Group of Multiethnic Designers Brainstorming

Our Approach

We're pretty flexible, but we like to think that our relaxed take on events allows attendees to get the information that they came for. Networking and ample time for questions let people get that advice and input they need to make the decision they've been struggling with. Our events range from single speaker to panel, large audience to small gatherings - it really depends on the interest from our followers.

Any topic or speaker suggestions? Drop us a line.

Our Story

We started Meetups for Startups so we could host events on the subjects we needed help in. As small business owners we had specific questions and didn't know where to go. So we decided to start organizing events around the areas we encountered as we grew our business.

Meet the Founders

It takes more than two people to pull these events off, but here's who started it all!

Nicole Hrinco

Nicole Hrinco


Nicole is the Co-Founder of Connected Impact, a consultancy focused on building clients’ business through a focus on social good, merging profit & passion. She is a highly driven, strategic and creative entrepreneur who seeks and offers innovative solutions to complex problems and passionately pursues those solutions drawing in the necessary resources to make them possible. Nicole has a deep toolkit that spans business development, strategic partnerships, business design, advertising, marketing, and revenue development. She is an expert at acquiring customer & employee insights as inputs into design frameworks that build brands, drive customer and employee engagement, and increase value for stakeholders. With 20 years’ experience, Nicole has held a variety of positions in both the public and private sectors. In addition to Connected Impact, she is the Business Design Specialist at Learn2, a business partner at UGO: Travel for Change, co-creator of Meet-up for Startups and the Chair of the Board at Photographers without Borders.

Carolyn Bergshoeff WindWater Marketing Toronto

Carolyn Bergshoeff


Carolyn Bergshoeff is the founder of WindWater Marketing, a small business marketing firm based in Toronto, Canada. With almost 20 years experience in the field of marketing, Carolyn's client experience ranges from the not-for-profit and enterprise to start-up and small business. Working across several disciplines, Carolyn combines her marketing know-how with tech savvy and creative flare to create and implement marketing plans and campaigns for her clients.

She is continuously engaged in skill improvement and always seeks out new sources of information - hence the creation of!  Visit for more information.

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