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Startup Grind: Q&A w/ Jonathan Greechan (Co-Founder/CEO, Founder Institute)

May 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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f you are building, advising, or funding startups in Florida, then don’t miss this in-person networking event featuring the Co-Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute – Jonathan Greechan. Co-hosted with Startup Grind Miami and Mana Tech, this event will start with a fireside chat with Jonathan where he will share insights from helping to launch 7000+ startups across 100+ countries since 2009. There will then be audience Q&A and open networking with other entrepreneurs, advisors, and investors from the FI Network. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet like-minded people from the startup community.

About the Keynote Speaker:  Jonathan Greechan (Co-Founder/ CEO, Founder Institute)

Jonathan Greechan is the Co-Founder and CEO of the Founder Institute (http://fi.co), the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator. Since 2009, he has grown and scaled the organization to chapters in over 200 cities and 100 countries, which have produced over 6800 portfolio companies with an estimated value of $35BN. He also serves as an Advisor to Oxford Entrepreneurs (Oxford University), Horasis, and the USC Incubator (University of Southern California). Previously, Jonathan was a Partner of TheFunded.com, the first website for founders to rate and review venture capitalists; Executive Producer of the Founder Showcase, a leading Silicon Valley startup conference that hosted speakers like Elon Musk; and Product Manager at RealNetworks (RNWK), a company he joined after its acquisition of Game Trust (a startup where he built and led all marketing and content). Jonathan’s writing has been featured on Fortune, TechCrunch, and Entrepreneur Magazine, and he has spoken at startup conferences on four continents.

Moderator: Kwamara Thompson (Founder, TEC LLC)

As a social entrepreneur, Kwamara wants those in her community to succeed, and through marrying her passions for leadership, activism, and education, she has been able to help many in her community attain their financial and entrepreneurial goals. Over the past 10 years, Kwamara has created multiple initiatives, products, and services all under the TEC, LLC umbrella, acquiring multiple streams of income and investment opportunities, helping companies create more equitable, empathetic, and human-centered organizations while ensuring revenue and profitability as well as helping to alleviate the structures of systemic racism. As an angel and seed investor, Kwamara and TEC, LLC have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in small businesses across the country and have recently launched a fund. In 2023 alone, she has been part of investing $550,000 back into the community. Kwamara is recognized as an industry leader having been featured in multiple articles across the globe including CBS, NBC, Yahoo News, Business Insider, Boston Herald, MarketWatch, and more. She has spoken at numerous conferences across the country and has been featured on multiple podcasts.


  • 6:00 – 6:30: Networking (a limited amount of pizza and refereshments will be served)
  • 6:30 – 7:15: Fireside Chat
  • 7:30 – 8:00: Startup Pitches from Startup Grind Community
  • 8:00 – 8:30: Pitch Winner Announced, closing Networking

About Startup Grind Miami: 

Startup Grind was founded in 2010 when our founder, Derek Andersen got some friends and fellow entrepreneurs together to crack the same problem they were all facing: the growing challenges of launching a company. Their gatherings soon spurred a local startup movement that attracted founders and experts from every industry, all coming together to share their advice and inspirations for early entrepreneurs. Eventually, vibrant Startup Grind communities (“chapters”) began developing in Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, London, New York, Beijing, Miami and many more.

About Mana Tech:

Mana Tech is an entrepreneurship hub in Miami that helps international entrepreneurs fully realize their potential. They connect international entrepreneurs with investors, mentors, and organizations in Miami through acceleration programs, events, ventures and spaces.

About Founder Institute:
The Founder Institute is the world’s most proven network to turn ideas into fundable startups, and startups into global businesses. Since 2009, our structured accelerator programs have helped over 7,000 entrepreneurs raise over $1.75BN in funding. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 100 countries, our mission is to empower communities of talented and motivated people to build impactful technology companies worldwide.

Additional Resources:
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Startup Grind Miami + Mana Tech


Loft 10, Mana Tech, 21 SE 1st Ave # 1
Miami, FL 33131 United States
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