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April 5, 2016  

Purdue co-working space brings Midwest entrepreneurial leaders to talk as part of annual Forge Innovation Series

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Three prominent Midwestern entrepreneurial leaders will speak at the Anvil, a community co-working space at Purdue University, as part of the Forge Innovation Series, a series of talks geared for entrepreneurs and innovators.

The speakers have been invited to share their own entrepreneurial stories and help drive innovation in the community. The series takes place over three weeks, starting Thursday (April 7), and running every Thursday from 6:30-7:15 p.m., followed by an audience Q&A. Food will be provided. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Anvil, 320 North St., West Lafayette.

The Forge Innovation Series includes the following speakers:

* April 7: Jessica Tenuta, co-founder and head of design at Payback, a “50 on Fire” 2015 Chicago innovation winner and previous brand designer for Lightbank and Listen Ventures.

* April 14: Riana Lynn, founder of FoodTrace who currently serves as the Google – Code 2040 Entrepreneur in Residence.

* April 21: Jason Tennenhouse, founder of Greyhouse Coffee & Supply, GreyMob incubator and MatchBOX co-working studio in Lafayette.

Shriyash Jalukar, an Anvil student board member and lecture series director, said the goal of the program is to inspire the entrepreneurial community.

"Our goal for the Forge Innovation Series it to bring entrepreneurs to campus and inspire students and other community members to take their idea and turn it into a startup,” he said. “We’re looking to provide the community with valuable knowledge from startup founders about starting a business. These three speakers all come from different backgrounds and places, so they all are going to have a lot of good advice about how to succeed in the business world.”

The series is run though the Anvil, a student run co-working space on Purdue’s campus. The Purdue Foundry, an entrepreneurial hub in the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, works closely with the Anvil to promote entrepreneurship.

To RSVP to each event, and learn more about the speakers, visit the Anvil's Facebook Page.

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 by 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 contact: Hillary Henry, 765-588-3586,  

Source: Shriyash Jalukar, 

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