Startup Champion Stuart Gutwein to Lead VisionTech Angels’ Lafayette Chapter
Indiana attorney Stuart Gutwein is not one to sit still. When he’s not practicing law, he’s advising startup companies at incubators around the state. If he’s not founding and running investment firms, he’s doing cross-fit or spending time with family.
He’s now added something new to his plate: president of VisionTech Angel’s Lafayette chapter. The entire VisionTech team—which includes angel groups in Bloomington, Indianapolis, Warsaw and Lafayette along with other investing and entrepreneurial activities in state and across the nation—is thrilled to have Stuart on board.
Let me share a few things about Stuart. He holds dual citizenship in Indiana, having earned a business degree from Purdue and a law degree from Indiana University. He’s not afraid to get down in the trenches; he advises and assists startup companies at the Purdue Foundry, which supports faculty, student and staff entrepreneurs; The Anvil, a Purdue student led co-working space; MatchBOX, a Greater Lafayette co-working space; and zWorks, a co-working space in Zionsville.
I characterize Stuart as a serial entrepreneur. After working for two other law firms, he and his cousin Andrew Gutwein founded Gutwein Law, which has offices in Lafayette and Indianapolis. He co-founded Boulder Group, LLC, a real estate capital and asset management company; Granite Student Living, a property management company; and recently established M25 Group, LLC, a micro-venture capital firm focused on participating in Seed and Series A financing of companies.
In his law practice, Gutwein focuses on serving as outside general counsel to emerging and growing businesses. This includes company formation, capital raising and other financing transactions, operational issues, and mergers and acquisitions—all things new companies must know to create a foundation for success. He also has been involved with a number of trade associations as well as the Indiana Bar’s agriculture law group. These experiences give him a strong knowledge of many different industries, which is very valuable when considering startup companies for investment.
Back to Stuart’s “dual citizenship,” VisionTech works closely with both Purdue and IU to mentor and support university entrepreneurs. It’s great that Stuart is already involved at Purdue. Now I just need to get him down to Bloomington with me!