JAN 2020 | Director of the Month + 2020 Year Plan + Global 2020 + Directors Summit

Important Topics In This Newsletter

#DirectorOfTheMonth #2020YearPlan
#Global2020+#DirectorsSummit #QuickFAQS
#SGGlobalLiveStream #DirectorAwardsNominations

Happy New Year!

Whilst January signals the start of a new year, for us at HQ it is also one of our busiest months as we gear up for Global 2020 and the Directors Summit. We are super excited to have many of you join us in Redwood City 

This years’ Global Conference is extra special. It marks 10 years from when Derek Andersen hosted the first Startup Grind event in February 2010. From that first Silicon Valley Chapter, we now have over 600 Chapters in 125 countries. We’ve come a long way! 


Congratulations to Chris Jonnaou (Melbourne Chapter) for being selected as January’s Director of the Month. Chris is one of our longest standing Chapter Directors, having hosted his very first fireside chat event in August 2012 ( check out the video here!)! Always crushing it mate! Congratulations!

In his own words
“You should be thinking community first. Without them you have nothing. With them - you have support, you have your product road map, you have loyal customers."

— Chris Joannou, Startup Grind Melbourne





Our Official Year Plan for 2020 has now been announced. You can view the full 2020 Year Plan here. Some exciting items to highlight include Mentorship Month in April Presented by AWS, SGPitchBattles now being rolled out to all Chapters, #SGWomen now being hosted in June (it gives us a month between Mentorship month and #SGWomen month to allow for more marketing time, to ensure it is not diluted) and a Google for Startups themed month in November.

#GlobalConference + #DirectorsSummit

Here’s everything to do with Global: directors.startupgrind.com/global

Check out who has already registered for the Global Conference and Directors Summit here

If your name is not on the list, please email Ford ( ford@startupgrind.com). Directors get a special conference badge, but you need to be registered to receive it. 

Bunk beds are already sold out and as happened this year, we expect the subsidised hotel accommodation to sell out soon, so don’t leave it too late to register!

We are expecting over 200 directors to come together to celebrate being part of this incredible family and hear from some incredible speakers. If you haven’t already seen the line up, check it out here. 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.

Dates: 10-14th Feb 2020

Where: Redwood City, San Francisco

To see all the info - please go here: https://directors.startupgrind.com/global

#QuickFAQS to help you prepare for Global 2020 + Directors Summit

What should I pack?

Attire is casual, dress comfortably. Bring a light jacket and an umbrella if you have one. The average temperatures in this area are High 15C/62F, Low 8C/40F during February. This year, we will only be producing 1 official Startup Grind T-shirt. Come with a great attitude, lots of questions, a desire to learn and meet some of the incredible Startup Grind community from around the world!

What meals are included?

Please cater for your own Breakfast in the morning. We will have an exclusive Directors Sandwich Lunch on Tuesday, 11th February (please refer to the Agenda). Some dinners may be catered for, see Agenda (will be updating as we finalize details).

Where can I find the agenda?

The Agenda for the week is available at https://directors.startupgrind.com/global/#agenda. Please note the agenda is subject to amendments.


We’ve had many requests from Directors unable to join us in person at Global asking how they can still be a part of Global. We are delighted to announce that we’ll be live streaming the Global Conference. In previous years, some Directors have taken this as an opportunity to host a Watch Party Event. This year we are encouraging you to make it an “Official” published event. Please remember to use the hashtag #SGGlobalLiveStream in your title. Official Art Asset Templates are available in Google Slides. 


... and the nominations are ... 

Thank you to everyone who took the time nominate your fellow Directors. We have some incredible people in our community and the nominations will now be reviewed by the Community Team and Derek with the winners announced at the Directors Summit Awards Party. You can view the full list of nominations here


This month we are hosting special Office Hours, dedicated to the Global Conference and Directors Summit. We invite you to join one of the calls to learn more about it, even if there is a small possibility that you will be attending. 

We plan on having some Directors share their stories from having attended a Global / Directors Summit. If you have an interesting story to share of your experience at Global or Directors Summit, please send an email to ford@startupgrind.com so we can highlight you on one of the calls. 


Host: Madeline + Jess
Date: Tuesday, 21st January 2020
Time: Tue, 10:00 AM PST | Tue, 14:00 PM EST | Tue, 18:00 PM GMT
Format: Video Conference | Zoom Video Call ( https://startupgrind.zoom.us/j/3486534192)
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Host: Phin
Date: Tuesday, 28th January 2020
Time: Tue, 04:00 AM EST | Tue 09:00 AM GMT |  Tue, 11:00 AM CEST | Tue, 17:00 PM HKT/WST
Format: Video Conference | Zoom Video Call ( https://startupgrind.zoom.us/j/9909114490)
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Host: Phin, Bruce & Daniel
Date: Wednesday, 29th January 2020
Time: Wed, 17:00 PM SAST/CEST |  Wed, 11:00 AM EST | Wed, 23:00 PM HKT
Format: Video Conference | Zoom Video Call ( https://startupgrind.zoom.us/s/2905911888)
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This months #LevelUp is a reminder about the Startup Grind Directors Google Calendar. It's definitely worth adding the calendar to your Google

Startup Grind Directors Calendar
We’ve launched a Startup Grind Directors calendar to make your lives easier and help you remember important dates in relation to Startup Grind. This calender will detail all the Office Hours, Events, Global 2020 dates,  Themes, and any other important info/dates that affects you.

You should be receiving an email with an invitation to join, please do subscribe to the calendar.

Also - feel free to click on the link below and subscribe to in on your personal Gmail or iCal calendars - so that you know when Office Hour or other things are happening!

Here's the link: http://bit.ly/dircal

Here's a page where you can also see all the info (plus a link for all you iCal users out there): https://directors.startupgrind.com/calendar/

Here's wishing you an incredible 2020  


Derek, G, Phin, Bruce, Madeline, Daniel, Jessica