• The Atrium launched in October 2016.

    Start Fort Wayne Lands Community Support

    Entrepreneurship organization Start Fort Wayne marked the first anniversary of its coworking space by announcing nearly $100,000 in funding from multiple organizations. The Atrium has attracted more than 140 members since launching in October 2016. Greater Fort Wayne Inc. and Elevate Northeast Indiana are each committing $25,000 to Start Fort Wayne. The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne and Fort Wayne Metals both announced $10,000 commitments.

  • John McDonald is one of the organizers of inX3.

    What is The Future of Tech Jobs In Indiana?

    Could the tech jobs of the future be filled by the skilled trades workers of the present? According to one of the state's foremost leaders in the tech sector the answer is a resounding yes. In an interview with ClearObject Chief Executive Officer John McDonald, he was quick to point out that the Indianapolis area alone currently has over 1,000 jobs open in the tech industry, specifically for "coders and people who can do data analytics." 

  • (photo courtesy Junior Achievement of Central Indiana)

    'Best and Brightest' Finalists Unveiled

    Junior Achievement of Central Indiana has unveiled its list of "Indy's Best and Brightest" finalists. The event honors 100 of the area's "most outstanding young professionals" in central Indiana under the age of 40 in 10 industries including technology, manufacturing and government.

  • Ingram Micro has more than 170 facilities throughout the world.

    CA Company Has $40M Jeffersonville Plans

    A California-based technology and supply chain services company has announced major plans for southern Indiana. Ingram Micro Inc. will invest nearly $40 million to lease, renovate and equip a 590,000-square-foot third-party distribution center in Jeffersonville, creating up to 550 jobs. The company, which already employs nearly 2,000 full-time and seasonal workers in Indianapolis and Plainfield, plans to launch operations in Jeffersonville by early 2018.

  • Zachary Burr won the previous B-Start pitch competition with his startup, Tydee.

    B-Start Announces 2017 Startups

    The pre-accelerator program from the Bloomington Economic Development Corp. has unveiled the participants in its 2017 cohort. Eleven startups will take part in the 22-week B-Start program, which will culminate in a pitch competition in March. 

  • KAR Auction Services announced an $80 million expansion of its Carmel headquarters last month. (photo courtesy of the Indiana Economic Development Corp.)

    KAR Makes Leadership Moves For TradeRev

    Carmel-based KAR Auction Services Inc. (NYSE: KAR) has made several leadership appointments for one of its subsidiaries. KAR says the appointments include a new president and chief marketing officer for TradeRev, which the company acquired earlier this month.

  • Soards: FirstNet Will Offer Multiple Benefits For Hoosiers

    Indiana is one of 25 states to approve FirstNet, a subscription-based communication network for public safety and first responders. The plan, offered nationwide by AT&T, will build high-speed, wireless communication infrastructure at no cost to taxpayers. “Indiana’s first responders need fast, accurate information to keep Hoosiers safe,” said Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. “This new communications network will help those on the front lines coordinate...

  • (photo courtesy Ball State University)

    Study: 'Digital Divide' Shows Need For Rural Broadband

    The co-author of a Ball State University study shows the lack of access to high-quality broadband technology in rural Indiana is having an adverse effect on human development. Emily Wornell, research assistant professor at Ball State, says the digital divide appears to accentuate the inequality between rural and urban areas. The authors looked at...

  • (Image courtesy of Cummins Inc.)

    Cummins Acquires Battery Tech Platform

    Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) is acquiring the assets of Brammo Inc. in Oregon. Cummins says adding the energy storage technology platform plays into its ongoing strategy to become a global electrified power leader. Brammo designs and develops battery packs for mobile and stationary applications.  "By adding the expertise of Brammo and its employees to Cummins, we are taking a step forward in our electrification business and differentiating ourselves from our...

  • The NCAA is headquartered in Indianapolis.

    Ball State, NCAA Expand Partnership

    The NCAA is growing its partnership with Ball State University's Sports Link program. Students in the program, who have worked on social media creation for the men's and women's basketball tournaments for the last seven years, will now have the opportunity to work on additional NCAA championships. The NCAA says as many as 28 digital sports production students in Sports Link will work during the preseason, regular season and postseason of multiple sports to...

  • Ivy Tech says the company's commitment is for five years.

    Ivy Tech, Belden Partner on Training Program

    Ivy Tech Foundation Richmond says it has finalized a major gift agreement with network infrastructure platform Belden Inc. to create a training program. As part of the agreement, Ivy Tech has created the Belden Workforce Training Program, leading to paid internship opportunities for high school seniors. The training program will start this fall at the Richmond High School Career Center. It will also include White Belt certification training focusing on quality assurance, customer ...

  • Case wrote a $100,000 check to Indianapolis-based 120WaterAudit, for winning a pitch competition featuring some of Indiana’s best-know tech startups.

    Can Indy Catch Tech’s ‘Third Wave?’

    When Internet pioneer Steve Case looks to the future of technology, he sees tremendous opportunity in places that have largely been ignored by the tech revolution.  Case, in Indianapolis this week on his Rise of the Rest tour, says so-called flyover states like Indiana are fertile ground for tech’s next wave, where the Internet gets more fully-integrated into our daily lives. “We need to tell the stories of the entrepreneurs and the stories of cities like Indiana...
  • (Rendering provided by the city of Bloomington.)

    Bloomington Mayor Discusses 'Hive' of Economic Activity

    The mayor of Bloomington says work continues to overcome one of the city's greatest challenges: converting to a "new age" economy from a manufacturing-focused heritage. John Hamilton says one high-potential tool in the mission is the Trades District, a 12-acre portion of Certified Technology Park downtown that used to be home to Shower's Brothers Furniture Co. The new vision for the property involves a "thriving cultural and economic destination."

  • 120WaterAudit beat nine other startups to win the competition. (photo courtesy TechPoint)

    CEO Calls Rise of the Rest Win 'Validation'

    An Indianapolis-based water quality testing startup has won the Rise of the Rest pitch competition. A panel of judges selected 120WaterAudit, which provides subscription-based water-testing services for residents, schools and utilities, to win the $100,000 investment from AOL co-founder Steve Case. Chief Executive Officer Megan Glover says the win puts the young company on the map and is "validation that what we're doing matters and we need to continue to do it."

  • The company creates custom audio announcements, music playlists and imaging for businesses.

    Fuzic 'Evolution' Leads to Rebranding

    A fast-growing Fishers tech company has changed its name. The marketing technology platform provider says the name change from Fuzic to Vibenomics, announced at Thursday's Rise of the Rest competition, "reflects the evolution in the way our customers view this technology." The company creates custom audio announcements, music playlists and imaging for businesses. However, Vibenomics says the platform has grown into a way for a store to control its "vibe" while...

  • (Image courtesy of Amazon.com Inc.)

    Amazon Opens up 7K Indiana Holiday Jobs

    Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) has announced massive, nationwide holiday season hiring plans, which include 7,000 positions in Indiana. The company expects to add more than 120,000 holiday jobs in 33 states. The openings will include positions at fulfillment centers, sortation centers and customer service sites. Amazon says it expects to retain thousands of holiday positions as full-time, regular workers following the end of the season.

  • Indianapolis tech entrepreneur Scott Dorsey (pictured left) was among the competitors Thursday at Rise of The Rest, co-created by AOL co-founder Steve Case (pictured right).

    Steve Case-Led Competition Tries to 'Level The Playing Field'

    A national startup venture competition has brought out the biggest names in the state's tech scene and one of the brains behind it says it's all about telling the story of the lesser-known entrepreneurial hotspots. Rise of The Rest, a creation of AOL co-founder Steve Case and tech sector investor JD Vance, will crown a central Indiana winner from 10 young companies vying for the $100,000 prize. Case says...

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    Indy to Serve as Grow With Google Launch Site

    Indianapolis will be the kickoff city for a national skills training tour from a prominent name in tech. Grow With Google, coming to the Indiana State Museum November 10th and 11th, will include more than 20 workshops, over 100 one-on-one coaching sessions and interactive demonstrations. The focus will be on topics like job search strategies, presentation skills, search engine optimization and the basics of coding.

  • Anthem's Atlanta Tech Center Moves Forward

    Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) has entered into an agreement for the construction of a 21-story building in Atlanta that will serve as the company's IT services hub. Work on the 352,000-square-foot Anthem Technology Center is expected to begin in January. 

  • FirstNet was established in 2012 by federal law.

    Indiana Opts Into Public Safety Wireless Network

    Governor Eric Holcomb has announced Indiana will be the 25th state to opt into a nationwide public broadband network deployment plan. The FirstNet initiative allows AT&T to install infrastructure at no cost to the state, giving public safety workers and first responders access to high-speed, wireless communication infrastructure. Holcomb says the network will "help those on the front lines coordinate better and faster to serve and protect our citizens and communities."

  • The company plans to relocate to a vacant building downtown.

    Fort Wayne 'Transformation' Keeps Tech Firm Downtown

    Fort Wayne-based Aptera Inc. is planning to relocate its headquarters elsewhere downtown and add 20 jobs.The digital marketing technology firm plans to pump $2.6 million into renovating the former Allen County courthouse annex building. President T.K. Herman told the Fort Wayne City Council Tuesday the company located downtown about a decade ago and the growth that has taken place in the urban core since has been big for Aptera. The City Council approved...

  • The company's new headquarters will be located in the Stutz Business Center in downtown Indianapolis.

    Tech Company From Bloomington Expanding, Moving HQ

    A Bloomington-based technology consulting firm is planning to move its headquarters to Indianapolis as part of an expansion. Lucid Services Group, which will maintain a presence in the Monroe County city, says it will open its headquarters next month at the Stutz Business Center in Indianapolis and create up to 76 jobs over the next three years. The company currently employs 15 and is looking to double its work force in the remaining weeks of 2017.

  • Susan Marshal co-founded Torchlite in December.

    Startups Ready For 'Rise of The Rest'

    The chief executive officer of one of the companies taking part in Thursday's Rise of the Rest pitch competition says the event coming to Indianapolis is a "testament to all the innovation and activity and energy around the startup community." Torchlite CEO Susan Marshall will join executives from nine other companies in taking part in the initiative led by AOL co-founder Steve Case and tech sector investor JD Vance.

  • 250ok CTO Ryan Pfenninger and CEO Greg Kraios appeared in Inside INdiana Business Television last year.

    250ok Lands Funding to Boost Hiring, Expansion

    An Indianapolis-based email analytics provider has completed a $2.6 million Series A round of funding. 250ok says the round, led by North Dakota-based Arthur Ventures, will be used for product expansion and hiring. 

  • (photo courtesy CleanSlate Technology Group)

    Tech Company Adding Dozens of Jobs

    Carmel-based CleanSlate Technology Group is doubling its work force in Hamilton County. The cloud consulting and software management company says it will invest more than $1 million and add up to 50 new jobs by 2020. The IBM reseller says the expansion will double its physical footprint as well. Renovations at its headquarters will begin in 2018. The company says it will add to its sales team and grow its software asset management, cloud computing, integration, mobile...

  • (Image courtesy of Ivy Tech Community College Northeast.)

    Ivy Tech Programs to Take Competency-Based Approach

    Two competency-based credentials, the first for Ivy Tech Community College, have been approved by a national higher education accreditation organization. The Software Development Technical Certificate and the Business Operations, Applications, and Technology Technical Certificate will be offered starting in April. The programs received the go-ahead from the Higher Learning Commission's Institutional Actions Council.

  • (Image of the Indiana Life Sciences Summit courtesy of BioCrossroads.)

    New Venture Winner Fighting Cancer at Nano Level

    A company that uses nanotechnology to boost the punch of cancer-killing radiation treatments is the winner of this year's New Venture Competition at the Indiana Life Sciences Summit. West Lafayette-based LoDos Theranostics, which was launched two years ago by a Purdue University chemical engineering professor and an MBA graduate from MIT, couples its Radio-Luminescent ultra-violet nanoparticles with X-rays or gamma-rays traditionally used against cancer tumors.

  • ClearObject CEO Tapped For High-Profile Council

    Fishers-based ClearObject Corp. Chief Executive Officer John McDonald has joined a prestigious group of technology executives. The Forbes Technology Council is an invitation-only network of leaders that can be tapped by the publication to provide thought leadership articles and tips on industry topics. Forbes Councils founder Scott Gerber says...

  • Spero Senior Scientist Ian Klein says the funding will allow the company to "further prepare for commercialization."

    Spero Energy Lands Federal Funding

    West Lafayette-based bio-chemical company Spero Energy Inc. has received a $100,000 grant to advance biobased products for the agricultural sector. The funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will support work on molecules used to more efficiently deliver micronutrients to a variety of crops. Spero developed a series of those molecules, or chelates, in the Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette. The company says the technology can help increase crop production and yields...
  • IndyRAGE runs all day Saturday at Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis.

    IndyRAGE to Feature Women in Robotics

    Twenty teams made up of all-female students and mentors will take part this weekend in the IndyRAGE robotics competition. Teams from Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Kentucky will take part in the event aimed at sparking interest among women in STEM fields. The competition involves a game called STEAMWORKS, which features robots shooting five-inch whiffle balls into a 21-inch diameter goal. Teams can also score points by having robots place a gear-shaped game piece onto a flexible...

  • (Image of Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson courtesy of the city of Gary)

    Steering Committee Lines Up For NW Indiana Amazon Bid

    A steering committee of leaders from Gary and northwest Indiana is place for a bid to land the second Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) headquarters. The group includes the city and its economic development team, Northwest Indiana Forum, Merrillville-based Northern Indiana Public Service Co. and consultants SEH Inc. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson last month announced the city was making a region-backed play for what the online marketplace says will lead to an estimated 50,000 jobs.

  • Indiana Conference For Women Names Pitch Finalists

    The Indiana Conference for Women has named the finalists for its 2017 Pitch Competition. The pitch session, organized by Fishers-based The Startup Ladies, will take place November 7 at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. 

  • Chok Ooi (pictured center) is co-founder and CEO of Kenzie Academy.

    Apprentice School Aims to 'Supercharge' Tech Talent

    A new school in Indianapolis is focusing on apprenticeship as a way to skill-up the next generation the tech work force. Kenzie Academy, which is located at the Speakeasy Downtown, says it provides training with an emphasis on networking and job experience through paid projects as a consultant for employers. Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Chok Ooi says the apprenticeship model keeps costs down for students, while providing connections and prioritizing job placement.

  • Fishers-based Fuzic is one of the award winners.

    Centric Names Innovation Award Winners

    Indianapolis-based Centric Inc. has announced the winners of the 2017 Indiana Innovation Awards. The honors are presented to individuals and organizations "who are successfully leading the innovation charge in our state," according to the think tank.

  • Geoffrey Fox serves as IU Distinguished Professor and interim associate dean for intelligent systems engineering at the IU School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering.

    Federally-Funded Hub Will Explore Nanoscale Devices at IU

    The National Science Foundation has awarded $4 million to the Indiana University School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering. Researchers at the school's intelligent systems engineering program, which was established last year, will use the five-year grant to form one of three NSF's Network for Computational Nanotechnology nanoHUB "nodes." The effort is focused on moving forward nanoscale devices to fight cancer and improve human health. The technology will...

  • (L to R) Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness, Fuzic CEO Brent Oakley, Governor Eric Holcomb, Fuzic Executive Chairman Scott McCorkle

    Fuzic CEO Says State, City Supporting Growth

    Within a 14-month period, Fishers-based Fuzic Inc. has grown from three employees to over 30.

    Monday, the marketing technology platform that provides custom audio advertising and licensed music for location-based businesses says it plans to hire an additional 250-plus employees by 2020. Fuzic Chief Executive Officer Brent Oakley says the company's rapid growth is simply a result of increasing demand. 

  • (Image of TradeRev CEO Mark Endras [pictured left] and KAR CEO Jim Hallett [pictured right] from July courtesy of TradeRev on Twitter.)

    KAR Buys-Out Remainder of Dealer Tech Business

    Carmel-based KAR Auction Services Inc. (NYSE: KAR) has announced the acquisition of the remaining half of a dealer-to-dealer auction technology platform company. The deal for Nth Gen Software Inc., which does business as TradeRev, is valued at up to $125 million. KAR purchased 50 percent of the business in 2014 for $30 million. The latest deal follows KAR's late-September announcement that it plans to invest $80 million into a new Carmel campus that could create 400 jobs by 2020.

  • (Rendering of Braden Building in the Fishers Nickel Plate District courtesy of JLL.)

    Fuzic Growing in Fishers

    Fishers-based Fuzic Inc. has announced an expansion involving up to 255 new jobs by 2020. The company says it will invest nearly $3.7 million into growth plans and will relocate to space at the Braden Building in the city's Nickel Plate District. The fast-growing company, which debuted its proof-of-concept in 2016, creates custom audio announcements and music playlists for businesses. Earlier this year, Fuzic announced a more than $3.5 million round of funding.

  • Katie Culp (pictured left) serves as president of KSM Location Advisors and Tim Cook (pictured right) is CEO of the business.

    KSM: 'Long-Shot' Central Indiana Amazon Pitch Worth It

    The chief executive officer and president of Indianapolis-based KSM Location Advisors say central Indiana could put together a compelling bid for the second headquarters of Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), but it faces big challenges. Tim Cook and Katie Culp agree Boston, Denver and Austin appear to be frontrunners, but Culp says the Indy/Fishers pitch will be among the "off-the-radar cities" that could be in the mix.

  • Fuzic Set For Jobs Announcement

    A jobs announcement is set for Monday afternoon in Fishers. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says executives from audio technology marketing company Fuzic will join Governor Eric Holcomb and Mayor Scott Fadness to provide details. During an interview in March on Inside INdiana Business Television, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Brent Oakley discussed the company's origins.

  • The center will be led by Senior Vice President of Sales and Customer Success Jason McDonald.

    Cloud Tech Company Growing in Indy

    Silicon Valley-based medical technology company PracticeSuite Inc. is expanding in Indianapolis. The medical billing and electronic health record systems provider says it will add up to 20 jobs over the next year at a consolidated Sales and Customer Success center in the city. The company says the center will support a growing client base and provide a "much-needed eastern time zone presence" to compliment its Silicon Valley headquarters.

  • Mike Canada joined EnerDel in 2014.

    Once-Fading Battery Maker Rebounding After 'Right-Sizing'

    The chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based EnerDel Inc. says the company is transitioning to profitability this year for the first time in its history. Mike Canada, who took the helm at the lithium-ion battery maker two years after its parent predecessor Ener1 filed for bankruptcy in 2012, says EnerDel has been "right-sizing" ever since. Backed by an exclusive agreement with Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ALSN) and...

  • IU and Regenstrief scientists will work with LifeOmic to develop a platform to store data for millions of patients.

    IU Partnership Targets Precision Medicine

    Indiana University, the Regenstrief Institute and Indianapolis-based LifeOmic are partnering on an effort to advance personalized medicine. As part of the collaboration, LifeOmic, founded by noted Indianapolis entrepreneur Don Brown, will have a blanket license for a broad range of intellectual property owned by IU and Regenstrief. The company will also have access to IU faculty for its work in precision medicine and data analytics. In exchange, IU and Regenstrief will have a...

  • Kokomo Makerspace Aimed at 'Enabling' Innovation

    The SHAK Makerspace will Wednesday afternoon cut the ribbon on a more prominent location in Kokomo's evolving downtown. Mayor Greg Goodnight says the facility matches well with the types of residents the city is trying to attract downtown to fill hundreds of new apartments and condos. SHAK Makerspace, he says, offers "that space to keep their creative skills active."

  • Hoosier Economic Development Execs Among 'Digital 25'

    Two local economic development leaders in the state have been recognized nationally for their use of technology. The Digital 25 was compiled using responses to Community Systems 2017 Economic Development Technology Survey, which covered the importance of technology to respondents' jobs, how much time they spent using technology each week and what percentage of their budgets are dedicated to technology.

  • (Image courtesy of Ball State University.)

    Collaboration Key to $62.5M Health Building at Ball State

    The first dean of Ball State University's College of Health says the focus on interprofessional relationships will come to define the school. Mitch Whaley's remarks came during the recent groundbreaking of the $62.5 million Health Professions Building, which will bring most of university's students in health-related fields under the same roof. Whaley says these close collaborations will benefit students, patients and employers.

  • Launch Indy is located within The Union 525 in downtown Indianapolis.

    Launch Indy to Celebrate Grand Opening

    The newest coworking space in downtown Indianapolis will Friday officially open its doors. Officials will celebrate the grand opening of Launch Indy, the 12,000-square-foot space located inside The Union 525. 

  • (Image courtesy of Indiana University)

    IU Kelley, Deloitte Consulting Partner on Tech

    The Indiana University Kelley School of Business in Bloomington has launched an effort designed to help prepare students to use emerging technologies. The Digital Intelligence Initiative, created with the help of New York-based Deloitte Consulting LLP, will give students leadership and research opportunities in business analytics, cloud computing, intelligent systems, pervasive technologies and augmented reality. Dean Idie Kesner says the partnership is part of efforts to help studen...
  • (Rendering courtesy of Ivy Tech Community College)

    Ivy Tech's Big Auto Tech Play Coming Together

    Officials expect Ivy Tech Community College's $16 million auto technology center on the Indianapolis west side to be complete in two years. The facility will help feed an industry that continues to seek highly-trained openings as baby boomers leave the work force. Indianapolis Auto Trade Association Board President Tom Miller says graduates of the program, which is supported by a $1 million grant from the organization, "will be guaranteed a job."

  • John Wechsler (pictured on-stage) is founder of Launch Fishers and Launch Indy and an organizer of Fail Fest.

    Fail Fest Speakers Focus on Overcoming Odds, Self

    An event focusing on the role failure plays in innovation is attracting storytellers from local and international backgrounds. Fail Fest, taking place Thursday at The Union 525 in downtown Indianapolis, includes presentations from entrepreneurs and executives in industries ranging from technology to food service to public safety. Rupal Thanawala, Indiana Market Leader for Dublin-based consulting, tech services and outsourcing company Accenture, discussed...

  • IU Touts Boost in Commercialization Efforts

    The Indiana University Innovation and Commercialization Office is touting the school's technology transfer activity in the 2016-2017 fiscal year. The university received 57 issued patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a more than 20 percent increase over the previous year. 

  • The Anderson job fair will take place at Mounds Mall.

    Anderson, IPFW Hosting Job Fairs

    The city of Anderson and IPFW are each hosting job fairs Thursday. The events, both of which are free and open to the public, will feature a total of more than 200 employers looking to fill thousands of open positions.

  • IU Vice President for Research Fred Cate (left) and NSWC Crane commanding officer Capt. Mark Oesterreich signed the agreement. (photo courtesy Indiana University)

    IU, Crane Re-Sign Commercialization Agreement

    Officials from Indiana University and Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division have re-signed a Partnership Intermediary Agreement. IU says the agreement will give NSWC Crane the ability to commercialize more innovative technology and could provide more economic development and job creation in southern Indiana.

  • Angie Hicks is co-founder of Angie's List.

    Angie's List Lawsuits Halted After Clarification

    Indianapolis-based Angie's List Inc. (Nasdaq: ANGI) has announced three lawsuits challenging its planned merger with IAC-owned (Nasdaq: IAC) HomeAdvisor Inc. have been dropped. In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Angie's List says the suits were called off after the companies adjusted language in the previous merger agreement, including provisions involving founder Angie Hicks's role with the resulting ANGI Homeservices.

  • (Rendering provided by KAR Auction Services)

    KAR's Big Carmel Investment About Talent 'Fight'

    KAR Auction Services Inc. (NYSE: KAR) Chief Executive Officer Jim Hallett says a planned $80 million investment in a new Carmel headquarters will serve the company's existing needs and boost talent attraction. Some 900 employees are located at the company's current HQ, and KAR says the new space will house 400 new workers that will be added in the coming years. Hallett says "we're all in a fight for talent," especially in the technology space. He calls central Indiana...

  • The first Game On tournament to be played at Grand Park Field House in Westfield.

    'Game On' At Grand Park

    Esports is coming to Grand Park Field House. The 400-acre sports complex will house the first Game On esports center in Indiana. Game On Chief Visionary Officer Rick Barretto and partners are hoping this strategic launch will elevate interest statewide.  “When you mention gaming, people typically think of a kid playing an online game into the early morning hours – think again,” said Barretto. “It is really a new frontier in entertainment, education a...

  • Gary Taking a Shot at New Amazon HQ

    Another Indiana community is planning to throw its hat into the ring for the second Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) headquarters. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says she still expects to hear from Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos after her city took out an advertisement Monday in The New York Times' business section appealing to the online marketplace mogul to consider the Lake County city. Freeman-Wilson understands Gary isn't top-of-mind like high-profile contenders, but...

  • (photo courtesy Walmart)

    New Walmart Tech Debuts in Aurora

    A Walmart (NYSE: WMT) location in Dearborn County is the first in the state to debut new technology for online shoppers. The store in Aurora is now using the company's new Pickup Tower, a 16-foot tall structure that acts almost like a vending machine and can fulfill an online order in less than a minute.

  • (Image courtesy of Cyclone Social) The company is located in downtown Fort Wayne next to the historic Coney Island restaurant.

    Fort Wayne Marketer Poised For More Growth

    The founder of a rapidly-growing Fort Wayne marketing company is eyeing a larger footprint throughout the state and beyond. Cyclone Social Chief Executive Officer Andrew Lamping launched the company in 2012 from his bedroom and says revenue has tripled each year since. As a result, staff size has jumped from five in January to 15 currently. Future plans include more employees and additional offices in markets like the company's "next major push" in Indianapolis.

  • (Image courtesy of Hyperloop One)

    Proposed Hyperloop Route Would Run Through Indiana

    A proposed Hyperloop route through Indiana that would connect Chicago, Columbus, Ohio and Pittsburgh is a finalist to receive a deeper examination. The Midwest Connect team was one of 10 groups selected by California-based Hyperloop One for its Global Challenge to find potential routes for the high-tech cargo and passenger system that uses magnetic levitation to send pods through low-resistance tubes at "airline speeds."

  • Mike Langellier is CEO of Indiana's tech growth initiative TechPoint.

    Langellier: Indy 'Well-Positioned' For Amazon

    TechPoint Chief Executive Officer Mike Langellier says while Indianapolis is well-positioned to bid for Amazon.com Inc.’s (Nasdaq: AMZN) second headquarters, it will take "a giant, collective, creative, big thinking effort" to pull it off. Amazon says "HQ2" would be a $5 billion project creating 50,000 jobs over 15 years. "This is a once in a generation opportunity... akin to a Super Bowl bid and bigger in a lot of respects," said Langellier.

  • (Image courtesy of Revolution) Pictured: Rise of the Rest competition co-founder Steve Case during previous check presentation in Pittsburgh.

    Tech Competitors to Spotlight 'Dynamic Sense of Possibility'

    The Indianapolis finalists vying for a $100,000 investment from AOL co-founder Steve Case are in. Revolution LLC, a Washington D.C.-based venture capital firm co-founded by Case, will host the Indy leg of its five-city Rise of the Rest tour and 10-company pitch competition. On October 12, Case and co-founder J.D. Vance will tour the startups, host a "fireside chat" at The Union 525 with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, then listen to the pitches.

  • Hope Academy Using VR in The Classroom

    A charter school in Indianapolis that focuses on helping students who are battling substance abuse s turning to a high-tech solution to boost engagement. Hope Academy, which is sponsored by the city and connected to Fairbanks Addiction Treatment Center, is partnering with Iowa-based startup VictoryVR on STEM-centered virtual reality technology. The goggles and software, VictoryVR founder Steve Grubbs says, take students to historic and significant sites.

  • (photo courtesy Wabash College)

    South Bend Tech Company Names CEO

    South Bend-based Trek10 Inc. has named Shane Fimbel chief executive officer. The tech company says Fimbel, who most recently served as chief operating officer of Global Access Point LLC in South Bend, will lead the company's scale-up efforts.

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    Big Grant Boosts TechPoint Talent Hunt

    The state's tech growth initiative has secured a $5.7 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to support talent attraction and retention efforts. TechPoint, part of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, says the funds will boost its Xtern program, billed as "The Ultimate Tech Internship," and Xtern Bootcamp, which was launched last year. The TechPointX programs, which also include the two-year Indy Tech Fellowship and five-week Sales Bootcamp, were created in...

  • (Image courtesy of BrightVolt)

    BrightVolt Details BIC Expansion

    An ultra-thin film battery company is providing more detail on its growth at the Battery Innovation Center in Greene County. BrightVolt Inc. says it plans to add up to 30 jobs at its Newberry operation by 2020. In August, Inside INdiana Business reported on BrightVolt's partnership with the BIC, becoming the first company to set up dedicated space in the hub near Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center. By the end of the month, the company says...

  • Techshot Selected For Major NASA Contract

    A Greenville-based company is one of 16 to receive a share of up to $500 million as part of a NASA Research, Engineering, and Mission Integration Services contract. Techshot Inc. says the funding will be used to assist with research and engineering efforts on the International Space Station. 

  • The 2017 edition of IndyIoT will be held at the 502 East Event Center in Carmel.

    Lineup in Place For IndyIoT

    Organizers of an event focused on the emerging Internet of Things industry have announced this year's lineup. The third annual IndyIoT will take place October 25 in Carmel and feature a keynote presentation by Fishers-based ClearObject Chief Executive Officer John McDonald and Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness. Inside INdiana Business Host Gerry Dick will moderate a group discussion during lunch.

  • Go Electric is located at the Purdue Polytechnic Anderson facility.

    Go Electric Tapped For Another Military Project

    Anderson-based Go Electric Inc. has announced it will take part in a demonstration microgrid project at the Fort Custer Training Center in Michigan. Electricore Inc., a California-based nonprofit consortium, has awarded Go Electric a nearly $500,000 contract to provide a battery energy storage system for the project.

  • Element Three is headquartered in the Pyramids complex on the northwest side of Indianapolis.

    Culture Matters: Element Three Looks to 'Write Bold Stories'

    A marketing agency in Indianapolis is crediting its continued growth to a combination of factors that includes a foundation of analytics-based services. In this month's Culture Matters segment, FirstPerson Chief Executive Officer Bryan Brenner says Element Three, which was founded in 2005 and now employs 70, has used a "unique approach" to become one of the largest agencies of its kind in the state.

  • Mayors Joe Hogsett and Scott Fadness announced the effort to attract the project at a news conference Monday.

    'Unified Regional Effort' Targets Amazon HQ

    Central Indiana leaders behind an effort to attract Amazon.com Inc.'s (Nasdaq: AMZN) second U.S. headquarters say they are having to squeeze three-to-six months of work into a few weeks. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Fishers Mayor Monday announced a "coordinated, unified regional effort" to attract the $5 billion project that could result in 50,000 new jobs. The mayors say a team of tech, business and community leaders will work to develop a comprehensive proposal...

  • (Image courtesy of Supreme Industries)

    Wabash National Details Supreme Acquisition Funding

    Lafayette-based Wabash National Corp. (NYSE:WNC) has issued a $325 million private offering. Proceeds from the unsecured senior notes will be used toward the pending acquisition of Goshen-based Supreme Industries Inc. Late last month, Wabash National subsidiary Redhawk Acquisition Corp.'s $21 per share offering for outstanding Supreme Industries stock went live. The deal's equity value is $364 million. Wabash National says...

  • California Manufacturer to Onshore Jobs in Cass County

    A California company says it will relocate some manufacturing functions from China to Logansport. Lytx Inc. plans to invest $50 million into moving event recorder manufacturing to the Cal-Comp USA plant in Cass County, creating 70 jobs. It says initial work in Logansport will begin next month and full production is expected to ramp up in March. Cal-Comp USA has customers in industries including...

  • Elevate Ventures Looks to Southeast Indiana

    Elevate Ventures has another target in its mission to develop entrepreneurs and innovators statewide. The venture development organization says it will invest $1.5 million to match $1 million to be raised locally to grow entrepreneurship in southeast Indiana. "That's a very interesting area of the state," said Elevate Chief Executive Officer Chris LaMothe, noting about 70 percent of the region is across the river in Kentucky, creating a mutually beneficial scenario.

  • (Credit: IWiT Championship) Thompson took home $300,000 for winning the event.

    First IWiT Championship In The Books

    Florida native Lexi Thompson won this weekend's inaugural Indy Women in Tech Championship at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. More than 140 players took part in the LPGA event, which included several events throughout the week supporting STEM education and showcasing the Indianapolis tech scene. The three-day stroke play tournament featured 144 players competing for a $2 million purse. Thompson took home $300,000 for winning the event with...

  • Wood (right) says he and Corliss wrote up the plan for the business in 2015.

    SnapShyft Launches, Eyes Big Growth

    The winner of last year's inaugural Indy Startup Challenge has officially launched in what it calls a "perfect market." Co-founder Stephanie Corliss says SnapShyft is a gig economy platform connecting bars and restaurants with qualified workers looking for shifts. Corliss, from Silicon Valley, and Indianapolis native Thor Wood came up with the idea to help venues recover what she says is "billions of dollars left on the table" due to understaffing. The company has ...

  • IBRI, Universities Formalize Relationships

    The Indiana Biosciences Research Institute in Indianapolis has detailed a partnership with four Hoosier universities. The IBRI says the memorandum of understanding involves streamlining the way in which university technologies are licensed by removing hurdles and speeding up commercialization. Ball State University, Indiana University, Purdue University, and the University of Notre Dame have all signed on. The IBRI says the formal collaboration will strengthen ties between...

  • First Internet Bancorp is headquartered in Fishers.

    First Internet Bank Details Health Care Lending Investment

    Fishers-based First Internet Bancorp (Nasdaq: INBK) is partnering with a San Francisco health care industry lender. The deal with Lendeavor Inc. involves an unspecified equity stake and a commitment of up to $120 million each year for five years from First Internet Bank toward loans for health care practices. In a news release, First Internet Bank Chief Executive Officer David Becker said...

  • Activities also included the chance to build mini-racecars.

    Tech Event Brings 'Eureka!' Moments to Students

    Days after astronaut Mae Jemison told the Indy Women in Tech Summit that young students need hands-on STEM education, around 1,000 fifth and sixth graders are getting that opportunity as part of The Eureka! Exchange at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Program opportunities range from coding instructions for a robot with the help of the Eleven Fifty Academy to building model helicopters with Rolls-Royce in Indianapolis. The Eureka! Exchange is part of a week of events...

  • (Image provided by Indiana Tech)

    Indiana Tech Dives Deeper Into eSports Realm

    Indiana Tech Recreation and Community Life Coordinator Kyle Klinker says hiring a head coach for the college's developing varsity eSports program demonstrates a commitment to taking on "the best of the best" in the world. Geoffrey Wright, a Georgia Southern University graduate and former president of the Southern Collegiate Gaming Association, will lead the Warriors' eSports team. The video gaming program has grown from...

  • AT&T Launches 4G LTE Service in Northeast Indiana

    AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) has launched its 4G LTE service in several northeast Indiana communities. The company says its high-speed mobile Internet service is now available in Churubusco, Harlan and Arcola, among others. 

  • (Rendering of Posterity Heights' first pahse, the Scholar House, provided by BWI LLC.)

    'Transformative' Development Aims to Break Poverty Cycle

    Officials from the state, city of Fort Wayne and Indianapolis-based developer BWI LLC will break ground Wednesday on the first of six multi-use developments throughout the state designed to break the generational poverty cycle. Posterity Heights is a $42 million project on the site of the former McMillen Apartments in the Allen County city. It is part of the two-year-old Moving Forward Program marrying affordability, energy-efficiency and access to personal transportation.

  • Mae Jemison served as the keynote speaker of the IWiT Summit.

    STEM Giants Highlight IWiT Summit

    The first African American woman in space is in Indianapolis today, touting early STEM education. Mae Jemison was the keynote speaker at today's IWiT Summit, part of the LPGA's Indy Women in Tech Championship week. In addition to reaching kids early, Jemison says STEM education "always has to be hands on...you have to do something." Speakers at today's event also included High Alpha Managing Partner Scott Dorsey and Bridgestone Motorsports Chief Engineer Cara Adams.

  • Milo: Talent is State's 'Premier Challenge'

    Blair Milo says she has always been motivated to solve complex challenges. In her new role as Secretary of Career Connections and Talent, the former La Porte mayor is getting a chance to do just that. Governor Eric Holcomb named Milo to the newly-created, cabinet level position in July, and already she says she sees the enormity of the challenge and views communication as an immediate priority.

  • The announcement is set for Monday, October 2 in Fort Wayne.

    Elevate Ventures Growing NE IN Partnership

    Elevate Ventures and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership will next month detail a multi-million-dollar expansion of their partnership. Stakeholders including Huntington University, Parkview Health and Old National Bank will take part in the October 2 announcement. Elevate Ventures says partnerships like this are essential because, while Indiana is often lauded for its business environment, "the state's entrepreneurship and innovation performance is failing to...

  • (Image courtesy of the Indiana Rural Health Association.)

    Indiana-Connected Telehealth Effort Lands Funding

    A nearly $1 million grant will extend a telehealth initiative that has a presence in Indiana and three neighboring states. The Indiana Rural Health Association was the lead applicant for the three-year grant to the Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center, which provides technical and educational programs in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. The funding is from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. IRHA Executive Director Don Kelso says...

  • David Broecker (left) will be succeeded as CEO by Rainer Fischer (pictured right) in October.

    David Broecker to Step Aside as IBRI CEO

    The Indiana Biosciences Research Institute in Indianapolis has named its next chief executive officer. Rainer Fischer will continue to serve as chief scientific and innovation officer and succeed David Broecker as CEO October 1. Broecker, the IBRI's founding CEO, will stay on as an advisor to the institute. Fischer came to the IBRI last year and in a Perspectives piece for Inside INdiana Business last October, Broecker praised Fischer as a "superstar scientist."

  • The first board meeting of the Applied Research Insttute was held August 31, 2017 in Bloomington.

    $16M Applied Research Institute Making Strides

    The Applied Research Institute, which connects the state's top military, industry and higher education assets and leaders, has taken its first major steps. The ARI board, comprised of big names like Governor Eric Holcomb, IU's Michael McRobbie, Purdue's Mitch Daniels and Rolls-Royce North America Defense Aerospace President Phil Burkholder, has approved its first major project. Over the next two years, $3.5 million will go toward the development of trusted microelectronics.

  • (Image of Josh Driver courtesy of TechPoint)

    Selfless.ly Seeks to be 'Google For Good'

    A veteran of the Indianapolis tech and philanthropic scenes has launched a new Software as a Community platform designed to connect volunteers, businesses and nonprofits. Josh Driver says he wants Selfless.ly to become "the Google for good." The goal is to simplify the process of finding available resources and opportunities for corporations, groups and individuals interested in giving back. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Driver says...

  • Software Company Moving to Carmel

    Indianapolis-based Indigo BioAutomation has announced plans to relocate its headquarters to Carmel. Financial details of the move are not being released, however the scientific software solution company's entire staff will move into the new Pedcor Square Building in Carmel City Center, which is expected to open this fall.

  • AT&T Expanding 5G Trial to South Bend

    AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) has announced plans to expand trials of its fixed wireless 5G Internet service to businesses and residents in South Bend. The company says the trial, which is also taking place in Waco, Texas and Kalamazoo, Michigan, will help speed up full deployment of the service by the end of 2018. 

  • The house itself is listed at nearly $5 million.

    SLIDESHOW: Tech Icon's Estate Sale

    Serial entrepreneur, Eleven Fifty co-founder and Grow INdiana Media Ventures Chairman Scott Jones is showing off some of what will be available next month at a four-day estate sale. The 24,000 square-foot home and everything inside it will be for sale September 14-17. The house itself is listed at nearly $5 million. Jones, who developed the technology behind voicemail and founded question-and-answer service ChaCha, spends most of his time at a home in Honolulu.

  • Closing Set For Angie's List Acquisition

    Indianapolis-based Angie's List Inc. (Nasdaq: ANGI) says September 29 will be final shareholder vote on its proposed sale to the New York-based parent of HomeAdvisor. IAC (Nasdaq: IAC) is offering $8.50 per share or up to $130 million for the online home services website. The resulting company will be called ANGI Homeservices Inc. and be based out of the HomeAdvisor headquarters in Golden, Colorado. In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the...

  • Upper Hand Adds Funding, Grows in 'Massive' Market

    A sports software company has secured a $1.1 million round of funding and its chief executive officer says Indianapolis continues to be the right place to grow. Upper Hand Inc. founder Kevin MacCauley, an Indiana University graduate who grew up in Evansville, says the company's sports business sales, marketing and intelligence technology will continue to tap into a $15 billion a year market that is only getting larger. The additional capital will help Upper Hand...

  • (Image of honey bees courtesy of The Bee Corp.)

    Funding For The Bee Corp. Could Broaden Its Focus

    A high-tech company creating a name for itself in a traditionally low-tech space has received backing from some big names on the Indiana venture capital scene. Bloomington-based The Bee Corp., which develops software to help beekeepers monitor the inner workings for their hives, has secured a Series A round of funding led by Jane Martin, general partner at Village Ventures, who was also joined by Indianapolis-based High Alpha Ventures Managing Partner Scott Dorsey, Elevate Ventures.

  • (Image courtesy of Liz Cleland)

    Cummins Shows Off Future Tech

    Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) says it continues to stake a claim as the global engine manufacturer best-positioned to "win" in the future. During a ceremony Tuesday at its Columbus technical center, executives unveiled a variety of natural gas and high-efficiency diesel engines, as well as debuting its fully-electric, class 7 hauler demonstration vehicle. Cummins also says it will introduce a new heavy-duty diesel engine in 2022.

  • (Photo courtesy of Austin-Berstrom International Airport.)

    Another Austin Flight Adds to Indy Nonstop Options

    Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) has announced a seasonal nonstop flight to Austin, Texas. The destination is important for the state's technology community, as Austin is one of the centers of the tech industry in the U.S. Allegiant Airlines began flying to Austin in May. IND now offers a total of 47 nonstop flights. At the end of July, Southwest announced its first international nonstop out of Indianapolis: a flight to Cancun International Airport.

  • AT&T Launches 4G LTE Service in Southern Indiana

    AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) continues to expand mobile Internet service throughout the state. The telecommunications provider has launched its 4G LTE service in several southern Indiana locations, including French Lick, Montgomery and Paragon.

  • Anderson Center Opens 'World of Opportunity'

    Anderson leaders say the growing Purdue Polytechnic Institute continues to pay dividends. Officials have cut the ribbon on the new $15 million Flagship East facility, which Mayor Tom Broderick says keeps the city "at the forefront of innovation." Also today, Switzerland-based energy storage technology company Leclanché officially opened a new research and manufacturing facility at the center.

  • Skateboard Startup Aims to Shred Onto College Campuses

    An entrepreneurial team of siblings believes its emerging skateboard business can gain a foothold on Midwest college campuses and find its way to consumers. Indianapolis-based BlackCraft Boards co-founders Paul and Perry Lierman say their startup sprouted from a high school business project. The Indiana University and Purdue University graduates say crafting longboards from carbon fiber creates a stronger, lighter and waterproof skate deck that offers more design...

  • Purdue Polytechnic Anderson Facility to be Dedicated

    The city of Anderson, Purdue Polytechnic Institute and Flagship Enterprise Center will Friday cut the ribbon on a $15 million Purdue Polytechnic Anderson facility. Anderson Mayor Tom Broderick says the facility, known as Flagship East, will “lead the way in redefining higher educational opportunities and providing innovation in advanced manufacturing, science and technology."

  • The Figuro3D management team (from left to right): Sandra Gesing, Paul Brenner, Christopher Sweet, Robert Kuang and James Sweet.

    3D Scanning Company Gains Grant

    South Bend-based Figuro3D has been awarded a High-Potential Startup Grant from Elevate Ventures. The company, which is located in Innovation Park, develops three-dimensional scanning technology used to speed up the manufacturing quality-control process. Northern Indiana is one of several regions throughout the state where Elevate Ventures is focusing on boosting entrepreneurship. The HPSG program offers pre-seed funds of up to $25,000.

  • IBRI Hires Research Fellow and Digital Tech VP

    A former Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) executive has been named research fellow and vice president of digital technology at the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute in Indianapolis. Daniel Robertson previously served as senior director of research IT at Lilly and spent the last two years building out the IBRI's computational analytics, digital and data sciences capabilities.

  • Garrett co-founded MOBI in 2009.

    MOBI Co-Founder Named President

    Indianapolis-based MOBI has announced the appointment of co-founder Josh Garrett as president. The mobility management software company says Garrett will succeed Mitch Black, who will remain as an adviser.

  • Tech Conference Coming to Indy

    Indianapolis-based Lessonly has announced plans for its inaugural two-day tech conference in downtown Indy. The company says event, called Yellowship, will center around "team learning, productivity, and performance." 

  • (Image of Casey Gauss courtesy of Viral Launch)

    Viral Launch Plans Will Show 'It Can Be Done'

    The chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based Viral Launch says growth projections, which include adding up to 250 jobs by 2022, are actually "pretty low." Co-founder Casey Gauss tells Inside INdiana Business the software, creative and consulting services provider for Amazon sellers has a broader scope than competitors. "We're focused on building or providing the platform to help the entire business succeed." Gauss says the company is poised for big growth, fast.

  • (Image courtesy of Endeavor Communications)

    Company Connects With 'Future Speed Geeks'

    Cloverdale-based Endeavor Communications has launched a high school apprenticeship program for students interested in telecommunications and computer technology fields. The company says the "Future Speed Geeks" initiative gives students experience they can't receive in the classroom. Chief Executive Officer Darin LaCoursiere says the program is the first of its kind in the country. It's named for the nickname Endeavor Communications calls its technicians.

  • Casey Gauss co-founded Viral Launch in 2014.

    Viral Launch Details Ambitious Growth Plans

    Indianapolis-based Viral Launch has announced $2.2 million expansion plans. The marketing technology company, which currently employs more than 20, says it could add up to 250 jobs by 2021. Viral Launch plans to move fast and hire 30 workers by the end of this year and double its current office space in downtown Indy by early 2018. During a March interview with Inside INdiana Business Television, Chief Executive Officer Casey Gauss discussed...

  • Sigstr says the capital will allow it to advance its email signature marketing platform and accelerate hiring.

    Sigstr Lands $5M Funding Round

    Indianapolis-based Sigstr Inc. has secured $5 million in funding. The email signature marketing platform says the money will support product development and hiring. The funding came from organizations including Hyde Park Venture Partners and High Alpha Capital. Sigstr's platform aims to use employee email signatures as a marketing channel.

  • Oregon-Davis Elementary School is located in Hamlet.

    Another Telehealth Clinic Opens in Rural School

    A program harnessing technology to boost access to health care for Hoosier children in rural areas continues to grow. A new telehealth clinic will be dedicated this evening at the Oregon-Davis Elementary School in Hamlet, the fifth in a federally-funded initiative that already involves schools in Crothersville, Austin, Hanover and Elwood. The Starke County district has partnered with HealthLinc Community Health Centers and the Linton-based Indiana Rural Health Association.

  • AT&T Adds Another Cell Tower in Montgomery County

    AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) has added increased its 4G LTE service area in Crawfordsville. The telecommunications provider has now added three cell towers in Montgomery County with in the last year. The new site is at State Road 47 and County Road 200 South. Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton says "whether it's attracting economic development or visitors to our community, this latest investment in technology by AT&T is great news."

  • Infosys President Ravi Kumar (pictured left) and  Purdue Executive Vice President Suresh Garimella (pictured right) appeared in an interview on Inside INdiana Business Television.

    Purdue-Infosys Deal More Than Training

    While a big focus of the recently-announced partnership between Indian tech giant Infosys and Purdue University is training, the five-year agreement will go much deeper. It calls for Purdue to train 10,000 future Infosys employees in the U.S., including 2,000 in Indiana. But it also calls for creation of an Infosys Solutions Center to address business challenges in the manufacturing, pharmaceutical and agriculture sectors, key focus areas for the company.

  • Furrion says the Prosthesis can run 21 miles per hour and jump 10 feet high.

    Furrion on New Tech: 'We Like Crazy'

    A global technology company that recently opened its U.S. headquarters in Elkhart says its latest endeavor shows "we dream big and then make it happen." Furrion, which manufactures high-end products for the RV industry, has debuted its latest product, Prosthesis, a mechanized racing suit which it says uses robotics to deliver super-human power to users. In the latest INdiana Connections e-newsletter, founder and Chief Executive Officer Aaron Fidler says...

  • Indy Tech Company Grows in NYC Metro Area

    Indianapolis-based StrataBlue has opened an office in New Jersey. Chief Executive Officer Henry Bestritsky says the company is growing rapidly and the digital marketing agency has hit a point where "we either expand to handle the increased client load or slow down and stay the course. It's what we call a 'high-quality problem.'" StrataBlue, which was founded in 2000, currently has 15 employees in its Indianapolis office and 10 in the Greater New York City area.

  • Shaun Grannis is director of the Regenstrief Institute's Center for Biomedical Informatics.

    Grant to Help Tackle Patient ID Issues

    The Center for Biomedical Informatics at the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis has received a $1.7 million grant. The funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will support research and development of "real-world, evidence-based guidelines" for matching patient identification information in the era of Big Data. CBMI Director Shaun Grannis is the principal investigor for the project. He says...

  • The company plans to hire 100 associates by the end of this year, and 400 next year.

    Purdue, Infosys Announce Major Partnership

    Purdue University and India-based tech giant Infosys have announced a strategic alliance. The five-year agreement will involve training for the company's American employees, joint research projects and a physical presence for Infosys on campus. In May, the consulting and technology company announced that it had chosen Indianapolis for one of its U.S. tech and innovation hubs, resulting in up to 2,000 new jobs by the end of 2021.

  • Gen Con moved to Indianapolis in 2003.

    Gen Con's 50th Could Have Biggest Economic Impact Yet

    One of the most lucrative conventions in the state turns 50 today and the general manager of the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis says attendees -- and what they're willing to spend -- are maturing, too. Phil Ray says Gen Con continues to draw repeat visitors to the city who make a vacation out of the event and have more expendable income than they did in previous years. Gen Con is marking its first-ever sellout and could exceed its 2016 economic impact number of $71 million.

  • Gen Con 2017 is the event's first sellout in 50 years.

    Gen Con 50 Begins Today

    One of the state’s biggest conventions officially begins in downtown Indianapolis today. Gen Con, which moved to the Circle City in 2003, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend. The four day event, which saw over 60,000 people from around the globe and brought in $71 million in economic impact in 2016, is a complete sellout this year. The first in its history. Visit Indy Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications Chris Gahl says...

  • Melissa Watson (pictured left) is secretary of Indy Women in Tech and Tiffany White (pictured right) is past president of Women & Hi Tech.

    'Ignite Your Superpower' Focuses on Girls in STEM

    An event Thursday in Indianapolis will focus on sparking interest in science, technology, engineering and math for 600 middle school girls. Ignite Your Superpower! at the University of Indianapolis will include hands-on experiments, and appearances by industry role models including Pippa Mann and Sarah Fisher. During an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Indy Women in Tech Inc. Secretary Melissa Watson joined Women & Hi Tech Past President Tiffany White who says...

  • Hoppe succeeds current CEO Adrian Swartout, who is retiring after this week's convention.

    New Gen Con CEO: Indy is 'Bedrock'

    On the eve of Gen Con in Indianapolis, the Seattle-based organization has a new chief executive officer. Gaming industry veteran David Hoppe has been Gen Con LLC's president since May. He says he hopes the city will continue to be at the center of the group's activities, telling Inside INdiana Business, "The bedrock of what we do is what we do here in Indianapolis every year."

  • The Indiana Biosciences Research Institute is located in the 16 Tech Biotechnology Research & Training Center.

    Big Data Firm Partnering With IBRI

    An Indianapolis-based health care data consulting company has announced a partnership with the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute. Perscio LLC says it will provide services including strategic planning, market research and health care data analysis. Perscio President Kent Hiller says the company's goal is to "help IBRI accelerate its mission of enabling discovery science and innovation in collaboration with academic and industry researchers."

  • (Image courtesy of BlueSky Technology Partners)

    Ribbon Cutting For BlueSky's New HQ

    Noblesville-based BlueSky Technology Partners Inc. will mark the opening of its new headquarters Wednesday. The e-commerce and digital marketing consulting business broke ground on the $6 million facility in June of 2016 and is planning to add 20 employees. When the BlueSky Technology Partners currently employs 85 in the Hamilton County city. Its previous headquarters location was in the Stony Creek Industrial Park in Noblesville.

  • United Airlines now offers two daily flight options to San Francisco from Indianapolis International Airport.

    Indy Airport Adds Another San Fran Flight

    The executive director of Indianapolis International Airport calls another daily flight to San Francisco International Airport "a big win." Mario Rodriguez says business travelers, in particular, benefit from United Airlines' expanded service. He adds "it further supports the connection between the Indianapolis and Silicon Valley tech communities." United has two daily flights to SFO.

  • Blair Milo is the new Indiana Secretary of Career Connections and Talent.

    State Debuts Initiative Targeting Skills Gap

    The newest cabinet member of the Holcomb administration spent her first day with the governor in Clay County helping to launch an initiative focused on linking Hoosiers to higher-paying, in-demand jobs. Former La Porte Mayor Blair Milo, who now serves as secretary of career connections and talent, says the Next Level Jobs initiative includes "two more tools in our toolbox" to help Hoosiers be successful in their careers.

  • The honorees will be celebrated at an event September 7 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

    TechPoint Announces 'Tech 25'

    Indiana's technology initiative has announced its Tech 25 Class of 2017. TechPoint says the list honors the state's "tech builders" who aren't top-level executives, but are critical to growing the state's industry. The organization says nearly 60 technology companies nominated a team member for this year's class.

  • (Image courtesy of Gen Con LLC)

    Gen Con Racks-up a Sell-Out

    Days before the 50th edition of Gen Con kicks off in Indianapolis, organizers have announced a sellout. The event, which draws more than 60,000 visitors downtown and is one of the biggest conventions in the state, has expanded beyond the Indiana Convention Center and into Lucas Oil Stadium and nearby hotels. The consumer hobby, fantasy, science fiction and adventure gaming gathering has been hosted in Indianapolis for the last 15 years.

  • Governor Holcomb and Blair Milo announced the program in Brazil this morning.

    Holcomb, Milo Unveil 'Next Level Jobs' Program

    Governor Eric Holcomb and new Secretary of Career Connections and Talent Blair Milo today rolled out Indiana's Next Level Jobs initiative. Holcomb says the program will provide more than $20 million over the next two years through grants to support training efforts to fill high-demand, high-wage jobs throughout the state.

  • As part of the deal, Fizziology says it will bring its software development team in-house.

    Fizziology Acquired by Los Angeles Company

    Fast-growing Indianapolis-based media and entertainment analytics company Fizziology LLC has been acquired. Los Angeles-based MarketCast LLC says the deal will allow it to provide "unparalleled insights" in the film, television, gaming and related industries. Co-founder Ben Carlson says he is "thrilled to be joining the MarketCast family," citing their "history of innovation and growth and their sterling reputation within the entertainment industry."

  • Cheddar's origins date back to 2009 and Bloomington's SproutBox venture studio.

    Cheddar Lands Some Cash of Its Own

    A Bloomington-based billing technology company has received a $1.25 million round of funding. Cheddar, formerly known as CheddarGetter, says it is one of the first tech companies in Bloomington to secure venture capital from outside sources. Chief Executive Officer Mike Trotzke says the platform is tapping into the future of where billing is headed by "being very, very effective for doing usage-based billing" for its software-as-a-service customers.

  • (Image of CEO Derek Trimble provided by JourneyGuide.)

    Software Startup Spins-Out From Ash Brokerage

    Fort Wayne-based Ash Brokerage Corp. has spun-out a high-tech business. JourneyGuide Inc. is an independent company developing retirement income planning software. Derek Trimble is the startup's chief executive officer and says creating the platform has been one of Ash Brokerage's top priorities in recent years.

  • Alex Carroll owns Lifeline Data Centers.

    Lifeline Data Centers Expanding

    An Indianapolis data center is expanding its footprint beyond central Indiana. Lifeline Data Centers acquired the old Eastgate Consumer Mall in 2008 for $23 million and has since developed the property into a colocation and data storage hub. The company is now building out a flagship data location in Fort Wayne. In an interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, Lifeline owner Alex Carroll said growth is being fueled by demand for data center locations in the Midwest.

  • McDonald: IoT Changing 'The Entire Landscape'

    As Indiana tech companies work to position the state as a potential global leader in the Internet of Things space, an industry executive says its impact will spread well beyond the technology sector. ClearObject Chief Executive Officer John McDonald says, for example, autonomous vehicles will shape the future of industries including mass transit, logistics and even food and hospitality.

  • Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced the acquisition of Kaplan University in April.

    Higher Ed Commission OKs New Public University

    The state's next online public university has taken another step toward its launch. NewU, as it's tentatively being called, has received approval from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The school is a Purdue University creation built on its April acquisition of Kaplan University. NewU will be independently run by its own board of directors selected by Purdue. The new university will be funded through tuition and fundraising, not state dollars says Purdue.

  • (Image of ADSEP provided by Techshot.)

    Greenville's Techshot Preps For Another Space Mission

    Equipment from Greenville-based Techshot Inc. is once again set to be used to conduct experiments in space. The high-tech Floyd County company's ADvanced Space Experiment Processor device will contain medical research equipment that can provide nutrients and mechanical stress for manufactured organs and tissue so they are viable for transplantation when returned to Earth. The payload will be part of Sunday's SpaceX launch from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station.

  • Expedient to Expand Carmel Data Center

    Pittsburgh-based tech company Expedient has announced plans to expand its data center in Carmel. The company will invest $4.5 million to add 3,500 square feet of computer room space and make several equipment upgrades. Expedient did not state whether the expansion would result in additional jobs.

  • (file photo courtesy of Smithville)

    Smithville Expands Ellettsville Service

    Ellettsville-based Smithville Fiber has begun a $500,000 expansion of its high-speed fiber service in the Monroe County town. The project, which is expected to take up to a year to complete, will bring the service to more than 450 homes in Ellettsville. 

  • Hundreds of students will take part in events surrounding the IWIT Championship.

    Tee Time Approaches For Women in Tech

    A month ahead of the LPGA's Indy Women in Tech Championship in Indianapolis, events surrounding the tournament are continuing to take shape. Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel to space, will keynote the IWIT Summit on September 5 and discuss her experiences and obstacles in the science and technology fields. The week will also include the Eureka Exchange, providing hands-on STEM experiences for more than 1,000 Indianapolis Public Schools students.

  • (Image of Sameer Kazi courtesy of Cheetah Digital)

    Digital Marketer Plans Dozens of New Indy Jobs

    Another marketing technology firm is growing in Indianapolis. New York City-based Cheetah Digital plans to pump $620,000 into a new office on Monument Circle and could create up to 50 jobs by 2019. The company, which currently has seven Indiana employees, spun off from global digital information firm Experian PLC in June. Cheetah Digital's chief executive officer is Sameer Kazi, who previously served as general manager of an advertising unit of ExactTarget Marketing Cloud.

  • (Image courtesy of BrightVolt Inc.)

    Ultra-Thin Battery Tech Company Adding Indiana Presence

    The Battery Innovation Center in Crane says an industry partner has "crossed-over" to set-up a dedicated operation within the public-private innovation hub for the first time. Interim President Ben Wrightsman compares the promise of the expanded partnership with Florida-based BrightVolt Inc. to "betting on a farm that already has a winning horse." He says a rechargeable version of the company's flat and flexible battery cells is expected to hit the market...

  • (Image courtesy of the Academy of Model Aeronautics.)

    Drone Racers Converging in Muncie

    The Academy of Model Aeronautics, headquartered in Muncie, will Wednesday host a high-tech racing competition. The organization bills the 2017 MultiGP International Open Drone Racing Festival as "paradise" for camera-piloted, remote-controlled drones. Organizers say more than 60 pilots, many with big followings on YouTube, will race in events on eight separate tracks at the 1,200-acre Delaware County property.

  • IBM Vows Appeal After $128M Ruling

    The state of Indiana has been awarded $128 million in damages for a long-running lawsuit with IBM. The case involves what the state has maintained was a breach of contract by the software provider for welfare system modernization services for the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. IBM issued a statement following the ruling, saying it will continue to fight the decision. The company's statement reads...

  • (Image courtesy of Comcast)

    Comcast Launches Mobile Service

    Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA) has launched wireless phone and data service. Xfiniti Mobile will have cellular and WiFi coverage nationwide and store locations in Indianapolis, Bloomington and Greenwood. The company touts its cellular and WiFi networks, which includes 4G LTE coverage and more than 17 million hotspots throughout the country, over 524,000 of which are in Indiana.

  • (Image of Timothy Judge courtesy of Stay Metrics)

    Stay Metrics Tapping Top Minds For Advisory Board

    Stay Metrics, a trucking industry analytics firm based at Notre Dame's Innovation Park in South Bend, has launched a Scientific Advisory Board. The company says the group is made up of some of the world's top researchers in areas including employee retention, employee behavior and behavioral analytics.

  • (Image courtesy of the office of Congressman Luke Messer) Chris Baggott (left) is presented the Sagamore of the Wabash by Congressman Luke Messer (right).

    Serial Tech Entrepreneur Receives Sagamore of The Wabash

    A big name in the state's tech scene has received the highest distinction in Indiana. Governor Eric Holcomb as awarded ClusterTruck founder Chris Baggott the Sagamore of the Wabash. During an award presentation this week at the company's Indianapolis headquarters, Congressman Luke Messer (R-6) said the serial entrepreneur "embodies exactly what the 21st century American dream is about."

  • The fund's board includes IEDC President Elaine Bedel.

    'Next Level Fund' Holds First Meeting

    The newly-created Next Level Indiana Trust Fund board is meeting for the first time today. Governor Eric Holcomb Thursday announced the members of the board that will help decide how to use up to $250 million to help support high-growth companies. Today's meeting runs from 2:30-4:30pm. It will include board introductions, the adoption of an investment policy and the approval of the agreement to officially create the Next Level Indiana Trust.

  • Fishers Agency Targets Digital Ad Fraud

    The head of a Fishers-based digital advertising agency believes there is a big future in eliminating online advertising fraud. Statwax President Jeff Gasior says the two-year-old company is writing its own algorithms and scripts to help customers deploy digital ads more precisely. Statwax currently has 16 employees -- a number Gasior says could more than triple by the end of next year -- and has launched the Statwax Academy, which is designed to train the next generation of the...

  • Axia Technology Partners Names COO

    Indianapolis-based Axia Technology Partners has selected Don Scifres as chief operating officer. Scifres, who is the co-founder and general partner of VisionTech Partners and VisionTech Angels, will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company.

  • Purdue@WestGate Lands Director

    A partnership involving Purdue University, the Purdue Research Foundation, the WestGate Authority and Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division has its leader. Jason Salstrom will serve as director of the Purdue@WestGate initiative, which aims to increase tech transfer and startup creation.

  • Kimura Foundry is a manufacturer of components for automotive and industrial customers.

    Shelbyville's Global Focus Continues to Pay

    An $8 million investment announced Wednesday morning by Kimura Foundry America Inc. continues a string of international investment that Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun says spawned from a concerted effort between the public and private sectors. The automotive and industrial supplier's proposed 3D printing-enabled facility means Shelby County is now home to 12 Japanese-owned employers. DeBaun says...

  • Kelli Jones is chief executive officer of Be Nimble Ventures and an organizer of the summit.

    Event to 'Unpack' Diversity Issues in Tech Sector

    The founder of Indianapolis-based Quantifi Inc. says there are steps members of the tech community can be taking to attract more people of color and women to the work force. "We all understand that diversity and inclusion are important, but now what? What are we supposed to do?" asks Chief Executive Officer R.J. Talyor, who will be part of a panel discussing ways to bring more underrepresented workers into tech at this week's #DisruptIndy Tech Diversity Summit.

  • (Image courtesy of Amazon)

    Amazon Jobs Day Comes to Whitestown

    A fulfillment center in Whitestown is one of a dozen Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) sites looking to add workers as part of Wednesday's Amazon Jobs Day. The event aims to help fill more than 50,000 openings throughout the country. Local representatives say Amazon plans to make "thousands of on-the-spot, benefitted offers" to potential employees. The company says job seekers can also apply online if they cannot attend the events.

  • (Image of students in Hire Tech program courtesy of Conexus Indiana.)

    Teachers Train on 'Hire Tech' Certifications

    Dozens of Indiana teachers have completed training to deliver the first national advanced manufacturing certification program for high school students. Indiana's advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative Conexus and the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council are partnering on the Hire Tech training. Hire Tech is a two-year high school curriculum that gives students the opportunity to earn Icy Tech Community College credits and national manufacturing industry credentials.

  • (Image of Chris LaMothe courtesy of Elevate Ventures)

    Collaboration Targets 'New And Important' Economic Strategy

    The chief executive officer of Elevate Ventures says a new partnership in southwest Indiana will help bolster a section of the regional economy that has high potential, "but not a lot of critical mass to it today." Chris LaMothe is referring to entrepreneurship and a $2.5 million collaboration with the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana. It builds on current regional partnerships in Michiana, southwest central Indiana and northeast Indiana.

  • (Rendering of Topgolf Fishers courtesy of Topgolf)

    Topgolf Looking to Recruit 500 in Fishers

    Texas-based Topgolf International Inc. is planning to hire 500 workers for its soon-to-open Fishers location. The sports entertainment center is slated to be complete in early fall and the company says recruitment events will begin in three weeks for jobs including servers, bartenders, kitchen and maintenance. Topgolf officials says the process is "unlike any typical job interview" and involves...

  • Jim Schellinger is the Indiana secretary of commerce.

    Schellinger: Progress on International Nonstop

    Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger says stepped-up efforts to land a transatlantic flight at Indianapolis International Airport are paying off and "we'll have something to talk about in a matter of months." In an interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, Schellinger said the $5 million approved by the Indiana General Assembly to help attract the flight is working.

  • Verge made the announcement Thursday during an event at The Vogue in Indianapolis' Broad Ripple neighborhood.

    Verge Announces New Name, Platform

    The tech entrepreneurship organization Verge is unveiling a new brand and an online community for its more than 10,000 entrepreneurs, investors and professionals. Founder Matt Hunckler says PowderKeg will give innovators access to advisers and product-sharing opportunities as well as a forum to share stories. He says the organization is also continuing its national expansion, with chapters opening soon in Kansas City, Nashville, Raleigh and Cincinnati.

  • Chitralekha Beniwal is a business systems analyst with Lippert Components.

    Study Highlights 3D Printing Benefits

    A major Hoosier manufacturer has released a study that suggests use of a type of 3D printing could "revolutionize the whole metal casting industry." Elkhart-based Lippert Components Inc. (NYSE: LCII) says the research focused on the feasibility of integrating binder jet additive manufacturing technology, compared into more traditional methods. The study says using the technology in conjunction with sand foundries could...

  • DemandJump Names CFO

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  • AT&T Indiana officials Thursday presented the certification to Inventrek.

    Inventrek Lands Another Certification

    The recently-reopened Inventrek Technology Park in Kokomo has received a major designation. The facility, which suffered significant tornado damage last August, has been certified AT&T Fiber Ready. 

  • BeLoanReady co-founder Brock Rauch (pictured left) was featured with Dr. K (pictured right) on The INnovators.

    Mortgage Platform Takes Aim at Traditional Process

    A co-founder of a mortgage tech startup believes his platform is ready to go "coast-to-coast." Chief Operating Officer Brock Rauch, who is from Fort Wayne, says BeLoanReady is designed to cut out the traditional "economics" of the industry and put the process in the hands of consumers. The app, which is offered through its Indiana and Illinois-licensed parent Arrive Home Mortgage LLC, is designed to automate the responsibilities of mortgage sales people.

  • The school will eventually be located at the former PR Mallory site on the east side of Indianapolis.

    Ed Innovation Effort Backs Purdue Polytechnic

    An initiative launched by the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has awarded $2.5 million to Purdue Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis. XQ Super Schools, a program from the California-based XQ Ins Laurene Powell Jobs chairs XQ’s board of directors and is the president of Emerson Collective. Her two decades in the education field have convinced her that America is ready for a sea change to overhaul the system. Deep collaborators include...

  • Go Electric located recently to the Purdue Polytechnic facility.

    Battery Tech Startup on 'Cusp' of Bigger Things

    The chief executive officer of Anderson-based Go Electric Inc. says the energy technology provider is "on the cusp of a major growth spurt." Lisa Laughner says a new, $1.7 million contract to provide a battery storage system for the microgrid at the Tooele Army Depot in Utah provides further validation for the startup. The deal with Perini Management Services Inc. is the second big defense-related contract for Go Electric.

  • Techshot Joins Effort to Improve Plant Growth in Space

    Greenville-based Techshot Inc. has joined with NASA and Florida-based Tupperware Brands Corp. (NYSE: TUP) to develop an improved system for growing plants on the International Space Station. The group's goal is to improve upon existing technologies while reducing the amount of time required by crew members to care for the growing plants. 

  • The university says the project will significantly improve DePauw's ability to transfer large datasets.

    Grant to Boost DePauw's Cyber Strength

    DePauw University will use a $210,000 grant to fund a project to enhance cyberinfrastructure and internet connectivity on the campus. The school says the funding from the National Science Foundation will support efforts to better connect the campus to national research networks. DePauw Vice President For Academic Affairs Anne Harris says the effort will allow the school to move large amounts of data through its campus and partner institutions more efficiently.

  • (Image of TCU Granger location courtesy of Teachers Credit Union)

    TCU Investing in Cloud-Based Tech

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  • The ceremony will be held at the WestGate Academy Conferencing And Training Center.

    Purdue, Westgate, Crane to Make It Official

    Officials from Purdue University, the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center and the WestGate Authority will hold an event Monday to formalize a recently-announced partnership. The collaboration involves commercialization, startup development and educational considerations. During an interview earlier this month with Inside INdiana Business, Purdue Research Foundation Senior VP Greg Deason said collaboration will help move the economic development needle for the region.

  • (Image courtesy of TechPoint Youth Foundation.)

    Hacking 'Ninjas' Represent High-Tech Future

    TechPoint Foundation For Youth Executive Director Laura Dodds says Saturday's inaugural CoderDojo Hackathon at DeveloperTown in Indianapolis is one more piece included in building the state's talent pipeline. She says the event is expected to attract 100 "ninjas" from throughout the state and believes participation could eventually grow five-fold. The foundation oversees 35 "dojos" in Indiana that provide high-tech learning opportunities for young students.

  • (Image of Dave Roberts courtesy of LinkedIn)

    Roberts to Lead Innovation Efforts at IEDC

    The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has a new chief innovation officer. Dave Roberts, who previously served as president of the Battery Innovation Center at the WestGate @ Crane Technology Park, will oversee innovation and entrepreneurship efforts at the IEDC. He succeeds Ian Steff, who was appointed deputy assistant secretary of commerce for manufacturing by the Trump Administration in March. Roberts will be the second person to serve in the position.

  • (Image courtesy of The Iron Yard)

    The Iron Yard Folding

    Two years after expanding its footprint to Indianapolis, a Raleigh-based coding school has announced it is closing. In a message on its website, The Iron Yard says "while our journey is coming to an end, we will always take pride in the thousands of people our staff helped to launch new careers." The company launched four years ago and since spread to markets including...

  • (Image of 3D printed metal component courtesy of ITAMCO.)

    Software Aims to Simplify 'Black Arts' of 3D Printing

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  • Fiber Project Underway in Elkhart

    Officials in Elkhart have broken ground on a project aimed at boosting Internet speeds throughout Elkhart County. MapleNet Wireless Inc., the Elkhart-based company serving as project manager, says the fiber optic cable service could help the region's economic development efforts.

  • Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz

    Jasper Touts String of Recent Growth

    The mayor of Jasper says the last month has been a prosperous one for his city. Terry Seitz says more than $34 million in investment has been announced for the Dubois County city recently. Projects include expansions by Kimball International Inc. (Nasdaq: KBAL) subsidiary Kimball Hospitality and German American Bancorp Inc. (Nasdaq: GABC).The largest investment total, up to $18 million, is for a new senior living community and memory care center from Legacy Living of Indianapolis.

  • (Image of co-founders Colton Voege, Jacobi Petrucciani and Prahasith Veluvolu provided by Mimir.)

    Mimir Planning More Than 100 New Jobs

    Indianapolis-based Mimir Corp. is planning to add more than 100 jobs by 2021. The computer science classroom technology developer says it will expand its new downtown office in the coming weeks and begin adding sales and engineering positions by the end of the summer. The company currently employs 14 and says the growth will help meet demand for its software, which is used by more than 80 universities.

  • (Image courtesy of South Bend Code School LLC)

    Co-Founder: 'No Limit' to Code School's Potential Reach

    South Bend Code School continues to grow and a co-founder of the high-tech training organization says she's open to even more expansion. Alex Liggins says the new markets of Fort Wayne and Goshen share the same outlook of innovation and creativity that is the focus of South Bend Code School. The organization teaches the fundamentals of web development, design and entrepreneurship to elementary and high school students. Partnerships in the new communities include...

  • TechPoint announced Tuesday morning that McCorkle would serve as board chair.

    McCorkle: Talent is Job One

    The new board chair for Indiana’s tech sector initiative says talent will be his initial focus. Scott McCorkle says working to develop and attract top talent is a continuation of TechPoint’s efforts to grow the tech scene in the state. The former Salesforce Marketing Cloud chief executive officer says he will work to expand TechPoint’s extern program and reach out to universities throughout the country to help attract...

  • T2 Systems Adds Parking Tech Company

    Indianapolis-based T2 Systems Inc. has announced the acquisition of a cloud-based parking software company in Georgia. Atlanta-based ParkingSoft develops parking management software and has customers in sectors including airports, health care, school and transit. Officials say ParkinSoft's PARCS products will be able to integrate with T2's UNIFI platform. T2 Chief Executive Officer Adam Blake says...

  • (Aerial rendering provided by Kitselman Pure Energy Park)

    $60M Project to Transform Development 'Restrictor'

    After four years of preparation, demolition and remediation, the owner of Kitselman Pure Energy Park in Muncie says construction is underway. Plans for the $60 million project at the old Indiana Steel & Wire Co. property include a new headquarters for DD Dannar LLC, a South Carolina mobile power station company relocating to the property, as well as a five megawatt solar power plant, community center, hotel, retail and green space.

  • TechPoint honored McCorkle in 2016 with the Trailblazer Award.

    McCorkle to Lead TechPoint Board

    Indiana's tech sector initiative has announced a top name in the industry will lead its board. Former Salesforce Marketing Cloud CEO Scott McCorkle will become TechPoint's board chair, succeeding Apparatus CEO Kelly Pfledderer. TechPoint has also announced Salesforce Marking Cloud Chief Operating Officer Glenda Akers and Kronos Inc. Vice President Kristina Lengyel are joining the board.

  • VeriCite Selects Tech Vet as CEO

    An Indianapolis-based tech company has a new leader. VeriCite, a cloud-based plagiarism detection service, has selected Valerie Schreiner as chief executive officer.  Schreiner previously served as chief product officer of California-based data analytics company Schoolzilla.

  • (Image courtesy of the University of Notre Dame.)

    Notre Dame Continues 'Good Story' of Research Funding

    The University of Notre Dame is the most recent college in the state to report an annual record in research funding. The university says it received $138.1 million in fiscal 2017, which was capped off by June's all-time monthly high water mark of $27.6 million. Both Indiana University and Purdue University announced research funding records last year.

  • Springbuk Touts Customer Milestone

    An Indianapolis-based employer health data company says demand for its portfolio is rising and it plans to add employees to keep up. Springbuk says its services are now used by 900 employers and it is looking to hire around 10 by year's end. Springbuk currently employs 38 at its headquarters in The Union 525 in downtown Indianapolis. The company says it has added 300 customers in the second quarter alone.

  • Parkview Health in Fort Wayne is included in the list.

    Hoosier Hospitals Among 'Most Wired'

    Several Indiana hospitals and health systems are included in the 2017 "Health Care's Most Wired" list by Hospitals and Health Networks magazine. The survey, conducted in collaboration with the American Hospital Association, recognizes institutions based on their use of information technology.

  • Captain Mark Oesterreich (left) will succeed Captain Jeffrey Elder (right) in command of Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane.

    Ceremony to Mark Change in Command at Crane

    A new leader will officially take command Thursday at the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center. Captain Mark Oesterreich will accept leadership from the retiring Captain Jeffrey Elder during a Change of Command ceremony. Elder is retiring after 28 years in the U.S. Navy, the last three as Crane commander. Oesterreich has most recently been serving as assistant chief of staff for ship maintenance and material of Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific Fleet.

  • Could Health Tech Become Indiana Calling Card?

    A panel of some of the state's top health care technology executives agrees that Indiana is poised to take a lead role in the emerging industry. During a recent event at The Speakeasy in downtown Indianapolis, Formstack Chief Executive Officer Chris Byers, Healthx Inc. Chief Operating Officer Tom Millay and Springbuk CEO Rod Reasen discussed the components that make the city and the state stand out in health tech, including strengths in life sciences, data analytics and insurance.

  • AT&T is hoping to roll out a global 5G ecosystem by the end of the year.

    Indy Among First For New AT&T Tech

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  • AT&T says it invested nearly $2 billion in its wired and wireless networks in Indiana between 2013 and 2015.

    AT&T Set For 'Major' Announcement in Indy

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  • The first JobSpark event drew more than 7,000 to the Indiana State Fairgrounds in 2016.

    Program Works to Spark Interest in In-Demand Careers

    The chief executive officer of Junior Achievement of central Indiana says an initiative focused on awareness of in-demand careers will help "plant that seed" in the minds of Hoosier middle school students. JA JobSpark brings together education and industry partners to expose students to fields they may not otherwise know. The program centers on a two-day, hands-on event in September at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Jennifer Burk says could draw up to 10,000 eight graders.

  • (photo courtesy Bloomerang)

    Bloomerang CEO Jay Love Steps Down

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  • (Image of Lawson Computer Sciences Building Courtesy of Purdue University.)

    Purdue to Launch Data Science Major

    The head of Purdue University's Department of Computer Science says a new degree offering will place students "at the forefront of an emerging field." Sunil Prabhakar says the major in data science, which will begin in the fall, is a cross between computer science and statistics. Courses will involve learning key computational methods and statistical techniques.

  • Ting Gootee (pictured left) is chief investment officer at Elevate Ventures and Mike Langellier (pictured right) is chief excutive officer of TechPoint.

    Tech Town Hall: Snapshot of State's VC Scene

    The chief investment officer of Indianapolis-based Elevate Ventures says Indiana's venture capital environment, which traditionally lags other states, is showing some encouraging signs. Ting Gootee says interest so far in 2017 in potential investment deals is well above the pace of previous years and over the last three-to-five years, VC sources have continued to crop up.

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