Top 20 LinkedIn Groups ALL Entrepreneurs MUST Join

linkedinLinkedIn is the leading professional network on the web, so if you don’t have an account already, get one today! If you have one already, you’re off to a great start.

But even then, I have heard many people say that they consider LinkedIn to be only a career search tool; however, LinkedIn is so much more than that. It is actually a fantastic service and resource for entrepreneurs to use in the development, launch and success of their ventures.

One feature you entrepreneurs may not know about or have fully explored is LinkedIn Groups. LinkedIn Groups are free to join, and you can choose to join up to 50 groups from a list of thousands of user-created groups for literally just about anything. Not only do these groups provide you access to connect with and contact fellow group members who could become future partners, employees, investors, customers etc. of your startup, but the groups’ discussion board and news sections can provide more networking opportunities, answers to your questions and insightful advice, tips and support.

While you should definitely join any and all groups connected to your college and/or graduate school, your professional organizations or other interests, here are the Top 20 LinkedIn Groups ALL Entrepreneurs MUST Join to go to the next level in business.

  1. On Startups – The Community For Entrepreneurs – Largest startup community on LinkedIn for entrepreneurs and small business owners.
  2. Startup Specialists – Community for entrepreneurs who are passionate about startup ventures.
  3. GoBigNetwork Startup Community – Community for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and others who have an interest in facilitating the rapid growth of startup companies.
  4. Startup Mastermind – Group dedicated to providing networking opportunities and collaboration among startup founders, founding team members, and startup advisors.
  5. Start-Up Phase Forum – Community for entrepreneurs and small business owners in the startup or startup phase of their own businesses.
  6. Entrepreneur’s Network – Community for current and aspiring entrepreneurs offering a place to find answers, ask questions and connect with people in this space.
  7. Bright Ideas & Entrepreneurs – Forum for entrepreneurs from all over the world to share bright ideas and insights.
  8. Band of Entrepreneurs – Non-profit organization and community of, by and for entrepreneurs formed to facilitate and accelerate the development of the entrepreneurial and startup ecosystem.
  9. LInked Business Strategists – Network for professionals exchanging knowledge and helping entrepreneurs and startups find and evaluate the right strategies for their businesses worldwide.
  10. True Wealth Business Network – Community of business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals from across the globe and the verticals.
  11. Deal Flow Network – Group dedicated to connecting investors, entrepreneurs, inventors, and innovators to discuss and secure investment opportunities, deals, and funding.
  12. Let’s Get Funded – Community devoted to helping entrepreneurs find mentors and get their companies funded.
  13. Private Equity and Venture Capital Group – Discussion forum for the investors and entrepreneurs.
  14. eMarketing Association Network – Largest marketing community on LinkedIn for all professionals interested in new internet marketing ideas, strategies and tactics.
  15. Innovative Marketing, PR, Sales, Word-of-Mouth & Buzz Innovators – Network of professionals sharing creative marketing, public relations, promotions, and sales practices and advice.
  16. Social Media Marketing – Largest social media community on LinkedIn dedicated to interactive advertising and marketing professionals actively engaged in social media and community-oriented websites.
  17. Future Trends – Networking connecting fellow trend hunters, corporate visionaries and future thinkers representing a diverse cross section of industries.
  18. Sales Best Practices – Community dedicated to improving practices within business strategy, business development, sales and more.
  19. HARO – Help A Reporter Out – Network linking reporters and writers seeking sources for their articles to the experts, professionals and entrepreneurs who can help them.
  20. TopLinked.com (Open Networkers) – Largest open networking group on LinkedIn offering networkers more access to other valuable professionals and opportunities.

 

So, what groups did I miss? I’d love to hear from you.

These are some of the best LinkedIn groups for entrepreneurs. LinkedIn is full of incredible groups and it’s likely we missed some good ones that have recently sprung up. So, what are YOUR top LinkedIn groups for entrepreneurs? Suggest it in the comments below and we may include your suggestion in our next update of this post!

 

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  • Thank you for the contribution Chris. You are my FIRST guest writer and what a great post and incredible resource.

    Bradley Will

    • Thank you for this outstanding opportunity! I am really honored to contribute to your blog!

      I hope everyone finds this valuable in their entrepreneurial ventures!

      Chris Perry – Career Rocketeer

  • joestampone

    This is a great list, thanks. I've noticed the potential on LinkedIn is often underutilized. The key to networking can be summed up in 1 word, generosity. LinkedIn users will answer questions and provide great feedback to anything you may be working on.

    http://www.twitter.com/joestampone1

  • Great article! Thank you Chris and Bradly. I have one question – which are the top 5 groups to invest time on building relationships via group discussions? I am looking at networking with professionals and entrepreneurs who are interested in self growth.

    Thanks again!
    p.S: I just saw that i am a member of 7 of these groups.

    • Hey Meetu!

      Thanks for your comment! I too am in a number of these outstanding groups.

      To answer your question, it really depends on what your interests are. I personally have found a lot of value in the discussions from On Startups, Bright Ideas & Entrepreneurs, Startup Specialists and LInked Business Strategists due to the fact that they have more members and thus, more opportunities for connectivity and interactivity. The marketing groups are also interesting, because many of them touch on personal branding and self-marketing strategies that can help you improve your leadership skills.

      I hope this helps point you in the right direction!

      Chris Perry – Career Rocketeer

      • Sure it does. Once again thanks for great post and excellent tips!

        – Meetu

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  • It's under the radar but the Linked Strategies group is fast becoming the top group to learn how to more effectively use LinkedIn. Nate Kievman has been partnering with some of the top LinkedIn experts to create a valuable resource including Nate, Pete King, Mike Miller, Randy Shrum, and myself.

    The group is at 3,000 today but gaining momentum

    • Thanks for the recommendation Sean! I will let Chris Perry, the author of this article, know and maybe he will be writing another article. Thanks for your comment!

      Cheers!

      Bradley Will

  • Great list! You've recommended some excellent groups for Entrepreneurs…

    • Thanks for the comment! Chris Perry did excellent research and an incredible job in putting this one together.

      Cheers

      Bradley Will

  • Chris-Great stuff. LinkedIN was my first social media experience and has always been the best “test bed” for what I do in other arenas. Thanks for taking the time to put this together and to share.

    Bradley-Just found you through the LinkedIN Social Media Group. Your voice resonates so well with what I'm trying to do. I look forward to getting to know you better.

    • Thanks Len.

      I look forward to connecting with you. Feel free to email me <brad @ bradleywill (dot) com> I would love to learn more about your vision. Thanks for stopping by. This is a great article and tremendous resource for all entrepreneurs.

      Cheers

      Bradley Will

  • This is a great post. It is not easy to find applicable groups on LinkedIn since there are so many of them, and this boils it down in a nice useful way. I'm even in a couple of these already, and have now joined several others. Thanks Bradley!

    • Thanks Tommy!

      It was actually Chris Perry from Career Rocketeer who made this post. Thank you for the comment!

  • While I agree that this article looks like a great resource for entrepreneurs, there is irony in the fact that most are already feeling overwhelmed!

  • Great list of groups to join. Thanks for taking the time to put it together.

    • Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment.

      Bradley

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  • Hi Chris,

    Very useful list for Linkedin users. I felt there are a couple of groups that are worthy to be placed in the above list. 'eMarketing Association Network' is one such with group.

    Janaki

    • Thank You for the comment Janaki. That is a great group in which I am a member of.

  • What a fabulous collection of groups! Thank you.

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  • Great resource site for entrepreneurs and good business advice in general.

    • Thanks Jeb. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving your feedback.

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  • Chris, thanks for this list—amazing it seems we entrepreneurs can never have enough lists/ideas for helping to move our professions forward.

    Going to go through your list and see what groups I can weed out from my present list. No question there are some groups that attract more helpful people/ideas.

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    A very good post.Keep it up.

    Rahul
    http://linkindians.blogspot.com

  • Thank you..Your list is excellent. Now that I became member of most of the groups, I can try to expand my network and promote my web site http://www.verisoul.com

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  • Chris, awesome post! I just found this through Brad's tweet earlier tonight! I had joined a few of these but just sent in the applications for the rest of them.

    I haven't been using LinkedIn as much as I should but will now be spending more time on it 🙂

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  • rodneydwalker

    Thanks for the list Chris. I have visited a number of the ones that you suggested and appreciate your recommendations.

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  • Jose Lizama

    Thank you for your great article. I joined some of the groups you have recommended, and I created a new group in LinkedIn for entrepreneurs interested in the aerospace industry: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Aerospace-Entrepreneurs-8107250/about.

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