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Denver Hutt was known in the Indianapolis tech community as not only the former executive director of the Speak Easy, but also as a connector, a kickball champion, and an all-around kickass leader. She lived by her favorite motto, “If not now, when?” which became her trademark. As a Californian Hoosier who loved Indianapolis, she quickly made an impact on the City by “connecting cool people doing cool things.”

Denver was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2013; yet her passion for life and for the people around her never wavered. Despite the severe side-effects of her treatments and the emotional ups and downs of her situation, Denver remained thoroughly involved and civically engaged – working, giving speeches and presentations, traveling, bringing people together for fun and adventure, and pushing her friends and colleagues to pursue their dreams. Sadly, after a three-year battle with her illness, Denver passed away in January 2016, at the age of 28. In one of her last posts, she exhorted people to “smile at strangers, be kind, judge less, hold the door open.” Her passing led to a community of go-getters, innovators, and leaders collaborating to continue to make Indy the best that it can be in her honor.

Denver recognized that Indy is one of the “few cities where people in their mid-20s can make a big difference.” Nothing was more satisfying for her than seeing young people thrive. As a result, Denver’s vast network of family, friends, mentors, and fans created the Denver Hutt Legacy Foundation to honor her memory and to perpetuate her legacy.

what we do


Denver worked closely with the Indy Chamber and to honor her legacy, we have created the Denver Hutt Entrepreneurial Internship. Each year, a college student will be placed within the Chamber’s Small Business Unit to help grow the next generation of civically minded business owners.

Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Series Scholarship

Denver was a member of the Stanley K. Lacy (SKL) Class XXXIX and the experience refined her approach to civic and community engagement in Indianapolis. Applicants to future SKL classes will have the opportunity to apply for the Denver Hutt Scholarship to help cover their class tuition.

College Scholarship

Denver championed female entrepreneurs. Each year, one Indianapolis high school senior will be granted a college scholarship in Denver’s honor.

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Gifts to the Denver Hutt Legacy Foundation are tax deductible and will go towards supporting our mission of creating opportunities to foster Entrepreneurship and leadership in Indianapolis through various scholarship and internship opportunities.

Checks can also be mailed to:
Denver Hutt Legacy Foundation • PO Box 78131 •Indianapolis, IN 46278


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