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The City of Fort Wayne’s Summit City Match pilot program and Founders Spark present Startup Village during the City’s Open Streets event July 14 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

Startup Village will be located at 1816 Calhoun St., in the ABM parking lot July 14 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. In association with Startup Village, Summit City Match is featuring eight pop-up shops run by 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 on display.

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

Startup Village is part of the City of Fort Wayne’s third annual Open Streets event, which closes 25 blocks of Calhoun Street to vehicles and opens 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.


About Summit City Match and SEED. The Summit City Match program is led by the City’s Summit City Entrepreneur and Enterprise District (SEED), formerly known as the Urban Enterprise Association. Founded in 1984, the organization was established to revitalize Fort Wayne’s industrial core. SEED Fort Wayne also supports emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses. More information is available at www.Seedfw.org and www.SummitCityMatch.com

About Founders Spark. Founders Spark is an organization dedicated to introducing new and aspiring entrepreneurs, hustlers, and go-getters into the startup community as well as providing them the tools they need to succeed. The group is committed to helping anyone who is at the beginning stages of their business or simply has an interest in becoming an entrepreneur no matter their background. Find out more at www.foundersspark.org