For those of you who may not know, Grind Camp is a FREE Coliving, Coworking experience that I started in 2017. Grind Camp currently is made up of Two locations; a full Time Location in Managua Nicaragua and 1 main yearly event in San Juan del Sur. But before I go into that let me explain how this came together.

Where it Started…

I was born and grew up in Trinidad and Tobago and went to one of the best secondary schools in Trinidad, Fatima College. As far as I can remember I have always tried to make money on my own. When I was about 16, I started to look for a location where I can go and learn about entrepreneurship and building businesses. At 16 it seemed obvious to me that there should be a place like this that was not University but sadly, nothing like this existed. Now looking back, the competitive nature of business maybe why this type of facility did not exist. Since I could not find my entrepreneurship haven, with the help of my uncle, I applied to a number of Universities in the US and was accepted to Morgan State University on a full academic scholarship to study Mathematics.

My College Years…

While studying I engaged in every entrepreneurship activity I can. I attempted and successfully ran a number of businesses which ranged from a Web Development Company where I outsourced the development work to a company in India to a Moving Services Company where I hired a number of my classmates and found clients on craigslist. I was also part of the Entrepreneurship Society and took a number of business classes. Through those 4 years at MorganI still searched for a place where people will develop ideas, challenge concepts and explore the potential of various business models, but my search was futile yet again.

Upon Graduation…

Once I finished my studies I got a job as an Assiatant Store Manager at Target stores which lasted for all of 3 months.

I then moved to Miami and worked as a Sales Rep for Bellsouth for about 2 months and while at Bellsouth I started a blog, which quickly grew and turned into my full time source of income.

My girlfriend at the time was studying Mechanical Engineering at FIU and I used her connection with FIU to interact with the Entrepreneurship society there. What I found very common in all these clubs and entrepreneurship groups was that most of the people were “playing” entrepreneur and lacked a passion of the actual pursuit of success in business. Everyone liked the idea of starting and growing businesses but few were actually grinding and making things happen. This gave me a very warped view of entrepreneurship.

Myself and my then wife had moved to Houston Texas as she got a job at an oil company there and this move will give me some insight on what Grind Camp could be.

While living in Houston, one of my ex college classmates started his PhD at University of Texas College Station and we went out to visit him a number of times. On one of our visits, he took me to a place call “The Creative Space” which was what we now know as a “Coworking Space” but back in 2007 this idea was not as common. The Create Space was full of passionate entrepreneurs, freelancers and wannabe entrepreneurs, and I never felt more excited and at home before. People worked on projects together, shared ideas, challenged ideas and it was very similar to what I had in my head for the previous 9 years or so of my Entrepreneurship Haven.

Nicaragua…

Life’s twists and turns brought me to Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. I had owned two bars in Nicaragua but also made money online and I constantly joined groups and went to events here in Nica looking for liked minded people.

WifiTribe…

In 2016, a company called WifiTribe came to Nicaragua. They are a Nomadic coliving, coworking organization, and since my search in Nicaragua for like minded people had failed for all of 4 years, I figured this was my chance to maybe find “my tribe”. I was actually on the verge of leaving Nicaragua at this point and thanks to WifiTribe I decided to stay. At this event I met Alex Nerny. A very inspirational Entrepreneur who is a Blogger and Internet Marketer. We shared our stories, challenges and wins and I shared with him the fact that I felt that I lacked the ability to meet with other young, intelligent entrepreneurs. Alex and I have since become very good friends, but the experience of meeting him, and his girlfriend Lauren is one of the main reasons Grind Camp was founded.

Post WifiTribe…

After that first WifiTribe experience, I wanted to get more involved with the company, but I quickly realized our focuses were not aligned. They were focused on making money (like any company should be), but my interest lied in simply meeting amazing people. I wanted to meet more Alex’s and Lauren’s. The idea that “you are the average of the closest 5 people to you” is something that I take to heart and I am willing to pay for it and it is this simple principle, and my life experiences that brought be to launch Grind Camp.

Grind Camp 2017…

Grind Camp on the Beach happened in July 2017 at Malibu, San Juan del Sur Nicaragua and we are having there again in July 2018. It was a great success and we had a lot of fun and I learnt a lot about myself and more about what I want for Grind Camp in the future.

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For Grind Camp 2017, although I was already a successful entrepreneur, I was still a bit naive in how free and unstructured the entire event should be. We had a lot of fun, and we all worked a lot but the event lacked some structure. This year we are adding some structure to the mix.

Grind Camp 2018…

For Grind Camp 2018 we will be opening Applications on April 1st and we plan on choosing 12 people. 6 Girls and 6 guys. Our theme this year is “Remote Work and Execution” and we will be having a number of featured speakers.

I hope that after what I shared today you guys have a better idea of why I started Grind Camp and what this means to me moving forward.

Marc Augustine

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