NOV 2019 | Surveys, Startup Program, Awards and SO much more

Wow, it’s nearly December and America will be celebrating Thanksgiving next week! How the year has flown by.

There are some really great things happening, so please do read through all the sections below, kicking off with our Director of the Month of November - Roger Berdayes - Felicidades Amigo, well deserved!!

#Director of the Month 

“Startup Grind gives me the adrenaline to keep on helping people on their entrepreneurial paths and also gives me the chance to learn from others’ experiences while building (and sometimes failing) on my own. This is a community built on values which I truly believe and live by"

— Roger Berdayes, Startup Grind Madrid


We have TWO surveys going out this month

ONE | Annual Directors Survey 

For you as a chapter director & co-director ONLY. Every Year we send out our annual survey to ensure that we are helping you achieve your goals. This survey is designed to help remain accountable, but also to give you a voice. Let us know how we doing here at HQ!

Deadline: 15 Dec 2019

Link to fill in:

TWO | Global Partner Survey for Reckitt Benckiser 

For you as a chapter director - as well as for your community, startups and anyone else (PLEASE share via social media)

Our newest Global Corporate Partner, RB, needs you to fill out this quick Global Community survey to learn how they can give back.

Prizes available for those who do!! Every Director who fills it will go into a prize draw. The prize draw will randomly select 2 lucky Directors, who will get $600 credit each towards their flight and accommodation at Global 2020!

The best news is that for every extra person you get to fill it out, you get another entry to the draw! (note: they must write your name as the referrer!)

Deadline: Sat 30 Nov 2019 Link to form: FILL THE SURVEY HERE

#GlobalConference + #DirectorsSummit As you all know, #SGGlobal is coming up (and yes -that’s the official Hashtag for the event)

We are expecting over 200 directors to come together to celebrate being part of this incredible family as well as to meet some of your favourite speakers etc. The conference is FREE to attend for all chapter directors and co-directors.

Following the 2 day conference, we have the legendary Directors Summit where we spend 2 full days as a family together and learn from each other, but also award each other for all the hard work done throughout the year.

If you HAVE NOT received your invitations to Global - please email FORD! ( Those going through the cohort will get invitations next week after graduation.

Dates: 10-14th Feb 2020 Where: Redwood City, San Francisco To see all the info - please go here:

#DirectorAwardsNominations At the Global Conference - we also host our AWARDS CEREMONY - This year, we are opening it up to applications from YOU!

As was mentioned in the Slack and Facebook Chapter Directors Group post on the 7th November, this year we are accepting nominations from YOU! More details available at

#StartupProgram It’s easier than ever to refer startups to our Startup Program at Global 2020: Show this promotional video at any Chapter events between now and Global Share any of the social templates we have created for you Share your personalised referral URL with any top startups you know Remember: $200 discount for the referred startups & $50 credit per paid startup for you!

#StartupProgramAmbassador Want to be a Startup Program Ambassador?

Please fill out this form if you would like to be a Director Ambassador for the startups on our Startup Program.

An Ambassador role can take as little or as much time as you are willing to give. Even the most basic support is great, just let us know!

#WomenInTech Each year, we pledge 20% of the conference tickets to our Diversity & Inclusion initiative - Give First, Help Others, Make Friends. Our first batch of DEI tickets is dedicated to our SGWomen - ticket giveaway application. We’ve been receiving a lot of applications, so share with your community asap before it closes (closing 26 Nov). See you all at Global 2020!

#EndofYearPartyArtAssets The EOY Party Art Assets are READY!! Get them today here:

(Remember, you need to be logged into your Startup Grind email account - not sure how to do that - go check out this article:

#CMS+HerokuPartnerships We have 3 partnerships at the moment. One is with CMS, the other was with Heroku and we have one coming up with AWS. All three partners only want to work in specific target cities and target markets.

Massive thanks to ALL the Chapters, Directors and their teams for helping us in showing them what we as a community can do and for stepping up to be part of this opportunity.

In case you wondering - only directors that host consistent, and good quality events, are contacted for partnerships. If you are not hosting regularly, we unfortunately cannot offer your chapter to partners to work with as they require lead times and very regular events to hit their goals.

HEROKU Locations: Europe & America Here are some stats that we were able to provide to Heroku for Product Engineering Month held in October 2019.

Total Attendees In Target Region: 1500 Globally: 2100

Total Cities In Target Region: 45 Globally: 63

Total Events In Target Region: 50 (Meets our goal- shout out to the cities that had more than one event) Globally: 68

CMS Locations: Europe & America The CMS Partnership is still running and will do so till Dec 2020. We are sending out invoices to the chapters that have been selected so that we can make payment to them.

AWS Locations: Sub-Sahara Africa A massive congratulations is in order for Sandras Phiri - our amazing chapter director in Cape Town - who managed to land one of the largest deals a chapter director has ever landed!! We are really hoping that this deal will help uplift Africa.

We are still working on the final details with AWS, but keep an eye on your inboxes - chapters that are hosting REGULAR events, will be contacted and we’ll start negotiations on setting this up to kick-off in Jan 2020.

#Cohort We are in the FINAL week of our cohort class - and what a great experience it’s been. As a group we've become more acquainted with one another over recent weeks and looking forward to meeting many of you at Global Conference.

We are looking at about 50+ graduates - 29 have already hosted events in past 2 months - take a look at this great wrap up page from a SGx chapter:

#RegionalConferences - Past & Coming Well done to Colin and Arzish for hosting 2 incredible Regional Conferences with over 1500 attendees EACH!!

Here’s an incredible wrap up video from Pakistan 2019 Conference held in Islamabad:

Here’s some great shots from Tbilisi 2019 Conference held in Georgia:

Good luck to Chris Joanou who will be hosting the APAC Conference in Australia, Melbourne on 9th Dec 2019. If you want to join other chapter directors there - please find details here (also - please share with your networks!!) -

If you want to host a regional - remember you need to meet these requirements:

#PayoneerSupport In January 2020, Payoneer will be phasing out email as a communication option for help desk requests.

If you haven’t already had a chance to familiarize yourself with the new Contact Us page within the Help section of the Payoneer Admin Console, please take some time to do so before the end of the year. You will see options to either open a live chat or submit your question via a web form.

Their new real-time chat option allows Payoneer to get you the information and answers you need, faster.

#NextOfficeHours The dates and times for the next Office Hours should be in your Google Calendars. You are welcome to join any office hours you like. For your convenience we’ve broken down the times across regional time zones. They are for your reference:

AMERICA + CANADA + LATAM Host: Madeline + Jess Date: Tuesday, 26th November 2019 Time: Tue, 7PM SAST | Tue, 1PM EST | Wed, 10:30PM IST | Tue, 7PM CEST Format: Video Conference | Zoom Video Call (

EUROPE + MIDDLE EAST + AFRICA Host: Phin, Bruce & Daniel Date: Wednesday, 27th November 2019 Time: Wed, 5PM SAST | Wed, 11AM EST | Wed, 11PM HKT | Wed, 5PM CEST Format: Video Conference | Zoom Video Call (

APAC + CHINA Host: Farheen Date: Wednesday, 27th November 2019 Time: Wed 07:30 AM SAST | Wed, 12:30 AM EST | Wed, 1:30PM HKT | Wed, 07:30 AM CEST Format: Video Conference | Zoom Video Call (

#LevelUp This months #LevelUp brings not one but two fantastic new features that have just been activated.

#EventLocationMaps Bevy has rolled out a new feature on Event pages - location maps! Upon event creation:

#GreatNewsletters The Startup Grind Oslo Team with an amazing example of a great newsletter with all the news from their community alongside some amazing global startup grind community plugs. Great job! #GoogleSingleSignOn Bevy has released Single Sign On for Google, meaning you can now access your Chapter Dashboard using your email account! To utilize this feature, simple visit and click on the “Google” button highlighted below:

#CommunityTeam Derek, G, Phin, Bruce, Farheen, Madeline, Daniel, Jessica