Purdue Foundry director presents at European Business Network

November 10, 2015  

John Hanak

John Hanak 
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WEST LAFAYEYETTE, Ind. – John Hanak, the Purdue Foundry director of venture capital and funding resources and chairman of the International Business Innovation Association board of directors, spoke recently at the 2015 European Business Network (EBN) Congress in Brussels, Belgium.

The 2015 EBN Congress focused on a series of key frontiers, highlighting major locations of innovation and entrepreneurship. The conference explored the latest ideas from thought-leaders around the world, allowing attendees to see the future of innovation.

One of those thought-leaders was Hanak, who served as a panelist for the New Frontiers for European Business and Innovation Center's workshop. Other panelists included Eduardo Diaz, Madrid+d Spain, Kai Hsu, Incubator of Kaohsiung University of Applied Science, Valeria Fascione, Councilor for the Region Campania for Innovation, Start-ups and Internationalization, and Ada Stein, GrowthWheel Inc., Denmark.

"I was able to share the impact the Purdue Foundry has on local entrepreneurs. My remarks focused on why Purdue Research Foundation formed the Purdue Foundry, how it has complemented the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization and the translation of innovations into startups, and how we provide support for early-stage entrepreneurs in a research institution setting," he said. "It was a great opportunity to share some of the startup and economic development strategies we have implemented in order to foster a growing community of innovation and make an impact across the world."

Hanak oversees the Elevate Purdue Foundry Fund and the Purdue Foundry Fund. Both startup funds are designed to help entrepreneurs get their companies established. He also manages the Purdue Angel Investment Network.

About Purdue Foundry

Purdue Foundry is an entrepreneurship and commercialization hub in Discovery Park's Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship. The foundry collaborates with longstanding activities already taking place in the center with a goal to increase the growing demand from Purdue innovators who have an interest in forming a startup or licensing their discoveries. The foundry is supported and managed by the Purdue Research Foundation and its team of intellectual property, business development and venture capital experts.  

Purdue Research Foundation Contact: Hillary Henry, 765-588-3586, hkhenry@prf.org 

Sources:  John Hanak, 765-588-5255, jmhanak@prf.org 

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