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Start Fort Wayne Announces Multiple Donations 

Start Fort Wayne is excited to announce two new donations from Brad Felds at the Anchor Point Fund and the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne.

Brad Felds, Techstars’ co-founder, has graciously donated $10,000 to Start Fort Wayne this month from his foundation, Anchor Point Fund. Felds states, “Anchor Point helps communities innovate and grow their startup communities. Start Fort Wayne is doing just that in Northeast Indiana and we are thrilled to help them drive the entrepreneur community forward.” Those funds will go, in part, to upgrades at the Atrium, Start Fort Wayne’s downtown coworking space and the home of the organization. Per Feld’s request, the Atrium restroom facilities will be named in honor of the support.

Start Fort Wayne also received $10,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne for their Business Education Fund. This is the 2nd year in a row that Start Fort Wayne has received this donation. It will help fund our LevelUp Entrepreneur Coaching Services. LevelUp helps entrepreneurs from the idea, pre-launch, startup, and growth stages launch and scale their ventures.

Executive Director, Rhonda Ladig, states, “Start Fort Wayne is thrilled at the support we are receiving from local and global entities. The 2nd year support from the Community Foundation helps fund the entrepreneur coaching services we’ve provided to over 100 entrepreneurs and 85 ventures. Support from the Anchor Point Fund and co-founder of Techstars, Brad Feld shows that the work that Start Fort Wayne does is supported by the global thought-leader surrounding building startup communities. We’re humbled at the support of both of these organizations!”

Start Fort Wayne is a 501(c)3 that began in March of 2015 as a group of entrepreneurs and educators dedicating their spare time to help build a lasting community and culture of entrepreneurship and innovation in northeast Indiana.