Local Millennials Invited to Share Ideas at M2020 Spark Tank Event

February 14th, 2013

For Immediate Release:
February 14, 2013

Local Millennials Invited to Share Ideas at M2020 Spark Tank Event

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Are you a Millennial - roughly between the ages 15 to 25 - who has an idea on how to change the story of Northeast Indiana? Whether you have a community project idea or a business opportunity that you think could benefit Northeast Indiana, you are encouraged to join Millennials from across the region for this special event. The second annual M2020 Spark Tank will take place on Friday, February 22 at the Kendallville Event Center.

Spark Tank encourages Millennials to come up with ideas for business or community engagement projects and pitch them to their peers and regional leaders. After all of the ideas are pitched, groups will be formed and real, tangible strategic plans will be created. At the end of the day, groups will present their ideas to a panel of judges, and the top two ideas will receive $500 in seed money.

Dont have an idea? No problem - you are encouraged to attend, offer feedback, network with regional leaders and collaborate with peers on projects that spark your interest.

Representatives from colleges throughout Northeast Indiana will set up informational booths to answer questions and provide more information about career choices. As added incentives, several prize packages will be given away throughout the day. Prizes include Fort Wayne Mad Ants tickets, Crazy Pins passes, Carmike movie theater tickets, gift certificates to area restaurants, Vera Bradley tote bags and much more.

When: Friday, February 22, 8:15 am - 2:30 pm; Lunch provided

Where: Kendallville Event Center, 615 Professional Way, Kendallville, IN 46755

Who: Millennials (ages 15-25) and Regional Leaders

Admission: Free

Registration: Register online at www.millennial2020.com/spark-tank/spark-tank-registration by Wednesday, February 20th.

Questions: Contact Jordan McArdle at Jordan@neindiana.com or 260-469-3465

The event is hosted by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership's Millennial 2020 program in conjunction with Noble Vision of Noble County. The event is focused on high school-aged Millennials although all Millennials are welcome to attend.

ABOUT
M2020 Spark Tank is an event through the Millennial 2020 program. Millennial 2020 is an extension of Vision 2020, a regional initiative stewarded by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, working to transform Northeast Indiana through the five pillars of 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure, and Quality of Life. Millennial 2020 gives Millennials an active voice and role in Vision 2020 and directly aligns with Vision 2020's mission for Northeast Indiana of developing, attracting, and retaining talent.

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership was formed in 2006 to help build a globally competitive economy in Northeast Indiana. It is a public-private partnership focused on generating business leads and building regional capacity through product development and effective regional collaboration. The Northeast Indiana Fund (Fund) was created in 2005 to operate as a supporting organization of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, focused specifically on product development and regional collaboration. In 2010, the Partnership launched Vision 2020 to bring the region together around five key areas for economic growth: 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Quality of Life. Through its combined efforts in business development and capacity building, the Partnership supports its 10 member counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties. For more information, visit www.NEIndiana.com.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Courtney Tritch
Marketing Director
Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership
260.469.3460
courtney@NEIndiana.com

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