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January 5, 2016  

Women's entrepreneurship program to host events in Lafayette, Indianapolis

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. and INDIANAPOLIS - Women who have an interest in entrepreneurship, innovation and collaboration are invited to attend two events to help them attain their goals.

The events are part of the Purdue Foundry program WomenIN and will be held in Indianapolis and Lafayette, Indiana.

The goal of the WomenIN program is to increase the total representation of women in technology and entrepreneurship and establish a network for supporting one another. It provides resources normally reserved for clients of the Purdue Foundry, an entrepreneurial hub at Purdue University's Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, to all women across Indiana. These resources include online ideation workshops, entrepreneur-in-residence assistance and open invitations to quarterly networking events and educational opportunities.

The Greater Lafayette WomenIN Hub Launch Luncheon will be 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Jan. 12, at Carnahan Hall, 800 Main St., Lafayette. The Indianapolis WomenIN Hub Launch Luncheon will be 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 14, at The Willows on Westfield, 6729 Westfield Blvd., Indianapolis. Seating is limited, and attendees are required to RSVP at

The events will feature guest speakers who will share their stories about becoming entrepreneurs. The Greater Lafayette launch luncheon will feature Dr. Sarah Hallberg of Key to Life, a personal health company. The Indianapolis launch luncheon will feature Tiffany Sauder of Element Three, a strategic brand and marketing agency. The events include dedicated networking time and informational sessions about entrepreneurial resources.

"Our goal is to increase the participation of women in Indiana's entrepreneurial community," said Juliana Casavan, entrepreneurial programs manager at Purdue Foundry. "Purdue University and the Purdue Foundry are at the forefront of this movement, and we have the ability to activate a change in women's involvement in entrepreneurship."

About WomenIN

WomenIN is an initiative that will empower aspiring women throughout Indiana by providing resources and a network to increase the future growth of women entrepreneurs by creating a supportive ecosystem. WomenIN will open up resources typically reserved for Purdue Foundry clients to all women in the state.

About Purdue Foundry

The Purdue Foundry is an entrepreneurship and commercialization hub in Discovery Park's Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship whose professionals help Purdue innovators create startups. The Purdue Foundry is managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, which received the 2014 Incubator Network of the Year from the National Business Incubation Association for its work in entrepreneurship. For more information about funding and investment opportunities in startups based on a Purdue innovation, contact the Purdue Foundry at 

Purdue Research Foundation contacts: Steve Martin, 765-588-3342,

Hillary Henry, 765-588-3586,

Source: Juliana Casavan, 765-588-5253, 

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