Startup Partners Group

Keynotes: Seizing the Entrepreneurial Movement & Innovation Reboots

Services:  Startup Partners is a growth acceleration group helping entrepreneurs, stealth startups and emerging companies disrupt, scale and grow faster, seize emerging market opportunities and form partnerships that make companies relevant faster – while building value more efficiently for their investors.  As an 1871 board member, entrepreneurial mentor, rebooter-in-residence and Chairman of Startup Partners, Dean DeBiase helps create high-growth companies, through lead director, advisor and chairman roles.

Even startups need a Reboot–that's why people rely on us to make sure their emerging companies focus on what they need to keep the growth curve accelerating.  With a talent and capabilities keiretsu that has driven some of the most successful startups on the planet–we help founders, entrepreneurs, CEOs and boards tackle their most challenging issues, seize emerging opportunities and make sure their people deliver on the next generation of innovation, value and tangible business results.

Programming:  Co-Producing and Hosting the Dancing with Startups demo days, which helps emerging growth companies to connect with new partners, clients, mentors, talent, funding and other critical resources to scale startups faster.

“Dean is a CEO's CEO, and I've been fortunate to work with and be mentored by him for many years as he has advised me and my teams through Startup Partners. It is extremely valuable to have a trusted growth and governance expert on your board, who also knows the operational side of leadership and the reality of executing on todays competitve challenges. He's been a strategic, resourceful board member who helped us work “outside-the-box”, with a focus of growth, partnerships, entrepreneurial-innovation and M&A. A thoughtful advisor, Dean helped us evaluate emerging market opportunities and build global partnerships that delivered significant results. Beyond his chairman and board governance roles, Dean is also an inspiring motivational speaker and experienced coach who helps CEO's like me grow their businesses, tackle their most challenging problems and increase the value of the enterprise.”   Niko Drakoulis, Akoo TV


"Dean is a remarkable chief executive, board member and collaborative business partner who knows how to build what's next–whether the industry he is disrupting knows it or not. He brought a unique and needed balance of startup vitality and operational scale when we recruited him to join us from FedEx. As Entrepreneurs-in-Residence roles go we needed a hybrid leader who could stoke the innovation fires (in and outside Anixter) and bring the discipline of corporate venturing, along with an dynamic growth model and operational passion to the table–and he hit it out of the ball park.                                         

A "Parallel CEO" and master of the "art of the start", Dean founded four new companies for us, and ran them simultaneously, including wireXpress which became a $100 million brand; ANTEC International, which expanded our European presence; and ONI, which repositioned Anixter into a market leader and transformed the CableTV industry by inventing fiber systems in partnership with AT&T/Bell Labs. He grew ONI into our fastest growing company, which won the NCTA's prestigious Vanguard Award, and also laid the early foundation for the formulation, spinout and IPO of ANTEC."  Julie Anixter, Anixter International