Preparing Our Community’s Future Leaders: A Recap of the Launch Fishers High School Fellowship Bootcamp
- Matthew Wyatt from Recovery Force
- Santiago Jaramillo from Emplify
- Kim Brand from 1st Maker Space
- Thomas Hunley from Jobvite
- Will O’Brien from Ultimate Home Automation
- Jack Frisby from Optimize Selling Solutions
- John McDonald from ClearObject
- Andrew Curtis from FUEL VM
- Brian Brosmer from Brosmer Photographic
- Ellie Symes from The Bee Corp
- John Qualls from Eleven Fifty Academy
- Barb Skinner from Barb Skinner Consulting
- Jeremy Brown from Nameless Catering
- Rob Norris from When You Leave The Room
- John Wechsler from Launch Fishers
- Katie Birge from Launch Indy
- Val Crooke from Incentus Global
- Olivia Roney from Crouching Tigers
Interviews being conducted on Friday, June 9.New this year, students were given the opportunity to take a Ball State course on entrepreneurship (MGT 241: The Entrepreneurial Experience) at the Ball State Center for Academic and Economic Innovation at Launch Fishers. This dual credit course counts for both high school and college requirements and gives students a head start on their college careers with 3 hours of earned college credit. Many students in the fellowship have the same goal: to become an entrepreneur. The fellowship assists participants by developing the skills and mindset needed for that future. Fellowship students enter the program with some knowledge about entrepreneurship and business, but leave the week with practical know-how, lessons-learned from stories shared, and a whole new perspective on what it takes to be successful. Launch Fishers' goal is to create an environment in which starting a business is less of a dream and more of a reality, and the fellowship program allows us to promote this to our community’s youth. Tom Simmons, a student of the fellowship, summarized the goal of the program: “Before, I didn’t have an understanding on what I wanted to do in the business field. But throughout the week, I was able to hear people’s aspirations about their company, and I realized that I could follow in their footsteps to become a leader and change-maker in the community.”
This past June, high school students from the HSE School District participated in the second annual Launch Fishers High School Fellowship bootcamp. This weeklong program consisted of guest speakers with entrepreneurial experience and ended with an interview process that placed many students in summer internship positions throughout Hamilton County.
Two participants of the fellowship, Phil Tran and Nate Smith, are great examples of entrepreneurship in action. In addition to their summer internships, the students have teamed-up to create “Phil&NatePaint,” their own mailbox painting company.
The business consists of painting mailbox posts to the correct specifications of each neighborhood’s homeowner’s associations as well as polishing the metal mailboxes.
For the students, finding enough time to handle two jobs isn’t an issue. According to Toby Smith, Nate’s mom, the boys “have been working every night after they intern, weekends, and even on the 4th [of July]!”
While most high school students spend their summerbreak relaxing, Phil and Nate have put the skills discussed within the Fellowship to use. We at Launch Fishers applaud the boys for their hard work, dedication, and entrepreneurial spirit. Way to go Phil&NatePaint!
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Launch Fishers announced today their popular FailFest will return for a third year. The one-day conference, celebrating failure’s role in innovation, will be held at Fishers High School on Thursday, July 28th from 9AM to 5:30PM."Launch Fishers continues to collaborate in unique ways to foster the entrepreneurial spirit throughout the community, and our partnership with HSE schools is no different," said John Wechsler, Founder and CEO of Launch Fishers. "Working together we can, not only encourage innovation-driven education opportunities in our schools, but the facility has a bigger footprint and allows for additional uses." In 2015, Launch Fishers received recognition from the International Economic Development Council for FailFest and the supportive role the event plays in advancing innovation and entrepreneurship. In an effort to integrate the event more deeply within the local innovation ecosystem, the event is being held at Fishers High School using the 950-seat performing arts theater and other rooms for breakout sessions. Building on the success of previous events, FailFest 2016 includes a wide-range of speakers including a two-time Super Bowl Champion, an ExactTarget Co-founder, and the ground-breaking entertainment lawyer who represented the Goldman family in their pursuit of justice against O.J. Simpson. This year’s list of speakers includes: Chris Baggott, Founder of ClusterTruck; Kim Brand, President of 1st Maker Space; Brandon Gorin, 2X Super Bowl Champion and Area Representative of Marco's Pizza; Eric Hiler, Founder of Dulead; Matt Hunckler, Founder and CEO of Verge; Jared Ingold, Owner of Vardagen; Steve Loser, Assistant Principal at Fishers High School; Robert McDonald, Co-Founder of Brandery; Oscar Moralez, Managing Director of VisionTech Partners & VisionTech Angels; Polina Osherov, Editor in Chief of Pattern Magazine; Kris Parmelee, Co-Founder and CEO of Lectio; Jonathan Polak, Partner of Taft Law; John Qualls, President of Eleven Fifty Academy; Teresa Sabatine, Founder of The Jump Network; and, Cassie Stockamp, President of The Athenaeum Foundation. More speakers will be announced soon. Early bird ticket pricing is available now at $69.00. Advance sale general admission tickets will be $99.00 and at-the-door sales will be $129.00. Tickets are now available at FailFest.us. FailFest is produced & presented by Launch Fishers and sponsored by Elevate Ventures, Nameless Catering, Duke Energy, The City of Fishers, Invest Hamilton County, Visit Hamilton County, HSE Schools, Indiana University, Barnes & Thornburg, Metonymy Media, Fight for Small, Iconic Digital Agency, and Inside Indiana Business. About Launch Fishers Launch Fishers is a 52,000 square foot launch pad for high-potential enterprises located in Fishers, Indiana. Created by John Wechsler in conjunction with the City of Fishers in 2012, Launch Fishers has grown to over 600 members in a wide array of industries and ranging from startup to expansion-stage companies. Launch Fishers increasingly serves as host for many statewide entrepreneurial support initiatives including Launch Indiana and The Indiana Coworking Passport. More at LaunchFishers.com.
Launch Fishers chosen as site of AT&T Engagement Center modeled after Yankee Stadium and AT&T Park; location represents first of its kind in U.S. for coworking space.
AT&T* today unveiled its new “AT&T Engagement Center” within the Launch Fishers coworking space in Fishers, Ind. Modeled after similar AT&T projects in Yankee Stadium in New York City and AT&T Park in San Francisco, it is the first in the United States created specifically for an entrepreneurial space.At 52,000 square feet, Launch Fishers is Indiana’s largest coworking space for entrepreneurs working on startup, high-growth and high-potential enterprises. It is home to Eleven Fifty Coding Academy, Ball State University’s Entrepreneurship Center and has spurred the success of companies such as Bluebridge, Recovery Force and Agency 360. A nonprofit, Launch Fishers is focused primarily on drawing technology, developers and Internet-based businesses to the community. The AT&T Engagement Center provides entrepreneurs in Central Indiana with the opportunity to try out new devices, learn about emerging products and services and better utilize technology to help grow their businesses. Along with a wireless device charging station and continually updated video screens, the kiosk features a collaborative setting for entrepreneurs to interact with each other, as well as with company subject matter experts. “I’ve always been impressed with how AT&T seeks out ways to become more involved in the tech community in Indiana,” said Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness. “This engagement center is just the latest example of their creativity and desire to boost small businesses’ success.” “When we were thinking of moving into our new, larger location in Fishers, AT&T immediately wanted to know how they could be a part of it,” said Launch Fishers Founder John Wechsler. “We’re excited that they’ve chosen to bring their expertise directly to our members, and that they continue to encourage Indiana’s entrepreneurial spirit.” In addition to the engagement center, AT&T is also the official fiber provider for Launch Fishers, powering the connectivity of hundreds of tech entrepreneurs at Gigabit speeds from this new location, which opened in March 2016. Launch Fishers is an AT&T Fiber Ready Building; it received that designation in November 2015. AT&T has also made two $25,000 contributions to the coworking space. A $25,000 AT&T Aspire contribution will help support the Launch Fishers High School Fellowship and its “Entrepreneurial Bootcamp” for local teens. A second $25,000 contribution will be used to help sponsor events and programming at the new facility. “Communications and technology fuel small businesses all across the country. We’re excited that an Indiana community is the first to welcome us into a coworking space,” said AT&T Indiana President Bill Soards. “We want to be where the action is, where we can directly interact with the men and women who are starting innovative businesses and help support them from launch. And this is certainly that place. “Launch Fishers is the ideal location for this new engagement center and we look forward to building new relationships and helping to grow Indiana’s tech community,” he added. At the AT&T Engagement Center, Launch Fishers members and visitors can expect:
- Charging station for devices Device showcase
- DIRECTV content Product and service Information
- Tech talks Collaborative space
- Lunch and learn sessions New product demonstrations
- Information for developers AT&T Foundry/Lab information
- It Can Wait events Opportunities for engagement