Chris Heivly

Managing Director at Build The Fort, LLC, Build The Fort For the last decade, I have used my skills and experience as an entrepreneur, mentor, advisor, investor, startup community builder, speaker, coach and consultant to develop founders, startups and entrepreneurial ecosystems across the globe.

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Serial entrepreneur (MapQuest co-founder) and early-stage investor with company-building experience from $0 to $25M. Interest in startups, venture-backed companies, and venture capital organizations in and around software technology. 

I am a frequent blogger -, Contributing Writer for, Best Selling author of the Build The Fort series about how to start anything and the field guide for startup community builders. I am a public speaker (400+ events) about startups, corporate innovation, and startup communities specifically entrepreneurial ecosystem development.

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Securing Your Success: Mastering Investment Timing in the Value-driven Product Development Journey

23 February 2024, 10:00 PM
Ahmad Glover Chris Heivly Paul Nolde Steve Waddell

Innovate Hampton Roads

We are building an ecosystem here in HRVA focused on growing, guiding, and connecting entrepreneurs and the technology ecosystem in order to build a stronger and more innovative economy in our region.

Virginia Innovative Partnership Corporation

VIPC is the commercialization and seed stage economic development driver in the Commonwealth that leads funding, infrastructure, and policy initiatives to support Virginia's innovators, entrepreneurs, startups, and market development strategies.

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