Thank You!

For the third year in a row, Founder Factory was a sell-out, with over 250 entrepreneurs, enthusiasts, investors, and students converging on the Studebaker factory! We hope you found some inspiration, made new connections, determined your superpowers, and left ready to tackle whatever challenges are ahead.
To learn more about Founder Factory and this year's keynote speaker, Lisa Sun, please continue to scroll down the page.
Additional attendee resources included this year's vendor list can be accessed via the "Attendee Resources" button below.

Attendee Resources

Who Attended

πŸš€ Aspiring Entrepreneurs: If you’re dreaming of starting your own business or looking to take your startup to the next level, this is a must-attend event!

🌐 Community Builders: Whether you’re passionate about fostering communities around your brand or project, you’ll gain valuable insights and connections from community-building experiences.

🀝 Investors: Network with promising startups, discover new investment opportunities, and make informed decisions while enjoying an unforgettable evening.

πŸ’Ό Professionals: Whether you’re a seasoned executive or just starting your career, our event offers a unique platform to connect with industry leaders and thought influencers.

Meet Our Keynote Speaker

Lisa Sun

Founder and CEO, GRAVITAS

Lisa Sun is a visionary leader and entrepreneur, best known for her remarkable journey as the founder and CEO of fashion brand GRAVITAS. With unwavering determination and a passion for empowering individuals, Lisa has left an indelible mark in the world of fashion and business.

Lisa will speak about her own personal journey to entrepreneurship, the challenges facing entrepreneurs, identifying and conquering self-doubt, and the key characteristics of successful Founders – creating, self-sustaining, performing, and leading.


1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Doors and Startup Hall Open

Start the day by visiting our exhibitors!
The hall features primarily regional entrepreneurial support organizations (ESOs) highlighting what is available in the region to support entrepreneurs, as well as showcase successful entrepreneurs that have leveraged regional resources.

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Keynote Session with Lisa Sun of Gravitas

πŸš€ Join Us for an Epic Entrepreneurial Adventure! 🌟

Lisa Sun is a visionary leader and entrepreneur, best known for her remarkable journey as the founder and CEO of fashion brand GRAVITAS. With unwavering determination and a passion for empowering individuals, Lisa has left an indelible mark in the world of fashion and business.


πŸŽ‰ An Engaging Storyteller: What would happen if you let go of fear, got off the sidelines, and jumped boldly into the game of life? Lisa unpacks this burning question as she encourages audiences to choose self-confidence, work to harness their β€œsuperpower,” and use gravitas to advance personally and professionally.

πŸ’‘ Lessons in Resilience: In her first professional review, Lisa was told she β€œLacked gravitas.” Learn how that moment inspired and motivated her.

🎁 Interactive Q&A: Bring your burning questions and get ready for an interactive Q&A session that will provide you with actionable insights to kickstart or supercharge your entrepreneurial journey.

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Awesome Fund Pitch Competition

πŸš€ Get Ready to Sparkle with Innovation at the Awesome Fund Pitch Competition! πŸš€

Are you a visionary dreamer with a brilliant idea that can change the world? Do you have an innovative business that just needs a little financial boost to take flight? If so, you’re in for an electrifying ride with the Awesome Fund’s Pitch Competition!

πŸ’‘Imagine what you could do with $3,500!πŸ’‘

Join us for an unforgettable session of innovation, inspiration, and investment as we seek the brightest and boldest ideas to fund. The Awesome Fund is proud to present this extraordinary opportunity to budding entrepreneurs, creatives, and problem-solvers looking to bring their awesome ideas to life.
🌠 You could WIN $3,500 to kickstart your project!
🌠 Network with like-minded visionaries and potential collaborators.
🌠 Gain valuable feedback from experienced judges.
🌠 Get a chance to join the ever-growing Awesome Foundation community.

How to Participate:

  1. Visit the Awesome Foundation South Bend Chapter website for more information on eligibility and application details.
  2. Submit your pitch by November 8th and stand a chance to be one of the three lucky winners!
  3. Prepare a dynamic and engaging presentation that showcases your idea’s potential to change the world.
  4. Bring your A-game to the pitch event and impress our esteemed panel of judges.

Our esteemed panel of judges will be looking for creativity, impact, and innovation.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to transform your vision into reality. The Awesome Fund Pitch Competition is your launchpad to success, and the $3,500 prize could be yours!

Mark your calendar, spread the word, and get ready to pitch your way to victory. Together, we can make the world a more awesome place!

For more information about the Awesome Foundation South Bend Chapter and to stay updated on the event details, visit our website.

Get ready to pitch, win, and change the world with the Awesome Fund! See you there! πŸŒπŸ’«

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. | Global Entrepreneurship Week Launch Party

🌟 Unveil, Unwind, and Unleash: Global Entrepreneurship Week Launch Party !πŸ₯‚πŸ½οΈ

Get ready to mix, mingle, and make memories as the IEDC debuts the 2023 edition of the Indiana Entrepreneur Yearbook! Join us for a sensational evening filled with heavy appetizers, refreshing drinks, and an array of exhibitors, all set against the backdrop of the much-anticipated launch of the entrepreneurial yearbook.


πŸ“š Yearbook Launch: Witness the unveiling of the State of Indiana’s entrepreneurial yearbook, a stunning showcase of the journey, triumphs, and inspiring stories of the movers and shakers in our entrepreneurial community. Be among the first to flip through the pages of entrepreneurial excellence!

πŸŽ‰ Pitch Competition Winners: Join the excitement as the Awesome Fund announces the three prize winners from the Pitch Competition! Did your favorite make the cut?

πŸ›οΈ Exhibitors’ Alley: Stroll through our Exhibitors’ Alley and discover a treasure trove of innovation. Engage with cutting-edge startups, industry disruptors, and visionary entrepreneurs who are shaping the future.

πŸ”— Networking Extravaganza: Connect with fellow innovators, potential collaborators, and industry experts. Forge valuable relationships that could be the catalyst for your next big venture.

πŸ“Έ Photo Fun: Capture the moment with our themed photo booth, creating lasting memories of this extraordinary night. Share your snapshots and join the digital conversation!

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