RALEIGH – Mark Bavisotto, regional director for Startup Grind and head of the Triangle chapter, is stepping down from the jobs and plans to focus on events under the Startup Summit brand. He’s also hinting at a startup incubator effort, noting that details will be coming in the next 90 days.

Mark Bavisotto

Bavisotto led Startup Grind’s Triangle efforts more more than three years with its first event occurring in October 2015.

Startup Grind is an international organization supported by Google for Entrepreneurs.

Last year, he branched out, launching the Startup Summit along with Keith Washo. Bavisotto said the event’s “success” led to his decision to leave his Startup Grind position.

“After the success of Startup Summit, I’ve decided to step down as the director of Startup Grind Triangle to focus on exciting new initiatives we have lined up in 2019,” he wrote in an email.

“Keith and I decided that we’re going to put max effort into building the Startup Summit Brand.”

The first effort will be a monthly series of programs called “Learning and Networking Night” with each program focusing on a different theme.

Bavisotto says WeWork, a provider of startup and coworking services, is supporting the program.

The first event is set for Jan. 24 at WeWork’s offices in Durham.

The speaker will be Triangle tech veteran entrepreneur Grace Ueng, CEO of Savvy Growth. Her topic will be “Standing Out In A Crowded World” featuring advice on influencer and social media marketing.

Tickets are available online. 

Bavisitto also plans a “mini” conference in April, an annual conference and a podcast.