruce, Jelle + Farheen