• The company is a certified veteran-owned business.

    NC Company Invests In eLuxury

    A North Carolina-based mattress and upholstery fabric company is becoming a majority investor in eLuxury in Evansville. Culp Inc. (NYSE: CULP) says eLuxury founder and Chief Executive Officer Paul Saunders will continue in his role and maintain a minority interest in the company. Saunders calls the acquisition "a great opportunity for eLuxury to partner with a market leader" and "leverage our combined expertise and expand our product offering into new...

  • Chris LaMothe serves as CEO of Elevate Ventures.

    Ranking: Elevate Ventures Top 10 in Early-Stage Investing

    A global financial data and software company ranks Elevate Ventures near the top in a key category. PitchBook says the Indianapolis-based private venture organization is 10th most active among venture capital firms investing in angel-stage or seed-stage companies in the world. Elevate Ventures Chief Executive Officer Chris LaMothe will be a guest this weekend on Inside INdiana Business With Gerry Dick.In 2017, Elevate Ventures invested in 26 early-stage Hoosier businesses and...

  • Ball Venture Fund Winners Announced

    Five universities have been chosen by Independent Colleges Indiana as Ball Venture Fund winners. The Ball Brothers Foundation of Muncie sponsors the competition that provides funding for start-up projects. ICI received 28 entries from 21 institutions for $84,000 in funding. 

  • (photo courtesy SCI REMC)

    Co-Op Begins Construction on Fiber Network

    The Martinsville-based South Central Indiana Rural Electric Membership Corp. has begun construction on the first phase of its fiber-to-home network. The cooperative says, when complete, the SCI Fiber network will be available to more than 3,700 homes by early 2019. SCI REMC says members who join the service will receive high-speed Internet with speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second. Chief Executive Officer James Tanneberger says quality of life and economic development are tied to the...

  • Aussie Company Adds Delivra

    Delivra, an email marketing services provider in Indianapolis, has a new owner. The company, along with Tennessee-based Emma, are now under the umbrella of Campaign Monitor in Australia. The Australian company says it has 200,000 customers worldwide and its website lists Indianapolis as one of its office locations.

  • (Image of Angie Raymond courtesy of Indiana University.)

    E-Commerce Ruling Generates Reaction

    A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on taxing e-commerce is generating reaction throughout the state. In a 5-4 decision, the high court has opened the door for online retailers to charge consumers sales tax, even if the business is based in a different state than the buyer. Both Governor Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce hail the reversal of a previous ruling as a way to "level the playing field" for Hoosier businesses competing with out-of-state-headquartered...

  • The expansion will create 20 new jobs.

    C&A Tool To Expand in Churubusco

    Expansion plans are underway for C&A Tool Engineering MinbeaMitsumi Inc. in Churubusco. The company will add equipment for manufacturing, research and development and information technology. The plans also include adding 20 new jobs. 

  • High-Tech Institute Partnering With Traditional Educators

    Indianapolis-based Kenzie Academy is working with Butler University and Purdue Polytechnic High School on high-tech skills training. The Butler collaboration involves joint certifications in front-end web development, full-stack web development and software engineering. Kenzie Academy, which was launched about a year ago and bills itself as an alternative to college, offers career-focused training that involves paid apprenticeship work and immersive learning, mentorship and...

  • Rural Indiana Facing 'Have/Have-not Situation'

    The CEO of Indianapolis-based Indiana Fiber Network calls the 16-year-old broadband internet provider "a great Hoosier success story." IFN, which was launched with a focus on high-speed connectivity for 20 rural telephone companies, now includes some 4,000 buildings throughout the state plugged-in through a network of more than 4,500 miles of fiber. Despite its growth, Jim Turner says there's still work to be done to bridge the broadband access gap in rural areas.

  • DePauw University Receives $1M STEM Grant

    DePauw University is one of 33 schools in the nation to receive a 2018 grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence Program. The five year, $1M grant will be used to help underserved STEM students. 

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    Indy Firm Taps Appirio Exec as CEO

    An Indianapolis-based design and innovation consulting firm has named a new chief executive officer. Studio Science says Steve Pruden, who most recently served as senior vice president of human resources with Indy tech company Appirio, will lead the company.

  • (Image of General Gene Renuart courtesy of the Indiana Innovation Institute.)

    Agreement Paves Way For Microelectronics Collaboration

    A new four-way partnership aims to boost the state's national position in the field of trusted microelectronics. The Indiana Innovation Institute, Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indiana University and Purdue University have inked a cooperative research and development agreement that officials say will drive research, talent and economic development. The collaboration will work to develop microelectronics that are...

  • Another nonstop flight added at Indy International (Image courtesy of the Indianapolis Airport Authority.)

    Delta Begins Nonstop to Seattle

    Delta Air Lines now offers a nonstop flight from Indianapolis International to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The first flight leaving Monday night will be a milestone for the Indy airport, since it will now connect to all Delta hubs in the U.S. 

  • IGT Indiana Donates Computer Lab

    A Montgomery County organization is the latest recipient of a donated IGT Indiana computer lab. The company provides integrated sales and marketing for the Hoosier Lottery and dedicated the new lab inside the Montgomery County Boys & Girls Club of Crawfordsville. 

  • The event will take place at Launch Indy, located at The Union 525 in downtown Indianapolis.

    Civic Hack to Tackle Food Insecurity

    The city of Indianapolis is teaming up with the Indy Chamber, TechPoint and Open Indy Brigade on a 24-hour hackathon aimed at developing technology to tackle food insecurity in Marion County. The 2018 Indy Civic Hack begins Friday evening at Launch Indy with the goal of finding novel ways to connect Indianapolis residents in need with food-related resources and services. The hackathon is open to coders, developers and designers from throughout the area. The city says it's looking for...

  • The christening of the USS Indiana last year

    USS Indiana To Be Commissioned in September

    The USS Indiana, the Navy's newest fast-attack submarine, will be commissioned in Florida in September. The ship will be the third Navy vessel, and first submarine, to be commissioned honoring the state of Indiana.  

  • There are nine Purdue Polytechnic locations throughout the state.

    IU, Purdue Polytechnic Partner on College Prep

    The Indiana University School of Education is teaming up with Purdue Polytechnic Institute in hopes of preparing students to fill an estimated one million Indiana job openings by 2025. The collaboration will involve access to IU's Center for P-16 Research and Collaboration and the CareerMaker program at all nine of Purdue Polytechnic's statewide locations. The P-16 Center, named for its focus on students from pre-kindergarten through graduation, works to improve...

  • GI Bill Funds Now Accepted at Eleven Fifty Academy

    Active duty members of the military and veterans are now able to use government-awarded financial aid to pay for a 12-week coding course in Fishers. Eleven Fifty Academy is now an approved organization for GI Bill funds through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. This means the program is more accessible to service members and veterans that need financial assistance.

  • Michael Burton is CEO of Lev.

    Levementum Undergoes Rebranding

    Arizona-based Levementum, which has a major presence in Indianapolis, has rebranded to the name Lev. The digital consulting firm says the decision boosts its ability to stand out within a highly-competitive space.

  • ClearObject Collaboration Acts as 'Accelerator'

    The chief executive officer of Fishers-based ClearObject Corp. says a new partnership with UI Labs' Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago will broaden the Internet of Things-focused company's global presence. John McDonald says the collaboration will provide access to university and industry talent, expertise and connections. ClearObject is one of over 300 UI Labs partners, including Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) and...

  • Jason Konesco (podium) is the CEO of ClearScholar.

    ClearScholar Acquired by Texas Company

    An Indianapolis-based tech company is under new ownership. ClearScholar, which has developed a mobile student engagement platform, has been acquired by Texas-based Civitas Learning. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. 

  • (photo courtesy Aggressively Organic)

    Aggressively Organic Making Public Debut

    Fishers-based indoor agriculture company Aggressively Organic is launching its product to the public. The company, which makes hydroponic, micro-chambers to grow produce indoors, says its first Micro Pods will arrive in August. The announcement comes on on the heels of what the company calls a successful private launch and winning the Food+City Challenge Prize competition at March's South by Southwest in Texas. Founder and Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Partlow...

  • New Leader For The Speak Easy

    The Speak Easy in Indianapolis has a new executive director. Julie Heath, who previously served as a vice president with software as a service startup Boardable, succeeds Danielle McDowell as head of the coworking space and entrepreneurial organization. McDowell left in April. Prior to Boardable, Heath was director of strategy & partnerships at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia.

  • Kerr has also previously held executive roles with Groupon, Angie’s List and GHX.

    Allos Ventures Adds Managing Director

    Indianapolis-based venture capital firm Allos Ventures has added David Kerr as its third managing director. He most recently served as chief executive officer of sales technology and Allos portfolio company Octiv. Kerr has also previously held executive roles with Groupon, Angie’s List and GHX. In March, Colorado-based Conga acquired Octiv. In 2016, Octiv, previously known as TinderBox, announced a $3 million expansion and plans for more than 200 new jobs in...

  • (photo courtesy Priority Communications)

    Priority Communications Completes Acquisition

    Indianapolis-based Priority Communications has acquired another central Indiana telecommunications provider. Financial terms of the deal for Midwest Telephone were not disclosed.  Employees at Midwest Telephone will continue under the Priority banner, according to the company.

  • (Image of inaugural Pathfiner Training class courtesy of Salesforce.)

    Salesforce Pilots Key Training Program in Indy

    Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE: CRM) has launched a training initiative in Indianapolis that it calls a "game changer." The inaugural Pathfinder class started this week and Senior Vice President of Global Recruiting Ana Recio says the partnership with Deloitte will help skill up the talent pipeline in areas of increasing need: software development and data management. In addition to technical and Salesforce certification training, participants will...

  • IND Adds Another Tech Nonstop

    Frontier Airlines has announced its eighth nonstop flight from Indianapolis International Airport. The year-round route to San Diego is set to begin August 13 and will run weekly on Mondays and Fridays. Frontier joins Southwest Airlines in offering nonstops to San Diego International Airport, a tourism, technology and life sciences destination. Indianapolis Airport Authority Executive Director Mario Rodriguez says...

  • Project Lead The Way to Grant Millions

    Indianapolis-based nonprofit Project Lead The Way has granted up to $5.4 million to expand computer science in Indiana following a new measure signed into law this year. The grants will increase the availability of hands-on computer science education and will cover various fees and costs associated with teacher professional development.  

  • Netfor says the space is three times larger than its former location.

    Netfor Makes Move to New Office

    Fishers-based technology and customer support company Netfor Inc. has made its move into new office space in the Fishers Technology Park. As part of the more than $4 million move, the company plans to create up to 100 jobs by 2021. Netfor says its new space is three times the size of its previous location. Founder and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Medley says the company needed an upgraded space as it expands its services into the software-as-a-service, Internet of Things and...

  • VinSense, which provides software for wine grape growers, is among the Gold winners.

    Elevate Purdue Foundry Fund Makes More Investments

    The Elevate Purdue Foundry Fund has invested more than $500,000 into 11 Purdue University startups. The funding includes five companies receiving $80,000 each for achieving "Gold Award" investment status. The fund is a joint venture between private venture development organization Elevate Ventures and entrepreneurship and commercialization accelerator Purdue Foundry. Purdue Ventures Managing Director John Hanak says the funding goes to companies...

  • (photo courtesy Immedion)

    Columbus Data Center Acquired

    A South Carolina-based information technology company is continuing its Midwest expansion with the acquisition of a data center in Columbus. Immedion LLC says the purchase of the facility formerly operated by Data Cave will grow its geographic diversity.

  • JUA Technologies will use the funding to further is multipurpose crop dehydrator.

    Plant Science Startups Score Ag-Celerator Funding

    The Purdue Ag-celerator Fund has awarded a total of $100,000 to two plant science startups. The university says the recipients will be able to use the funding to advance their technologies to the public.

  • Student enrollment at the academy begins today.

    Republic Creates 'Classroom-to-Cockpit' Academy

    Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc. is launching a training academy it says will address a "critical pilot shortage" and ultimately create more than 600 jobs. The airline says the LIFT Academy will make pilot training "accessible to all" and encourage greater diversity in the field. The company has also announced a partnership with Vincennes University for flight students to complete their training at the academy. Total tuition for the LIFT...

  • Eleven Fifty Academy Continues Growth

    Officials with Fishers-based Eleven Fifty Academy say a recently-achieved milestone shows the coding school's model is "absolutely working." The school earlier this year graduated its 200th student and Chairman Scott Jones says further growth is expected both in the state and beyond. In an interview on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, Jones said graduate compensation is especially telling. 

  • TechPoint will honor the winners in August.

    TechPoint Seeks Tech 25 Nominations

    Indiana's technology initiative is looking to recognize some of Indiana's top tech performers. TechPoint is accepting nominations for the Tech 25 Awards, honoring employees who are not top executives in their companies. TechPoint says it is looking for nominations of workers with a title below the "c-suite" level. The organization will select 25 individuals for the Tech 25 Class of 2018.  Companies can submit nominations in categories including...

  • More Military Contracts For Raytheon

    The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Raytheon Co. in Indianapolis another military contract. The $9.5 million contract calls for technology support and software development services for the H-53 aircraft. 

  • (Students L to R): John Dalloul, Abraham Oliver, Megan Singer and Trevor Vogel.

    Governor Announces 2018 STEM Team

    Governor Eric Holcomb Tuesday announced the 2018 Governor's STEM Team awards. The selected students, one from each of the STEM subject areas, each earned a $1,000 college scholarship for earning the designation.

  • (photo courtesy Priority Communications)

    Communications Provider Moves HQ

    Indianapolis-based Priority Communications has cut the ribbon on its new headquarters near Carmel. The telecommunications service and equipment provider says the move will allow it to add 20 jobs over the next three years. 

  • Steve Loser (left) and Julie Alano joined Gerry Dick during the Fishers Town Hall edition of Inside INdiana Business Television.

    Change Driving Innovation in Fishers Classrooms

    Two Hamilton County educators say incorporating technology and innovation into classrooms is becoming more important as workforce demands continue to change. Hamilton Southeastern High School Computer Science Chair Julie Alano says, even in high performing schools, teachers need to make sure students are prepared for the next-generation jobs employers are offering.

  • As Levementum Grows, New CEO Details Broadening Role

    The new head of an Arizona-based technology company says its rapidly-growing presence in Indianapolis will continue. Levementum Chief Executive Officer Michael Burton says the headcount in Indy currently sits at nearly 60 and could exceed 80 by the end of the year. Burton's personal responsibility level has also jumped, he says, transitioning to working at a flower shop two years ago to running a tech firm that now has...

  • (Image provided by Keating Supercars LLC.)

    'Supercar' Company to Open Discovery Park Facility

    England-based Keating Supercars LLC will Thursday officially dedicate its carmaker space at Purdue University's Discovery Park District in West Lafayette. The company will use the facility to produce the Viperia Berus coupe, what it calls the fastest street-legal vehicle in the United States. Keating says the car is able to reach speeds topping 230 miles per hour. The company plans to ultimately produce around 100 of the vehicles per year at Purdue. They are slated to...

  • 16 Tech Taps Former LDI Exec For COO

    16 Tech Community Corp. has named Emily Krueger chief operating officer. She previously served as vice president of administration for Indianapolis-based LDI LTD. The organization is the operating entity of the high-profile, 60-acre 16 Tech innovation district coming together on the city's near west side. Krueger will help lead development efforts. Plans for 16 Tech include research and innovation space, as well as...

  • Centric, Inc. opens applications for latest Indiana Innovation Awards

    Applications Open for Indiana Innovation Awards

    Centric Inc. has announced it is accepting applications for the eighth annual awards that recognize individuals and organizations who lead innovation in the state. The Indiana Innovation Awards cover a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, technology, education and the arts. Past winners include Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, Octiv, Delta Faucet, 21st Century Charter School of Gary, Brackets for Good and RDM Aquaculture.

  • On Tuesday, Anthem reiterated its commitment to keeping its headquarters in Indianapolis.

    Hogsett Hopes Amazon 'Takes Note' of Indy Momentum

    Indianapolis mayor says Joe Hogsett Anthem Inc.'s (NYSE: ANTM) $20 million headquarters project, along with recent significant announcements from India-based Infosys (NYSE: INFY) and Genesys show the city remains a magnet for corporate headquarters. Hogsett says, even "without the 64,000-pound elephant in the room being mentioned," he expects a decision on the Amazon HQ2 location by the end of the year, and continues to believe Indy is...

  • Levementum Promotes Burton to CEO

    The board of directors for Arizona-based Levementum, which has an office in Indianapolis, has appointed a new chief executive officer. Michael Burton, who previously served as senior vice president for the company, will begin his new role in June. 

  • Construction on the Post House is set to begin this summer.

    $40M Post House Project Gains Key Approval

    Southwest Indiana's largest Regional Cities Initiative project has cleared a key hurdle. The $40 million Post House, a research hub for smart energy technologies, has landed approval from the Evansville Common Council to use Tax Increment Financing. Evansville-based Vectren Corp. (NYSE: VVC) will use the facility as a "living laboratory" to test smart energy technologies, including solar panels, energy storage and smart appliances. The development will also include ...

  • Last year, NineStar outlined efforts to expand fiber optic service in 10 Indiana counties.

    NineStar Connect Buys Cumberland Utility

    The town of Cumberland has accepted an offer from Greenfield-based NineStar Connect to acquire Gem Water Utility, which has been town-owned since 2010. As part of the deal, the nonprofit co-op says its communications subsidiary will build a fiber optic network connecting municipal buildings, parks and trails. NineStar also says it will begin building high-speed fiber optic facilities to each home and business within the Gem Water Utility territory within two years.

  • Indy High School Using IU Tech

    Students at an Indianapolis high school have begun utilizing technology and services created by Indiana University and IUPUI-affiliated startups. George Sims, assistant principal at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School, says the effort provides students with the opportunity to gain critical math skills, as well as soft skills such as collaborative learning and communication.

  • Bill Brizzard, CEO of IU ICO (photo courtesy of Indiana University)

    IU Nominated for Tech Transfer Award

    Indiana University is among five nominees for Tech Transfer Unit of the Year. Global University Venturing has nominated the IU Research and Technology Corp., one of three nominees in North America. 

  • Bosma says it will work to place graduates of the training program in two-month internships with local businesses.

    Bosma Launches Salesforce Training Program

    Indianapolis-based Bosma Enterprises has launched a program to train people who are blind or visually impaired to be Salesforce administrators. The organization says BosmaForce involves an 18-week online course available throughout the United States. Bosma Enterprises Chief Executive Officer Lou Moneymaker says people who are blind of visually impaired face a 70 percent national unemployment rate, and the BosmaForce program aims to create pathways to high-paying, in-demand careers.

  • Grace College Announces New Digital Marketing Major

    Grace College and Seminary in Winona Lake is launching a new digital marketing program. The new major will be offered through Grace College’s School of Business. Grace College School of Business Dean, Jeff Fawcett, says, "as with all areas of concentration in the business school, the new digital marketing program has been designed to make students job-ready and ethically equipped to be successful contributors and leaders in the business world."

  • Audrey Taylor (left) and Pippa Mann (right)

    'Risk-Taking Females' Team Up For 500

    An Indianapolis women's tech organization is partnering with IndyCar driver Pippa Mann to shine a spotlight on opportunities for women in STEM and entrepreneurship careers. Women & Hi Tech President Audrey Taylor, who also founded Indianapolis-based information technology firm netlogx, says it's a natural partnership with a female entrepreneur who is "blazing a trail" for women in racing and STEM. Mann and Taylor spoke with Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel...

  • Tech Spinoff Firms Up Leadership

    A spinoff of Indianapolis-based tech company Axia Technology Partners has filled some key leadership roles. Kerauno LLC, which offers a communications workflow platform, says the new execs will help the company in its quest to become a global technology leader.

  • (Image courtesy of the agBOT Challenge.)

    agBOT Challenge Gets Underway

    An agriculture innovation competition that brings together students and industry stakeholders kicks off for the third year Thursday in Parke County. The agBOT Challenge, which is held at the 600-acre Gerrish Farms in Rockville, involves the development and demonstration of ag-focused technology by college and university teams. Events within the three-day challenge focus on autonomous, plant identification, harvesting and weed eradication solutions.

  • Picture Courtesy: The Ron Rubin School for the Entrepreneur

    Feminine Hygiene Product Wins 'Next Launch'

    A sustainable feminine hygiene product developed by a Fishers High School student took the $25,000 first place prize in Wednesday's "The Next Launch" competition at the Indiana IoT Lab in Fishers. The event drew business ideas from students from eight high schools throughout the Midwest. The Rob Rubin School for the Entrepreneur at Culver Academies helped organize the event, and Director Alex Kurrelmeier says the goal is to make the competition national to address...

  • Former Angie's List COO Now Advocating For 'Best-Kept Secret'

    The new chief executive officer of the state's advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative says the two industries are among Indiana's "best-kept secrets." Mark Howell, who previously served as chief operating officer of Angie's List and president of Brightpoint Americas, took the helm of Conexus Indiana in January and says 20 percent of the Hoosier work force is connected to the sectors, producing 30 percent of the state's Gross Domestic Product. Howell says...

  • Mark Geyer will lead NASA's Johnson Space Center (photo courtesy of NASA)

    Hoosier to Lead Johnson Space Center

    Indianapolis native and Purdue graduate Mark Geyer has been selected as the next director of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Geyer will assume the directorship on May 25, after the retirement of former astronaut and 30-year NASA veteran Ellen Ochoa. 

  • Racing Events Spark STEM Connections

    Multiple off-track initiatives at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will spotlight the connections among racing, technical skills and innovation for middle school, high school and college students. The Student Karting World Finals, M-STEM3 Student Fair and the Honda STEAM Connections Tour provide participants experiences that demonstrate science, technology, engineering, arts and math pathways and career possibilities. M-STEM3, which stands for...

  • Rob Martens is president of Allegion Ventures.

    Allegion: Pipeline 'Robust' For $50M Corporate Venture Fund

    The president of a recently-launched corporate venture fund says early interest is strong and includes conversations about innovation in central Indiana. Ireland-based Allegion PLC (NYSE: ALLE), which has its North American headquarters in Carmel, launched the $50 million fund in March, targeting innovation in the security industry. "We've had well over 50 companies that we've had conversations with, (and) some of them have been local," said Rob Martens.

  • Salesforce.org Awards Grant to Ivy Tech

    Ivy Tech Community College has received a $200,000 grant from Salesforce to support the IvyWorks program, which is designed to help women's careers in the tech sector.  

  • Organizers of the Cybertech events hold multiple gatherings throughout the world annually.

    Global Tech Event Selects Indianapolis

    As he concludes an economic development trip to Israel, Governor Eric Holcomb has announced an international cybersecurity conference is coming to Indianapolis. Cybertech Midwest, which is expected to attract some 700 global professionals October 23, is an extension of the original gathering in Tel Aviv that is billed as "the most significant conference and exhibition" of its kind outside of the United States.

  • IU Doctors Lester Smith, Burcin Ekser, Ping Lee

    Collaboration to Help with Organ Transplant Science

    Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine are closer to artificially growing organs, helped from a partnership with Maryland-based Lung Biotechnology.

  • Cathedral High School in Indianapolis is participating in a pilot program for the technology.

    'Proactive' School Safety Tech Testing in Indy

    An Indianapolis high school will be part of a pilot program for a new safety platform designed to be more proactive against potential threats than current methods. Maryland-based DMI, which has an Indianapolis office, is partnering with Cathedral High School on what Digital Transformation Solutions Division President Gregg Gallant calls "situation-awareness" technology. The EndZone for Education platform helps provide schools with...

  • (Image of Purdue University team courtesy of agBOT Challenge.)

    AgTech 'Pre-Commercial Battleground' Set For Year Three

    The third annual agBOT Challenge is a week away in rural Parke County and its founder says the event lets college teams "push the limits" with their agricultural technology concepts. Steve Gerrish, who is chief executive officer of Rockville-based airBridge and owner of the more than 600-acre Gerrish Farms where the competition is held, says the agBOT Challenge has already provided a boost for advanced technologies like...

  • Indiana Fiber Network Boosting Whitley County Service

    Indianapolis-based Indiana Fiber Network LLC has announced plans to expand its service to businesses in Whitley County. The company has made a deal with the Whitley County Commissioners to provide service to the Park 30 Business Center, as well as additional businesses along the U.S. 30 corridor. IFN says it will construct the necessary fiber-optic facilities in and around the business park in order to provide high-speed Internet service to businesses. When complete...

  • (Image courtesy of Bosma Enterprises.)

    New Bosma Enterprises Center Focuses on Life Skills

    Following a $1.5 million renovation, Indianapolis-based Bosma Enterprises will Friday showcase its Center for Visionary Solutions for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The nonprofit, which serves around 1,000 clients annually, says the facility will include a living skills training apartment, lighting lab, manual skills room for plumbing and woodworking training and fitness center. Last year, Bosma unveiled its new, $6.6 million headquarters, which...

  • CEO Offers Challenge Grant

    Valparaiso-based Task Force Tips' CEO is offering a $300,000 challenge grant in support of Purdue Northwest's annual Day of Giving. PNW alumnus Stewart McMillan believes expanding entrepreneurial opportunity in the region will be helped by a new student engineering design studio.

  • (Image courtesy of Bankers Life Fieldhouse.)

    Conexus, Pacers Announce STEM Fest Grants

    Nine schools have earned grants from the Pacers Foundation following the Indiana Pacers 2018 STEM Fest. Conexus Indiana, the state's advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative, says the funding went to the schools with the highest attendance at this year's event. STEM Fest, which took place in February, involved more than 40 business, nonprofit and education organizations. The event drew attendees from 130 schools from throughout the state.

  • Boyles begins his new role July 1.

    DePauw Names Head of New Tech Center

    DePauw University has tapped Mike Boyles to lead its $10 million Tenzer Technology Center and Visualization Laboratory. Boyles has managed Indiana University's Advanced Visualization Lab since 2005. The lab, created by a $10 million gift from the Tenzer Family Foundation, where students from several programs will be able to work on technology and computing skills. Vice President for Academic Affairs Anne Harris says the facility will allow "liberal arts undergraduates to have...

  • Greenlight Guru is headquartered in The Union 525 in downtown Indianapolis.

    Greenlight Guru Launches New Software, Growing Team

    Indianapolis-based tech company Greenlight Guru is continuing its rapid growth. The company, which produces quality management software for medical device companies, has launched the latest version of its platform with plans to add 14 jobs over the next quarter.

  • (Image of southern Indiana courtesy of the Southern Indiana Development Commission.)

    Five-County Study Finds Broadband Access Lagging

    A recent study by the Purdue Center for Regional Development shows the five-county region of the Southern Indiana Economic Development Commission is lacking in broadband access. The research, which involved Daviess, Greene, Knox, Lawrence and Martin counties, suggests more than 20 percent of residents and 50 percent of businesses in the region do not have access to broadband. The study shows lack of availability can have negative effects on issues from...

  • (Image of Bill and Mary Stone courtesy of Indiana University.)

    $15M Donation Spurs New Name For Downtown Med Center

    The $70 million medical facility being built in downtown Evansville has a new name. The Stone Family Center for Health Sciences, named in honor of Connecticut-based SS&C Technologies Inc. founder Bill Stone following a $15 million donation, is a collaboration among Indiana University, the University of Evansville and University of Southern Indiana. Bill and Mary (O’Daniel) Stone are Evansville natives and 1973 graduates of Memorial High School.

  • Gandolf says the idea for the brewery came from a conversation in the founders' downtown Indianapolis apartment.

    ExactTarget Alums Start High-Tech Brewery

    A group of ExactTarget alumni is bringing its high-tech experience to the beer industry. Greater Cincinnati-based Braxton Brewing Chief Marketing Officer Jonathan Gandolf says the brewery started as a fun side project that became "very real, very fast." Braxton has doubled production in each of the last three years and distributes in Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky. Gandolf says the brewery hopes to bring its beer to Indiana either late this year or early next year.

  • Salesforce Hosting Pitch Night in Indy

    A group of Indianapolis-based tech startups will compete this evening at the Salesforce Pitch Night. The tech giant is hosting the event in downtown Indy as five companies look to win $100,000 in funding. 

  • 'Ziro' Creator Honored For Innovation

    West Lafayette-based ZeroUI and its hand-controlled robotic kit Ziro has received major recognition from a California-based nonprofit. TiE Silicon Valley has named the company one of the 50 most innovative tech startups in the world.

  • (Image courtesy of Ontario Systems.)

    Muncie Tech Company Announces Acquisition

    Muncie-based Ontario Systems LLC has announced an acquisition. Chief Executive Officer Ron Fauquher says the deal for New Mexico-based Justice Systems Inc. "is about growth and seizing a strong market opportunity." JSI provides court case management and court system payment software. Ontario Systems' revenue cycle management software is for healthcare, accounts receivable management and government customers and Fauquher says...

  • Mercury Systems joins consortium at Purdue's Discovery Park

    Defense Contractor Joins Discovery Park Consortium

    Defense electronics company Mercury Systems has joined a consortium of government, industry and the defense community at Discovery Park at Purdue University. The Massachusetts based company will work to develop various technologies, including microelectronics. 

  • The panel discussed the evolution of Indiana business over the last 20 years.

    IIB Marks 20 Years With a Look Back

    Tuesday is the 20th anniversary of the first edition of Inside INdiana Business With Gerry Dick. This weekend's edition of The INsiders focused on the evolution of the Hoosier business landscape over the past two decades as well as a look ahead. The panel included Hoosier tech entrepreneur Scott Jones, Kiwanis International Youth Programs Executive Director Christina Hale and Indiana Secretary of Career Connections and Talent Blair Milo.

  • Holcomb was joined on the show by Infosys President Ravi Kumar.

    Holcomb: Infosys Impact Extends 'Well Outside Our Borders'

    Plans by India-based Infosys to create a U.S. Education Center and campus in Indianapolis and create 3,000 jobs represent the largest single deal in the history of the Indiana Economic Development Corp., with an investment that could approach a quarter of a billion dollars at the former Indianapolis International Airport. Governor Eric Holcomb says the impact will extend far beyond central Indiana. "It could not be a better partnership," said Holcomb...

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    Salesforce, Springbuk Among Top Mira Winners

    Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) was named Tech Company of the Year and Indianapolis-based Springbuk earned Scale-Up of the Year and Company Culture of the Year honors at Saturday's sold-out 19th Annual Mira Awards in Indianapolis. A panel of 52 judges selected the winners from a pool of more than 200 nominations for individuals, companies and organizations representing the best in tech in Indiana. Inside INdiana Business will publish a special e-newsletter this week and feature interviews...
  • The cohort includes SnapShyft, cofounded by Stephanie Corliss (left) and Thor Wood (right).

    Startup Accelerator Begins Indy Cohort

    A national startup accelerator has announced its Indy Spring 2018 cohort. The companies, selected from a pool of more than 50 applicants, will receive individualized coaching and access to gener8tor's pool of mentors, investors and legal experts. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. and Hendricks Commercial Properties helped bring the program, called gBETA, to Indiana. The IEDC is providing support for the first phase of the program while gener8tor looks to establish a long-term...

  • Jones: Infosys Announcement 'Catapults Us'

    One of Indiana’s best-known tech entrepreneurs says the question following Thursday's jobs announcement from Infosys is "how will it play out?" The India-based company is planning to create a total of 3,000 jobs between its U.S. Education Center at the former Indianapolis International Airport terminal and its existing downtown Technology and Innovation Hub at OneAmerica. Scott Jones says the connections to universities and other resources throughout the state...

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    Infosys Campus Plans Go Beyond Buildings

    The new Infosys (NYSE: INFY) U.S. Education Center at the former Indianapolis International Airport terminal site will include more than office space. Ultimately, officials revealed at a news conference Thursday in Indianapolis, it could more closely resemble the type of live, work, play campus found in the company's other major global locations. The development plans involve more than 70 acres at first through a $35 million investment.

  • Governor Eric Holcomb (pictured at podium) helped cut the ribbon on the Infosys technology hub at One America Tower in March of 2018 in downtown Indianapolis.

    Infosys to Detail Vision For U.S. Training Center

    A year after rolling out plans to locate a hub in central Indiana, India-based Infosys (NYSE: INFY) will showcase its future U.S. training campus: the old Indianapolis International Airport site. Inside INdiana Business earlier this week reported details of Thursday afternoon's announcement, which include an additional 1,000 jobs on top of the 2,000 the tech giant called for initially. Vice President Mike Pence, Governor Eric Holcomb and company officials will be on hand in Indianapolis.

  • Julie Petr is executive director of the Pass The Torch For Women Foundation.

    New Partnership Aims to Boost Women in Tech

    Three groups working to grow the pipeline of women in technology fields are joining forces. During an event Tuesday in Indianapolis that drew 400 attendees, Women & Hi Tech, Indy Women In Tech and Pass The Torch For Women announced a formal partnership. The collaboration will draw on contributions from each organization, including...

  • IN3, formerly API, involves major defense, govermental, economic development and academic stakeholders from throughout the state.

    New Name, First Contract For Defense Tech Institute

    Indiana Innovation Institute, formerly known as the Applied Research Institute, is kicking off a rebranding with the announcement of its first contract. The $2.3 million trusted microelectronics collaboration with Purdue University also includes researchers and personnel from the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame. The work involves rapid development of counterfeit-resistant technology that is immune to global attacks.

  • Officials cut the ribbon on the Indianapolis hub in March.

    Infosys Picks Indy For Training Center, 1K Additional Jobs

    Inside INdiana Business has learned that India-based tech giant Infosys (NYSE: INFY) will house a USA Training Center at the old Indianapolis International Airport site. The plans involve 1,000 new jobs, on top of the company's previous commitment of 2,000 jobs as part of its downtown technology and innovation hub. Vice President Mike Pence will join Governor Eric Holcomb and others for the official announcement Thursday in Indianapolis.

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    Trine Awards Innovation Challenge Winners

    Trine University has announced the winners from its fifth annual innovation challenge. The competition focuses on new ideas and concepts from high school and university students, as well as members of the community, that could be used for business and technology.

  • Vermillion Rise Deemed Fiber-Ready

    A more than 7,000-acre business park in Vermillion County is the latest to receive recognition for its high-speed Internet infrastructure. AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) has certified the Vermillion Rise Mega Park as AT&T Fiber Ready. 

  • Pacers Gaming is headquartered in the St. Vincent training center by Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

    Pacers Gaming Preps For Virtual Run

    With a week until the NBA's official NBA2K esports league debuts, Indiana Pacers Gaming players are honing their skills and strategies. Pacers Gaming Director of Esports and Head Coach Cody Parrent, an Evansville native who has experience coaching basketball and soccer, says the training and teamwork involved in the digital world are the same. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman, Parrent says his scouting process began six months ago and...

  • The teams will be competing for $15,000 in total prizes.

    State's Largest Hackathon Targets Public Safety

    Launch Fishers and the Indiana IoT lab will this weekend host what organizers call Indiana's largest hackathon. This year's At&T #IoTCivicHack will focus on public safety solutions. Fishers Police Chief Mitch Thompson says new, cutting-edge technology ideas are especially helpful in an industry where "we tend to surround ourselves with other professionals that are in public safety and we all tend to think alike."

  • AT&T says it has improved its network in Pierceton

    AT&T Expands, Tests Technologies in Indiana

    Several Indiana communities are included in AT&T's most recent 5G foundation expansion, and testing of other technologies. The company's 5G Evolution technology has been launched in 117 new markets, claiming speeds are two times faster than standard LTE. The 5G Evolution now includes Anderson, Bloomington, Evansville, Kokomo, Miami, Muncie, Terre Haute and Warren. Indianapolis had previously been included. AT&T President of Technology & Operations, Melissa Arnol...

  • Idea Week will take place April 20-28.

    IDEA Week Kicks Off in Michiana

    A week-long festival focusing on all things innovation in the northern part of the state is now underway. IDEA Week, a festival led by the IDEA Center at the University of Notre Dame, will feature business, technology and entertainment events throughout Greater South Bend-Elkhart. The initiative is targeted at entrepreneurs, students and community members to provide...

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    Trine to Host Innovation Challenge

    Trine University will Friday host its fifth annual Innovation Challenge on the Angola campus. The competition will feature new ideas and concepts for business and technology from high school and university students as well as community members.

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    State Boosts Broadband Focus

    In an effort to ramp up its focus on broadband access, the state has launched a search for a director of broadband opportunities. The newly-created position will create a single point of contact to deal with the federal government, industry, academia and other stakeholders connected to broadband topics and issues. A key area of focus is boosting access in rural Indiana, which Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch calls the state's "next great economic development frontier."

  • NSWC Crane is located within Naval Support Activity Crane, one of the largest naval bases in the U.S.

    Purdue@WestGate, Crane Announce R&D Deal

    The Purdue Research Foundation at Purdue@WestGate and Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division have announced a cooperative research and development agreement. The partnership aims to connect private Indiana companies to the division's expertise and technology. Purdue@WestGate Director Jason Salstrom says the agreement will give small businesses in Indiana access to Crane's labs, equipment and workforce as they look to solve commercial technology challenges.

  • R.J. Talyor founded Quantifi, now Pattern89, last summer.

    Indy Tech Company Rebranding

    The chief executive officer of an Indianapolis-based tech company says a recent rebranding represents the company's continued evolution. R.J. Talyor says Pattern89, formerly known as Quantifi, comes with an enhanced platform designed to help brands get the most out of their social advertising. Quantifi was originally launched in 2017 as a spin-off of Indianapolis-based High Alpha. Talyor says Pattern89 builds on Quantifi's original platform using...

  • Levementum SVP Michael Burton

    Levementum Scores Funding, Sells Off Product

    Arizona-based Levementum, which has a growing presence in Indianapolis, says it has raised an additional $4 million in funding, led by Inoca Capital Partners. Chief Executive Officer Doug Guilbeau also says the company has sold its SugarCRM practice to focus on its Salesforce products and becoming "the top digital consultancy focused on consumer engagement." Levementum says the funding from the private equity firm will help support...

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    ISU Names College of Technology Dean

    Indiana State University has selected Nesli Alp as dean of its College of Technology. Alp, who most recently served as associate dean of academic affairs at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, will begin her new role in August.

  • Purdue and Intel announced the collaboration this week at the RSA Conference in San Francisco. (photo courtesy Intel/Matt H. King)

    Purdue, Intel Collaboration to Focus on 'Design for Security'

    A new collaboration between Purdue University and Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) aims to make security a core principle in the development of future products and technologies. The university says the "Design for Security" badge program will show the importance of incorporating security into every level of system design. Purdue is offering the ability to earn the "Design For Security" badge through a series of courses available on...

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    Zimmer Biomet Touts First Surgery of New Tibia

    Warsaw-based Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: ZBH) is touting the first surgical case for its Persona Trabecular Metal tibia. The surgery was performed in Idaho on March 20 after receiving FDA clearance in January, and approval in April. 

  • Northview Elementary School is located in Gas City.

    East Central Indiana School Plugs Into Telehealth Tech

    Northview Elementary School in Gas City has become the most recent location for a telehealth clinic through the statewide Indiana Rural School Clinic Network. Mississinewa Community Schools Assistant Superintendent Lezlie Winter says the technology brings Marion General Hospital expertise into the rural school and "levels the playing field" for students and parents who face health care access challenges. The program, which is funded through a grant administered by...

  • Purdue Professor Sunil Prabhakar will serve as the IDSI's inaugural director. (photo courtesy Purdue University)

    Purdue Launches Data Science Initiative

    A new initiative at Purdue University aims to make data science education part of every student's learning experience on campus. The university says the Integrated Data Science Initiative will help create a "data science for all" ecosystem while boosting research and partnerships in the field. The focus of the IDSI, Purdue says, is applying data science research to pressing fundamental and socially-relevant issues while also preparing students for what it calls the...

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    Spot Freight Expands in Charlotte

    Indianapolis-based Spot Freight Inc. is growing its presence in North Carolina. The Charlotte office, which opened three years ago and currently employs 10, could add about 50 jobs by year's end. In an interview a year ago on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, President Andrew Elsener discussed the company's growth plans in Indianapolis, which include 260 new Hoosier jobs by 2023.

  • The Carrier Pigeon team won Startup Weekend Evansville 7.0. (Image courtesy of University of Southern Indiana.)

    Different Take on Drone Tech Wins Startup Weekend

    The winning concept from the recent Startup Weekend Evansville 7.0 uses drone technology to help save lives. Carrier Pigeon involves dispatching emergency medical supplies to ambulances transporting patients. The event, which was held at the University of Southern Indiana Business and Engineering Center, is in its seventh year and is considered the largest of its kind in Indiana. Some 100 participants were involved in the more than 50-hour event. The second place team created...

  • The tiny device can be inserted into existing MRI machines. (photo courtesy Purdue University)

    Purdue Startup Scores Federal Grant

    The National Institutes of Health has awarded a nearly $230,000 grant to a Purdue University-affiliated startup. West Lafayette-based MR-Link LLC says it plans to use the funding to further develop its coin-sized device which aims to help medical professionals conduct MRI scans more efficiently.

  • Tingyu Li (left) and Pavithra Ramamurthy pitch their "Buddy" speech therapy robot for children with cleft lip and palate. (photo courtesy Indiana University)

    Speech Therapy Robot Wins IU Innovation Challenge

    A robot designed to help children with cleft lip and palate with speech therapy has won the top prize at the Cheng Wu Innovation Challenge at Indiana University. The robot, named Buddy, was designed by two IU graduate students who earned $7,500 for taking first place. 

  • Collegiate Drone Racing Championships to be held at Purdue

    Drone Racing Championships Return to Purdue

    Purdue University is again hosting the Collegiate Drone Racing National Championships. The second annual event happens Saturday, April 14 inside Lambert Fieldhouse. 

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    Robotics Students Set For State Championship

    More than 30 teams of high school students from throughout the state will compete in the 2018 IndianaFIRST state robotics championship in Kokomo. The teams with the highest rankings after the event, which runs Friday and Saturday, will advance to represent Indiana in the World Championships later this month.

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    Indiana Tech 'Cyber Warriors' Taking Title Shot

    A cybersecurity team from Indiana Tech will be battling for a national title. The Cyber Warriors are among 10 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition Championship finalists competing Friday through Sunday in Orlando. The team reached NCCDC Championships by winning the Erich J. Spengler Midwest Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition last month in Chicago. Indiana Tech says the championships involve building and defending a mock production business infrastructure from...

  • The Indiana IoT Lab officially opened in March.

    Wechsler Sees IoT Lab Network

    The founder of the Indiana IoT Lab, which opened last month in Fishers, says he envisions a "loose federation of labs throughout the state." During an interview at the Inside INdiana Business Launch Fishers Bureau, John Wechsler said labs throughout the state would focus on regional strengths, such as plastics engineering and precision agriculture.

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    Flexware Innovation Details New Fishers HQ

    Fishers-based Flexware Innovation Inc. is planning to relocate within the city to a new headquarters in a more prominent location. The company, which also has an office in Valparaiso and a presence at the new Indiana IoT Lab in Fishers, says the $3.5 million project near the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater could break ground in the fall. The company is seeking more than $265,000 in tax incentives from the city. Late last year, it announced plans to invest some $8 million into...

  • AT&T says it has improved its network in Pierceton

    AT&T Improves Pierceton Network

    AT&T customers in Pierceton will now have faster, more reliable cell service. The company has upgraded a cell tower on its 4G LTE network to improve connectivity. 

  • The featured speaker lineup includes (from left-to-right): Mitch Daniels, Bill Oesterle, Michael Huber.

    Effort Underway to Flip 'Brain Drain' to 'Brain Gain'

    A new event Friday in Indianapolis will focus on an issue that has weighed on state leaders for decades: how to recruit and retain graduates of Indiana colleges and universities. The Brain Gain Talent Summit will include executives from nearly 40 Hoosier businesses encouraging hundreds of students to stay after graduation. Indianapolis-based Angie's List co-founder and former CEO Bill Oesterle says the event is part of a larger push he feels must take place to stem the brain drain.

  • Purdue Announces VC Partnership With LA Firm

    The Purdue Research Foundation is partnering with a Los Angeles-based venture capital firm in an effort to bring more venture funding to Purdue research, technologies and startups. The university says the deal with Kairos Ventures "provides additional leverage for Purdue's startup ecosystem and supports investments in companies commercializing Purdue's intellectual property." 

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    Teacher Evaluation Software Company Makes Acquisition

    Cloverdale-based tech company Standard For Success LLC has announced the acquisition of a Michigan-based software company. Financial details of the deal for STAGES Software were not disclosed, however SFS says a small number of STAGES employees will be retained.

  • Wechsler speaks with Inside INdiana Business at its Launch Fishers bureau.

    Wechsler is Mira's 2018 Trailblazer

    Launch Fishers and Indiana IoT Lab founder John Wechsler will receive the 2018 Trailblazer Award at this month's 19th annual Mira Awards in Indianapolis. TechPoint Chief Executive Officer Mike Langellier calls Wechsler "fearless, inspiring and passionate" in his work for tech and entrepreneurship in Indiana. Wechsler founded Launch Fishers in 2012. It has grown into the state's largest coworking space, spanning 52,000 square feet and housing more than...

  • Christopher Day is co-founder and CEO of DemandJump.

    Case Contest Boosts Indy Tech Biz

    Last year's Rise of The Rest venture competition, which made a stop in Indianapolis, is being credited as a catalyst for a Hoosier technology company landing a $6 million round of funding. Indianapolis-based DemandJump Inc. Chief Executive Officer Christopher Day says his team followed up with Revolution LLC, the Washington D.C. venture capital firm behind the competition co-founded by former AOL CEO Steve Case, and received its Series A round support. Other investors include...

  • (L-R) Qinmao “Fred” Zhang, Xingfang “Tony” Yuan and Yilun Wu

    Rose-Hulman Students Take Programming Skills to China

    A team of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students will represent Indiana next week at an international computer programming conference in China. Rose-Hulman, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology are among 21 schools in the United States to have teams competing in the International Collegiate Programming Contest. The Terre Haute school's team includes seniors Xingfang "Tony" Yuan and Qinmao "Fred" Zhang as well as junior Yilun Wu.

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    hc1.com Continuing Growth With $7M in Funding

    Indianapolis-based hc1.com says a $7 million capital infusion will help continue its "aggressive expansion." The company, a healthcare-specific Customer Relationship Management system, received the funds from Indianapolis-based lead contributors Health Cloud Capital Fund I LP with participation from Elevate Ventures. Health Cloud Capital Fund is a private equity firm that, like hc1.com, is led by Chief Executive Officer Brad Bostic.

  • Christopher Day is a co-founder of DemandJump.

    DemandJump Secures $6M Financing Round

    Indianapolis-based DemandJump Inc. has received a $6 million round of funding it says will expand sales, marketing and product innovation efforts. The digital marketing platform provider is the previous recipient of two seed rounds totaling nearly $2.6 million. Inside INdiana Business will have more from Chief Executive Officer Christopher Day in the INside Edge enewsletter. The latest infusion comes from investors including...

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    Bikeshare Startup Targets Nationwide Growth

    The chief executive officer of West Lafayette-based VeoRide Inc. says the startup hopes to launch in 20 new markets in 2018. The company, which began at Purdue University last year and is expanding this month to two other institutions in the U.S., is a dockless bikeshare service that uses mobile technology to make bikes available to riders. Candice Xie, a Purdue graduate who co-founded VeoRide, says they have received...

  • Dan Ebert (pictured on stage) is a co-founder of VinSense.

    Agbiosciences Opportunities on Display in Fishers

    The co-founder of a wine growing industry software provider founded on Purdue University-licensed technology says events like Tuesday's AgBiosciences Startup Showcase at Launch Fishers provide more than just support for the field. David Ebert of West Lafayette-based VinSense LLC says he hopes the gathering will help attract attention from potential talent and investors. The showcase included young companies in the growing ecosystem, including...

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    IU Students Set For Innovation Challenge

    More than a dozen Indiana University students will Wednesday pitch their ideas as part of the Cheng Wu Innovation Challenge on the Bloomington campus. The participants are competing for a total of $15,000 in scholarships in the event, which aims to "encourage university-level intellectual property generation."

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    Weeklong Celebration for IU's Luddy Hall

    A whole week of activities and events are planned around the opening of the Indiana University School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering's Luddy Hall. The new $42.4 milllion, 124,000 square foot building will house most of the school's programs and departments. 

  • New Ag School Both Hands-on And Online

    A new charter school in central Indiana plans to blend the teachings of a traditional Hoosier career path with modern technology. The Indiana Agriculture & Technology School is an online public school that is tuition-free, and as part of the learning process, students spend time on a 600-acre farm north of Morgantown. The hands-on opportunities include courses and instruction in animal, plant and soil science, forestry and conservation and farming.

  • Purdue@WestGate is located at the WestGate Academy Conference and Training Center in Odon.”

    Purdue Polytechnic Launches Cybersecurity Courses

    Two cybersecurity courses will be provided by Purdue Polytechnic Institute beginning in the summer at WestGate@Crane Technology Park. The courses are the first certification chances in the CareerMakers series at Purdue@WestGate. 

  • Last month, PFL opened its "HQ East" in downtown Indianapolis.

    Digital Marketing Firm Lands Big Investment

    Montana-based digital marketing company PFL, which recently opened an Indianapolis headquarters, has landed a $25 million investment from a division of The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS). The company says the funding will support research and development and sales team growth for its TMA platform. Last month, PFL opened its "HQ East" in downtown Indianapolis. At the time, the company said it would benefit from being in the Eastern Time Zone and operating...

  • Indiana Women's Prison Cuts Ribbon on Inmate Coding Program

    Officials celebrated the beginning of The Last Mile, a program designed to teach inmates at the Indiana Women’s Prison coding skills they can use once they are released. Founded in 2010, Indiana is the first state outside of California to adopt the San Francisco-based non-profit that has seen 100 percent of its graduates secure employment upon release with a zero percent recidivism rate.

  • (Pictured right-to-left: Hancock Regional Hospital Chief Executive Officer Steve Long and Pondurance Founding Partner Ron Pelletier.)

    Cautionary Tale: Health System Victim of 'Breach Season'

    A founding partner of an Indianapolis-based digital security consulting company is warning businesses to be aware of a busy time of year for data hacking schemes. Ron Pelletier with Pondurance says February through April is considered "breach season," when intrusions jump, in some cases, 80 percent to 90 percent. During an interview in the Business of Health, Hancock Regional Hospital Chief Executive Officer Steve Long joined Pelletier with his cautionary tale of a...

  • Bikeshare Startup Expanding Into New Markets

    A Purdue University-based startup has announced plans to expand to other cities. VeoRide Inc., a dockless bicycle sharing company, has signed contracts to launch the service at the University of Kansas and New England College in New Hampshire. The startup, which began service in October on the Purdue campus and West Lafayette, allows riders to use a smartphone to locate a nearby bicycle and unlock it. Purdue says, to date, VeoRide bikes have been ridden more than...

  • Q5 Founder and CEO Maria Marsala Herlihy will now serve as global head of data and analytics for N2Growth.

    Hoosier Data and Analytics Firm Acquired

    Pennsylvania-based leadership and talent advisory firm N2Growth has acquired an interest in Q5 Division, a predictive data and analytics firm based in Indiana. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, though N2Growth says the acquisition could create as many as 20 jobs this year.

  • Prison Coding Program to Begin

    A program to teach prison inmates coding skills officially gets underway Thursday at the Indiana Women's Prison. Governor Eric Holcomb and The Last Mile board member and rapper MC Hammer will be among those taking part in the ceremony. The Last Mile, which has drawn praise from the likes of the Obama administration and Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) founder Mark Zuckerberg, offers coding classes, mentorship and job placement services to inmates. Indiana is the second state in the nation...

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    Growing Industry Takes Spotlight at Spring IT Expo

    A second annual event in Indianapolis will focus on technology sector jobs, industry connections and innovation. The Spring IT Expo will run Thursday and Friday on the Ivy Tech Community College flagship campus and feature a student challenge, career fair and conference recognizing the school's 20-year partnership with Cisco Academy. Vice President for Information Technology for Workforce Alignment Matthew Etchison says the event showcases...

  • The company says the first phase is complete, with additional phases set to wrap up over the next three months.

    Indiana Fiber Network Begins Upgrades

    Indianapolis-based Indiana Fiber Network LLC says it is underway with a multi-million-dollar network upgrade project throughout the state. The fiber optic provider says the multi-year project will increase capacity and boost reliability. The company says the first phase is complete, with additional phases set to wrap up over the next three months. The effort will then continue in the first quarter of 2019.

  • This 2018 Startup Weekend Evansville is set for April 6-8 on the University of Southern Indiana campus.

    Entrepreneurial 'Feeder' Event Set For 7th Edition

    A Startup Weekend Evansville co-founder says this weekend's event, billed as the largest of its kind in the state, is a "feeder" for entrepreneurial activity in the state and beyond. Bryan Bourdeau says three different Startup Weekends have sprouted outside of Vanderburgh County and the event at the University of Southern Indiana has been a catalyst for multiple new ventures. Startup Weekend Evansville, Bourdeau adds, focuses on...

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    Data Center Planned For Old Hammond Generating Plant

    An attorney from Indianapolis and a data center mogul from New York City are looking to build a major data center in Lake County. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report Tom Dakich and Peter Feldman plan to invest $40 million to construct the proposed Indiana NAP data center at the site of the former State Line Generating Plant in Hammond.

  • Matt McIntyre is a founder of Brackets For Good.

    Brackets For Good Mulling National Tournament

    As Brackets For Good charity competitions throughout the U.S. reach the home stretch, a co-founder of the Indianapolis-based nonprofit says a nationwide tournament is under consideration. Executive Director Matt McIntyre says new communities are continually asking about joining and that growth is being driven by corporate involvement. Brackets For Good now has a presence in 13 cities and states, including Indianapolis and, more recently, statewide in Indiana.

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    Co-Op Launches Fiber-to-Home Business

    Martinsville-based South Central Indiana Rural Electric Membership Corp. has kicked off the first phase of a new business designed to bring high-speed Internet services to rural areas in the region. The electric cooperative says work on the SCI Fiber project will begin in June to bring fiber service to nearly 3,800 homes in portions of Morgan and Brown counties. SCI REMC Chief Executive Officer James Tanneberger says the entire project will take place in four phases...

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    IUPUI Lecture Series to Feature Former Indy Mayor

    Two upcoming IUPUI lectures will focus on the impact of human-centered design on the internet of things, and the quick evolution of smart cities. Former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith and Amazon's Will Seidelman will be featured. 

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    IPS Partnering With 'Juggernaut' in Tech

    The philanthropic arm of one of the top technology employers in the state is donating $500,000 to Indianapolis Public Schools to launch an Information Technology Academy. Salesforce.org says the funds will pay for new computers, high-speed internet connection and mobile charging devices to create an "advanced learning environment" at the academy at George Washington High School. The partnership with Indiana's largest school district will also include...

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    DTN Completes Spensa Acquisition

    Minnesota-based DTN, a global analysis company, has closed on its previously-announced acquisition Purdue University precision agriculture tech startup Spensa Technologies Inc. Spensa, located in the Purdue Research Park, gathers high-resolution data and and models the information.

  • Special Actions Technology Group is the lastest member of The Lock & Key at Purdue@Westgate

    More Innovation Coming to Purdue@WestGate

    A unique technology group is bringing its drive to innovate to Purdue@WestGate Purdue University's Institute for Global and Defense Innovation. Special Actions Technology Group is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business comprised of retired special operations personnel, engineers, scientists and defense acquisition experts.  

  • The communities are working with Hancock County-based NineStar Connect on "smart" technology initiatives.

    Communities Collaborate on Connectivity

    Three towns in Hancock County are moving forward on what they call the logical outgrowth of continued collaboration. Leaders from Cumberland, McCordsville and New Palestine are joining forces to roll out "smart" technology and initiatives throughout the Mt. Comfort Corridor, which include integrating high-tech pavement sensors into the trail system and continuing the build-out of fiber. In January 2017, the towns released...

  • SF Motors unveiled concept vehicles Wednesday during an event in California.)

    'Intelligent' EV Production Coming to Mishawaka

    A California-based electric vehicle maker says trial production of its "intelligent" cars will begin in Mishawaka by the end of the year. SF Motors unveiled its concepts Wednesday at its Santa Clara headquarters, saying the SF5 model will be available for pre-order this year and will be on the road in 2019. The company in November completed the acquisition of a former AM General LLC commercial assembly plant where a contract with Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc. had ended.

  • GMC Sierra AT4 built at GMC's Fort Wayne Assembly Plant

    GMC Unveils Truck Built in Roanoke

    The Roanoke-built GMC Sierra AT4 has made its debut. GMC says the 4-wheel drive is being built alongside the Chevy Silverado at the Fort Wayne Assembly plant.

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    SmartBox Completes New Albany Expansion

    New Albany-based SmartBox LLC will Thursday hold an open house to celebrate the completion of a $1 million expansion. The company, which provides digital marketing services focusing on the dental industry, says it will add about 100 jobs. SmartBox first announced plans for the expansion in November.

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    Analysis: Tech Jobs on Rise, Many Going Unfilled

    New figures released by a global industry association suggest job totals in Indiana's technology sector are growing at a slightly higher clip than the average state. CompTIA says tech jobs make up 5.5 percent of the state's workforce, ranking Indiana 21st in the U.S., with over 181,000 workers. Tech job postings are on the rise in Indiana, the organization says, increasing 34 percent from 2016 to 2017, bumping the state to nearly 36,000.

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    Indy-Connected Company Releases School Safety Tech

    Maryland-based Digital Management LLC, which has an office in Indianapolis, is launching an app designed to allow school staffers, students and safety personnel to monitor and respond to emerging threats at schools. DMI says the EndZone for Education technology is adapted from a platform used by the United States government for high-risk situations. The company says the app can help identify threats preemptively and cut off access to potential "unknown and/or high-risk actors."

  • Scott Massey is a co-founder of Heliponix.

    'Food Computer' Creator Marketing to World

    The chief executive officer of a West Lafayette-based indoor agricultural technology company has lofty global ambitions. Heliponix co-founder Scott Massey says the company, which makes the GroPod hydroponic "food computer," has a potential market the size of every home in the world. "Ultimately, I see us becoming the world's largest farming company without owning a single acre of land." In an interview for The INnovators with Dr. K, Massey said...

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    Indy World Trade Center 'Full-Steam Ahead'

    World Trade Center - Indianapolis will sign an agreement Thursday with a partner in a key international region. The Memorandum of Understanding between the Indy organization and the World Trade Center - Harbin, China will involve commercial exchanges and regular meetings that could lead to future partnerships. President Doris Anne Sadler says the collaboration holds promise on several fronts including agriculture, agtech and water resource management.

  • Next Level Indiana Trust Fund Announces Administrator

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  • (Image courtesy of World Trade Center Indianapolis.)

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  • (photo courtesy Governor Eric Holcomb's office)

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  • (Rendering provided by 16 Tech.)

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  • Goshen College to soon offer new programs

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  • TechPoint announces some Mira Award winners before next month's gala

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  • 16 Tech estimates the first phase of development will create more than 2,600 jobs over 10 years.

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  • Joint Cybersecurity operations center OmniSOC is hosted by IU

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  • The three startups all have roots at Launch Fishers.

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  • The partnership will give the foundation unrestricted use of the AppToGive platform.

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

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  • Danielle McDowell has served as executive director of The Speak Easy for three years.

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  • (Image courtesy of Angie's List.)

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  • The WestGate Academy Conference and Training Center is located in Odon.

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  • Peyton Schrock (left) took home the top prize. (photo courtesy LaGrange County EDC)

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  • Officials cut the ribbon on the Indianapolis hub last week.

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  • (Image of Christopher Clapp courtesy of Bluelock.)

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  • Representatives from the 22 schools gathered at the Toyota Indiana Visitors Center Wednesday.

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  • The BIC opened near the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center in August 2013.

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  • Evansville-based Curvo Labs buys Mendenhall Associates

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  • (Image courtesy of On Target Laboratories Inc.)

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  • (Image courtesy of Spensa Technologies.)

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  • Kevin MacCauley is the founder and CEO of Upper Hand.

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  • Indy Women in Tech Championship Volunteer

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  • AT&T upgrades network in Greene County

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  • Jeffersonville-based Inscope Medical Solutions won last year's pitch competition.

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  • Adam Sobol is founder of careband.

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  • (Image of the Statehouse Interior Courtesy of The General Assembly.)

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  • The judging panel included technology managers from the Indiana University Innovation and Commercialization Office.

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  • Skyepack content development team members film instructional videos for a strength training course at Texas A&M. (photo courtesy Skyepack)

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  • OCTIV is the company formerly known as TinderBox.

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  • (Image courtesy of the Purdue Research Foundation.)

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  • Infosys President Ravi Kumar

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  • (photo courtesy Purdue University)

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  • Infosys originally announced its Indiana investment in May 2017.

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A regular feature on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, The Innovators with Dr. K is all about Indiana innovators and their ideas.

Hosted by renowned Indiana University entrepreneurship pioneer Dr. Donald Kuratko (aka Dr. K), the segment shines a spotlight on Hoosier entrepreneurs who pitch their ideas, then answer pointed questions from Dr. K.

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      Angola-based Vestil Manufacturing Corp.'s growth plans are moving forward. The Steuben County Economic Development Corp. says the company has broken ground on its nearly $15 million expansion, which is expected to create up to 100 jobs by 2021. The project includes an 8,100-square-foot addition to one of its manufacturing plants and the construction of a 250,000-square-foot fulfillment center. Vestil Manufacturing announced the expansion plans in August.

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