Entrepreneurs to speak during Forge Innovation Series

April 7, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Entrepreneurial leaders will offer advice and share startup tips over the next four weeks from 6:30-8:30 p.m. beginning this Thursday and running every week through April 30 at the Anvil, a community co-working space located at 320 North Street, West Lafayette.

The program is part of the Forge Innovation Series, a speaking series that showcases Midwestern innovators and entrepreneurs, including a co-founder of Kickstarter, a company that helps people find funds for startups and other creative projects.

The series is free and open to the public.

Shane DeWael, director of outreach at the Anvil and project lead for the Forge Innovation Series, said the goal of the program is to encourage entrepreneurship.

"We hope to inspire and promote innovation among the Purdue community by providing attendees the opportunity to hear from innovators who are changing the Midwest for the better," he said. "The speakers are all successful entrepreneurs, and we're hoping attendees will see that and be inspired to stand alongside them to create a stronger hub of entrepreneurship in our community."  

The dates and speakers are:

* April 9: Kristian Andersen, founder of Studio Science and co-founder of Gravity Ventures, TinderBox, Lessonly, Visible.vc and Pathagility.

* April 16: Johnny Park, CEO and founder of Spensa Technologies and past research assistant professor at Purdue.

* April 23: Ilya Rehkter, CEO and co-founder of DoubleMap.

* April 30: Charles Adler, co-founder of Kickstarter.

The series is sponsored by the Purdue Entrepreneurship and Innovation Club, an organization that focuses on developing a supportive community of successful entrepreneurs, and the Anvil. The Purdue Foundry, an entrepreneurial hub in the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship works closely with the Anvil to promote entrepreneurship.

About the Anvil

The Anvil is a co-working space at Purdue University that serves the unique needs of passionate students, acting as the center of creative culture in West Lafayette. The Anvil focuses on providing local and student-run startups affordable office space as well as access to some of the best engineering talent in the country.

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 foundry@prf.org 

Writer: Hillary Henry, Purdue Research Foundation

Source: Shane DeWael, (317)-667-7235, swdewael@gmail.com 

Purdue Research Foundation contact: Steve Martin, 765-588-3342, sgmartin@prf.org 

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