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Techstars Startup Week Fort Wayne 2019
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Monday, October 14
 

8:30am

What SCORE Can Do For Your Small Business
Limited Capacity seats available

SCORE is a nationwide partner organization of the US Small Business Administration. SCORE offers over 10,000 current and former CEO’s, business owners and senior executives providing free and confidential business advice to startup and ongoing small business owners and entrepreneurs. SCORE offers face-to-face and email mentoring, local workshops and on-line recorded webinars which are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Speakers
BC

Bill Causey

Mentor, SCORE NorthEast Indiana
Mentoring for small business


Monday October 14, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Cinema Center Theater 437 E Berry St # 1, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

10:00am

Startup 101: Legality of Business
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will cover the essential legal areas that entrepreneurs need to be aware of when starting their business, including determining choice of entity, formation documents, governing documents, tax registrations and much more.

Speakers
avatar for Justin Molitoris

Justin Molitoris

Barrett McNagny LLP


Monday October 14, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Cinema Center Theater 437 E Berry St # 1, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

11:30am

Business Services Showcase and Mayor's Luncheon
Limited Capacity seats available

City of Fort Wayne Mayor Henry is hosting a luncheon with speaker and author, Dr. Ron S. Lewis about G.R.I.T. (Guts, Resilience, Intensity, and Tenacity). Afterward, connect with individuals representing State/City business incentive programs, SBA loans, SEED tax incentives, business planning, Federal contract qualification process (PTAC), Summit City Match, and more. A $5 donation at the door is requested to help fund Startup Week 2020.
11:00 - 11:30am - Registration
11:30 - 1:00pm   - Mayor's Luncheon
1:00 - 2:00pm     - 1:1 connection availability with City resources


Monday October 14, 2019 11:30am - 2:00pm
Bergstaff Place 2020 E Washington Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46803

1:30pm

How to Leverage Goals That Bootstrap Your Idea Into a Thriving Initiative
Limited Capacity seats available

Build a thriving organization through this research-influenced session that highlight common challenges and offers user-friendly solutions.

Speakers
avatar for Jack Patton

Jack Patton

STRE.ME Strategic Services


Monday October 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Cinema Center Theater 437 E Berry St # 1, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

3:00pm

Commercalization Engine Workshop, Steps 1 & 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Have an innovative idea? Not sure how to commercialize it? Attend the two-day, 2-hour, back-to-back workshop. Each workshop builds on the other, though you are welcome to only attend one.

Monday Sessions:

1) Evaluate risks of the idea - Innovations are really an accumulation of risks and entrepreneurs are in the business of identifying, moderating and eliminating risk. This session will highlight the strategies the IDEA Center at the University of Notre Dame is taking in risk analysis of early stage innovations/business ideas.

2) Validate problem - One of the biggest reasons companies fail in America today is developing a product or service for which too few customers care or care enough to pay for a product. This session will discuss the importance of and methods to validate the problem your customers have that your company’s product is intended to solve. This is not selling your solution but validating and quantifying customer pain leading to building a product customers will purchase.

Tuesday Sessions:
Building on Monday’s sessions, this workshop addresses:

3) Market testing - A primary risk to any early stage innovation is not understanding market trends and customer interest in your product. Investors are looking for companies in which market traction has been established. The best type of market traction is orders/sales however the second best is market signals that your product meets a customer pain and that customer is willing to pay to purchase the product. This session will review practices of marketing testing.

4) Tech Development (concept to product) - One of the biggest risks facing an early stage company is the innovation/technology itself. Does the technology work and can the company make the product at a cost the customer is willing to pay while still leaving enough room for the entrepreneur to make money? This session will review current practices in technology development - bridging the gap between proof of concept to a functional prototype.


Monday October 14, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Cinema Center Theater 437 E Berry St # 1, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

5:00pm

Startup Week Opening Ceremonies and Keynote
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Steven Reading

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 →
avatar for Dave Sanders

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 →


Monday October 14, 2019 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Embassy Theatre 125 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
 
Tuesday, October 15
 

8:00am

How and When to Pivot: Hearing from Women Executives Who Have Done it Breakfast
Limited Capacity seats available


Tuesday October 15, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Northeast Indiana Innovation Center 3201 Stellhorn Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46815

8:30am

Designing For Customers - Creating Products That Sell
Limited Capacity seats available

Presenter Steve Franks has worked both as an innovation consultant and as an entrepreneur coach. In this workshop, he shows you how to blend techniques from both worlds to plus up your new product success.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Franks

Steve Franks

Program Manager, Fortitude Fund
Innovation and Entrepreneurship enthusiast in and around Fort Wayne, IN


Tuesday October 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Cinema Center Theater 437 E Berry St # 1, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

10:00am

Commericalization Engine Workshop, Steps 3 & 4
Limited Capacity seats available

Have an innovative idea? Not sure how to commercialize it? Attend the two-day, 2-hour, back-to-back workshop. Each workshop builds on the other, though you are welcome to only attend one.

Monday Sessions:

1) Evaluate risks of the idea - Innovations are really an accumulation of risks and entrepreneurs are in the business of identifying, moderating and eliminating risk. This session will highlight the strategies the IDEA Center at the University of Notre Dame is taking in risk analysis of early stage innovations/business ideas.

2) Validate problem - One of the biggest reasons companies fail in America today is developing a product or service for which too few customers care or care enough to pay for a product. This session will discuss the importance of and methods to validate the problem your customers have that your company’s product is intended to solve. This is not selling your solution but validating and quantifying customer pain leading to building a product customers will purchase.

Tuesday Sessions:
Building on Monday’s sessions, this workshop addresses:

3) Market testing - A primary risk to any early stage innovation is not understanding market trends and customer interest in your product. Investors are looking for companies in which market traction has been established. The best type of market traction is orders/sales however the second best is market signals that your product meets a customer pain and that customer is willing to pay to purchase the product. This session will review practices of marketing testing.

4) Tech Development (concept to product) - One of the biggest risks facing an early stage company is the innovation/technology itself. Does the technology work and can the company make the product at a cost the customer is willing to pay while still leaving enough room for the entrepreneur to make money? This session will review current practices in technology development - bridging the gap between proof of concept to a functional prototype.


Tuesday October 15, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
Cinema Center Theater 437 E Berry St # 1, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

12:30pm

Design Thinking Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

A hands-on, activity-based session built around the Design Thinking process where we will use techniques to understand the needs of local startups and answer the question – “How might we use Design Thinking to support a culture of start-up innovation in Fort Wayne?” Learn the five phases of Design Thinking and how a human-centered approach to innovation will strengthen your startup.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Barnes

Jason Barnes

Gensyn Design
avatar for Jennifer Hunter

Jennifer Hunter

Gensyn Design
I love to help groups uncover challenges and implement new solutions, unlocking individual expertise so they can build success as a team. In addition to design thinking, I love to talk about building strong organizational cultures, industry 4.0, leadership, and higher education... Read More →


Tuesday October 15, 2019 12:30pm - 2:30pm
The Phoenix 1122 Broadway, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

3:00pm

How to Effectively Build an MVP as a Non-Technical Founder
Limited Capacity seats available

Gives non-technical professionals a process for creating MVPs with flexibility and confidence while searching for the ideal technical co-founder

Speakers
avatar for Jay Johns

Jay Johns

Founder, 3r Interactive, LLC
Technology Advisor, Game Designer, UX Designer, Educator
avatar for Jack Patton

Jack Patton

STRE.ME Strategic Services


Tuesday October 15, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
The Phoenix 1122 Broadway, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

5:00pm

Bridging the Gap Between Startup and Success
Limited Capacity seats available

Day one of a startup can be exhilarating, overwhelming, and maybe even a little scary. It's the beginning of a long journey toward success as an established corporate member of our community. Join us for cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvres, networking, and inspiration as Greater Fort Wayne Inc. and the Fortitude Fund join forces to celebrate the entrepreneurs taking that journey—particularly, the dedicated companies working together in GFW Inc.’s Bridge Program to make the journey more productive.

Speakers
avatar for Renata Robinson

Renata Robinson

Director of Small Business Development, Greater Fort Wayne Inc.
Bridge Program Manager and inclusive entrepreneurship initiatives liaison
avatar for Steve Franks

Steve Franks

Program Manager, Fortitude Fund
Innovation and Entrepreneurship enthusiast in and around Fort Wayne, IN


Tuesday October 15, 2019 5:00pm - 9:00pm
The Phoenix 1122 Broadway, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
 
Wednesday, October 16
 

8:30am

Exalt Awards for Women Entrepreneurs
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for the first annual Exalt Awards recognizing three amazing women entrepreneurs from our community.  At our champagne breakfast, we'll honor these women with Lift, Aileron, and Ruby awards for successfully demonstrating social responsibility, work-life blending, and elevating other women. Through the elevation of of these three outstanding award recipients, we hope to shine a light on all women entrepreneurs, and the teams that support them. Learn more at ownyoursuccessfw.com/exalt

Speakers
avatar for Andie Hines-Lagemann

Andie Hines-Lagemann

Founder, Own Your Success


Wednesday October 16, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Cinema Center Theater 437 E Berry St # 1, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

10:00am

Government Sales - Exploring this $1.5 Trillion Market
Limited Capacity seats available

Has your [small] business ever considered selling to the federal government? Or the State of Indiana? Does a new market with the World Largest Buyer interest you? Join Indiana PTAC for this free workshop and learn more.
Topics Include:
· What Does the Government Buy?
· How Does the Government Buy?
· How do I find sales opportunities in these markets?
· How can I get an advantage with Small Business Certifications?

Speakers
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Robert Warner

Indiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center


Wednesday October 16, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Cinema Center Theater 437 E Berry St # 1, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

11:30am

Building the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
Limited Capacity seats available

Workshop using hands-on learning to cultivate entrepreneurship through science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) disciplines.


Wednesday October 16, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Cinema Center Theater 437 E Berry St # 1, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

1:00pm

Gaining Traction Through EOS®: Are you Running Your Business, or is Your Business Running You?  
Limited Capacity seats available

If you are an owner or leader of an open-minded, growth-oriented, entrepreneurial company - who wants to have your business consistently run better/stronger, and grow faster/smarter - please join us to learn how the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS)®, can help you generate more, with less. By more: we mean more growth, productivity and profits. By less: we mean less stress, expense and uncertainty.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Abbott

Scott Abbott

Professional EOS® Implementer
Scott has 20+ years of starting, operating, buying and selling successful companies. Today, he works with owners and leadership teams of open-minded, growth-oriented entrepreneurial companies - to help you clarify, simplify and achieve your vision. Moreover, help you minimize stress... Read More →


Wednesday October 16, 2019 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Cinema Center Theater 437 E Berry St # 1, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

5:00pm

Founders Spark: Origins with Barb Baekgaard of Vera Bradley
Limited Capacity seats available

Founders Spark will be hosting Barb Baekgaard, the co-founder of Vera Bradley, during the monthly Origins event to discuss how the internationally recognized Vera Bradley became what it is today in an authentic and vulnerable way. Since it is also Breast Cancer Awareness month, we will be raising funds by selling raffle tickets for various Vera Bradley merchandise for the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer!

5-6pm: Startup Week Fort Wayne Cocktail Hour
6-6:30pm: Check In & Networking
6:30-7:30pm: Discussion with Barb
7:30-7:45pm: Q&A with Barb
7:45pm-9pm: Door Prizes and Networking

Hope to see you at Origins!

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Robles

Aaron Robles

Founder, Founders Spark
avatar for Barb Baekgaard

Barb Baekgaard

Co-Founder, Vera Bradley


Wednesday October 16, 2019 5:00pm - 9:00pm
The Philmore on Broadway 2441 Broadway, Fort Wayne, IN 46807
 
Thursday, October 17
 

8:30am

How to Accelerate Growth by Overcoming the Challenges that Hold Your Small Business Back
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to accelerate growth by overcoming the very challenges that hold your business back through manageable, actionable, and measurable work plans.

Speakers
avatar for Jack Patton

Jack Patton

STRE.ME Strategic Services


Thursday October 17, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Cinema Center Theater 437 E Berry St # 1, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

10:00am

Infusing Technology into Minority Businesses
Limited Capacity seats available

Tips, tricks, and lessons learned on how minority entrepreneurs can better leverage technology to grow small businesses.


Thursday October 17, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Cinema Center Theater 437 E Berry St # 1, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

11:30am

Growth that Elevates Your Business to a new Plateau
Limited Capacity seats available

Ignite, LLC is a Small + Smart™ strategic growth & brand advisory firm. We feature certified brand strategists offering thought leadership and proven proprietary processes.

Businesses and organizations seek Ignite out when they are struggling with these three critical challenges:
1. How to unearth their compelling, competitive, distinction (their corporate brand)
2. How to powerfully position and communicate that distinction
3. How to strategically propel their business from the resolution of the first 2 challenges.

The distinctive work that we do empowers organizations, through brand driven cultures and practices, to become a competitively strong and even dominant businesses. When this occurs, sustain profitable growth is assured.

Our purpose is to enable our clients to become a better and more powerful version of themselves — to take them to a higher, better place — to a new plateau.

Our presentation aims to give entrepreneurs essential insights into how to empower their organizations through their most valuable asset for growth and success — insights they can immediately grab hold of and apply to their businesses.

Speakers
RG

Richard Gripp

President, Ignite LLC


Thursday October 17, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
Cinema Center Theater 437 E Berry St # 1, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

2:00pm

Are you VC Ready?
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers

Thursday October 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Cinema Center Theater 437 E Berry St # 1, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

3:30pm

Founding an Agbiosciences Startup
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers

Thursday October 17, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Cinema Center Theater 437 E Berry St # 1, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

5:00pm

Propel: Keep Your Business Moving Forward
Limited Capacity seats available

You've done it! You've started your own business. You’ve worked countless hours and growth has been steady, but slow. You know you need to take your business to the next level, but where do you go from here? How do you keep your business moving forward?

Speakers
avatar for Ben Westfall

Ben Westfall

OCEAN NEI


Thursday October 17, 2019 5:00pm - 9:00pm
The Phoenix 1122 Broadway, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
 
Friday, October 18
 

8:30am

Yellow 2019: Art and Creative Tech Summit
Limited Capacity seats available

Link to Yellow Conference here

Speakers

Friday October 18, 2019 8:30am - 5:00pm
Cinema Center Theater 437 E Berry St # 1, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

5:00pm

Startup Week 2019 Wrap Party Extravaganza
Limited Capacity seats available

Join the community for a wrap party at the top of Fort Wayne! Drink, dine, connect, and make plans and connections for the next year.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Sanders

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 →


Friday October 18, 2019 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Empyrean 110 W Berry St #2500, Fort Wayne, IN 46802