Startup Grind, a support group for entrepreneurs, with nearly 300 chapters worldwide and sponsored by Google, has expanded to Colorado Springs
Its mission is to provide online resources to those who have started businesses and connect them with other entrepreneurs across the nation and world. Karthik Krishna, the chapter director who also heads a startup called Socio-Tech Academy LLC, said the group plans to host monthly chats with local entrepreneurs.
Eddie and Carol Sturman, founders of Woodland Park-based Sturman Industries, spoke at the group's first meeting on Aug. 30; they discussed how Eddie Sturman developed the company's digital valve technology in the 1960s and how it was eventually used in the aerospace, automotive and energy industries. Eddie Sturman told of how he learned about the importance of digital technology at a Miami conference, which inspired him to invent the digital valve later used in the Apollo program by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Looking back, Carol Sturman told about a dozen people attending the meeting that she wished "we could have found a way to do our own manufacturing. It is hard to take something to other companies and have them manufacture it for you."
The next event for the local chapter of Startup Grind will be at 6 p.m. Friday at Epicentral Coworking, 415 N. Tejon St., and will feature Royce Gomez, former executive director of Peak Startup and an entrepreneur who has started 10 companies and consulted with startup companies and entrepreneurs. She will discuss the startup community in Colorado Springs. Tickets to the event cost $5 and are available at startupgrind.com/colorado-springs/.
The group will host Mike Schmidt, CEO of Ensemble Ventures LLC, on Oct. 25, and Stephen Mackey, an entrepreneur and creative director of Mesh Omnimedia, on Nov. 29.
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