Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Start Fort Wayne opens Atrium
Oct20

Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Start Fort Wayne opens Atrium

In January 2016 we profiled Start Fort Wayne in a feature piece after they announced the construction of the new Atrium coworking space for entrepreneurs, freelancers, and other workers. This week the doors finally opened at 111 W. Berry Street in downtown Fort Wayne. Check out our photo gallery below for a look at the space before and during their open house event on Thursday night. This slideshow requires JavaScript. For more information on Atrium, please visit the Start Fort Wayne website at startfortwayne.com/atrium or call the front desk at (260) 969-9393. Related post: Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Start Fort Wayne introduces...

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Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Start Fort Wayne introduces Atrium
Jan29

Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Start Fort Wayne introduces Atrium

January 29, 2016: An Exciting Moment for Start Fort Wayne This Tuesday’s announcement of the development of Atrium by Start Fort Wayne is a major development in continued growth of entrepreneurship, startup, and small business activity in Fort Wayne. We at Living Fort Wayne have been keeping an eye on Start Fort Wayne for about six months, and we’ve been blown away by how quickly this nonprofit has grown from an idea to a small group of doers to a little bit larger group of shakers (see who they are). So let’s get to the heart of the matter – Atrium, a new, world-class coworking facility being built in downtown Fort Wayne at 111 W. Berry Street. I sat down with Start Fort Wayne President Dave Sanders at a coffee shop next his first coworking space, CoWork Fort Wayne to get his take on what role Atrium will play in the community. “We chose that name [Atrium], because it’s also part of the heart,” Sanders said.“It’s in the heart of Fort Wayne. It’s part of the heart of entrepreneurship in Fort Wayne.” With a target completion date of October 2016, Atrium by Start Fort Wayne aims to be a place “for entrepreneurs, small businesses, students, and startups to work, collaborate, meet, and thrive.” There will be three membership levels for coworking space users (check out the rates) and private office spaces for premium members. Take a look at Atrium by Start Fort Wayne Atrium is located in 5,500 square feet of space on the second floor the Hoch Associates Building. Hoch Associates will also serve as landlord and partner of Atrium, in addition to doing the design and architecture for the space. Here are some highlights of the space. Staffed check-in area Large conference and training room Two small conference rooms Stage Shared desks for general members Reserved desks for professional members Office spaces for premium members Casual area and kitchen Check out the Start Fort Wayne website for more details on amenities, membership options, and more. After Atrium As nonprofit organization with an eye on the community, Start Fort Wayne wants to help entrepreneurs get educated and find the resources they need to build and grow their businesses in Fort Wayne. “It’s my personal goal, that over the course of two years, while we’re getting this place to profitability, that those [office spaces] have turned over twice, at least,” Sanders said. After businesses outgrow Atrium, Sanders wants to help these businesses find a home and continue to grow their companies in downtown Fort Wayne. “That’s good for everybody downtown,” Sanders said. “It adds more jobs. It adds growing companies downtown.” Get in touch and stay up-to-date...

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Introducing our new “Entrepreneurship Spotlight” series
Dec08

Introducing our new “Entrepreneurship Spotlight” series

Last month we introduced our new Start Fort Wayne series with our post on the ongoing 1 Million Cups series. This month we are kicking off a new series of posts on local startups and entrepreneurs with our “Local Entrepreneur Spotlight” series as an addition to our partnership with Start Fort Wayne. This new series on entrepreneurs is for the following people: People who are currently entrepreneurs in the area, People in the process of starting a local venture, People who have ever dreamed of business ownership, Resource providers in the community who serve entrepreneurs, and People who are just simply fascinated by entrepreneurship and the creative climate in can foster. Join us every few weeks to get a sneak peak into the minds of our area’s up-and-coming business and community leaders as we ask them the following questions: What made you decide to open a business in Fort Wayne/Northeast Indiana? What resource in the community has helped you thrive in the community? What is the biggest challenge you have worked to overcome in starting your business? What person has helped you the most in your journey? What is some advice you would have for new entrepreneurs? What would be the best thing Fort Wayne could do for entrepreneurs in your opinion? We have an exciting list of newer businesses and entrepreneurs we’ll be spotlighting in our series, but we need more folks to tell their stories of success (or challenges). If you or your business would be interested in being spotlighted in this series to share what it took for you to be successful building and growing your business in Northeast Indiana, please email us at info@livingfortwayne.com. Let’s join together to build a strong community of entrepreneurs in Northeast Indiana. For more information on Start Fort Wayne, please visit...

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Entrepreneurship Spotlight: 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne
Nov03

Entrepreneurship Spotlight: 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne

Do you remember Start Fort Wayne? We covered this initiative earlier this year (see article), and some exciting changes have happened since then for this organization with a mission of supporting and strengthening the entrepreneurial community right here in our area. It has barely been a week since Start Fort Wayne publicly announced its new status as a non-profit organization to the community (!!!), and it’s already starting a buzz in the entrepreneurial community by working to build relationships within the entrepreneurship ecosystem here in northeast Indiana. Up first is 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne, presented by Start Fort Wayne with The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, at 9 a.m. this Wednesday at the Crescendo Café at the Sweetwater campus (see map). “1 Million Cups will bring our entrepreneur community together to solve the business problems that entrepreneurs face every day,” said Dave Sanders of Start Fort Wayne, in a prepared statement from the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. According to the 1MC website, this program, developed nationally by the Kauffman Foundation, “is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee.” Each event will feature a short presentation by a local entrepreneur followed by a discussion with the audience. This week’s event will feature Brendon Maxwell, owner of Utopian Coffee. Upcoming presenters include: November 11 – Jeremy Diller, owner of Scenario 77 November 18 – Jennifer Ford, owner of Jennifer Ford Art December 2 – Bo Gonzalez, owner of Bravas. 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne is sponsored by Sweetwater and Utopian Coffee. For more information about 1 Million Cups, visit www.1millioncups.com/fortwayne. For more information on Start Fort Wayne, please visit www.startfortwayne.com and follow them on Facebook and Twitter. For more information on the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, please visit www.neindiana.com. Get Directions This post is the first in a series of posts on Start Fort Wayne where Living Fort Wayne explores resources available to entrepreneurs and spotlights entrepreneurs who decided northeast Indiana is the place to operate their...

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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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