Who We Are

Startup Central is an open collaborative community of motivated entrepreneurs who are hungry for success and want to launch new agile companies that can quickly scale to sustain a competitive advantage and adjust to fast changes in market conditions.

Our mission is to empower entrepreneurs and prospective founders to connect, share and learn from each other.

We offer business planning, product development, creative and customer development services to help launch agile companies in the DMV area.

We seek partners and sponsors who share synergies to support our current and future initiatives by providing financial, experts, tools and other resources.


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8,000+

members

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Our Community

Startup Central a large, growing, active community of startups, entrepreneurs, developers, designers, and other professionals. Many members who are seeking education, mentorship, services, and resources provided by our experts.

We host up to 5 events per week, including workshops on the weekend beginning in October. Our various events and other activities average 60-130 participants attending per session.

Not including our partners, Startup Central also includes a network of niche meetup groups that concentrate on specific topics.  These groups curriculum will be consolidated  into the main group by the end of the year to give a more comprehensive offering of options to members.  Take a look at some of these associated groups in our network below, sorted by track.

A few more things you should know.

Startup Central is much more than just a meetup group.  We are building a platform to support our members in many ways.  Now is the time to move forward with a few new initiatives and partnerships.

  • Spaces, are now available for you to sponsor events, coworking and centers of expertise in the NoVA and MD area. We will be establishing partnerships in DC in the near future.  Sponsorship with space is always a great way to contribute.
  • Events – sponsor with food, space, experts or monetary contribution.  Depending on contribution, you have the opportunity to make announcements, setup a table and/or have your logo/message on our digital displays.
  • Apps are essential to distinguish Startup Central from the rest of the noise on meetup.com.  They will allow us to communicate better, offer new, enhanced services and opportunities to our members.  They are also a great platform for sponsors to deliver their message.
  • Portal, a great way to drive traffic, will be available in October. Global news, video, event listings that are relevant to our members. A great way for sponsors to reach their targeted audience.
  • Services will be available in October to supplement our other initiatives and support members needs with expert and sponsored resources.

It’s a challenge explaining these initiatives in a couple of sentences and how sponsors can leverage and benefit from each element of our new platform.  So if you want to know a little more, check them out below.


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As a sponsor, how can we contribute?

Sponsors can support Startup Central in many ways.  Our mission is to offer the best experience and opportunities to our members.  To do this, requires:

  • Financial support for administration, supplies and resources.
  • Food support is always welcome and increases attendance for evening events and activities.
  • Space increases participation, more events and other activities closer to where our members are located.
  • Experts: Share skills and resources for events, workshops and other activities to the community.
  • Services can be provided to the community
  • Marketing Startup Central events and initiatives

By supporting Startup Central, in return, sponsors will benefit by exposure through our web, mobile, kiosks and promotional mediums.   Sponsors can start with our Basic and Event month-month packages.

Sponsorship Options

As mentioned, there are many ways to sponsor Startup Central.  There are also opportunities to partner.  Check out these ways to contribute below.


PREMIUM SPONSORSHIP
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PREMIUM SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Premium Sponsorships are the best way, of course, to communicate your message to the right audience frequently and to as many members as possible.  Startup Central has many ways for premium sponsors to deliver the highest visibility possible.  We are constantly working on new ways to provide seamless promotional exposure by aligning your brand with us a a top level promotional partner.  All premium sponsorships enjoy the benefits that top level event sponsors have including delivering your brand/message on digital displays, through our upcoming app, portal and in person to directly communicate and interact with members at weekly events.  We look forward to determining how we can help you engage with the Startup Central community.

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EXPERT SPONSORSHIP
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EXPERT SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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Experts, we love them.  They are the cornerstone to what makes Startup Central function, helping deliver education, skills and services to the community.  As a sponsor, you have the opportunity to offer as a contribution experts from your ranks to participate in events, workshops and other activities.  What a great way to showcase your products and services within the context of an event.  Your experts exhibiting what they do best with instruction at a workshop.  Your brand, your message, just a little bit of time and resources could go a long way.

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SPACE SPONSORSHIP
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SPACE SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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Space, without this element, it is a challenge to host great events.  There is always a need for great spaces to host events, and sponsors can play a big role as a contribution.  What a great way to showcase your brand, products, services, personnel to Startup Central members.  Hospitality has a unique effect on people and provides seamless promotional exposure to your brand.

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FOOD SPONSORSHIP
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FOOD SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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Food, the more we can provide, the better the member experience, the more members show up - the larger the audience who sponsors can interact with and communicate the message.  Most of our events are in the evening when members are just finishing their workday.  Depending on location, it may be a challenge for some members to negotiate traffic, find a decent meal and get to our event on time.  It's always nice to provide a great meal as a part of the member experience so that they can focus more on networking, great programming and, of course your message when foo has been sponsored.  Trust us, members will always remember brands more, when great food is sponsored at an event.

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EVENT SPONSORSHIP
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EVENT SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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Experts, we love them.  They are the cornerstone to what makes Startup Central function, helping deliver education, skills and services to the community.  As a sponsor, you have the opportunity to offer as a contribution experts from your ranks to participate in events, workshops and other activities.  What a great way to showcase your products and services within the context of an event.  Your experts exhibiting what they do best with instruction at a workshop.  Your brand, your message, just a little bit of time and resources could go a long way.

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  • BASIC

  • $25
  • PER EVENT


  • Sponsor
    Listing on Meetup.com
    1 Week
    Logo, short description, company website link will be added to Startup Central meetup page.



  • Sponsor
    Listing on Startup Central
    Website
    1 Month 
    Logo, full description, company website and social links will be added to Startup Central webpage.
  • Sponsor
    Listing of Events on
    Startup Central Portal
    Logo, full description, company website and social links will be added to Startup Central webpage.

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  • BASIC PLUS

  • $60
  • PER EVENT


  • Sponsor
    Listing on Meetup.com
    1 Week
    Logo, short description, company website link will be added to Startup Central meetup page.



  • Sponsor
    Listing on Startup Central
    Website
    1 Month
    Logo, full description, company website and social links will be added to Startup Central webpage.
  • Sponsor
    Listing of Events on
    Startup Central Portal
    Logo, full description, company website and social links will be added to Startup Central webpage.
  • Sponsor
    1 Event/Promotional
    Announcement
    Startup Central Newsletter,
    Social Networks

  • Starting in October we will begin displaying Sponsor and Partner logos, slogans, announcements and promotions on LCD kiosks at events.
  • Sponsor
    Logo/Description or
    Event/Promotional
    Announcement
    Startup Central
    Event Digital Kiosk
    Logo, full description, company website and social links will be added to Startup Central webpage.
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  • EVENT SPONSOR

  • $150
  • PER EVENT


  • Sponsor
    Listing on Meetup.com
    1 Month
    Logo, short description, company website link will be added to Startup Central meetup page.



  • Sponsor
    Listing on Startup Central
    Website
    3 Months
    Logo, full description, company website and social links will be added to Startup Central webpage.
  • Sponsor
    Listing of Events on
    Startup Central Portal
    Logo, full description, company website and social links will be added to Startup Central webpage.
  • Sponsor
    2 Event/Promotional
    Announcement
    Startup Central Newsletter,
    Social Networks

  • Starting in October we will begin displaying Sponsor and Partner logos, slogans, announcements and promotions on LCD kiosks at events.
  • Sponsor
    Logo/Description or
    Event/Promotional
    Announcement
    Startup Central
    Event Digital Kiosk
    Logo, full description, company website and social links will be added to Startup Central webpage.

  • Starting in October we will begin displaying Sponsor and Partner logos, slogans, announcements and promotions on LCD kiosks at events.
  • Sponsor
    Pre-Event Onsite
    2 Minute Announcement
    Logo, full description, company website and social links will be added to Startup Central webpage.

  • Starting in October we will begin displaying Sponsor and Partner logos, slogans, announcements and promotions on LCD kiosks at events.
  • Sponsor
    Mobile App
    Event Day Announcement
    Logo, full description, company website and social links will be added to Startup Central webpage.
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  • EVENT SPONSOR PLUS

  • $250
  • PER EVENT


  • Sponsor
    Listing on Meetup.com
    1 Month
    Logo, short description, company website link will be added to Startup Central meetup page.



  • Sponsor
    Listing on Startup Central
    Website
    3 Months
    Logo, full description, company website and social links will be added to Startup Central webpage.
  • Sponsor
    Listing of Events on
    Startup Central Portal
    Logo, full description, company website and social links will be added to Startup Central webpage.
  • Sponsor
    2 Event/Promotional
    Announcement
    Startup Central Newsletter,
    Social Networks

  • Starting in October we will begin displaying Sponsor and Partner logos, slogans, announcements and promotions on LCD kiosks at events.
  • Sponsor
    Logo/Description or
    Event/Promotional
    Announcement
    Startup Central
    Event Digital Kiosk
    Logo, full description, company website and social links will be added to Startup Central webpage.

  • Starting in October we will begin displaying Sponsor and Partner logos, slogans, announcements and promotions on LCD kiosks at events.
  • Sponsor
    Pre-Event Onsite
    2 Minute Announcement
    Logo, full description, company website and social links will be added to Startup Central webpage.

  • Starting in October we will begin displaying Sponsor and Partner logos, slogans, announcements and promotions on LCD kiosks at events.
  • Sponsor
    Mobile App
    Event Day Announcement
    Logo, full description, company website and social links will be added to Startup Central webpage.

  • Starting in October we will begin displaying Sponsor and Partner logos, slogans, announcements and promotions on LCD kiosks at events.
  • Sponsor
    Event Onsite
    Desk
    Logo, full description, company website and social links will be added to Startup Central webpage.
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