Support and Resources for Austin Startups

Support and Resources for Austin Startups
The Austin entrepreneurial scene is vibrant and thriving, and new startups in Austin have a variety of resources at their disposal.
Whether your company is looking for speaking engagements, networking opportunities, funding guidance, or mentorship, the resources below can help your new Austin business connect to the local entrepreneurial community.

Coworking Spaces
Startups are increasingly working out of coworking spaces to reduce costs, increase productivity, and provide unique amenities to their staff.
Coworking spaces are usually more affordable and flexible than traditional office spaces, and working alongside other individuals and companies can help your startup spark new ideas and make serendipitous connections. Many coworking spaces offer exclusive networking events, industry meetups, or incubator programs to support local startups.
Go Local Austin has four coworking space partners that offer discounts to Go Local cardholders: MELD Coworking, The Hive, Impact Hub, and Soma Vida.

Local Conferences
Austin Startup Week
Austin Startup Week includes over 100 events to support the local startup scene, including educational sessions, happy hours, and the famous ATX Startup Crawl!
Austin Design Week
Austin Design Week takes place from November 5th-9th 2018 at a variety of venues around the city. Learn from local design rockstars, take a studio tour, grow your local network, or participate in the innovative Design-A-Thon.
The Freelance Conference (FREECON)
Enjoy workshops, speakers, and networking events that support the growing freelance industry — both in Austin and around the country.
South by Southwest (SXSW)
Austin’s famous annual festival, which takes place every March, includes an Entrepreneurship and Startups Track. Other SXSW highlights include the annual pitch competition Release It, as well as over 20 conference tracks that include the brightest speakers from around the world.

Networking Groups
Austin Business Owners Networking Group (BONG)
Join the Austin BONG to network, problem solve, and have fun with other Austin entrepreneurs. At the group’s monthly meetings, you have a chance to present your business to the entire group — while also enjoying free breakfast.
Austin Tech Happy Hour
The Austin Tech Happy Hour has worked to connect the local technology sector through networking events since 2007. Come rub elbows with Austin tech leaders, learn about emerging companies, and share your startup’s great work with like-minded individuals in the tech sector.
bossbabesATX serves to amplify and connect women-identifying and nonbinary creatives and entrepreneurs throughout Austin. Over 10,000 community members attend the group’s events every year, which include the craftHER Market, the WORK pop-up conference, and bimonthly community meet-ups.
Toastmasters International
The mission of Toastmasters is to empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Toastmasters operates in 143 countries and has been supporting its members since 1905, so they must be doing something right!
By participating in a Toastmasters club, you can improve your public speaking and meeting management skills — as well as grow your professional network. Austin has dozens of local Toastmasters clubs, and you can use this tool to find a nearby club that best fits your needs and schedule.

The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Austin Chamber envisions a future where Austin has the most prosperous business community in the country. To accomplish this goal, the Chamber provides a wide range of resources to support local businesses.
Be sure to check out the Chamber’s Innovate Austin initiative, which offers tailored support to Austin technology and innovation-based startups.

Austin Business Journal
Austin Business Journal provides a plethora of resources for your startup, including the latest business news, lists of top companies, and profiles on local business leaders.
Austin American-Statesman
Check out the Business and 512tech sections to stay on top of local trends and startup news.

What are your favorite Austin startup resources that we haven’t mentioned? Post your recommendations in the comments below to add to the knowledge base and support fellow entrepreneurs in our Go Local community.

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