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Danielle McDowell

Managing Director - 1776 Indianapolis

Danielle has been embedded in the Indianapolis start-up community since 2006, including the development and sale of a company she co-founded, My Best Friend’s Hair (now Loxa Beauty, a subsidiary of Sally Beauty Holdings).  She spent 2015-2018 as the Executive Director of The Speak Easy, as a member based non-profit organization in Indianapolis that brings established businesses and entrepreneurs together to create healthy entrepreneurial ecosystems and allow for creativity, collaboration, and education.  Lifting up and growing the Indianapolis startup ecosystem has been a passion of Danielle’s for the last decade.

She has been a vocal advocate for access and mobility specifically in the tech sector. Danielle is passionate about people, dreaming big, executing well, and building sustainable and impactful businesses that serve to a strong mission. She enjoys cooking, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her family.