Local startups to have Fireside Chat with Guy Turner


BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA (March 28, 2017) – Bloomington entrepreneurs and fast-growing startups will meet today with Hyde Park Venture Partners, an early stage venture capital firm based in Chicago focused on high-growth technology startups in the Midwest. Local startups will attend an introductory lunch and fireside chat hosted by the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) and Cowork.


The fireside chat will feature Guy Turner, partner at Hyde Park Venture Partners, who will discuss fundraising best practices, hiring top talent for building a team, advice for scaling a business, and other startup and founder-friendly advice. Bloomington entrepreneur Pat East, Founder and CEO of Hanapin Marketing, will moderate.


“Bloomington’s startup community is gaining traction, and we’re thrilled to have a venture capital firm of this caliber recognize the energy around innovation in our community,” expressed Dana Palazzo, Vice President of the BEDC.


39 Degrees North will host the lunch to showcase their newly-renovated collaborative workspace for local startup companies. The fireside chat will be hosted at Cowork.


“This is a really big deal,” said Tyler Henke, Founder of Cowork and Product Manager at Elevate (a sister company to 39 Degrees North). “Hyde Park is one of the Midwest’s most valuable startup resources, and their interest in Bloomington speaks volumes about the strength of our entrepreneurial ecosystem.”


About the BEDC

The BEDC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the retention, development and attraction of quality jobs in Monroe County. The BEDC is led by a partnership of private industry leaders, the City of Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College–Bloomington. For more information, visithttps://bloomingtonedc.com/.


About Hyde Park Venture Partners

Hyde Park Venture Partners is an early stage venture capital firm focused on high-growth technology startups in the Midwest. With offices in Chicago and Indianapolis – and a network of advisors throughout the region – Hyde Park invests in proven startups who have incredible founding teams and fast growth. Their sweet spot is investing in B2B software and consumer marketplace startups raising their first or second round of capital. They also have one of the most robust seed programs in the US. Visit http://hydeparkvp.com/ to learn more.


About Cowork

Cowork is a shared office space for Bloomington’s independent workforce. Its flexible membership plans provide over 100 entrepreneurs, freelancers, and telecommuters with access to an innovative workspace and community of likeminded professionals for as little as $16/mo. Learn more at http://www.coworkbtown.com/.



Media Contact:

Dana Palazzo, Vice President, BEDC

(812) 335-7346, dpalazzo@bloomingtonedc.com