TechFW Appoints Longtime Entrepreneur as CEO to Lead Innovative Growth

With a mission to foster innovation and empower technology entrepreneurs, TechFW has tapped Ryan Brown, a seasoned entrepreneur with a diverse background, to lead the organization as CEO, while former Executive Director Hayden Blackburn will become COO to oversee programming, operations, and value creation for stakeholders.

TechFW, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering innovation and empowering technology entrepreneurs, has named veteran entrepreneur Ryan Brown as its new chief executive officer.

According to TechFW, Brown has extensive experience as an entrepreneur in various industries, including aerospace and defense, and has led company growth and executive leadership within real estate, finance, nonprofits, and events. He successfully transformed the Earth Day Texas event into the global EarthX initiative.

TechFW said that Brown’s entrepreneurial and mission-oriented background positions him to lead and scale a high-impact nonprofit. As CEO, Brown will provide visionary leadership, strategic direction, operational oversight, and development to ensure the continued success and growth of TechFW.

“The future of entrepreneurship is bright, and I am committed to ensuring that TechFW remains at the forefront of this movement,” Brown said in a statement. “We’re taking a solid foundation and building on it by meeting and listening to partners and stakeholders, engaging our impressive community of entrepreneurs and supporters, and working with our board of directors and team to develop and implement our plan.”

Board Chair Brent Sorrells expressed the board’s anticipation for Brown to lead the organization into the next phase of growth.

“Ryan’s proven record in executive leadership and his passion for innovation and entrepreneurship make him the ideal choice,” Sorrells said. “We look forward to the exciting opportunities that lie ahead under his guidance.”

Hayden Blackburn, Executive Director of TechFW

TechFW also announced that former Executive Director Hayden Blackburn will become its chief operating officer, overseeing programming, operations, service delivery, and continued value creation for entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, and partners.

Founded in 1998, TechFW has been a force in the entrepreneurial community, empowering the growth of technology-based businesses in North Texas through its incubator and accelerator programs.

The organization celebrated its 25th anniversary last year and said that its mission is to provide entrepreneurs with resources, support, and community to transform innovative ideas into scalable businesses, driving economic prosperity and lasting societal change.

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