Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Start Fort Wayne
Apr14

Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Start Fort Wayne

Last week we introduced you to Vertical Leap, a free event for “founder-types.” This week we dig in a little deeper and find out a little more about the group putting together the event, and where it hopes to go as it tries to bring together “starters” in the Fort Wayne area. Let’s Startup Fort Wayne! (-Tim) *** Calling All: Founders, Builders, Artists, Creators, Developers, Tinkerers, Musicians, Startups, Engineers, Photographers, Students, Healers, Marketers, Coders, Technicians, Makers, Financiers, Entrepreneurs, and Supporters Who Want to Help Fort Wayne Succeed. This is the message that welcomes visitors to the Start Fort Wayne website. There many groups and organizations in Northeast Indiana trying to help people succeed in starting up business and creative ventures. What’s the best way to know about all of these resources if you’re just getting started or want to branch out and learn more? Dave Sanders of CoWork Fort Wayne, a coworking space in Downtown Fort Wayne, and Avenue 80, a custom software development firm, is attempting to answer that question with a new project called “Start Fort Wayne.” “After talking with some others in town, I saw that there were a lot of different groups holding a lot of different programs for ‘starters’ in Fort Wayne,” said Sanders. “[CoWork Fort Wayne] tried to host a few starter events itself, but I was frustrated, when trying to host my own events, that it was hard to get the word out, and that attendance was hard to predict.” With multiple organizations all trying to get the word out about their events, activities, and services, it can be a bit daunting for the casual observer to keep up with what’s available for starters in Fort Wayne. If you jump onto the Start Fort Wayne website, you’ll find an attractive site with tabs with information on events and resources in the area, the monthly Vertical Leap event and more, all in one place and easy to use. It’s free and serves as a one-stop shop for the information you need to thrive as a starter in Fort Wayne. “To me, a ‘starter’ isn’t just about Startups, but anyone who is building or making something of their own – whether that’s a tech startup, a pop-up gallery, a food truck, or just independently trying to sell their own art or music,” said Sanders. “We obviously don’t have a huge Silicon Valley tech center here in Fort Wayne, but we do have great arts and music communities, many of whom are trying to make a living doing this.” By bringing together these diverse groups and individuals, Sanders hopes that people from diverse backgrounds can meet with...

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