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RESCHEDULED Pitch-a-Kid + MassChallenge = Crossing the Finish Line

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RESCHEDULED Mike Millard's Grind to December  

DUE TO HARVEY - Houston startups and families flooded are still cleaning and navigating their living options so we will move Mike's Grind to December.  We will host our next Grind Wed., October 18th. For those of you with a September ticket, it will be honored for October's Grind.


Pitch-a-Kid + MassChallenge = Crossing the Finish Line

We're rescheduling Mike's Grind to December 13th to give our community time to focus on their families and homes.

Those of you with tickets already, your ticket is good for October's Grind.

This is the must attend Grind event of 2017 for Parents, Educators, and Business Leaders.

Mike Millard, is a goal-oriented achiever 

A Runner 

A Leaf Raker

A Ping Pong Player

He's a compassionate thinker with the 'will to win.' Mike is described by peers, employers, and employees as an exceptional leader who "balances the dynamics of change and getting results." He has built upon this and other strong leadership skills consistently while running his entrepreneurial journey of creating and growing business ecosystems. 

He Ushers New Ideas To Commercialization

Mike Millard's mission starts with building kids with Pitch-a-Kid while simultaneously funding startups through MassChallenge. He provides freedom for entrepreneurs to develop and grow ideas and businesses. He accomplishes his mission by empowering youth with their exposure to entrepreneurship as judges, giving them a fast understanding and quick analysis of startup, growth, and enterprise-level businesses through Pitch-a-Kid. 

His mission continues as the current managing director for MassChallenge Texas, an accelerator providing mentoring from industry experts, tailored programming, free co-working space, and unrivaled access to corporate partners globally. A differentiator for MassChallenge is that they take no equity from their startups.

Whether you're running the entrepreneurial race, education race, or the race to acquire future talent, allow Mike to advise on your next steps. 

Who benefits from attending

Involved Parents

Business Innovators

Strategic HR Managers

Socially Aware Employers 

Forward Thinking Educators

Every month we invite you to better understand and to embrace Startup Grind’s Values:

Give First (before you ask)

Make Friends (not just contacts)

Help Others (before you help yourself)

And to broadcast Startup Grind’s Mission:

To Educate, Inspire, and Connect Entrepreneurs

Our global community of 300+ chapters in 110 countries worldwide is here for you. Let us know... How may we best assist you? (I.e. - Can we help facilitate warm introductions to businesses, mentors, and/or investors to grow your startup here or elsewhere?)

Ways You Can Participate this Month:

On your mark, get set, GO! - Every month we invite local “Entrepreneur Partners” (Funded Startup, Growth & Enterprise Business Leaders) within our local ecosystem to kick off the event. Sharing accomplishments, values or needs with attendees, while connecting with our local team and featured guest demonstrates your commitment to our area's innovators. Entrepreneur Partners are also able to exhibit products and/or services after our signature Fireside Chat. This opportunity is available for a limited number of businesses, Apply Today!

Listen & Learn - Are you a member of our local entrepreneurial ecosystem? And/Or... Do you have children (truly or businesses that may as well be) who can benefit from exposure and funding? We encourage you to come meet, learn from and have the chance to ask questions of one of Texas’ most dedicated dads and innovators, Mike Millard (LinkedIn Bio).

Spread the Word - Startup Grind Houston's monthly events are an effective and valuable opportunity to share your brand and message with our local entrepreneurial community. Startup Grind’s events regularly attract many influential Founders, Professionals, and Investors. We have several options available, starting at only $250. (Connect Here)

Register Now!

Identify opportunities from dynamic conversations and encounters.

Absorb new information from our guest’s and your peer’s expertise.

Implement & Test an idea so you are utilizing good startup practices of validation.


7:00 pm Meet the Entrepreneurs

7:30 pm Fire-side Chat

8:00 pm Q&A

8:30 pm Make Friends

9:00 pm Adios!


Mike Mallard - Pitch-a-Kid (Founder)

Hosted By

Michele Price, Houston Director

<a>"Life-Long Entrepreneur and Fractional CMO"</a>, taking a growth-focused approach toward solid and innovative results through visually delicious presentations, team challenges that propel innovation, and ideas that lead to full-fledged experiences. Connect with Michele to build an audience for your business, and convert prospects into customers via landing page solutions that enable revenue for your startup.

She is the “Voice” of Breakthrough radio, a global business radio show. Make sure when you visit Houston’s chapter you ask her about how she tamed a herd of buffalo in Montana.

Twitter: @prosperitygal

James Phelan, Founder + CEO

Twitter: @WhiteSpaceHOU

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Our MIssion - To connect every kid around the world to entrepreneurship. Our Goal - Teach our kids entrepreneurship and help entrepreneurs communicate effectively by delivering a pitch competition where the kids are the judges and they tap into their critical thinking skills. We serve in three ways with our educational based driven startup:



Companies/internal teams

Which one of those doors are you?

What is Startup Grind?

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 200 cities and 98 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.


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