Terry Howerton - TechNexus
Terry Howerton is a lifelong entrepreneur, founding his first company at age 15. He has spent a career starting and leading ventures, mentoring other entrepreneurs and building organizations. Terry is a frequent speaker and active influence on innovation and issues important to the technology industry.
Howerton is the founder and executive chairman of TechNexus, a venture development firm building a new, collaborative model for leading corporations to engage and extract value from the global entrepreneurial ecosystem. TechNexus also operates a start-up incubator from its headquarters in Chicago. To date, more than 200 ventures have grown at TechNexus.
Howerton founded the Illinois Technology Association, helping to define the nascent technology community in that region, which over the past decade has grown to more than 3,000 interconnected tech companies. Howerton is an education reform advocate, founded a Chicago public high school centered on tech and entrepreneurial thought, and is a frequent speaker on preparing kids to lead.
Howerton is a board director of the National Business Incubator Association, serves as a director or advisor to several private companies, and is a member of the executive committee alongside leading industry CEOs at TechNet, the technology industry national advocate for thought leadership on important policies, including economic growth, immigration, STEM education and workforce development.