Monday, October 14 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Opening Ceremonies: How Open Secrets Lead to Innovative Communities & Festival of Startups LIMITED

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Startup Week Fort Wayne will kickoff the week with the Opening Ceremonies, which features:

A keynote presentation entitled “How Open Secrets Lead to Innovative Communities” by Steven Reading, global innovation practitioner

  • Keynote is followed by a panel discussion moderated by Crystal Vann Wallstrom, managing director of innovation for Electric Works. Panelists include: Steven Reading; Beth Bechdol, President and CEO of AgriNovus; Jolynn Suko, Chief Innovation Officer for Parkview Health; and James Thompson, Associate Vice President for Innovation at Notre Dame's Idea Center

A spotlight on nine northeast Indiana startups in the first annual Festival of Startups

Food by Hoppy Gnome and a cash bar.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with food and drink, and the program begins at 6:00 p.m.

The event is free. Seating is limited. Registration required.

About Steven Reading
Steven Reading is a startup founder and global startup community builder. Steven has traveled the world working with entrepreneurs and local leaders to build startup communities based on a culture of open innovation. He has also spent 25 years living the startup culture of Silicon Valley and navigating its booms and its busts, all while founding his own successful company. During his talk, he will share what he’s learned from his international work and why it’s essential for innovation and startup communities to foster a culture of openness, how to develop internal and external networks of collaboration, and what Fort Wayne can do now to take that next step in our journey.

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Crystal Vann Wallstrom

Managing Director of Innovation, Fort Wayne Electric Works
Crystal Vann Wallstrom is an entrepreneur, eternal optimist, and avid connector. Crystal moved to Fort Wayne in June 2015 after living in San Francisco for 15 years. She has two decades of experience in business operations, entrepreneurship, project management, business and brand... Read More →

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Beth Bechdol

President and CEO, AgriNovus
Beth excels at building unconventional alliances, connecting people who may not know they need connecting and telling the exciting and inspiring story of the agbiosciences to everyone she meets.Beth has served in leadership roles at Ice Miller LLP, the Indiana State Department of... Read More →
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Dave Sanders

Founder & Board Chair, Start Fort Wayne
Start Fort Wayne is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to help build and expand the startup culture in Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana. We run the Atrium coworking facility (https://atriumfw.com) downtown and help build events and programs to keep moving our entrepreneurs... Read More →
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Steven Reading

Steven is a start-up founder with expertise starting, funding, scaling and selling companies. He has spent the past fifteen years building online communities and developing global startup ecosystems. He currently works as the principal consultant in a firm connecting constituents... Read More →
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James Thompson

AVP for Innovation and the Executive Director of the Commercialization Engine Team, Idea Center of the University of Notre Dame
James has over 17 years’ experience in management, business development, marketing, biotechnology research and quality systems.  Most recently James was the Interim Executive Director of the Technology & Venture Commercialization office (TVC) at the University of Utah.  While... Read More →
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Jolynn Suko

SVP, Chief Innovation Officer, Parkview Health
Jolynn Suko joined Parkview Health in 2015 as the Senior Vice President of Neurosciences Service Line.  In that role, she worked to recruit and develop excellent providers to Northeast Indiana and grow key programs, including the stroke program, which obtained Comprehensive Stroke... Read More →

Monday October 14, 2019 5:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Embassy Theatre 125 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46802