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Start Fort Wayne Announces Leave Of Executive Director

After a successful tenure as Executive Director of Start Fort Wayne, Rhonda Ladig announces her departure from the organization at the end of 2018. The announcement follows the organization’s execution of the region’s first ever Techstars Startup Week, which heralds a new era of thought leadership and initiative for the startup nonprofit.

Start Fort Wayne has been an instrumental leader in building entrepreneur community and partnerships in northeast Indiana since its founding in 2015. As the region is now embracing more entrepreneurship and startup culture, the organization is focusing its strategy from general business creation to technology and growth-oriented companies that interact with Northeast Indiana’s core industries.

Ladig states, “We’ve spent the last 18 months developing and refining Start Fort Wayne. Through extensive engagement on the needs of technology entrepreneurship throughout the region, we’ve developed a comprehensive strategy to move forward and deliver tailored services to our region’s needs. To best execute this strategy Start Fort Wayne seeks a transition in leadership to an individual with technology and growth-specific experience and prowess.”

Board President, and founder of Start Fort Wayne, Dave Sanders shares, “We brought Rhonda on board for her strong organizational, tactical, and analytical background. We set ambitious goals for her to refine the mission and stabilize the very young organization, and she has exceeded expectations.”

A search will begin immediately for the tech visionary who will lead Start Fort Wayne into their next chapter as they continue to build up talent, capacity, and infrastructure for high-tech/high-growth companies in northeast Indiana. Start Fort Wayne Founder Dave Sanders will assume the role of Interim Director.

As Start Fort Wayne begins the transition to a larger and further reaching organization, the board would like to express its gratitude to Rhonda for her servant leadership and her commitment to entrepreneurship during her tenure.