Expert Advice for Medium and Midsize Businesses

Where to Get Great Advice for Your Startup

Lynne Sampson
Managing Editor

Are you in startup mode? Are you looking for help with mentoring, partnerships and advice on how to raise funding? Then we have some good news for you.

The start-up community has a number of resources for small to medium business. One of the biggest is the Startup Grind Annual Conference, happening next week in Redwood City, California, Feb. 21-22.

Startup Grind is a community that connects more than a million entrepreneurs in 200 cities around the world. The group offers monthly events “featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies,” according to its web site.

Redwood City is also home to Oracle, a tech giant that was once a scrappy startup, just like you. In recent years, Oracle has been expanding its outreach to up-and-coming stars. At this year’s Startup Grind conference, Oracle CEO Safra Catz will take the main stage for a keynote session with senior vice president (and successful 3-time entrepreneur) Reggie Bradford. In fact, Oracle is a major sponsor and partner of Startup Grind, both at this annual event and events across the globe. 

But beyond the conference, Oracle is working to nurture startup companies in cities around the world with our Startup Cloud Accelerator program. The program, which is headed by Bradford, runs in eight cities worldwide: Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi in India; Bristol, England; Paris, France; São Paolo, Brazil; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Singapore.

Startup Cloud Accelerator offers dedicated workspaces, mentoring and advice from Oracle R&D engineers and industry experts, free access to Oracle Cloud services, and engagement opportunities with Oracle’s 400,000+ global customers. Startups chosen for the program participate for a period of six months; those that show promise can apply for a two-and-a-half-year extension for select parts of the program.

“Oracle isn’t investing or taking an equity stake in any of these startups,” Bradford wrote in a recent Forbes article. “Oracle benefits from the program in the ‘democratization’ of its technology and the ‘contemporizing’ of its brand. We aim to reimagine and reenergize the startup and enterprise relationship, creating an ecosystem where we can co-innovate and co-develop solutions where we can all win.”

Bradford pointed out that young entrepreneurs might not immediately think of working with Oracle, because the company has traditionally played in the enterprise space. The cloud rewrites that equation, making enterprise-grade technology affordable to SMBs. And it makes for great word-of-mouth among the startup community.

So if you’re a startup eager to make connections and grow your business, register here for Startup Grind and get a special 15% discount from Oracle—and be sure to drop by to see the Oracle sessions.

If you’d like to apply for the Startup Cloud Accelerator program, please visit the Oracle web site.

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