Colin M Donohue
Founder | Startup Connect Donohue has been involved in community-based development processes for over 2 decades, including work in sustainable development and startup ecosystem development.
He has advised startups at Rev1 Ventures, Tech Growth Ohio, Ohio University Innovation Center and other US-based venture development organizations as well as training, mentoring, and advising startups in Georgia and the Caucasus.
Over the past 7 years he has helped get Georgia on the global startup map, developing the top-performing Startup Grind chapter in the world (out of 600 chapters in the 3 million person network), hosting the first Silicon-Valley driven conference in Georgia with 2000 participants, and online conference hosted by Georgia with 3200 global participants. Direct interventions have included connecting founders of the first startup which exited to US acquirer and organizing their first angel investment, deep advisory work with founders to get growth-ready and hosting the most impactful preacceleration program, Venture Elevator.
He also brought Startup World Cup to Georgia and the region, bringing together top startups to compete, with the 2022 winner going on to win the Web Summit startup competition.