Make Startups Executive Fellowship (MSEF) Program: Celebrating Larry Horn’s Excellence in Entrepreneurial Leadership

Louisville, KY — March 15, 2024 — Amplify Louisville proudly unveils Larry Horn as part of the inaugural cohort of the Make Startups Executive Fellowship (MSEF) Program. This exclusive initiative, aimed at elevating the impact potential and operational capacity of entrepreneurship support, ecosystem building, and economic development organizations, welcomes Larry Horn as an entrepreneurial ecosystem-builder from Amplify Louisville.

Charting a Course for Excellence: MSEF Executive Fellowship Program Overview

Seeded with a $50,000 grant from the Ecosystem Builder Leadership Network (EBLN) Field Advancement Fund awarded in November 2023, The Make Startups Executive Fellowship is a meticulously crafted six-month intensive program. It is designed to empower executives in their respective fields through two in-person immersions, bi-weekly online training sessions, one-on-one advising, peer coaching, and local field-building initiatives.

Fellows will gain expertise in accessing Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding to support entrepreneurs in their ecosystems. Make Startups will provide training, technical resources, and access to their proprietary CoFounderOS technology platform, enabling leaders to integrate measurement and evaluation plans into their programs. This will showcase the impact of entrepreneurial training on the local economy. The fellowship will also equip participants to advocate for policies supporting entrepreneurial pursuits at local, state, and national levels.

About Amplify Louisville

Amplify Louisville is a leading force in supporting entrepreneurship and innovation, dedicated to providing resources, mentorship, and networking opportunities for tech-enabled startups. With a mission to catalyze the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, Amplify Louisville empowers the next generation of visionaries and changemakers.

Celebrating Vision and Diversity: Meet the Inaugural Cohort

Make Startups proudly introduces the 18 visionaries chosen for the inaugural MSEF Executive Fellowship Program. Each participant, with a minimum of five years of entrepreneurship development experience, embodies a commitment to inclusive entrepreneurship and a dedication to lasting economic impact. We are thrilled to announce Larry Horn as part of our cohort.

– Naila Jackson (Alabama)

– Lloyd Reshard (Florida)

– Tricia Teague (Illinois)

– Jared Ell, Nikeshia Fomby, Rhonda Ladig, and Marty Mechtenberg (Indiana)

– Larry Horn (Kentucky)

– Cuong Quy Huynh (Michigan)

– Arsh Haque (Oregon)

– Tanya Morris, Tiffany Spraggins, Thomas Webster, and Neferteri Strickland (Pennsylvania)

– Holly Burrow, Darlisa Diltz, and Ren Mitchell (Texas)

– Scott Mosley (Wisconsin)

Fellowship Pillars: A Blueprint for Success

1. Sustainable Ecosystem Building: The program focuses on enabling increased funding and better measurement of outcomes by entrepreneurial support programs at the local, state, and national levels.

2. Inclusive Entrepreneurial Training, Support, & Connections: Emphasis is placed on the role of ecosystem builders and economic developers in creating opportunities for disadvantaged and underrepresented groups in entrepreneurship.

3. Long-Term Economic Impact: The program centers on the potential for job creation, inclusive growth, and generational wealth through entrepreneurship training programs that lead to business success.

“I am thrilled beyond words to embark on this journey with the Make Startups Executive Fellowship Program. It’s an honor to be part of a community that celebrates excellence in entrepreneurial leadership. I am committed to soaking up every opportunity, learning from the best, and contributing wholeheartedly to the vibrant ecosystem of innovation and growth that MSEF represents.” Larry Horn, CEO of Amplify Louisville.

Grace Belangia, co-founder of Make Startups, expressed her enthusiasm for the program launch, saying, “We are confident this initiative will equip leaders in our field with the tools and resources they need to make a lasting impact for entrepreneurs and their local ecosystems. We are truly excited to launch the Make Startups Executive Fellowship (MSEF) program this spring with plans to scale in the fall of 2024, and we are deeply grateful to both EBLN and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for their generous support.”

About Make Startups:

Make Startups is a dynamic organization committed to fostering entrepreneurship and innovation. Through a range of programs and initiatives, Make Startups empowers startups, entrepreneurs, and ecosystem builders to succeed, innovate, and contribute to economic growth.

Amplify Louisville
Amplify Louisville is a leading force in supporting entrepreneurship and innovation, dedicated to providing resources, mentorship, and networking opportunities for tech-enabled startups. With a mission to catalyze the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, Amplify Louisville empowers the next generation of visionaries and changemakers.

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Jenn Callahan

jenn@amplifylouisville.com

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