Not all meetups are created equal. You need to match the style of the meetup with the current stage of your entrepreneurial journey. Most folks I see just hop into the next meetup group they find in the search results; a shotgun approach. This method is inefficient and often yields poor results in terms of learnings and connections.

You need to consider where to meet and who to meet. Usually, entrepreneurs fall into one of the three stages of entrepreneurial journey I’ve outlined below. I’ll walk you through the type of meetups you should be going to at each stage. A lot of the meetups below are from Melbourne (Appster HQ) as that’s where I frequent but the same meetups can usually be found in each major city.

Stage 1 – Validation

You have an idea, but no team or product. You’re just looking for validation of your idea. To achieve this, go to niche meetup groups. Once you’ve defined your niche, you need to source a group that discusses it. For example, you could be in: MedtechFintechAgritech

Here, your goal is to find the most relevant meetup that resonates with your niche.

Having said that, going to a general Startup Grind will be inspiring and give your morale a boost. You can check these out at Startup-Grind-Melbourne or Disruptive Startup Melbourne, Sydney and San Francisco

Stage 2 – MVP Build

You’re building your technology or expanding your team. At this stage, you’ll want to start going to technical meetups. Being around tech folks and learning something new in your field will really help you out (especially if you’re not a coder). You could go to HackerNest 

Stage 3 – Pitch & Fundraise

You’ve built your technology and have some traction – it’s time to chat to the money folks. Start by going to pitch nights. These are crucial when it comes to honing your pitching skills. Startup Victoria does some amazing pitch nights. You can RSVP at StartupVictoria

If investors are what you are looking for, they all hunt at these meetups. Be aware that they almost never indicate that they are investors.

If your plan is to get in the right room with specific investors, you should get going at InnovationBay

Best of luck with your meetups. Follow the strategy to get the most out of them and don’t let any conversation go unclosed.




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