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Danielle McDowell joins 1776 Indianapolis as Managing Director

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – 1776, a network of startup incubators, flexible workspaces and programming for entrepreneurs, has named Danielle McDowell Managing Director of 1776 Indianapolis in the 16 Tech Innovation District, a 50 acre live-work-innovate community in downtown Indianapolis. McDowell will lead management efforts of the 50,000+ SF of flexible office, incubator and meeting space located within the district’s innovation hub, HqO.

McDowell brings both entrepreneurial experience and community development to the table as she seeks to continue driving innovation and economic growth in the startup community. She is best known for co-founding startup Loxa Beauty that sold to beauty giant Sally Beauty in 2013.  She also served as the Executive Director of Indianapolis’ startup hub, The SpeakEasy in Broad Ripple, and most recently assisted in leading the Indianapolis campus and student job placement efforts for ed-tech startup, Kenzie Academy as its General Manager. 

“I am thrilled to be joining the 1776 team and supporting the 16 Tech initiative.” said McDowell. “The opening of the 16 Tech Innovation District coupled with the wide network of 1776 will connect, nurture, and convene entrepreneurs and innovators. It will deliver access to both local and national networks and is an important step in amplifying and connecting the Indianapolis entrepreneurial community both inside and beyond our state.”

1776 comes to Indianapolis after being identified as a leader in the innovation and entrepreneurial space along the East Coast. Marking its first location in the Midwest, the organization brings deep experience in community building and support; they manage 7 innovation spaces and have a network of over 500 member companies. 

“We are delighted to have Danielle join 1776,” said 1776 CEO, Jennifer Maher. “She is deeply ingrained in the Indianapolis entrepreneurial ecosystem and brings world-class experience to the 1776 Indy team. As an entrepreneur herself, she brings personal knowledge of how to grow and scale a company, which makes her uniquely positioned to lead the 1776 Indy team and truly make an impact. We are excited to add Danielle to our team to enhance our partnership with 16 Tech and expand our network.”

McDowell will work to bring 1776’s vast knowledge centers to Central Indiana, providing additional resources, access to industry experts and curated programming to support early stage startups and entrepreneurs.

“We are excited for Danielle to lead 1776 Indianapolis,” said Bob Coy, president and CEO of 16 Tech Community Corporation. “Danielle is a dynamic leader with deep roots in the Indianapolis tech community. As an entrepreneur and former manager of the SpeakEasy, Danielle is the perfect person to help launch HqO and grow the innovation ecosystem at 16 Tech.”

1776 Indianapolis welcomed Lightship Capital and Next Studios to its workspace earlier this year, and is slated to open in HqO in early 2021. A makerspace and an artisan marketplace will accompany 1776’s flexible workspace for companies, creators and innovators.

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About 1776 

1776 is the nation’s largest network of business incubators that cultivates and empowers companies and entrepreneurs to fuel innovation and growth. 1776 transforms markets by curating communities of entrepreneurs and enterprises in flexible work environments. Our members gain access to a dynamic network and focused programming to provide the knowledge and resources necessary to spur innovation and solve complex challenges. With 10 campuses across five states, we are the nation’s largest network of incubators.  For more information, please visit and follow @1776 on Twitter and @1776vc on Instagram.

About 16 Tech

The 16 Tech Innovation District is one of the largest talent attraction, retention and development opportunities in Indianapolis’s history. Located in the historic Riverside neighborhood of Indianapolis, 16 Tech leverages its proximity to top academic, corporate, and healthcare institutions—and a growing network of spaces, programs, and talent—to foster the cross-industry convergence and collaboration that make world-changing innovation possible. The nonprofit 16 Tech Community Corporation oversees the development of the district and ensures benefits of economic growth, new investment and job creation extend to nearby neighborhoods as well as the city, the region and the state. More information can be found at