Here are some places you can turn to for help. Scroll down to see resources for:
- Fort Wayne area entrepreneurs
- Any entrepreneurs
- Those interested in creativity and innovation
For Fort Wayne area entrepreneurs
1 Million Cups Fort Wayne. Once a week on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. entrepreneurs meet and learn from one another over coffee.
Askew Intellectual Property, LLC. Patent Attorney Gerald Askew can help you protect all forms of IP.
Atrium. It’s not just Start Fort Wayne’s coworking space – it’s where I work!
Brightpoint. Brightpoint provides small business loans to startup and existing businesses.
Center for Creative Collaboration. The C3 marshals the resources of Indiana Tech to help entrepreneurs throughout the community (not just students).
City of Fort Wayne Permits, Licenses, and Taxes. The City of Fort Wayne has published a guideline to the State, County, and City requirements for starting a business.
Community Development Corporation of Northeast Indiana. The CDC is a City of Fort Wayne non profit that administers a variety of business loan programs.
Electric Works. Coming soon to the former GE campus on Broadway, Electric Works promises to be a West Central mecca for entrepreneurs.
Elevate Ventures. Elevate Ventures provides investment capital and related services to high potential Indiana companies.
Fortitude Fund (formerly Farnsworth Fund). If you are located within the 11 county Northeast Indiana region, join a community of emerging entrepreneurs and apply for a $1,000 no-strings-attached grant to grow your business. 200 will be granted over 3 years.
First Fridays. Come listen to some great speakers, learn about leadership, network with your peers. Can you guess what day of the month it meets?
Fort Wayne SEED. The former Urban Enterprise Zone has been greatly plussed up and rebranded the Summit City Entrepreneur and Enterprise District. It offers 1) a mixed use business incubator that provides manufacturing, research and development, and office space plus related services, 2) accelerator programs like the Build Institute, and 3) space programs like the Summit City Match.
Founders Spark. THE meetup for both new and experienced entrepreneurs in and around Fort Wayne.
FUSENEI.com. A “front door” for Northeast Indiana entrepreneurs, featuring a searchable and categorized list of service providers, news, and a calendar or events.
HomeCourt Venture Partners. Investment capital for high potential musculoskeletal health ventures
Northeast Indiana Innovation Center. NIIC is a technology business incubator that provides office space, capital, and services for technology ventures at its campus adjacent to IPFW.
Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center. The SBDC provides a set of free resources to help Northeast Indiana businesses. They offer a combination of workshops and one on one services to help businesses start and grow.
Ocean NEI. For entrepreneurs at the intersection of entrepreneurship and faith. Great monthly meetups and more.
Own Your Success. For women business owners only, this peer group spearheaded by Andie Hines speaks your language.
Regional Angel Investment Network. Fort Wayne based RAIN fills the gap between friends and family money and venture capital, primarily for companies in the Midwest.
Start Fort Wayne. A community hub for entrepreneurs and tech in Fort Wayne and the region. I’ll call them the unofficial torchbearer for entrepreneurs in the community.
VisionTech Partners. An angel investment group that focuses on early stage and early growth technology-based companies in health care, information technology, agriculture, and manufacturing located in Indiana and the Midwest.
WEOC. The Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Center (at the NIIC) offers business growth coaching, training and entrepreneurial education, connectivity and access to capital to women entrepreneurs of all kinds.
For any entrepreneur
Steve Blank’s Startup Tools. The granddaddy of all entrepreneur resource lists. Go there and be amazed.
Ask the VC. Does it have to do with venture financing? Foundry Group’s managing directors share straight up valuable information.
Pmarca Archive. When Marc Andreessen took down his blog, people (like Jed Christiansen) took to the internet archive to bring some of the most insightful posts back to life.
Peter Thiel’s Startup Course at Stanford. Blake Masters edited and published his personal notes from Peter Thiel’s CS 183 Startup course.
Jessica Livingston’s What Goes Wrong. Drawing from their experience over years at Y Combinator, Jessica’s talk from the 2012 Startup School outlines the main reasons why startups get derailed from success.
For those interested in creativity and innovation
99U. 99U bills itself as the research and education arm of Behance. It is a wonderful source for articles, videos, and tips to help you become more creative.
Brain Pickings. Maria Popova’s superb website which she describes as a cross discipline collection of ideas you can connect to help spark your creativity.
The Creativity Post. An excellent collection of the latest in creativity, innovation, and imagination.
Design Thinking at IDEO. Tim Brown’s (IDEO CEO) blog about design thinking.
Google Design Sprints. Google’s excellent 5-day design sprint methodology.
Innovation Rules and Tools. This is my book of practical tools to help you make innovation happen on demand. If you buy a copy, that will make me smile.
Stanford D School. Design thinking as taught by Stanford.