• (Image of CEO and co-founder Andy Williams courtesy of PERQ.)

    Hoosier Tech Investors Partner to Boost PERQ

    Indianapolis-based PERQ has received a $5 million round of funding. The support includes participation from 10 Indiana investors. They are: Elevate Ventures, Collina Ventures LLC, former Indianapolis-based T2 Systems executives, former ExactTarget Chief Marketing Officer Tim Kopp and the co-founders of Greenwood-based One Click Ventures. The company provides technology that deals with digital consumer engagement and shopping behavior. In 2016, it received...

  • Zimmer Biomet Partnering With Apple

    Warsaw-based Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ZBH) has announced a partnership with Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) to assist patients undergoing knee and hip replacement surgeries. Zimmer Biomet has developed an app for the iPhone and Apple Watch designed to improve the connection between patients and their surgical care teams.

  • Daniels Envisions Purdue, Region as 'Cooler Place'

    Purdue University President Mitch Daniels says a more than $1 billion live, work, play development on the West Lafayette campus will be a magnet for attracting and keeping top talent in the region. The Discovery Park District is part of a 30-year vision to transform the west side of the Purdue campus and create a "preeminent environment" for educational, economic, cultural and community activities in the region.

  • Ben Forrest is CEO of Olio.

    Tech Startup Aims to Cut Out Medical 'Stumbling Block'

    As healthcare continues to evolve, a Carmel-based tech startup is rising to meet one rapidly-changing facet of the industry's business model. Olio develops software that it says helps providers at every stage of care communicate more effectively. CEO Ben Forrest says the platform his growing company has developed overcomes the traditional stumbling block of sharing information on a patient's recovery among multiple caregivers, health systems and facilities from start-to-finish.

  • Angie's List Parent Acquires New York Tech Company

    Colorado-based ANGI Homeservices Inc. (Nasdaq: ANGI), which has a major presence in Indianapolis, has announced plans to acquire a tech company based in New York. Financial terms of the deal for Handy Technologies Inc. are not being disclosed, however ANGI says Handy will continue to operate out of New York City.

  • Mary Snapp with Microsoft Philanthropies was among those at Thursday's announcement.

    'Game-Changer' Skillful Program Coming to Indiana

    A national nonprofit has chosen Indiana as the next state for its Skillful initiative, designed to help workers, especially those without four-year college degrees, find good jobs in a changing economy. The New York-based Markle Foundation is working with partners including Microsoft Philanthropies, Walmart and Purdue University on the workforce development effort. Skillful, which began in Colorado, helps workers partner with companies to identify skills they already have and find...

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    New Elevate Ventures Fund Aims to Catalyze Innovators

    Indianapolis-based Elevate Ventures says a new funding initiative will be a "propelling" force for entrepreneurs in regions where it has established a presence. The Community Ideation Fund will make $200,000 available in each of Elevate Ventures' partnership regions over the next three years. The funding comes from the state's 21st Century Research and Technology Fund, which is overseen by the Indiana Economic Development Corp. It focuses on...

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    IU Kelley Degrees Launch on Digital 'Destination'

    The Indiana University Kelley School of Business is launching two master's degrees on a high-profile online platform. The accounting and information technology management programs will be available beginning next year through edX. edX.org, founded by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is billed as "the leading nonprofit online learning destination." The organization has alliances with more than 130 member institutions. In addition to...

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    Notre Dame IDEA Center Establishes Startup Fund

    A separate for-profit investment fund to speed up ideas toward development has been established by the Notre Dame IDEA Center. The name draws from the center's race-car branding: Notre Dame Pit Road Fund. The fund will offer seed funding for student, faculty, alumni and community startups, which Notre Dame vice president and associate provost for innovation, Brian Ritchie, says will fill a resource gap between a business idea and the ability to garner follow-up investments and hittin...

  • Purdue Global Adds Cloud Computing Degree

    Purdue University Global has announced plans for a new cloud computing degree program. The bachelor's degree will be the first new program offered by the school since it joined the Purdue system earlier this year. Purdue Global is partnering with Virginia-based ManTech (Nasdaq: MANT), which helped develop program.

  • Officials from the Regenstrief Institute accepted the first place prize in the Inject Tech Challenge. (photo courtesy of Regenstrief Institute)

    Life Sciences Summit Competition Winners Unveiled

    BioCrossroads has unveiled the winners of two competitions at the 2018 Indiana Life Sciences Summit. The events include the inaugural Indiana Inject Tech Challenge, which focuses on the creation of new technologies designed to improve patient outcomes, as well as the BioCrossroads New Venture Competition.

  • Brandon Ridenour (file photo)

    ANGI Homeservices Names New CEO

    Colorado-based ANGI Homeservices Inc. (Nasdaq: ANGI) has named a new chief executive officer. The company, which maintains a significant presence in Indianapolis, says Chief Product Officer Brandon Ridenour will transition to CEO by the end of the year. He succeeds Chris Terrill, who will remain with the company in an advisor capacity. Terrill will also step down from the ANGI Homeservices Board of Directors and Ridenour will join the board following the transition.

  • (Rendering courtesy of the Digital Crossroads development team.)

    Inventory Taking Stock of Data Assets in The Region

    An inventory of public wireless and optical communications assets in northwest Indiana is underway. The developers behind the $40 million Digital Crossroads of America Data Center in Hammond have hired an engineering firm in Germany that deals with network deployment and planning throughout the world. Digital Crossroads Chief Executive Officer Peter Feldman says coverage is inconsistent in the region and throughout most of the country.

  • (Image courtesy of Danise Alano-Martin on Twitter.)

    Hoosier Women in Technology Launches

    A new group from the organization behind events like the Combine in Bloomington and Ignite Bloomington has launched to draw more women to the tech scene in the Monroe County city. Hoosier Women in Technology, created by Bloomington-based nonprofit Humanetrix Foundation Inc., will host its first event toward the end of the month. Danise Alano-Martin says HooWiT will serve as a forum for engagement and connections for women looking to break into tech or advance their careers.

  • IU Researcher Receives Grant for Startup

    An Indiana University researcher has received a federal grant for his high-tech startup where he hopes to develop technology to reduce testing on animals. Ken Shao's Dream Tech LLC received a one-year $245,130 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. The assistant professor of environmental and occupational health founded the company to lessen the use of animals in testing for chemical toxicity in food, pharmaceuticals and pesticides. "Dream Tech is de...

  • Fort Wayne Momentum Helped Seal Sweetwater Deal

    Sweetwater founder Chuck Surack says Indiana had some competition when it came to landing the company's $76.4 million expansion and more than 1,000 jobs. "Economically, the states of Nevada and California were pulling really hard and offered us quite a bit of incentives," said Surack, who adds Fort Wayne's downtown revitalization helped keep the expansion at home. Sweetwater, which currently employs 1,300 in northeast Indiana, recruits from around the globe.

  • (Image courtesy of Ball State University.) Startup Weekend events will be held at the Applied Technology Building.)

    Startup Weekend Muncie Awaits Entrepreneurs

    Budding entrepreneurs will develop and pitch their business ideas this weekend on the Ball State University campus. Techstars Startup Weekend Muncie starts Friday evening and runs through Sunday. Participants have the opportunity to work with coaches and mentors before pitching their ideas to a panel of judges including Scotty's Brewhouse founder Scott Wise and Elevate Ventures Entrepreneur In Residence Jacob Schpok. Several coaches and mentors will take part in the event, which is...

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    Purdue Team Taps Into Augmented Reality For Medical Tech

    A team at Purdue University is using technology most commonly associated with gaming to assist in potentially life-saving situations. The augmented reality system gives doctors who lack experience a remote helping hand from more experienced surgeons and physicians. Health care workers in the field -- war zones, disaster areas, rural areas -- use an AR headset that connects with mentor professionals who are using a large video screen to assess the situations and provide feedback.

  • (Image of Jim McEwan courtesy of Furrion.)

    Furrion Sets Up Shop in Europe

    An Elkhart manufacturer has opened an office in the United Kingdom, marking its entry into the European market. Furrion, which supplies electronics, appliances and robotics to the recreational and marine vehicle industries, has subsequently named Jim McEwan vice president and country manager for the U.K. The company says McEwan, who previously served as a sales director with Whirlpool Corp.'s (NYSE: WHR) Europe, Middle East and Africa unit, will be charged with...

  • dormakaba plans to break ground on the expansion later this year.

    Swiss Company Bringing 100 Jobs to Indy

    Switzerland-based dormakaba is expanding its Indianapolis operations and plans to create more than 100 jobs over the next few years. The security solutions company says Indianapolis will be its Access Solutions Americas segment headquarters. The company plans a significant investment to nearly double the size of its Indianapolis facility and increase production of secure locks and access control solutions. The technology is designed for markets including schools, airports...

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    FileWave Names New CEO

    Indianapolis-based tech company FileWave has a new leader. Rolf Anweiler, who previously served as senior vice president of marketing for California-based Mapp Digital, will become the chief executive officer of the multi-platform endpoint management software company.

  • Ultimate Technologies Group will expand is presence to the Indiana IoT Lab in Fishers.

    Ultimate Automation Acquires Carmel Company, Rebrands

    Fishers-based Ultimate Automation has acquired Electronic Evolutions Inc. in Carmel. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed, however two companies have been rebranded under the Ultimate Technologies Group banner. The combined company will be headquartered in the existing Ultimate Automation offices and will also expand into the Indiana IoT Lab in Fishers.

  • Terre Haute Fail Fest Promoting 'Go For It' Mentality

    The organizer of the third Terre Haute Fail Fest says the event offers an opportunity to urge entrepreneurs and innovators to "go for it" and accept that failure is part of the process. Shelley Klingerman, who is also executive director of Launch Terre Haute, says the message at Wednesday's day-long gathering will be particularly important in the Wabash Valley.

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    Centric Names Indiana Innovation Award Winners

    Indianapolis-based Centric Inc. has announced the winners of the 2017 Indiana Innovation Awards. The honors go to individuals and organizations "who are successfully leading the innovation charge in our state," according to the think tank. An executive panel of judges picked ten of the state's best new innovations from 56 finalists.  The official 2018 Indiana Innovation Award winning innovations are:    SmartCore – AgNext (West Lafayette)&n...

  • Innovation Organization Strengthening Influence

    An Indianapolis-based organization focused on driving innovation among government, defense, research and industrial stakeholders is expanding its reach with a new consortium and collaboration space. The Indiana Innovation Institute has launched the Indiana Consortium for Advanced Technology Transition, as well as office, conference and warehousing space in the WestGate@Crane Technology Park in Odon that could become a makerspace. IN3 Chief Executive Officer General Gene Renuart said...

  • Susan Marshall launched Torchlite in 2015.

    Torchlite Locks up More Funding

    Indianapolis-based Torchlite has secured a $3 million round of funding from backers including former Salesforce Marketing Cloud Chief Executive Officer Scott McCorkle and a new investor, Salesforce Ventures. The digital marketing talent platform says its 2017 revenue doubled from the previous year and it will use the funds to boost its global network of freelancers. The latest investment brings the total amount raised by Torchlite to $5.5 million since its founding three years ago.

  • High-Tech Hub Offers Career, Hands-on Experiences

    A suburban Marion County school district has opened a new space focused on career-based, entrepreneurial and high-tech skills. The Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township's Innovation and Design Hub focuses on student-directed and community learning initiatives and includes interactive whiteboards, 3-D printers and a computer programming laboratory. Hub Director Brian Bulmer tells Inside INdiana Business it will also...

  • ClearObject CEO John McDonald is a founder of the organization.

    Events-Focused Group Looks to 'Catalyze' Entrepreneurship

    A nonprofit geared toward boosting the state's entrepreneurial community has officially launched. INfuze Indiana, co-founded by Fishers-based ClearObject Corp. and born from the recently-canceled INX3 event in Indianapolis, focuses on organizing community events to bring together entrepreneurs and investors. It will host its first event -- featuring...

  • Determine Found Non-Compliant With Nasdaq

    Carmel-based Determine Inc. (Nasdaq: DTRM) is facing procedures that could ultimately result in the company being delisted from The Nasdaq Stock Market. The tech company says it has received a notification letter from Nasdaq saying it is out of compliance due to its continuous low stock price.

  • Leaders Discuss Technical Roles For Women at Crane

    Two women in leadership roles at Naval Support Activity Crane say the massive southwest central Indiana employer has a long history of employing women in traditionally male-dominated roles. In part three of a special feature that goes behind the scenes at Crane, Inside INdiana Business talked about women in business and technical positions with Crane Army Ammunition Activity Pyrotechnics Commodity Manager Lara Zilafro and Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Deputy Technical Director...

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    Final Designs Unveiled For Pike County Tech Center

    Officials in Pike County have finalized designs for the planned Entrepreneurship & Technology Center. The Pike County Economic Development Corp. says the facility will include a coworking space, makerspace and a training center.

  • Indy School District to Cut Ribbon on Innovation Hub

    The Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township in Indianapolis will Friday celebrate the grand opening of its Innovation and Design Hub. The district says the creative learning space is the first of its kind and will feature advanced technology such as 3D printers, a computer programming lab and audio/visual production capabilities.

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    Forbes Calls Indiana 'Center' of AgTech Scene

    Forbes Media Editor-In-Chief Steve Forbes says hosting the Forbes AgTech Summit in Indianapolis for the first time puts the global event at "the center of it all." The event features dozens of entrepreneurs and leaders in the field at all levels from farmers to innovators to Governor Eric Holcomb. When asked why Indianapolis is the right place for the event, Forbes told Inside INdiana Business Mary-Rachel Redman "the question is not why, but why not?" He discussed...

  • New KAR HQ Progressing, Representing Tech 'Transformation'

    Carmel-based KAR Auction Services Inc. (NYSE: KAR) says its planned $80 million headquarters in the Hamilton County city remains on-pace to open next summer. The wholesale used vehicle industry company, which announced the major investment a year ago, says it currently has 1,200 job openings throughout North America. Its expansion plans include 400 additional jobs by 2020. In an interview during a hard hat tour of the construction, Chief Executive Officer Jim Hallett said...

  • Uber Settlement Includes Indiana Drivers

    The state will receive nearly $1.5 million as part of a settlement with California-based Uber Technologies Inc. The office of Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill says all states and the District of Columbia are part of a $148 million agreement connected to the ride-sharing company's long delay in reporting a data breach to its drivers. Hoosier employees of Uber affected by the incident will share a total of a little more than $750,000, which amounts to $100 per driver. Hill says...

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    Job Event For Students Aims to 'Spark' Enthusiasm

    An event this week in Indianapolis is providing over 9,000 central Indiana 8th graders with what organizers say is a first-hand look at potential future careers. JA JobSpark, an annual Junior Achievement of Central Indiana program, brings together students from 62 schools and representatives from 120 employers to take part in career exploration activities. JA of Central Indiana Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Burk says it's never too early to engage students in...

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

    Purdue, Infosys Detail Cybersecurity Training Efforts

    India-based Infosys (NYSE: INFY) and Purdue University are providing more details on one aspect of a partnership announced more than a year ago. The university says it will provide intensive cybersecurity training for up to 2,000 Infosys employees throughout the world over the next two and a half years.

  • DOD Grant to Help Pilot Cybersecurity Project

    The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded nearly $2 million to the Indiana University Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research and the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center. The funding will allow the two entities to continue work on their Principles-based Assessment for Cybersecurity Toolkit, or PACT.

  • (photo courtesy Westgate@Crane Technology Park)

    Researchers Set For Inaugural Technology Showcase

    The Indiana Technology Showcase at the WestGate Academy will debut Tuesday in Odon. It will feature 30 researchers from the University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, Indiana University, University of Southern Indiana, Ivy Tech Community College and the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center. Each will have three minutes to present their technologies, followed by time to discuss the innovations and potential licensing opportunities. The technology fields expected to be covered include...

  • Pacers, Salesforce Alliance to 'Change Fan Experience'

    A team executive says a recently-announced partnership between Pacers Sports and Entertainment and Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE: CRM) is part of an effort aimed at becoming a leader in team sports technology. PS&E President Rick Fuson says the idea was hatched about 15 months ago after a meeting between team owner Herb Simon and Salesforce Marketing Cloud Chief Executive Bob Stutz. "There's no doubt that Herb Simon and Steve Simon want us to be a leader in the tech field."

  • NineStar Connect is headquartered in Greenfield.

    Agreement Seeks to Boost Fiber Access in Shelby County

    Officials in Shelby County are hoping a new agreement will boost the availability of high-speed fiber optic Internet service. The Shelby County Fiber Optic Board has signed a deal with Greenfield-based NineStar Connect to expand fiber access throughout the county.

  • Ribbon cutting at Netfor's new Fishers location

    Netfor Cuts Ribbon for Fishers Location

    Netfor and Fishers officials gathered Thursday for an open house/ribbon cutting for the company's new office space in Fishers Technology Park. Netfor has leased and equipped 17,500 feet of space, which is three times the size of their current office.  Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness joined company officials and One Zone Chamber of Commerce members to cut the ribbon on the new space. Netfor plans to create up to 100 new jobs by 2021. The 1995-founded company offers outsourced IT serv...

  • (Image of Joel Neidig courtesy of SIMBA Chain.)

    Northern Indiana Startup Working With Navy on Blockchain

    A young northern Indiana company has built a partnership with the U.S. Navy on an emerging digital technology. SIMBA Chain Inc., born out of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-funded collaboration between Plymouth-based Indiana Technology and Manufacturing Co. and the University of Notre Dame Center for Research Computing, will work with the Naval Air Systems Command on blockchain-centered systems for tracking aviation parts. Currently...

  • Columbus Company Expanding to Europe

    Columbus-based LHP Engineering Solutions has announced plans to expand operations to Europe. The engineering services provider and technology integrator says LHP Europe Srl will be headquartered in Italy and focus on what it calls the quickly-evolving European automotive market.

  • Tech Firm to Open New Fort Wayne HQ

    Fort Wayne-based digital marketing firm Aptera Inc. will Friday celebrate the grand opening of its new headquarters. The company has invested more than $2 million to renovate a formerly-vacant building in the city’s downtown and plans to add at least 20 jobs as a result of the move. The company, which moved to downtown Fort Wayne 10 years ago, currently has about 90 employees. Co-founder T.K. Herman says the ability to add jobs and complete for talented workers is a...

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    First Office Tenant Locks in at Bottleworks District

    Indianapolis-based High Alpha will be the anchor office tenant of a high-profile development. The $300 million Bottleworks District, which broke ground three months ago, will also include hotel, residential, theater and retail spaces, as well as a food hall. Wisconsin-based Hendricks Commercial Properties LLC Vice President of Development Isaac Bamgbose says a tenant like the tech-focused venture studio and investor will help create more vibrancy and...

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    Cummins Charging Ahead on Electric Tech

    Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) is continuing a push toward more electric and hybrid-powered technology. The manufacturer has announced an agreement with KAMAZ PTC, a Russian industrial and commercial vehicle company, on bus and truck production. Thursday's announcement comes on the heels of Cummins showcasing an array of its electric and hybrid vehicle tech at high profile industry events in Germany. Cummins and KAMAZ have partnered on engine technology through...

  • 'Team Crane' Filling 'Next-Generation' Pipeline

    Naval Support Activity Crane is large in size and boasts a hefty economic impact. In our continuing series on the nearly 100-square-mile southwest central Indiana institution, Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center Director of Engagement Kyle Werner said "Team Crane" contributes some $2 billion annually to the state. Nearly 430 new NSWC Crane employees have been added over the last five years. Crane Army Ammunition Activity Engineer Lauren Shipman joined Warner on an interview ...

  • Salesforce, Pacers Partner on Digital Experience

    Indianapolis-based Pacers Sports & Entertainment Inc. and one of the largest technology industry employers in the state are joining forces to deliver what they say will be the "ultimate fan experience." The partnership with Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE: CRM) will allow PS&E to connect with fans and concertgoers using email marketing, social media, digital advertising and customer service tools. The collaboration, PS&E and Salesforce say, will help...

  • Indy Dental Tech Company Acquired

    Atlanta-based True Nature Holding Inc. has announced plans to acquire a dental analytics software provider in Indianapolis in a $3 million deal. The company says it is looking to take ClariCare Inc.'s practice management optimization platform to other markets. ClariCare's platform features mobile and cloud applications to help optimize and manage critical functions at dental practice. It includes analytics suite that identifies and organizes patient data, a daily productivity and...

  • IUSB Professor Ilan Levine awarded NSF grant (photo courtesy of Indiana University South Bend)

    IUSB Awarded Grant for Dark Matter Research

    An Indiana University South Bend professor's work in dark matter has garnered the school another National Science Foundation grant. Professor of Physics and Astronomy Ilan Levine secured a $770,521 grant for his project "MRI Consortium: Development of Instrumentation for the PICO-500 Bubble Chamber." This is the latest award received for Levine and his colleagues' work that includes using superheated fluid and bubble chambers to search for dark matter. PICO is comprised of ...

  • Santiago Jaramillo is co-founder and CEO of Emplify.

    Big Boost For Emplify

    Fishers-based Emplify has closed on a $7.5 million infusion. The company, which focuses on employee engagement management software, says the funds will help boost market adoption of its new Emplify Partner Program diagnostics and analytics software. The round was led by New Jersey-based Edison Partners, with participation from Allos Ventures in Indianapolis, Cultivation Capital in Missouri and Bill Godfrey, co-founder and former CEO of Chicago-based Aprimo.

  • (Rendering of The Yard at Fishers District courtesy of Thompson Thrift.)

    Tech Tying Two Innovative Fishers Spaces Together

    As construction continues on The Yard at Fishers District, which will feature a culinary incubator, the founder of another nearby innovation space, the Indiana IoT Lab's John Wechsler, says technology will shape the future of the culinary scene. The incubator is one part of the $110 million mixed-use community, which will include hotel, retail, residential and dining properties. Wechsler says the culinary incubator is on pace to open in about a year. In an interview...

  • The 2018 Innovation Showcase is scheduled for October 25 at The Center, The Heritage Group's innovation hub on the northwest side of Indianapolis.

    Venture Club Bringing Back Innovation Showcase

    The Innovation Showcase will go on. The event was set to be part of the previously-scheduled INX, which was called off by organizers last month. The Venture Club of Indiana, which launched the Innovation Showcase in 2009, says the 2018 edition will take place October 25. The showcase connects Hoosier companies with sources of capital. The Venture Club of Indiana says the event will draw participants from throughout the country. The 10th annual Innovation Showcase will take place...

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    OneCause Lands $4M Investment

    Indianapolis-based mobile fundraising company OneCause has closed on a $4 million round of funding.  The company says it will use the investment to "aggressively accelerate" the development of its fundraising platform and continue the expansion of its sales and marketing efforts.

  • Crane Leaders Talk Talent Attraction

    The technical director at Naval Support Activity Crane says shifting areas of focus in the middle of the last decade to boost value, technical expertise and national status have paid off. Brett Seidle says the labor force at the world's third-largest naval installation and second-largest army ammunition depot is comprised of about two-thirds scientists, engineers and technicians on the naval side.  The number of PhDs in its ranks has jumped five-fold since 2005.

  • Celebrity Chef Stumps For Tech at Indiana IoT Lab

    During a visit Thursday to Fishers, a celebrity chef said the future of cooking involves embracing technology. Robert Irvine delivered a presentation at the Indiana IoT Lab and told Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman high-tech advances and the growing availability of home food delivery will never put bricks-and-mortar restaurants out of business, but will cause changes that restaurateurs must deal with. He said the top chefs in the country are already...

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    Virtusa Opens Indy Innovation Center

    Massachusetts-based Virtusa Corp. (Nasdaq: VRTU) has launched its Innovation Center in Indianapolis. The facility will serve as an incubation hub to showcase its technology capabilities, along with those of the company’s clients and partners.

  • Before being loaded onto the drone, high-tech Helmer refrigerators ensure the blood stays within a very tight temperature range.

    Helmer Helping High-Tech Lifesaving Mission

    An Indiana company is playing a key role in a lifesaving mission in Africa. Noblesville-based Helmer Scientific, which makes medical-grade refrigerators, freezers and blood bank storage equipment, is working with a Silicon Valley company to deliver critical blood supplies to remote areas of Rwanda. Helmer is working with robotics company Zipline on the high-tech effort, which the Indiana company says specifically targets mothers that have bleeding issues while giving birth. During an...

  • Bill Brizzard is the executive director of the IU ICO (photo courtesy of Indiana University)

    IU Touts Tech Transfer Successes

    The Indiana University Innovation and Commercialization Office is celebrating what it says was a successful year of technology transfer activity. The university earned 141 patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and other global organizations, up from 57 the previous year. The IU ICO is reporting 171 disclosed inventions during the year, bringing the three-year total to 485. IU also completed 46 licensing agreements in nine states, as well as Canada, Switzerland...

  • The company's NSS-2 BRIDGE device helps to treat opioid withdrawal symptoms. (photo courtesy Innovative Health Solutions)

    Opioid Withdrawal Device Advances in Ohio Competition

    A Ripley County-based medical device company is among 12 to advance in a competition aimed at finding new solutions to combat the opioid addiction crisis. Innovative Health Solutions in Versailles has received $200,000 in funding for advancing to the second phase of the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge.

  • David Ebert is also a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue.

    Purdue Tech Aims to Help With Hurricane Response

    As Hurricane Florence bears down on the east coast, researchers from Purdue University are testing technology designed to help find victims of natural and man-made disasters. The university says Social Media Analytics and Reporting Toolkit, or SMART, allows first responders to monitor social media channels to find people who need help. The platform gives first responders the ability to select key words and themes, such as flooding or medical emergencies, which are then displayed on a...

  • (Image of Suzanne Crouch courtesy of the state of Indiana.)

    Grants Part of Continued Broadband Push

    Five rural Indiana communities have received funding from the state to develop plans aimed at boosting broadband access. The Broadband Readiness Planning grants are $50,000 each and are paid for through the federal Community Development Block Grant program. The selected communities will participate in a pilot program that involves the Purdue University Center for Regional Development. The communities receiving the support include...

  • Trade Officials From Dubai Heading to Indy

    A delegation of business, economic development and governmental officials from the United Arab Emirates will be in Indianapolis beginning Sunday. The visit, hosted by World Trade Center Indianapolis, will focus on boosting economic ties between the state and the Middle Eastern nation. WTC Indianapolis President Doris Anne Sadler told Inside INdiana Business international visits like this will attract additional visits. Interest in this event, she added, has already sparked...

  • IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology (photo courtesy of IUPUI)

    IUPUI Chosen for STEM Collaboration

    The National Science Foundation has chosen IUPUI to be one of three universities aligned with a new urban STEM collaborator project. IUPUI, University of Memphis and the University of Colorado Denver will share a $5 million award, including $3M in scholarships for the Urban S-STEM Collaboratory project.  The School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI will receive $1.7 million to allow administrators and faculty to work together with colleagues at each school to provide s...

  • (Image courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway) Lexi Thompson won the inaugural event in 2017.

    IWiT Brings Some of World's Best Golfers

    The 2018 Indy Women in Tech LPGA Championship gets underway Thursday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Brickyard Crossing Golf Course. The event, which features 144 golfers from throughout the world, debuted last year and will feature $2 million in prize money. Lexi Thompson won the 2017 tournament and earned $300,000. The four-day event is a partnership with the Indy Women in Tech Foundation, which aims to...

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    Hundreds of Girls Ignite STEM 'Superpowers'

    More than 500 middle school girls and over 50 exhibitors got together today for an event Indianapolis Deputy Mayor Angela Smith Jones says can be "an igniter" for the next generation of STEM workers. The second annual "Ignite Your Superpower" STEM Day, which took place on the IUPUI campus, allowed students to take part in experiments ranging from chemical crystallization to building and coding droids. Greg Ballard, co-founder of Indy Women in Tech, says...

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    'Rebellious' Entrepreneur Starts Digital Academy in Muncie

    An 18-year-old in Muncie has launched a program to teach 10-15-year-olds basic digital programming skills. Them LLC founder Nate Spell uses the Roblox online game-creation platform to lay down a foundation of logic and problem-solving techniques. Spell, who got his start in the digital realm by publishing his own e-magazine, says more than 600 students have attended Them Academy courses since January. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Spell discussed what drove him to...

  • (Image of the Manufacturing Advisory Council courtesy of the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network.)

    Study: 'Wabash Heartland' Strapped For Broadband Access

    The Wabash Heartland Innovation Network, a 10-county, tech-focused initiative supporting the agriculture and manufacturing industries, has released a study illustrating lagging broadband access in the region. The findings suggest residents would have saved $27 million if all unserved homes had access to the high-speed digital technology. The WHIN was first announced in 2016 and it is backed by a nearly $40 million grant from Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. Its goal is to...

  • (Image of interviewers Shannon, Dengke and Jaedyn courtesy of "State of Change.")

    Documentary to Feature Hoosier Students' Future-Shaping Journey

    A new documentary that follows the journey of three Indiana students interviewing professionals in some of Indiana's signature industries debuts Thursday. "State of Change" was produced in partnership with Roadtrip Nation, a national organization focused on career exploration. Some of the companies featured in interviews by the students include Scott Farms in Carroll and Cass counties, GE Aviation in Lafayette and Salesforce.com Inc. in Indianapolis.

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    Co-Op Details Second Phase of Fiber-to-Home Project

    Martinsville-based South Central Indiana Rural Electric Membership Corp. has unveiled plans for the next phase of its fiber-to-home network project. The cooperative says construction on the $20 million second phase of SCI Fiber will begin in early 2019.

  • Governor Holcomb announced the Next Level Connections plan Tuesday morning in Martinsville.

    Spotlight Shines on 'Next Level Connections' Bill

    Indiana Office of Management and Budget Director Micah Vincent says the toll increase supporting Governor Eric Holcomb's $1 billion "Next Level Connections" plan will end up benefiting all involved. He says the agreement for a toll increase on heavy vehicles will fund the statewide quality of life projects as well as $50 million in improvements to the Indiana Toll Road over the next three years. State Rep. Pat Bauer (D-6) calls the move...

  • Jim Turner is CEO of IFN.

    Indiana Fiber Network Rebrands

    Indiana Fiber Network has relaunched under a new name. Now known as Intelligent Fiber Network, the Indianapolis-based company says the rebranding effort draws on its 16-year history and positions itself for growth in a digitally-focused world. 

  • Holcomb announced the plans this morning in Martinsville.

    Holcomb Unveils $1B 'Next Level Connections' Program

    Governor Eric Holcomb has unveiled plans for the state to spend $1 billion in infrastructure projects that he says will improve quality of life throughout the state. Holcomb's "Next Level Connections" program focuses on speeding up major road projects, increasing broadband access, improving the state’s trail system, attracting more international flights, continuing work on a potential fourth port and pushing West Lake rail service and South Shore double-tracking...

  • Indiana Wireless Laws Guide FCC on 5G

    Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr says "Indiana is our future" of the next generation of wireless telephone and date technology. At a presentation Tuesday morning at the Indiana Statehouse, the commissioner said the FCC will be unveiling "common sense" regulations to guide the roll-out of 5G throughout the country. Indiana's existing policies on small-cell wireless deployments, Carr added, will help shape the future of 5G.

  • (Image of Commissioner Brendan Carr courtesy of the FCC.)

    FCC Commissioner to Discuss 5G Future in Indiana

    Commissioner Brendan Carr will be in Indianapolis Tuesday to detail the Federal Communications Commission's next steps in its efforts to boost the nationwide rollout of 5G wireless technology. AT&T just announced Indianapolis would be the seventh city for its version of the higher-speed service, joining Verizon who detailed its 5G plans for the city earlier in August. Carr traveled to Indianapolis earlier this year to examine where the state stands on connectivity.

  • (Image of Scott Rudd [left] and Suzanne Crouch [right] courtesy of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.)

    FCC Boosts Indiana Rural Broadband Providers

    The Federal Communications Commission has awarded Indiana more than $29 million to "close the digital divide" in rural areas. The office of Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch says the funding, which will be distributed over 10 years, will boost broadband speeds in more than 24,500 locations. Crouch adds "unserved and underserved rural areas in our state need high-speed, reliable Internet in order to keep Indiana’s economy thriving."

  • (Image courtesy of SF Motors.)

    SF Motors Requesting Tax Incentives

    A California electric vehicle manufacturer is seeking tax abatement on part of its major investment plans in Mishawaka. The South Bend Tribune reports SF Motors is requesting incentives from the St. Joseph County Council that could total close to $900,000. The seven-year abatement, which would apply to an initial $20 million equipment investment on the former AM General commercial assembly plant, would go into effect next year.

  • As part of the effort, an IMS vehicle carrying a Street View Camera took a lap minutes before the race began.

    IMS, Google Release 360 Race Day View

    Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Google Street View have unveiled a 360-degree display of the venue on Indianapolis 500 race day. The project shows the entire track layout just moments before the green flag dropped for the 2018 race. IMS President Doug Boles says the display "makes race day accessible to people around the globe 365 days a year." As part of the effort, an IMS vehicle carrying a Street View Camera took a lap minutes before the race began.

  • Students have already completed their first "odyssey" at the center.

    Plainfield Schools Shows Off 'Imagination Lab'

    Plainfield Community School Corp. today hosted a community launch for what it calls a first-of-its-kind, high-tech learning center for elementary school students. The $5 million Imagination Lab boasts features including a 3-D printer, green screens and an outdoor learning garden. The Imagination Lab is at Clarks Creek Elementary School in Plainfield, in a space originally built as a natatorium for a middle school. The district's K-5 students will take part in activities, or...

  • AT&T says Indianapolis is the latest 5G city

    Indianapolis is Next AT&T 5G City

    Indianapolis is the latest city to have 5G technology from AT&T. Indy is the seventh city in the country to have the innovation introduced, joining Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Raleigh and Waco. AT&T invested nearly $425 million into their wireless and wired networks from 2015-2017, laying the groundwork to launch 5G.

  • B-Start Opens Applications

    B-Start in Bloomington has opened applications for its next five-month run. The pre-accelerator program for high-growth startups is designed to help launch innovative enterprises and create jobs. The four-year old Bloomington Economic Development Corporation program is open to anyone living in Monroe County, including IU and Ivy Tech students, and involves mentorship, workshops and a pitch competition. B-Start is beginning to renew focus on lean business models and customer...

  • (Image courtesy of Roche Diagnostics.)

    Roche Academy Boasts Training, Job Offer

    Roche Diagnostics Corp. in Indianapolis, the University of Indianapolis and Ascend Indiana have announced a collaboration designed to fill high-need technical jobs at the biotechnology company. The Roche Academy will include customized curriculum and internships for UIndy biology and chemistry students which could lead to job offers from the company upon graduation. Recruiting efforts for the program are expected to begin in October and, once students complete...

  • (Image of Dr. Alison Smith courtesy of NSWC Crane Public Affairs.)

    Defense Innovation Group Creates New Indiana Chapter

    Defense Entrepreneurs Forum, a national defense innovation organization, is launching a chapter in Indiana. The first meeting will take place Thursday at Switchyard Brewery in Bloomington and feature a three-member panel of industry leaders, including Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center Chief Engineer Alison Smith, Odon-based Artisan Electronics Inc. Chief Operating Officer Gregory Sapp and Indianapolis-based LUCIDIA iT Chief Executive Officer Janet Stiller. Sapp calls DEF Bloomington...
  • IU Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research Director Von Welch will lead the effort.

    IU Leading $5M Cybersecurity Center

    A nearly $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation will fund a new Indiana University-led effort to secure U.S. research. IU is working with Duke University, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and the University of California San Diego on the project to protect scientific computing from cyberattacks. The funding will help create the Research Security Operations Center. The virtual center will offer training for research project and higher education teams about...

  • Indiana Tech to Celebrate New Campus

    A grand opening ceremony is set for Indiana Tech's new campus in Lafayette. The ceremony will be held Thursday, September 13 at the new facility on the east side of Lafayette.  The 4,145 square foot building officially opened on June 25, making it the 17th Indiana Tech regional campus, in addition to the main Ft. Wayne campus. The Lafayette facility houses two classrooms, one of which also serves as a computer lab.  “Through our College of Professional Studies, India...
  • (Image provided by the British Embassy in Washington D.C.)

    British Ambassador Meets With South Bend Mayor

    A visit this week to South Bend by British Ambassador to the United States was designed to help boost the relationship between the United Kingdom and the U.S. regarding clean growth and energy efficiency. Kim Darroch met with Mayor Pete Buttigieg to discuss development of electric vehicle and green energy technology. The discussions highlighted the city's "smart transportation" efforts, which include municipal charging stations at City Hall. The pair met at...

  • ASSURE will be based in Purdue's Discovery Park.

    Grant to Fund Cutting-Edge Military Cybersecurity Work

    Purdue University has landed a $2.3 million contract from the Indiana Innovation Institute to help develop a program focusing on military cybersecurity. The school will work with Indiana University, the University of Notre Dame and Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division on the ASSURE program, which aims to find and address vulnerabilities in military electronics. ASSURE, which stands for Achieving Scientifically Secured User Reassurance in Electronics, is also tasked with...

  • Air Show Returns to Grissom

    Grissom Air Reserve Base will host its first air show in 15 years next year. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will headline the Grissom Air & Space Expo September 7-8, 2019. 434th ARW commander Larry Shaw says work has already begun to plan the show. “We’ve got an aggressive team working diligently to ensure we put on the best show possible.” “We’ve been laying the foundation for this event for six months already, working behind the scenes, ...

  • (Image courtesy of Laddawn Inc.)

    Berry Buys Bag Maker

    Evansville-based Berry Global Group Inc. has completed the acquisition of a Massachusetts-based plastic bag and film manufacturer. The price of the deal is not being disclosed, but Berry Global says Laddawn Inc. possesses a "unique-to-industry" sales e-commerce platform through its website. Laddawn has manufacturing operations in Massachusetts, Georgia, Nevada, Iowa and Texas. It currently employs 380 and Berry Global says Laddawn's net sales over the last year totaled...

  • Tyner says "it's unusual to see returns that significant."

    Study Details Broadband Benefits

    A study from Purdue University's Center for Regional Development suggests Indiana could generate a $12 billion economic impact over 20 years with a meaningful investment in bringing broadband access to rural areas. The report, commissioned by Indiana Electric Cooperatives and Tipmont REMC, estimates every dollar invested in broadband returns nearly $4 to the economy. Researchers looked at potential costs and benefits from installing broadband within the service territory of seven...

  • (Pictured left to right: Ryan Vaughn, Scott Dorsey)

    Dorsey: Sportstech Accelerator May be Just The Beginning

    Supporters say Indy's new sportech accelerator that was announced last week represents a perfect marriage of the city's world class sports brand and a vibrant tech ecosystem. The Techstars SportsTech Accelerator Powered by Indy is expected to attract interest from hundreds of entrepreneurs around the globe. But technology entrepreneur Scott Dorsey says that may be just the start.

  • (rendering courtesy Purdue Northwest)

    Ground Broken for PNW STEM Facility

    Purdue University Northwest has begun construction on a $40 million Bioscience Innovation Building on their Hammond campus. The STEM-centered facility will hold the school's nursing and biological sciences departments.  The 68,000 square foot building will be specifically designed as a learning environment with instructional labs and classrooms. The facility will be located near the student union and library and east of Lawshe Hall. Substantial completion is set for April 2...

  • Jon Gilman founded Clear Software in 2012.

    Clear Software Closes Funding Round

    A Zionsville-based tech company has closed on a Series A round of funding. Clear Software, which provides a cloud-based automation platform for businesses, says the funding was led by Collina Ventures and also included investors such as Angie's List co-founder bill Oesterle, though specific investment numbers are not being disclosed.

  • The first FroYo Xpress kiosk will launch in late September at Purdue's Third Street Market.

    Purdue Frozen Yogurt Startup to Launch First Kiosk

    A frozen yogurt startup founded by a group of Purdue University students will this fall open its first self-serve kiosk on the West Lafayette campus. FroYo XPress, which features all-natural, dairy-free frozen yogurt products, aims to provide convenient, healthy alternatives to traditional desserts.

  • Scott Dorsey is the chairman of the board for Indiana Sports Corp.

    Dorsey: SportsTech Accelerator an 'Enormous Accomplishment'

    One of Indiana's biggest names in technology says a newly-announced multi-million-dollar accelerator is a key opportunity for the state to blend its strengths in tech and sports. Indiana Sports Corp. Board Chair and High Alpha founding partner Scott Dorsey says Techstars SportsTech Accelerator Powered by Indy can impact the state's sports organizations "in a profound way" in areas from big data science to esports and virtual reality. In an interview with Inside INdiana...

  • The cyber academy is located at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center

    Officials to Cut Ribbon on Cyber Academy

    Governor Eric Holcomb will join officials from the Indiana National Guard and Ivy Tech Community College Wednesday to cut the ribbon on the new Ivy Tech Cyber Academy at Muscatatuck in Jennings County. The academy, located at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, will train military and civilian students in dealing with cyber threats.

  • Christine McDonnell is the co-founder and CEO of Codelicious.

    Codelicious Targeting 'Aggressive' Growth Goals

    The co-founder and chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based Codelicious says the $940,000 round of funding the company recently secured will help achieve its aggressive growth goals. Christine McDonnell says the company hopes to grow the number of clients from the current 10 to 100 by the end of the year and eventually expand the "Curriculum-as-a-Service" platform nationally and internationally. Codelicious develops subscription-based computer science curricula for...

  • Ryan Vaughn is president of the Indiana Sports Corp.

    Sports Tech to Fuel New Accelerator

    A group of sports organizations is making a big bet on sports tech through a three-year, multi-million-dollar partnership with a worldwide entrepreneurship network. The Indiana Sports Corp., NCAA and Pacers Sports and Entertainment are among the founding partners of a sports tech accelerator that will launch in Indy with the backing of Colorado-based Techstars. Techstars SportsTech Accelerator Powered by Indy will select 10 companies from throughout the world each year to come to...

  • (Image Courtesy of Visit Indy)

    Analysis: Indianapolis Top 10 Contender For Amazon 'HQ2'

    A new analysis is suggesting which of 20 finalists might make the best location for Amazon.com Inc.'s (NYSE: AMZN) second headquarters. Using data from its latest America's Top States for Business study or from comparable local sources, CNBC says Austin and Dallas are the top contenders. Overall, Indianapolis received a grade of "B," which puts it in top 10 standing, on par with cities like Columbus, Ohio, Los Angeles and Raleigh. Only six cities received rankings higher...

  • Jeremy Reymer is founder and CEO of DriverReach.

    Indy Tech Company Touts Growth

    Indianapolis-based DriverReach says it has seen "momentous growth" in the first half of the year and is on pace to double its revenue. The company, which has created a mobile-enabled recruiting management system for CDL drivers, says revenue has grown by more than 40 percent each month and plans to hire a small number of employees by the end of 2018.

  • The NCAA is headquartered in Indianapolis.

    NCAA to Make Sports Tech Announcement

    The Indianapolis-based NCAA will Tuesday make a sports tech announcement. Few details were provided, however the event will include Governor Eric Holcomb, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and representatives from the Indiana sports community.

  • Mike Dahl (center) is CEO of Mobile Initiative.

    Telecom Manufacturer to Open Clarksville Facility

    Louisville-based Mobile Initiative  has announced plans to move its overseas manufacturing facility to southern Indiana. The company, which specializes in the design, manufacturing and distribution of mobile devices, plans to add 45 jobs by the end of 2021. Financial terms of the expansion were not immediately disclosed.

  • (Image courtesy of Kim Saxton courtesy of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.)

    Indy Continues to be a Draw in 'Very Complex' Digital Marketing Field

    A clinical professor of marketing with the Indiana University Kelley School of Business at the IUPUI campus says if there is a ceiling to the marketing technology industry in the state, we haven't yet reached it. Kim Saxton adds that growth in the field, which includes Monday morning's announcement by Chicago-based Cheetah Digital of plans to add 100 jobs, could eventually lead to more consolidation. But...

  • CLICK will be located at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in South Bend.

    South Bend Launches 'Digital Inclusion' Center

    The city of South Bend has launched an effort aimed at growing digital inclusion. In partnership with the St. Joseph County Public Library and St. Joe Valley Metronet, the city has created the Center for Learning, Information, Connectivity, and Knowledge, which will have a focus on helping residents "gain the technology and digital literacy skills demanded by the modern age."

  • (Image courtesy of Cheetah Digital.)

    Marketing Software Provider Growing Indy Footprint

    Chicago-based Cheetah Digital has announced expansion plans that are expected to bring 100 new jobs to Indianapolis. The marketing software company says it will invest more than $2 million at its office in the Guaranty Building on Monument Circle over the next five years. Cheetah Digital spun off of Ireland-based Experian a year ago and it currently employs 50 in Indiana. Chief Administration Officer Todd Richardson says...

  • Jeffersonville-based Inscope Medical Solutions took the top prize in last year's Innovation Showcase.

    Organizers Cancel INX Event

    A multi-day event celebrating Indiana innovation that debuted last year will not return this year. In a joint release, INX organizer inXInnovate LTD and the Venture Club of Indiana say INX, originally scheduled for September 18-19 in Indianapolis, has been canceled. The groups cite "unforeseen circumstances" for the cancellation. Last year's event, which took place at The Union 525 in downtown Indianapolis, featured events including the Venture Club's...

  • OCRA Executive Director Jodi Golden says broadband is "vital" to future rural growth.

    State Details Pilot Broadband Grant Program

    Indiana's Office of Community and Rural Affairs is detailing plans to offer Broadband Readiness Planning grants. OCRA says it will select five communities for the pilot program to help them identify broadband needs and develop long-term strategies to achieve those goals. The office will select the communities based on criteria including location, geography, population density, unserved or underserved population and previous broadband efforts. The maximum grant amount is...

  • (Image courtesy of Bosma Enterprises.)

    BosmaForce Represents Nonprofit's Entry Into High-Tech Training

    The inaugural participants in a recently-launched training collaboration between Indianapolis-based Bosma Enterprises and Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE: CRM) are already reaping benefits from the 18-week course. BosmaForce, a program that involves Salesforce Administrator Certification Exam preparation and internships for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, is fully online and can be taken anywhere throughout the country. Three of the four students in the first cohort have...

  • (Image courtesy of the ETHOS Innovation Center.)

    ETHOS Center Boosts STEM Learning For Students, Teachers

    Students and teachers returning to class in Elkhart County have a new destination for science, technology, engineering and math learning opportunities. The $8.2 million ETHOS Innovation Center, which opened in April, is a hands-on museum and learning space located at a former Bayer Corp. pharmaceutical facility in Elkhart. The center features science camps in the summer months, during spring and fall breaks, after school and for field trips, as well as...

  • (Image courtesy of Greene County General Hospital.)

    School in Greene County Links up to Telehealth Tech

    Another elementary school-based teleheath clinic has debuted in Indiana. White River Valley Elementary School in Greene County used funding from the Indiana Rural Health Association for the technology, which will connect students with medical professionals with Greene County General Hospital and its My Clinics program. Telehealth is in place at a handful of Indiana elementary schools, but this clinic will be a first in Greene County.

  • (photo courtesy Indiana State Department of Agriculture)

    Rural Broadband at Center of New State Position

    Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch has named Scott Rudd the state's new director of broadband opportunities. Crouch says Rudd will work closely with the Indiana State Department of Agriculture and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs to help farmers and farm businesses keep up with advancing technology and help rural communities find ways to attract reliable and affordable high-speed Internet. Rudd, who most recently served as town manager and...

  • Figuro3D is headquartered at Notre Dame's Innovation Park. (photo courtesy Figuro3D)

    South Bend Startup Partners With Elkhart Plastics

    A South Bend-based 3D digital imaging company founded by scientists from the University of Notre Dame has launched a partnership with Elkhart Plastics. Figuro3D, which makes 3D scanners used in manufacturing, says the collaboration will help the company focus its development efforts. 

  • (rendering courtesy The Times of Northwest Indiana)

    Work to Begin on Power Plant-to-Data Center Project

    Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott and Governor Eric Holcomb will take part in a groundbreaking Wednesday on a $40 million industrial redevelopment project. Indiana NAP is a venture created to transform the former State Line Generating Facility in the Lake County city into the Digital Crossroads of America Data Center. In an interview featured in July in our quarterly INPower energy innovation publication, Indianapolis attorney Tom Dakich, who is co-leading the effort, said he expects...

  • Saujani founded Girls Who Code with the goal of bridging the technology gender gap.

    Girls Who Code Founder Seeks 'Future Female Talent'

    The founder of Girls Who Code says she sees good signs in Indianapolis when it comes to getting more girls into technology. However, Reshma Saujani says, for real change to take hold, "the way we raise our girls has to change." During her keynote address at Tuesday's Indy Women in Tech Summit, Saujani said girls need to be encouraged to be risk-takers willing to fail, rather than being overly-coddled and protected. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary...

  • (Image of Casey Gauss courtesy of Viral Launch.)

    As Growth Picks Up, Viral Launch Adds Experienced COO

    Indianapolis-based Viral Launch Chief Executive Officer Casey Gauss says he is satisfied with progress on the company's growth plans and the addition of a veteran operations executive will help keep things on-track. Mitch Black, who most recently served as CEO of Bloomington-based Author Solutions LLC, has been named president and chief operating officer. The company, which advises customers on how to sell their products through Amazon, currently employs...

  • The Indy Women in Tech Championship is set for August 16-19 at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Club.

    Hundreds Pack Women in Tech Summit

    The Indy Women in Tech Championship's goal of shining a spotlight on Indy's women tech leaders continues today with the second annual IWiT summit at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hundreds are on-hand for this year's event, headlined by Girls Who Code founder and Chief Executive Officer Reshma Saujani. Summit Co-chair M.T. Ray says she hopes today's presentations, panel discussions and report findings will give attendees "actionable takeaways and transparent conversation."

  • TechPoint CEO Mike Langellier

    TechPoint Restructures Advisory Board

    Indiana's technology initiative has announced a restructuring of its advisory board. TechPoint says the new board will expand to include its Class of 2018 member companies and universities. The board now includes a total of 80 organizations.

  • McDonald's Investing Tens of Millions Into Indiana Stores

    The owner of multiple McDonald's locations in Michiana says major modernization investments by the parent corporation and individual franchisees will create jobs throughout the state. Mishawaka-based Greater Indiana Operators Co-op President David Sparks says, of the more than 350 McDonald's locations in Indiana, over 270 will receive work that includes interior and exterior makeovers, additional digital menu technology and self-ordering kiosks.

  • (L-R) VP Bill Lilegdon, CPO Brandon Ridenour, CTO Ryan Sullivan, Co-Founder Angie Hicks, VP Chris Navta, VP Chris Campbell, COO Craig Smith

    Exec: Angie's List Can Return to Growth

    As Angie's List employees continue to move into their new downtown headquarters, a HomeAdvisor executive is confident it can become "a growth company again." Chief Product Officer Brandon Ridenour says, while the trend started late, consumers are making a "huge migration" from word-of-mouth to online references for home services. Colorado-based HomeAdvisor completed the acquisition of Angie's List last year to create...

  • (Image courtesy of Charter Communications Inc.)

    Charter Communications Cutting Dozens of Indy Jobs

    Connecticut-based Charter Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: CHTR) says it will cut its customer services department in Indianapolis. In a notice to the state, the telecommunications provider said the decision is expected to affect 84 jobs. The company operates in central Indiana under the Spectrum brand and was previously known as Bright House Networks. Charter Communications says its entire Roosevelt Avenue facility won't be closed, but the customer service department will be.

  • (rendering courtesy Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana)

    Work to Begin on 'Living Laboratory' in Evansville

    Construction is set to begin next week on the largest Regional Cities Initiative project in southwest Indiana. Officials will Monday break ground on the $40 million Post House, a research hub for smart energy technologies in downtown Evansville.

  • Teachers kick off STEM Fellowship at WonderLab Museum in Bloomington

    Teachers Begin STEM Fellowship

    Eighteen Indiana teachers have begun a yearlong STEM leadership and training program from Regional Opportunity Initiatives. The teachers kicked off the program last week at WonderLab Museum in Bloomington. The educators will participate in professional development activities throughout the school year, including experiential learning, engineering design process and project-based learning. Participating teachers are expected to commit to the same school for at least two...

  • Sigstr was the first company to spin off from the High Alpha venture studio.

    Sigstr Details Growth, New Platform

    The first company to launch from the High Alpha venture studio continues to report solid growth. Indianapolis-based Sigstr says its employee count, customer base and revenue have nearly tripled since this time last year. The email signature marketing platform has also announced a new, artificial intelligence-based relationship marketing platform. A company spokesperson tells Inside INdiana Business Sigstr's employee count has reached nearly 60 and it customer base tops...

  • Launchboxes Let Students Shoot Homework Into Space

    Purdue's School of Aeronautics and Astronautics has made Launchboxes available to schools for students to conduct space experiments. The small aluminum boxes have already proven successful in a zero-gravity experiment. Professor Steven Collicott recently finished a two-year project with Cumberland Elementary School second-graders in West Lafayette, in which they used the Launchboxes to send fireflies into space via a Blue Origin rocket. Collicott says the 8 X 4 boxes were f...

  • ClearObject in Fishers is the highest-ranked Indiana company.

    Hoosier Tech Companies Make 'Fast Growth' List

    Three central Indiana tech companies are included on CRN magazine's 2018 Fast Growth 150 list. The publication ranks companies with gross annual sales of at least $1 million by their growth rate between 2015 and 2017. 

  • Salesforce currently has about 1,000 employees in the Indianapolis area and more than 20,000 worldwide.

    Salesforce Begins Pathfinder, Reorganization Efforts

    Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE: CRM) is underway with the first cohort of its Pathfinder Training Program that is part of the tech giant's ongoing Indianapolis growth. The company is partnering with Deloitte to provide business and technical training to Ivy Tech Community College students and Hoosier veterans looking to become Salesforce administrators and developers. The program comes as the company realigns its Marketing Cloud organization. In a statement, Salesforce says it...

  • A sculpture is scanned as part of the process to digitize the art in 3D. (photo courtesy Indiana University)

    IU, Museum Partnership Bears First Fruit

    A partnership announced two years ago between Indiana University and the Uffizi Gallery in Italy is starting to show some results. The partners have unveiled a website that allows users to view more than 300 ancient artifacts and sculptures from the museum's collection in 3D.

  • Chelsea Linder is executive director of gBETA Indy.

    Hoosier Tech Scene to be on Display in San Fran

    The state and eight young companies that make up its growing technology scene will be showcased next month as part of a high-profile industry event in California. The TechCrunch Disrupt SF Conference will draw marketers, job seekers, founders and investors from the nearby Silicon Valley and beyond to the three-day gathering. The IEDC and startup accelerator gener8tor are partnering on an Indiana-focused pavilion in the conference's Startup Alley.

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    PCKA, Purdue Researchers Earn Boost From NASA

    An Indiana company partnering with Purdue University researchers has received a second round of funding from NASA through its Small Business Technology Transfer program. West Lafayette-based PC Krause and Associates Inc. will receive up to $750,000 over the next four years to develop a component for "mission-critical" microgrids for the agency. In a technical abstract, PCKA describes its Autonomous Power Controller as a part...

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

    Purdue@WestGate, NSWC Crane to Showcase Tech

    Purdue@WestGate and Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division are looking to feature commercialization-ready technology through a series of regular showcases. Technology Transfer Tuesdays will take place the first Tuesday of each month, beginning this Tuesday. NSWC Crane Technology Transfer Program Manager Brooke Pyne says the events will connect entrepreneurs, researchers and government leaders. She says the showcases will feature the chance for participants to see prototypes and...
  • In an interview on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, Ritchie talked about Notre Dame’s increasing engagement in economic development.

    Notre Dame Doubles Down With $25M Fund

    The University of Notre Dame is continuing to put its considerable reputation and influence to work around innovation and entrepreneurship, and Indiana is benefiting. The world-class research institution is this week announcing the creation of a $25 million fund that will target innovative ideas and companies. The school is expected to release details on the effort this week. "This is really groundbreaking for a university as a general (partner)..."

  • Jason Konesco is the former CEO of ClearScholar.

    Konesco Joins Perceivant Board

    The co-founder and former chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based ClearScholar Inc. has been appointed to the board of directors of another education technology company. Perceivant CEO Brian Rowe calls Jason Konesco "a leader in the EdTech community." Before launching ClearScholar, which was acquired in June by Texas-based Civitas Learning for an undisclosed sum, Konesco served as CEO of Harrison College in Indianapolis. Rowe adds...

  • (Image provided by Purdue University.)

    Slater to Direct Discovery Park District

    Jeremy Slater has been named director of the 450-acre Discovery Park District on the western side of the Purdue University campus. The innovation and live, work and play hub is expected to attract some $1 billion in investment over the course of 30 years. Slater, a Purdue graduate, has served as associate director of the district's development and was previously a project manager for the Purdue Research Foundation. His experience also includes...

  • Heritage Group Launches Corporate Venture Arm

    In a bold move into the world of venture investing, Indianapolis-based The Heritage Group is creating HG Ventures, a corporate venture unit focused on early and growth-stage companies. The company says investment activity in the new arm is expected to quickly reach $50 million annually. Kip Frey, a nationally-recognized entrepreneur and investor, who most recently served as vice provost for innovation and entrepreneurship at Duke University, will lead the arm. Frey said...

  • President Targets 'Bigger And Better' Gen Con

    The head of one of Indiana's most lucrative conventions says work continues to lock in Indianapolis as a host city to "potentially be here for a long, long time." Seattle-based Gen Con LLC President David Hoppe, whose organization has held its massive gaming week in Indy since 2003, says the work to make this year's event bigger and better started at the end of Gen Con 2017. Gen Con, which officially kicks off Thursday and runs through the end of the week, signed...

  • Dan Haight became Shindigz CEO in January 2017.

    Shindigz CEO: Talent Driving New HQ Decision

    The head of a northeast Indiana party supply company says plans to shift its headquarters 40 minutes east will provide a boost to talent attraction and retention efforts. Shindigz will keep manufacturing and distribution operations at its longtime South Whitley facility and relocate corporate, administrative and design functions to downtown Fort Wayne. CEO Dan Haight tells Inside INdiana Business the move is part of wider plans at play for the company and northeast Indiana...

  • (Image courtesy of Ivy Tech Community College.)

    Ivy Tech Partners With Autodesk for Fusion 360 Certification

    Ivy Tech Community College's Design Technology program has been chosen as the only school in the world to help Autodesk with their certification for Fusion 360 software. The cloud-based 3D CAD/CAM tool combines industrial and mechanical design, and machining into one package, to allow for quick integration. Autodesk will work with Ivy Tech to update, change and develop their certification, and also to determine how the certification is assessed. The certification ...
  • MSD of Decatur Township awarded T-Mobile grant

    Decatur Township Receives T-Mobile Grant

    The Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township has been awarded a $700,000 two-year grant from T-Mobile. The wireless provider's EmpowerED program will give every student in grades 3-8 a personal MiFi hotspot.  The 3,500 MiFi hotspots will serve as mobile WiFi devices that can connect to a cell network and allow students internet access away from school. The district's Chief Information Officer Jeff McMahon says the grant opens many possi...
  • Governor Eric Holcomb (pictured at the podium) was among the dignitaries in attendance at the grand opening of the Salesforce "Ohana Floor" grand opening.

    Major Renovations Complete at Salesforce Tower

    Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE: CRM) executives have debuted the final unfinished portion of its Indianapolis regional headquarters. The Ohana Floor, a hospitality and event area for employee, customer and partner functions, is located on the 47th floor of Salesforce Tower in the center of downtown Indianapolis. Salesforce says nonprofit and community organizations can host events in the space free of charge on weeknights and weekends. In an interview at Monday's grand opening...

  • (photo courtesy Beyond)

    Zionsville Tech Company Acquired

    Zionsville-based tech company Boosterville is under new ownership. The company, which uses a digital platform to connect nonprofits with local merchants, has been acquired by Kentucky-based Beyond.

  • NDnano Seed Fund Winners Unveiled

    The University of Notre Dame College of Engineering and College of Science have announced four Center for Nano Science and Technology Seed Grant recipients. The technology developed by nine faculty members includes a portable fentanyl detector, new ultra-thin films and sensing and imaging materials. NDnano Director Alan Seabaugh says "we are excited to launch these four research collaborations, each building on materials innovations at Notre Dame.

  • Raytheon says the Electronic Warfare Program Management Tool is designed to "cut through the electromagnetic clutter."

    Army Taps Raytheon For Electronic Warfare Tech

    Raytheon Co. in Fort Wayne has earned a $49 million contract modification from the United States Army. The deal involves development and maintenance for the company's Electronic Warfare Program Management Tool, which the company says manages the use of jamming and other radio-like technologies. The work will be conducted in Fort Wayne, with an estimated completion date of September 30, 2018. The U.S. Army Contracting Command in Maryland is the contracting activity.

  • (Rendering provided by 16 Tech.)

    16 Tech Developers Seeking Partners

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  • (photo courtesy Hamilton County Economic Development Corp.)

    GEICO Looking to Hire Hundreds

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  • Go Electric is located at the Purdue Polytechnic Anderson facility in the Flagship Enterprise Center..

    Boston VC Believes in Go Electric

    Anderson-based Go Electric Inc. Chief Executive Officer Lisa Laughner says her company has achieved a "tough" accomplishment -- securing a funding boost from a venture capital hotbed. The energy storage technology provider has landed a $4 million growth round investment from WindSail Capital Group in Boston, support Laughner says will add 17 jobs and could lay the foundation for a long-term goal of selling internationally. Go Electric was founded in 2011 and...

  • (Image from 2017 Tech 25 luncheon courtesy of TechPoint.)

    Tech 25 Awards Honor 'Exceptional Professionals'

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  • The new degree program begins this fall

    Purdue Offers Two-Year Concurrent Master's

    Students interested in tech with a business background will have an accelerated option beginning this fall at Purdue. The College of Engineering and Krannert School of Management will offer a concurrent master's degree in engineering and business administration.  Students will be able to earn both degrees in two years, which would take three years if pursued separately. Students must apply and be admitted to both programs and pay tuition for both programs, but assistantship...
  • (Marty Walsh is the mayor of Boston, Massachusetts.)

    HQ2 Competitor Exchanges Thoughts on Workforce

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  • High Alpha Likes Indy 'Software DNA'

    Fresh off raising a $100 million round of funding, Indianapolis-based High Alpha says it will be looking to launch the next generation great software companies from coast to coast. But the Midwest, and Indianapolis in particular, will likely benefit from the venture studio's success. Nine of the first 11 startups launched by High Alpha are in Indy. The others, Chicago and Minneapolis, are Midwest-based enterprises. "We definitely feel like there is a talent opportunity..."

  • Telamon is headquartered in Carmel.

    Telamon Writing Domestic, Global Story

    Carmel-based Telamon Corp. is continuing to grow its footprint in the U.S and abroad. The telecommunications network builder and automotive industry component supplier Friday announced the acquisition of Oklahoma-based CLS Group, which provides site acquisition, design/engineering and construction services in the telecommunications and oil and gas industries. Chief Executive Officer Stanley Chen said the deal positions the company in play in the 5G mobile technology arena.

  • (Image courtesy of Butler University.)

    New Butler Degree Targets Key Insurance Industry Need

    Butler University has announced a new online master's degree it says is among the first of its kind in the U.S. The Master of Science in Risk and Insurance program will launch in January and will help fill a workforce need the university says will rise to 400,000 new employees by 2020. The two-year program will require two "in-residence experiences" on the Indianapolis campus and in Bermuda, which is considered "the world's risk capital."

  • Chok Ooi is the co-founder of Kenzie Academy.

    Funding Boosts Kenzie Academy Growth

    A $4.2 million investment round has tech training school Kenzie Academy Inc. gearing up for growth. The company, which is headquartered in San Francisco and has its first campus in Indianapolis, is looking to expand its learning tracks and, eventually, its number of campuses. Co-founder Chok Ooi says Kenzie Academy oversubscribed on its second seed stage of funding and actually had to ask some investors to dial down their backing. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Ooi said...

  • (Image courtesy of Kenzie Academy.)

    Tech Apprenticeship Company Scores $4.2M

    Kenzie Academy Inc., a technology industry apprenticeship program that has its first campus in Indianapolis, has received a $4.2 million seed round of funding. The company uses what it calls a "college-alternative" model that involves a year of immersive learning and a year of paid work at its consulting subsidiary, Kenzie Studio. Kenzie Academy says the investment, led by New York-based ReThink Education and supported by...

  • (Image courtesy of Visit Bloomington) The Pathfinders event is taking place this week at the IU campus in Bloomington.

    Infosys Training Event Focuses on Key Influencers: K-12 Teachers

    As Infosys continues working toward its target of creating more than 3,000 Hoosier jobs, the India-based company's U.S. foundation is hosting a multi-day training program for hundreds of teachers from throughout the country at the Indiana University campus in Bloomington. The Pathfinders Summer Institute is designed to help K-12 instructors "close the digital divide" in classrooms. Indiana recently passed legislation that requires computer science curriculum, a space...

  • (Image of Kristian Andersen courtesy of High Alpha.)

    Investment = 'Gasoline' For High Alpha, Indy Tech Scene

    A co-founder of Indianapolis-based High Alpha likens Monday morning's announcement that the company has raised more than $100 million to pouring "even more gasoline" on Hoosier startups. Kristian Andersen says High Alpha's ability to invest outside the state will raise the profile of the Indy tech brand. High Alpha says the money will go to launch the next generations of its venture capital fund and venture studio. Andersen says the hefty investment affirms...

  • High Alpha 'Doubling-Down' With $100M in Funding

    Indianapolis-based High Alpha has launched its next phase with a more than $100 million boost from investors. The funds fuel the creation of High Alpha Capital II, an $85 million venture fund, and High Alpha Studio II, a venture studio focused on cloud-based startups that received $16.7 million from San Francisco-based Emergence Capital. The capital raised for the new fund and studio will build on the High Alpha portfolio, which has supported the co-founding of...

  • (photo courtesy Agilify)

    Automation Company Names President

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    Sony DADC Tax Incentives Dissolve

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  • Young Stumping For Telemedicine Initiative

    Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) is supporting a proposed federal grant program he believes would boost health care access to rural and lower-income communities and veterans. The $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program is designed to fund innovative telemedicine initiatives, a technology Young believes Indiana is "well ahead of the curve" in. Early-stage approval by the Federal Communications Commission will be voted on next month. In an interview, Young said...

  • The institute will take place on the IU Bloomington campus.

    Infosys Foundation to Kick Off Pathfinders Institute

    The nonprofit arm of India-based Infosys will Sunday kick off its 2018 Pathfinders Summer Institute on the campus of Indiana University Bloomington. Infosys Foundation USA says the week-long initiative aims to provide professional development in computer science for more than 800 teachers from throughout the United States.

  • (Image of Chief Executive Officer Bora Kender courtesy of SalesPond.)

    Aussie Tech Company Chooses Indy

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  • (photo courtesy of our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana)

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  • BioCrossroads Launches New Competition

    A new competition from Indiana's life sciences initiative aims to serve as a catalyst for new solutions to improve patient outcomes. BioCrossroads has launched the Indiana Inject Tech Challenge, which seeks to "build upon accelerating convergence between the local life sciences and technology ecosystems." BioCrossroads says the target goals for the competition include...

  • IU Doctors Lester Smith, Burcin Ekser, Ping Lee

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  • (Image courtesy of PactSafe) Brian Powers (pictured on the stage) founded PactSafe in 2015.

    PactSafe CEO: 'A Lot' of VC Investors Interested in Indiana

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  • (Image courtesy of PactSafe.)

    PactSafe Investors Join on $5.5M Funding Boost

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  • (photo courtesy Westgate@Crane Technology Park)

    Showcase to Feature Several Startups

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  • The LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) mobile sensing platform on top of this vehicle is one of the projects to be researched through the new Innovation Hub. (photo courtesy Purdue University)

    Discovery Park to Lead Autonomous Vehicle Collaboration

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  • (photo courtesy SDI Innovations)

    Lafayette Company Launches STEM Education Subsidiary

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  • Rendering of new engineering design building at Rose-Hulman Institute (rendering courtesy of Rose-Hulman)

    Rose-Hulman Breaks Ground on New Lab

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  • (Image courtesy of Visit Wabash County)

    Clean Tech Startup Building HQ in Wabash

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  • Ivy Tech Program 'Perfect Fit' to Boost Women in Tech

    A year after its launch, a program designed to connect more women with training for high-tech careers is continuing to grow. IvyWorks, which now includes 40 participants, provides paid internship opportunities, as well as financial support for tuition, books, fees and real-life needs like childcare and transportation costs. Ivy Tech Community College and the Indy Women in Tech Foundation launched the program last August and in May, it received a $200,000 grant from Salesforce.

  • Indy Council Member: Electric Scooters Could be 'Positive'

    A city-county council member in Indianapolis says the flurry of dockless electric-powered scooters that has cropped up downtown could help bridge some of the city's public transportation gaps. Council Vice President Zach Adamson (D-17) cautions, however, that safety concerns have to be addressed. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman, Adamson said an additional form of point-to-point transportation could...

  • (photo courtesy Indianapolis International Airport)

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  • (photo courtesy Purdue University)

    Purdue Technology Aims For Safe Fireworks Use

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  • (Image courtesy of EDI)

    Cummins Acquisition 'Accelerates' Electrification Ambition

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  • Darcy Lee will serve as president of Women & Hi Tech for 2018.

    Women & Hi Tech Names New Board

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  • Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code

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  • (Image courtesy of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.)

    High-Tech Youth Camp Instills 'Coding Mindset'

    A summer camp run by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology that wrapped up last week is providing elementary and middle school students with a way to engage their minds at an early age. Connecting With Code, a second-year program that drew around 150 K-8 participants, lays the foundation for high-tech skills. Most importantly, Co-Director David Fisher contends, it helps students establish a "coding mindset." Fisher said...

  • E-Warfare Technology Contract Goes to Fort Wayne's Raytheon

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  • The Mill is part of the city's Trades District. (rendering courtesy Dimension Mill Inc.)

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  • Ball Venture Fund Winners Announced

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  • The discussion took place at the IoT Lab in Fishers.

    Cook, Fishers Mayor Discuss Leadership, Entrepreneurship

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  • (Image of Jennifer Schopf courtesy of Indiana University.)

    IU Part of 'Transformational' Collaboration

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  • (Graphic courtesy of Robert Half Technology.)

    Survey: Majority of Tech Hiring Managers Expect Job Growth

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  • (Image of Christopher Clapp courtesy of Bluelock.)

    Doxly Brings in Clapp as Executive Chairman

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  • (Image courtesy of Facebook.)

    Facebook Bringing a 'Community Boost' to Indianapolis

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  • The company is a certified veteran-owned business.

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  • Chris LaMothe serves as CEO of Elevate Ventures.

    Ranking: Elevate Ventures Top 10 in Early-Stage Investing

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  • (photo courtesy SCI REMC)

    Co-Op Begins Construction on Fiber Network

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  • Aussie Company Adds Delivra

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

    E-Commerce Ruling Generates Reaction

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  • The expansion will create 20 new jobs.

    C&A Tool To Expand in Churubusco

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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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