Continent 8 helps IOM entrepreneurs connect with global start-up network partnered with Google

Isle of Man – November 7, 2019 – Continent 8 Technologies is helping Isle of Man entrepreneurs connect with a global project run in partnership with Google for Startups.

Continent 8 Technologies is the exclusive sponsor of the Isle of Man’s recently launched Startup Grind chapter which connects entrepreneurs here on the Island to a global community of two million of their peers in over 600 other chapters and 125 countries. Startup Grind is the world’s biggest independent startup community and has helped millions of entrepreneurs build their businesses, connect with strategic partners, and secure funding.

Founded on the Isle of Man in 2006, Continent 8 is the world’s largest online gaming data centre and global network solutions provider. Continent 8 seamlessly integrates global internet hubs with offshore and regulated jurisdictions, creating a unique footprint for data and communications excellence.

Roberta Castle, Account Director, Continent 8 Technologies, said: “Startup Grind is a truly global community designed to educate, inspire and connect entrepreneurs, and we are delighted to be the exclusive sponsor for the Isle of Man chapter. Startup Grind and Continent 8 are a great fit because our business was founded by two entrepreneurs – Michael Tobin and Jay Stubina – and we have a global reach spanning operations in more than 50 locations across Europe, Asia and the Americas. The Startup Grind ethos of successful entrepreneurs giving something back to help the next generation of startups is one that Continent 8 wholeheartedly endorses – in fact, our story is a great example of what entrepreneurs can achieve and one that will inspire members of the Isle of Man chapter.”

Startup Grind began in California’s Silicon Valley and each chapter organises events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building highly successful commercial companies and social enterprises, with speakers on the roster including Dustin Moskovitz, who co-founded Facebook, and Nate Blecharczyk who co-founded Airbnb. The Isle of Man chapter is being run by Founded, and they will be hosting regular events at The Courthouse, Athol Street, Douglas, under the Startup Grind banner, which will offer advice and support to overcome challenges, network, and to nurture the Isle of Man’s startup ecosystem.

Front row, left to right, are Founded Co-Directors John Garland, Katie Nicholson, and Alex Wilson. Standing, left to right, are Roberta Castle, Account Director, Continent 8 Technologies, and Caroline Moran, Account Manager, Continent 8 Technologies.

The Startup Grind association is one string to Founded’s bow. Founded will launch in January 2020 with a suite of services providing local founders with access to training, networking communities, funding, events and consultancy services through a partnership network branching into the UK and Europe. Continent 8’s sponsorship ties into Founded’s core mission to connect enterprising businesses and ambitious entrepreneurs with a support system to elevate their business to the next level.

Founded is run by three Co-Directors – Alex Wilson, Katie Nicholson, and John Garland. Alex Wilson thanked Continent 8 for its support, and added: “Startup Grind is a very exciting initiative and we’re delighted to have launched a chapter on the Isle of Man with Continent 8’s valued support. In addition to providing startups here on the Island with access to a global community of like-minded individuals around the world, it also offers opportunities with Google for Startups, the option to send delegations to regional conferences, and access to an exceptional pool of speakers. The affiliation with Startup Grind is a partnership that will form the backbone of Founded, as part of a strategy to form alliances with global brands, and in doing so create more opportunities for startup founders via community networks, funding, training, and consultancy activities.”

The Isle of Man chapter’s first event is on November 12 at 5.30pm at The Courthouse, and is titled ‘How to build a world class lottery business: Inside Annexio with the millionaire makers’ featuring local founders Tom Brodie and John Spellman.

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