This Week In Entrepreneurship – March 12, 2018

“This Week in Entrepreneurship” is a weekly digest of entrepreneurship and small business activities in northeast Indiana. There is a ton of activity in the area and each week we compile highlights for current and prospective small business owners from a variety of sources.

Down the River Podcast releases another episode

Down the River, a podcast about Fort Wayne entrepreneurs, influencers and motivators, premiered on earlier this month. This episode features Fort Wayne Industrial Revolution

Follow Down the River on the following platforms:

Facebook – @Downtheriverpodcast

Twitter – @DownTheRiverPod

YouTube – Down The River Podcast

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Previously at 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne

1 Million Cups is an event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in Fort Wayne. The events occur almost every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at Sweetwater. Visit their website for more information.

Last week’s presentation was from Cara Ley with Epiclassy.

Notes from Around the Region

News Resources from our news partner, Input Fort Wayne

Input Fort Wayne ( is a news resource that has a “mission is to ignite passion and inspire innovation in northeast Indiana by highlighting bold startups, places, projects, and ideas.” Below are select entrepreneurship and small business-related pieces from Input. New pieces on a variety of topics are being released weekly. Subscribe to their weekly newsletter to have content delivered straight to your inbox.

New Content

Regional Event Highlights

Branding for Small Business Workshop

Location – Ivy Tech North, Student Life Center

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Transformational Growth Strategy Planning Session

Location – Room SL149, Student Life Building, Ivy Tech North

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – 5:00 PM

1 Million Cups Fort Wayne

Network with other entrepreneurs and supporters over coffee from Fort Wayne’s Utopian Coffee on the Sweetwater campus. This event recurs weekly each Wednesday, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – 9:00 AM – 10:00

This week’s presentation – Pitchfest

Can’t make this week’s 1MC event? Follow 1MC on Facebook for a live video.

Young Entrepreneurs Meetup

Location – IPFW Helmke Library

Saturday, March 17, 2018 – 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Repeats monthly on the second Saturday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

Future Founders Meetup

Location – Atrium

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Repeats monthly on the third Wednesday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

Strengthening Professional Communication Skills: Workshop: Email – Write for Results

Location – Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, Cole Auditorium

Thursday, March 22, 2018 – 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Get Your Business Online

Location – Ivy Tech Coliseum Campus

Thursday, March 22, 2018 – 5:30 PM

Social & Marketing Breakfast Fort Wayne

Location – Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, Cole Auditorium

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 – 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Repeats monthly on the last Tuesday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

Business Plan Workshop

Location – Ivy Tech Fort Wayne North, Keith Busse Lecture Hall, Room TC1225

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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Business Mentoring Fuels Success

Location – Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, Cole Auditorium

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Launching Your Own Business – A Sound and Proven Path

Location – Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center,

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 – 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

SBIR/STTR Program for Early Stage Financing

Location – Ventura Room, 1st Source Building

Thursday, March 29, 2018 – 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Measuring Your Online Business Success

Location – Ivy Tech Coliseum Campus

Thursday, March 29, 2018 – 5:30 PM

Founders + Coffee

Next Event – Atrium

Thursday, April 5, 2018 – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Repeats Monthly on the First Thursday of the Month

Student Entrepreneurship Trade Show

Location – The City Exchange Shops

Thursday, April 12, 2018 – 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Learning Lunch

Location – Atrium

Friday, April 13, 2018 – 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Learning Lunch Seminars take place on the second Friday of every month.

The NIIC Ideas@work 5th Annual Signature Event

Location – Parkview Mirro Center for Research

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Keynote Speaker – Angie Hicks – “What Does It Mean to be an Entrepreneur?”

National Small Business Week

Sunday, April 29 – Saturday, May 5, 2018

Other events links

Submit Your Entrepreneurship Events and Announcements

Do you have an event coming up? Submit your details to our Living Fort Wayne calendar here, which is part of the Current Fort Wayne network of calendars. All other announcements may be directed to


Tim Zink

Author: Tim Zink

Director-at-Large of Communications for Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana. Adviser to current Living Fort Wayne leadership team. Contributor to Living Fort Wayne since April 2014.

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