Terry Howerton

Terry Howerton is a lifelong entrepreneur, founding his first company in high school.  He’s spent a career starting and leading ventures, mentoring other entrepreneurs and building organizations.

Howerton is the founder and CEO of TechNexus, a Chicago-based 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, where more than 250 ventures have grown.

Howerton is a member of the Executive Council of TechNet alongside leading industry CEOs.  TechNet is the national advocate for important policies to the tech industry, including economic growth, immigration, STEM education, and workforce development.

Howerton is a director of the National Business Incubator Association and serves as a director or advisor to several private companies.

He was the founding chairman of one of the largest technology trade associations in the country, founding chairman of the Chicago Tech Academy high school, an inner city public school with a diverse population inspired toward careers in technology and taught to think like entrepreneurs. 

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