BETHESDA, Md.—AC Hotels by Marriott, the modern, design-driven, lifestyle brand from Marriott International, today announces a trailblazing partnership with Startup Grind, the global startup community, to educate, inspire, and connect likeminded entrepreneurs. AC Hotels by Marriott has joined forces with Startup Grind to provide today’s entrepreneurs with inspirational places to work, preferred pricing and access to media salons and meetings spaces, as well as a complimentary craft cocktail, etc. in a curated environment alongside likeminded individuals.
Startup Grind, the largest independent startup community in the world, actively educates, inspires and connects 800,000 founders in over 200 cities. The innovative company nurtures startup ecosystems in those cities through monthly events, media and partnerships.
During the Startup Grind Europe Conference in London on June 15, 2016, Nigel Barker, a fashion photographer, New York Times best-selling author, TV personality, and newly appointed AC Hotels global ambassador, provided his insight on growing a global brand during a fireside chat on the main stage.
“Our partnership gives Startup Grind members access to inspired spaces to collaborate in while providing our guests opportunities to connect with creative thinkers and local entrepreneurs when staying at AC Hotels by Marriott,” says Dan Vinh, vice president, marketing, AC Hotels, Marriott International. “AC Hotels is a new breed of lifestyle hotels created for the next-generation entrepreneurial traveler, collaborating with a pioneering brand like Startup Grind is yet another way of supporting successful local founders, innovators, educators, and investors who share our passion for innovation on a global scale.”
“We chose to collaborate with AC Hotels as both of our cultures nurture innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity,” said Derek Andersen, founder and CEO, Startup Grind. “Startup Grind inspires and connects entrepreneurs in more than 200 cities, and our relationship with AC Hotels provides a global footprint for our members to have access to beautifully designed spaces, perfect for co-working, networking or hosting frictionless meetings.”
Complimentary Wi-Fi is offered for Startup Grind members to work, connect, explore and socialize. When a private meeting area is needed, members can book a variety of spaces, which range in size and are equipped with the latest audio-visual technology, with preferred pricing. To facilitate frictionless service, “Kallpods,” wireless service buttons, are provided in the public and meetings spaces to enable guests to immediately engage with a staff member.