Startup Grind Fort Worth Will Launch on Jan. 9 with Vari CEO as Its First Speaker

Startup Grind calls itself "the world's largest startup community," with 600 chapters from Beijing to London to New York. Now a new chapter is set to launch in Fort Worth with a kickoff event on January 9—joining existing chapters in Dallas and Frisco.

A burgeoning startup community that’s grown into a worldwide movement is planting its roots in Fort Worth.

Trey Bowles

Startup Grind—a global community that’s been transforming the startup landscape since its inception in 2010—is set to launch January 9 in the Tarrant County city, Trey Bowles, managing director of Techstars Physical Health Fort Worth Accelerator, told Dallas Innovates.

“There’s no other event like this in the world that does such a good job of pairing entrepreneurs in a fireside chat format that brings so much authenticity, vulnerability, and hope around entrepreneurship,” Bowles, the local director for Startup Grind Fort Worth, said in a statement.

“We’re proud to announce that we will have DFW entrepreneurial legend, Jason McCann, CEO of Vari as our first Startup Grind FW speaker.”

Jason McCann

Startup Grind calls itself “the world’s largest startup community.” The inaugural Fort Worth event on January 9 promises to be a landmark occasion for the Fort Worth startup ecosystem, Bowles said.

Attendees of Startup Grind Fort Worth can look forward to an evening of networking, learning, food, drinks, and inspiration. Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur, a budding startup enthusiast, or someone simply curious about the world of startups, Startup Grind Fort Worth will be welcoming, Bowles said.

This ‘Grind’ builds community 

Founded by entrepreneur Derek Andersen, Startup Grind started as a solution to the shared challenges faced by Andersen and his circle of friends and fellow entrepreneurs.

Fort Worth now joins more than 600 chapters worldwide, spanning from Los Angeles to Beijing—including two other North Texas chapters in Dallas and Frisco

Bowles said the concept behind Startup Grind is simple yet powerful: bringing together founders, industry experts, and aspiring entrepreneurs to share insights, experiences, and advice. He said the idea began as a response to the many hurdles encountered during the early stages of launching a company.

Popular Fireside Chat format

What started as a small group of like-minded individuals quickly burgeoned into a dynamic community-driven initiative, fostering collaboration, mentorship, and inspiration, Bowles said.

Fort Worth will become the latest hub for Startup Grind, joining the ranks of major cities such as Tel Aviv, London, and New York. The significance of this launch lies in the opportunity it presents for local entrepreneurs to connect, learn, and grow within a supportive and dynamic community, Bowles said.

A core attraction of Startup Grind is its Fireside Chat format—an intimate conversation between an experienced and accomplished entrepreneur and the audience. That format allows attendees to gain valuable insights directly from the guest speaker’s journey, embracing the authenticity, vulnerability, and hope that characterize the entrepreneurial path, Bowles said.

Event details

The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Create Fort Worth at 400 Bryan Ave., Suite 102, in Fort Worth. To register for the event, go here.

Create FW in Fort Worth’s Near Southside district. [Photos from left: Eden Barnhouse /Create FW; Luca Buratto and Ahmed Issaoui/LUBU Technologies]

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