Executive Director, Tech Fort Worth
As a graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business with a Minor in Psychology, Hayden started his professional career in the field of economic development working in business recruitment and business retention and has has spent the last decade working in economic, community, and small business development. With a belief in the power of community development through engagement and partnerships he was the founding Director of IDEA Works FW, a mixed-industry incubator formed from a public-private partnership with the City of Fort Worth, and guided the vision and launch of the program for its first three years. He has served as an organizer for multiple Startup Weekend events and is a past organizer for the Fort Worth chapter of 1 Million Cups. In the community he serves on the boards for the Near Southside, Inc., the Fort Worth Library Foundation and volunteers with various groups exploring entrepreneurship with youth in our community.