About Sean Griffin


Sean Griffin is CEO and Founder of StartUp Cup. Sean is a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur turned entrepreneurial educator who has been a founder or co-founder of 21 businesses and 3 non-profit organizations.

Sean has been active in entrepreneurial community development since 1992 as a founding member of Joint Venture:Silicon Valley, co-founder of the NASA funded Digital Clubhouse Network and as Chair of Entrepreneurial Initiatives for the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Sean has worked as a professional visual thinker and graphic facilitator for the last 22 years. He has designed the VizToolz collection of self-guided business building visual thinking tools and authored six books, including the most recent: StartUp Cookbook – A Visual Guide to Designing and Building a Business.

Sean has developed a number of experiential based entrepreneurship and startup programs for Community Colleges and Universities around the globe and he currently sits on the USA Global Entrepreneurship Week Advisory Board.


Business model development, graphic facilitation, visual thinking, entrepreneurial ecosystem development, entrepreneur program development, group dynamics, large scale visual communications, motivational speaker, award program development, negotiations, project management, startup process, strategic planning.