• Indy Tech Startup Scores Funding

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  • myCOI currently has 36 full-time employees in Indiana.

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  • The competition involved nine teams from Indiana and Illinois.

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  • (Image from video of Barstool Heartland office in Indianapolis courtesy of Buckingham Companies.)

    Pat McAfee Selects 'Barstool Sports' Space in Indy

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  • The trip follows Infosys naming Indianapolis as the home of its first U.S. tech and innovation hub.

    Holcomb Leading Delegation to Silicon Valley

    On the heels of the announcement that India-based Infosys will set up its first U.S. tech and innovation hub in Indianapolis, Governor Eric Holcomb is set this week to lead a delegation of the tech, education and economic development sectors on a two-day trip to San Francisco. While there, the governor will speak at Infosys Confluence, the company's annual leadership conference.

  • Akanocure is also researching technology that could synthesize and develop anticancer chemotherapeutic drugs derived from natural sources.

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  • The announcement is set for 9 a.m. on Tuesday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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  • Inside Salesforce Tower Renovation

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  • Salesforce Exec Says Indy Nation's Best Kept Secret

    As Salesforce christened its new regional headquarters this weekend, company executives were not shy about letting people know what they think about Indianapolis. “It's probably the best kept secret in the country,” said Salesforce Marketing Cloud Chief Executive Officer Bob Stutz, who added he is "very confident" in the ability of the region to produce a talent pipeline to meet the company's aggressive growth plans.

  • SalesForce CEO Marc Benioff speaking in downtown Indianapolis during grand opening ceremonies.

    Salesforce Marks Opening With New Work Force Commitment

    Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) has officially taken the wraps off its regional headquarters in Indiana's tallest building. As part of the grand opening celebration of the Salesforce Tower in downtown Indianapolis, Chief Executive Officer Marc Benioff said the company will add 500 new local apprentices by 2020. That is in addition to the tech giant's previously-announced commitment for 800 new jobs over the next five years.

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    Salesforce Tower Set For Grand Opening

    Officials from Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) will Saturday join Governor Eric Holcomb and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett for the grand opening celebration of Salesforce Tower in Indianapolis. The event comes just over a year after Salesforce announced plans to establish a regional headquarters in the building.

  • (Image of Marsha Stone provided by Indianapolis International Airport)

    Indy Airport, Chamber Solidify Partnership

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    Purdue Polytechnic Preps For Launch

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    High-End Manufacturer Debuts Elkhart Facility

    The chief marketing officer of a global manufacturer says its new U.S. headquarters in Elkhart will serve as "central hub for innovation" of its wide array of manufactured products geared toward high-end consumers. During a Thursday unveiling event, Matt Fidler said the 35,000 square-foot facility would be Furrion's "gateway of technology to the U.S. recreational vehicle, home, yacht and business industries."

  • Indy Tech Space Lands Fiber Service

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  • The Tube Factory artspace in Indianapolis will become the fifth Speak Easy location as part of the partnership.

    Grant to Fund 'Arts and Entrepreneurship' Program

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  • Pictured left to right: Purdue Motorsports Manager Danny White, IMS President Doug Boles, LHP Engineering Solutions CEO David Glass.

    Autonomous Racing Series Sprouts From Indiana Connection

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  • Ball State's computer science program is located in the Robert Bell Building on the Muncie campus.

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  • Hydro Grow LLC, founded by Scott Massey, is one of the recipients.

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  • The high school series features 20 electric karts, each developed by a team of 15 or more students.

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    • Another Tech Company Adding Indy Jobs

      Indianapolis has landed another win in what has been a busy week for the city's burgeoning tech industry. Software company myCOI has announced plans to expand its Indianapolis headquarters and create up to 185 jobs by 2021. The company, whose platform tracks and manages certificates of insurance, won last year's Venture Club of Indiana Innovation Showcase.

    • Infosys Chooses Indy

      Indianapolis will be home of the first U.S. technology and innovation hub for an India-based tech company with a global presence. Infosys announced plans earlier this month to create up to 2,000 jobs in central Indiana by 2022, but had not identified the location until Tuesday morning. During a news conference featuring Mayor Joe Hogsett and Governor Eric Holcomb, Infosys officials reiterated that Indiana's talent pool and academic pipeline were major factors in the company's decision.

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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.

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      Amazon, Netflix and Facebook are large corporations that can all seemingly turn on a dime. They deploy thousands of lines of code a day to improve our customer experience thanks to a healthy DevOps culture. DevOps is not a software tool or a hired hand. It’s the way an IT team works collaboratively to ensure customer delivery without numerous manual gates, months of development and bloated change management policies. It’s what drives successful software delivery.

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