STARTUP GRIND OTTAWA EVENT
On November 25, 2013 I attended an event called Startup Grind Ottawa. The event was hosted by Franco Varriano (Startup Grind Ottawa Director) and Greg Isenberg (a young entrepreneur, and the CEO of the website 5By).The event mostly focussed on what it takes to be a young and successful entrepreneur. In the first part of the event, Greg Isenberg presented his accomplishments, failures, and his journey to being an entrepreneur. The last part of the event was the actual networking part.
WHY I WAS THERE
I chose to attend this event because I liked that it was more geared towards young people. Some of the other events that I had thought about attending sounded like they were for people who were already successful professionals. Since, I am still a student, I thought that this event would be more appropriate for myself. Also, I liked that the main topic of the event was how to become a successful entrepreneur. I thought that learning about this topic would be beneficial to me, especially if I plan on starting a business in the future.
WHO ELSE WAS THERE?
As I stated, the event was more geared towards young people. Most of the people that attended the event were fairly young, and most were students like myself. Many of these students were studying business or communications. Unfortunately since most of the people attending the event were students, I did not have a lot of opportunity to speak with many professionals. I did however, get the opportunity to speak with Franco Varriano and Greg Isenberg, Both stated that since they were young teenagers they had always been interested in entrepreneurship. They also both agreed that networking was one of the leading factors that guided their current success. Particularly, Greg Isenberg based most of his success due to his networking. He even stated that whenever he wants to meet a particular person he will attend events where he knows that one of that persons friends may be at. I thought this was a little crazy, but also a smart way to develop contacts!
WOULD I DO IT AGAIN?
Overall, I did find the event very informative. I did not realise how important networking is in the business world. Going to these events, and making contacts can really help you career (whether you are an entrepreneur or something else). Although I did enjoy the event, I probably will not attend another one in the near future. The only reason I attended the event was for this project. Therefore, unless I am forced to attend another one, I have no plans on doing so. Also, I did at times feel a little bit awkward at the event. Going alone to an event can be very intimidating, and I actually found myself really wanting to leave throughout most of the event. Either way, it was still a great learning experience!
The following link is a link to the Startup Grind website: