StartUP Sault Ste. Marie announced this week that it has launched a new membership program that allow members to support local entrepreneurship while accessing exclusive benefits.
StartUP Sault began four years ago, as a grass-roots movement and has since connected with thousands of entrepreneurs, students and business owners in the community. StartUP Sault has hosted more than 40 events, meetups, pitch contests, book clubs, networking events and more.
“Many people don’t realize that StartUP Sault is completely volunteer driven, said Nevin
Buconjic, Founder and Community Lead. “We do incredible things with very little resources.
This isn’t our job and we don’t receive any government funding. We are just passionate
entrepreneurs who want to build our community.” Buconjic added, “We are very grateful for the small amount of sponsorship and partnership dollars we are able to leverage from community partners and in some cases from Startup Canada. Without our partners, we couldn’t hold events that involved renting venues and other costs.”
In 2017 alone, StartUP Sault held four Startup Drinks meetups, four Book Clubs, a Startup Pitch Night, two boot camp training sessions (finance and social enterprise boot camp) and two speaker series events. Most events are free, and we want to continue to host bigger,
better and even more valuable events to support our members and build our community. StartUP Sault created a membership program that is pay-what-you-want, in order to be more inclusive for the community. Community members can sign up for a free membership to access members-only special events and programs, and get listed in our online directory.
Free members can stay in the loop and attend free upcoming events and meetups.
The next tiers of $10, $20 and $40 also get access to exclusive programs like the upcoming Startup Cafe Mentorship program, and access to a members-only Facebook Page where they can share resources, and ask for advice or ask questions to other local entrepreneurs.
Facebook Groups are powerful tools, while maintaining privacy, so members are often more willing to ask questions or share details about their own business.
“We want all of our local entrepreneurs to sign up for a StartUP Sault membership – free or paid, so that we can get everyone involved, and also begin to measure our impact on our entrepreneurial ecosystem,” stated Buconjic. “Only together can we build a supportive, thriving ecosystem in Sault Ste. Marie.”
Any revenues derived from the membership program will directly support the growth of
StartUP Sault and the development and hosting of unique events, learning opportunities and networking sessions.
StartUP Sault is supporting the growth and development of our members and connecting entrepreneurs in the community. We welcome the support of our members as well as the business community in general.
To become a member or learn more about StartUP Sault, please visit www.startupsault.ca