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Launch Fishers Exec Looks to Boost Entrepreneurship

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Launch Fishers has named Tony Monteleone entrepreneurial services director. He most recently served as business development manager for new markets at Indianapolis-based PERQ LLC.

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August 8, 2014

News Release

FISHERS, Ind. (August 6, 2014) - Launch Fishers announced today that Tony Monteleone has joined the team in the role of Entrepreneurial Services Director. The newly created role includes several existing functions within Launch Fishers and Launch Indiana as well as some initiatives in-progress or in the planning stages at the rapidly growing entrepreneurial center.

"Tony represents many of the things we see in top entrepreneurial CEOs," said Launch Fishers Founder, John Wechsler. "He is a smart entrepreneur with a great attitude and that famed mid-western work ethic and that's what it takes to be successful in business. We are thrilled to have Tony on the team."

Monteleone was most recently with Indianapolis-based PERQ as Business Development Manager - New Markets where he was responsible for establishing and creating the sales process, creating and growing the sales team, and generating revenue in the Retail and Restaurant spaces. Prior to this role he was responsible for product leadership of PERQs FATWIN software platform, taking the idea from concept to product in twelve months on the way to the product winning Techpoint’s MIRA Awards for Marketing Technology in 2014.

Commenting on his new role, Monteleone said "we have all the right ingredients in place to be an entrepreneurial powerhouse. Being part of a team that is as passionate as I am to enhance the ecosystem needed for our entrepreneurs to thrive is very exciting for me."

Monteleone has founded two companies and organized events through Verge and Startup Grind. In 2012, he was named one of the "Top 50 Business Connectors" in Indiana. Tony also served as a judge at two startup weekends and the 2013 Everywhere Else Conference and was speaker at the 2014 Everywhere Else Conference.

"Tony's experience in product ownership, sales, business development and marketing emerging technology make him uniquely qualified to help Launch Fishers and Launch Indiana member companies with the challenges faced by innovation-driven entrepreneurs," said Wechsler.

Monteleone's responsibilities will include management responsibilities with Launch Indiana (the entrepreneurial mentorship joint venture between Launch Fishers, The Town of Fishers and The ISBDC), management and enhancement of The Indiana CoWorking Passport (a network of 20 co-working centers and innovation hubs throughout Indiana) and several programs at Launch Fishers including sponsorship outreach and finalization of the Launch Fishers video studio scheduled to be put into productive use in the Fall of 2014. Several other programs are in the planning stages for 2015 and Monteleone will play an integral role in those initiatives as well.

Source: Launch Fishers

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