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Startups Give Back: Helping Startups Prioritize Philanthropy

Startups Give Back

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What is Startups Give Back?

Startups Give Back is a volunteering event where startups actively work together to make a difference in their community.

Who is your target user?

Startups, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and anyone part of or interested in the startup space.

Why did you build Startups Give Back? What problem are you taking on?

Although not a product, Startups Give Back was created because there’s a lack of startup involvement in philanthropic initiatives. And this needs to change.

Startups, businesses in general, have a higher purpose than just selling products and services. They have a responsibility to care for their communities and have the resources (not just money) to make a major impact.

Startups Give Back combines volunteering opportunities with networking. Instead of standing around chit-chatting with a drink in hand, like tradition networking events, at Startups Give Back you make connections while making a difference.

Tell us your founding story. Was there an “ah ha” moment?

Prior to joining a startup that had a volunteering program in place, I came from a large company that never once asked its employees to volunteer. There was no philanthropy program in place, nothing.

When I joined the startup, it was completely different. My first week we went out and volunteered in our community. And everyone on the team wanted to participate.

Finally, a company that saw the bigger picture.

While volunteering, I noticed how easy it was to connect with my colleagues at a deeper level. We talked about business, family, and shared our interests. And it wasn’t my charming personality that made it easy to connect either.

There’s something about doing an activity together that lowers people’s guards. You don’t get this at typical networking events.

As the days turned to months, this idea of getting more startups involved in philanthropy, beyond writing checks, lingered in my head.

I also wondered if there was a way to evolve traditional networking events. Could there be a way to create deeper connections amongst startup folks? Is there a way to marry volunteering and networking?

Thus, Startups Give Back was born.

Tell us about your founding team and their backgrounds.

– Startups Give Back Founder: Jeremy Brown
– Current Content/Social Media Storyteller for a San Francisco based startup
– Self-taught web developer and graphic designer

Where can people find out more?