Leaders from Silicon Valley-based FOUNDER.org to visit Purdue Nov. 6

November 3, 2015  

Chris Seybold

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. and SAN FRANCISCO - Purdue University students, faculty and staff across all disciplines who aspire to be entrepreneurs are invited to a free event on Friday (Nov. 6) to learn how to turn their innovations and ideas into companies.

Chris Seybold, CFO, and Ryan J. Davis, director of business development, of Silicon Valley-based FOUNDER.org will visit the Anvil, a student-run coworking space, 320 North St., West Lafayette, 5-7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP to bit.ly/purduefounder to reserve a spot.

Seybold said attendees will benefit from the meeting, whether they have an existing startup or only an idea.

"We will present an exclusive piece of the FOUNDER.org education program during the meeting," he said. "Usually, only teams accepted to join the FOUNDER.org program have access to it."

The event is sponsored by Purdue Foundry, an entrepreneurship and commercialization hub in Discovery Park's Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship. Greg Deason, senior vice president and executive director, said FOUNDER.org is known internationally for its mission to partner with schools that value innovation and entrepreneurship.

"Chris and Ryan are visiting FOUNDER.org partner universities around the world, including Harvard, MIT, Stanford and Oxford, to share their experience in building companies. Their insights come at a time when entrepreneurial interest is growing ever stronger at Purdue," he said. "Purdue supports innovators throughout all campuses and colleges, whether they develop their work through the Anvil, Purdue Foundry, Office of Technology Commercialization, WomenIN or the Purdue Research Park network. The November 6 event with FOUNDER.org is another opportunity for them to develop their entrepreneurial knowledge and apply it to their work."

Akanocure Pharmaceuticals, a pharmacy startup based on Purdue intellectual property, was named to FOUNDER.org's Class of 2016. Three startups led by Purdue University students were named to FOUNDER.org's Class of 2015: DATTUS, formerly Bearing Analytics, Medtric LLC and SensorHound Inc.

About FOUNDER.org

FOUNDER.org provides funding, education and mentoring to young innovators who are solving the world’s most important problems. Our goal is to help you build the foundation you need to become a world changing company.

About the Anvil

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

About the Purdue Foundry

The Purdue Foundry is an entrepreneurship and commercialization hub in Discovery Park's Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship where 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. 

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

Source: Chris Seybold, chris@founder.org

Greg Deason, 765-588-5254, gwdeason@prf.org 

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