10.16.17

Launch Your Dream–The Thrill of Entrepreneurism Event

Tammy Y. Allen, Director, Marketing & Programs, The NIIC

October 16, 2017, Fort Wayne, Ind. –Students enrolled in entrepreneurial studies are invited to Launch Your Dream—The Thrill of Entrepreneurism Event to learn from local entrepreneur Jamal Robinson, Founder and President, Desiar Handcrafted Eyewear. The event is sponsored by Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (The NIIC) and Indiana Wesleyan University and made possible through grant funding by The Lilly Foundation.

“The NIIC believes everyone should have the opportunity to innovate. It’s important to fuel the fire of innovation in students to cultivate their natural talents. It could help them to define their future career paths,” said Karl R. LaPan, President & CEO, The NIIC.

Robinson will speak to Indiana Wesleyan students and staff and the public about his experience navigating the ins and outs of his entrepreneurial journey. Desiar Eyewear designs, markets and distributes high-quality sun and optical eyewear.

“Indiana Wesleyan University is thrilled to support inspiration and innovation through Indiana entrepreneurs. With the support of our Accelerate Indiana grant through The Lilly Endowment, we have been able to share stories from incredible entrepreneurs who have encouraged Indiana college students and graduates to impact the world through creative problem solving,” said Carol A. Brown, Associate Dean of Life Calling & Career Development, Indiana Wesleyan University.

Although the event was developed for entrepreneurial students, the public is welcome to attend. The event will be held Thursday, October 19, 3-4:30 p.m., at The NIIC Cole Auditorium. Registration is required, and seating is limited. There is no charge to attend the event. Click here to register.

About The NIIC

The NIIC is a non-profit, community-based entrepreneurial community. We help business builders and entrepreneurs launch and grow successful business ventures. Formed in 1999 by a consortium of community and government leaders and organizations in 2013, The NIIC was recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the top four under-the-radar incubators in the country. This basically means Entrepreneur magazine, with the help of International Business Incubation Association, picked four U.S. incubators to highlight, and we were one of them. In their words, we “stand out in a state not always perceived as small business friendly.” The NIIC is the country’s only ISO9001: 2008 registered business incubation and acceleration program. For more information visit: https://theniic.org.

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