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At Shopify we are great believers in the benefits of attending industry events. They are a great way to learn, meet new people and share ideas. Whilst I try to get to as many as I can it’s of course impossible to attend all the great meet ups, mini conferences and grass roots events happening around the world but that doesn’t mean we can’t be involved!

We’ve put our heads together and come up with a little initiative we are calling the “Shopify Design Meet Up Fund”. It’s our way of helping your meet ups and events become even better. We think it’s a great approach and we are not the only ones, our friends at Creative Mornings agree too.

How it Works

It’s pretty simple. If you run a design-focussed meet up we’d love to help you out. For the next three months we’ll support 4 meet ups a month by donating $250 USD to the running costs. It’s up to you how you spend it. Fancy giving your attendees some beer and pizza, or helping fund the travel costs of an out of town speaker? Then we are here to help.

All you need to do is get in touch with me, keir@shopify.com, with details of your event (ideally it will take place in the next month) and a good pitch for the project you would like to fund We’ll assess each on merit and get back to you.

Share, Shout & Connect

Meet ups are a great way of learning and sharing. In return for our support we ask three things:

  1. Share – Let us know how your meet up went by providing us with a short write up, some of which we hope to publish on our blog. It’s great publicity for you and above all an opportunity for all of us to learn something new. Just let us have some words, photos and videos from the event and we’ll do the rest.
  2. Shout – We’ll provide you with our special “meet up” pack consisting of some vey cool Shopify loot as well as our lovingly crafted welcome slide.
  3. Connect – We would love to drop your attendees a quick note after the event to let them know about Shopify and our resources. It would be once, and only once, and we are more than happy for you to do it on our behalf if you prefer.


If you are interested in then please get in touch via email. My address is keir@shopify.com, please include the subject “Meet Up Fund”. I look forward to seeing where this takes us.