Can Indiana Be 'The Hub' For Women Entrepreneurs?

October 08 2015


Can Indiana Be ‘The Hub’ For Women Entrepreneurs?

Posted: Oct 08, 2015 1:00 PM EDTUpdated: Oct 08, 2015 3:58 PM EDT

From INside INdiana Business By Dan McGowan, Writer/Reporter

Foundry Entrepreneurial Program Manager Juliana Casavan announces the formation of WomenIN at a Women In Entrepreneurship Luncheon on October 6, 2015.
Foundry Entrepreneurial Program Manager Juliana Casavan announces the formation of WomenIN at a Women In Entrepreneurship Luncheon on October 6, 2015.

WEST LAFAYETTE - A new statewide program aims to boost representation of women in the entrepreneurship community. WomenIN will establish a supportive network and give program participants access to Purdue Foundry resources, which include online workshops, entrepreneur-in-residence assistance and educational opportunities. By the end of next year, WomenIN lead and Foundry Entrepreneurial Programs Manager Juliana Casavan says the goal is to have five hubs and 100 participants throughout Indiana.

She hopes the initiative will play a role in turning Indiana into “the hub” of entrepreneurship and startups supporting women.

Casavan says women “are just a little bit newer to the entrepreneurship ‘game’” than men, and this program can help make up some of that ground. “Purdue University and the Purdue Foundry are at the forefront of this movement, and we have the ability to activate a change in women’s involvement in entrepreneurship.”

The program is in startup mode itself, with a full launch set to take place in January. Casavan says potential major partners could includes some of the dozens of co-working spaces located throughout the state. She says “Purdue University and the Purdue Foundry are at the forefront of this movement, and we have the ability to activate a change in women’s involvement in entrepreneurship.”

For information about the program and to get involved, you can email the Purdue Foundry at: foundry@prf.org.

WomenIN lead and Purdue Foundry Entrepreneurial Programs Manager Juliana Casavan says the program is part of a movement gaining traction in Indiana.

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