‘Startup Village’ offers help to entrepreneurs July 14

The city of Fort Wayne’s Summit City Match pilot program and Founders Spark will present Startup Village during the city’s Open Streets event July 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Startup Village will offer opportunities for area residents to learn about all that is involved in starting a business. Representatives from 10 different business and entrepreneurship organizations will answer questions about everything from business plans to funding opportunities to business coaching.

Startup Village will be located at 1816 Calhoun St., in the ABM parking lot July 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Startup Village will also feature eight pop-up shops featuring local entrepreneurs interested in testing their business ideas. The pop-up shops will be located near the intersection of Calhoun and Williams streets. They will offer a variety of products, including work from artisans in developing countries, handmade clothing for young girls, graphic art and hand-crafted jewelry. Live mural painting will also be part of the pop-up shops.

To register or volunteer for Startup Village, visit www.bit.ly/fs-startupvillage or www.facebook.com/foundersspark.

The third annual Open Streets event will close 25 blocks of Calhoun Street to vehicles and open it to bicyclists, walkers and skaters. Nearly 100 free activities will line Calhoun, including live music, a giant bubble machine, BMX bike show, bike parade and more. Visit www.OpenStreetsFW.org for more information.

The Summit City Match program is led by the city’s Summit City Entrepreneurship & Enterprise District (SEED), formerly known as the Urban Enterprise Association, which was founded in 1984 to revitalize Fort Wayne’s industrial core. SEED Fort Wayne also supports emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses. More information is available at www.SummitCityMatch.com.

Founders Spark is an organization dedicated to introducing new and aspiring entrepreneurs into the startup community as well as providing them the tools they need to succeed. Find out more at www.foundersspark.org.