• (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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    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...

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    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.

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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.

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    16 Tech Developers Seeking Partners

    The developers of the first, $30 million facility in the high-profile 16 Tech innovation district in downtown Indianapolis are Thursday hosting the first of two "opportunities" sessions for potential partner businesses. Browning Davis, a joint venture between Browning Investments LLC and Davis & Associates Inc., says bid packages are expected to be let in October and construction could begin the following month. Plans for Building One involve...

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    GEICO Looking to Hire Hundreds

    Maryland-based GEICO says it is now hiring up to 400 people for its new IT Center of Excellence in Carmel. The positions, which range from entry to senior levels, are part of the insurance company's $16 million expansion announced in February.

  • 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'

    Indianapolis-based TechPoint has named its fourth Tech 25 class. The awards recognize "critical and exceptional performers" at technology and tech-enabled Hoosier companies. Winners in three categories -- tech product/R&D, tech sales/marketing and tech professional services -- were chosen based on considerations including professional contributions, community commitment, energy and attitude. More than 60 received nominations. The award celebrates professionals who are...

  • 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

    The mayor of another city competing for the Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) second headquarters project is discussing some techniques he says Indianapolis could employ to land the tech giant and other projects. Boston's Marty Walsh, whose city, like Indianapolis, is among 20 finalists vying for the so-called HQ2, says training and streamlining city processes are keys.

  • 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.

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    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...

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    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...

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    Automation Company Names President

    Indianapolis-based automation company Agilify has tapped Douglas Thompson as its new president. Thompson most recently served as chief executive officer of Ohio-based MedData.

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    Sony DADC Tax Incentives Dissolve

    The Terre Haute City Council has pulled tax abatement support for Sony DADC US Inc. at the company's request. The media technology company has had a presence in Vigo County for 35 years and in January, announced it would be outsourcing music and movie disc production. The decision was based on reduced demand as consumers continue to shift to digital means of media consumption. Some 375 employees -- more than half the Sony DADC workforce in Terre Haute -- lost their jobs.

  • 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

    A sales software company from Australia is setting up its first U.S. office in Indianapolis. SalesPond, which has offices in six other countries, says it will invest nearly $500,000 into a downtown location and hire 36 employees by 2023. The company currently has a headcount of 150 in Australia, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Korea, Japan and New Zealand. SalesPond plans to have six employees in its Circle Tower building office by year's end. Positions currently available include...

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    Chesterton Launches Fiber Service

    The town of Chesterton has cut the ribbon on its high-speed fiber optics system. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report report the Chesterton Fiber Optics Network is already being used by more than 40 businesses and is available to more than 300 others. Construction on the project began in January. The town has invested $1.5 million to install more than 15 miles of fiber.

  • 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

    IU Researchers Working Toward 'On-Demand' Organs

    Indiana University School of Medicine researchers, backed by a $9 million private-sector partnership, are using genetically-engineered pig liver cells to 3D-print tissue that may one day be used for human organ and tissue transplants. The collaboration with Maryland-based Lung Biotechnology PBC was announced in early-May. Assistant Professor of Surgery Burcin Ekser, who leads the IUSM research lab dealing with cross-species transplantation, said...

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

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

    The founder of Indianapolis-based PactSafe Inc. says the perception that venture capital is hard to come by in Indiana is diminishing. Chief Executive Officer Brian Powers, whose cloud-based contract platform company just announced a $5.5 million Series A round of funding, says the growing technology ecosystem in central Indiana is becoming "less and less of a secret" and investors are taking notice. PactSafe's co-lead investors in the new round have offices in...

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    PactSafe Investors Join on $5.5M Funding Boost

    Indianapolis-based PactSafe Inc. has received a $5.5 million round of funding. The digital contract technology company says the investment will help boost its footprint in markets including software-as-a-service and e-commerce. PactSafe closed on a $2.5 million seed round nearly three years ago. The Series A funding is co-led by Mercury Fund, which has offices in Texas and Michigan, and Signal Peak Ventures of Utah.

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    Showcase to Feature Several Startups

    An inaugural event Tuesday will not only feature 10 startup pitches from throughout southern Indiana, but also some well-known names in defense and technology. The WestGate@Crane Startup Showcase, which will include presentation by leaders from Purdue University, Indiana University and Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center, will spotlight innovations that were launched through the Purdue@WestGate Firestarter program. The speaker lineup includes...

  • 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

    A growing part of Purdue University will play a key role in a nationwide joint research partnership. Discovery Park will lead the Innovation Hub for Connected and Autonomous Transportation Technologies, an initiative focused on expanding the research field of connected and autonomous vehicles. The partnership will be led by Darcy Bullock, professor of civil engineering and director of the Joint Transportation Research Program at Purdue.

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    Lafayette Company Launches STEM Education Subsidiary

    Lafayette-based SDI Innovations has launched a subsidiary designed to boost STEM learning among middle school and high school students. Developed in partnership with Purdue University, STEM Education Works provides a curriculum the company says "drives problem solving, collaboration and creative thinking skills to ensure student success in the workforce."

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

    Rose-Hulman Breaks Ground on New Lab

    Construction is underway on a new engineering and design laboratory at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The $2.2 million building will provide design space, classrooms and laboratories to encourage hands-on experiences. President Jim Conwell says the 13,800 square foot building is being built adjacent to the Branam Innovation Center because extra space was needed due to the popularity of the BIC. "“Students often proclaim that the BIC may be the best thing about R...
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    Clean Tech Startup Building HQ in Wabash

    A Wabash-based clean-tech science and engineering startup has announced plans to set up shop in the city. 10X Engineered Materials LLC says it will invest more than $4 million to establish its headquarters and create 26 jobs by 2021. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says the project is being fueled by a financing round led by Ohio-based NCT Ventures. Construction on the new facility is expected to begin later this year. 10X says it will develop...

  • 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...

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    Airport Innovation Earns 'Consumer Experience' Award

    A unique innovation has brought another award to the Indianapolis International Airport. The Airports Council International-North America has named the airport's human-powered charging stations as one of the Best Innovative Consumer Experiences or Practices among airports. 

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    Purdue Technology Aims For Safe Fireworks Use

    An associate professor at Purdue University's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering has created a device that allows a person to set off fireworks from a safe distance. Known as ZapSpark, the device uses a companion smartphone app that allows for wireless activation.

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    Cummins Acquisition 'Accelerates' Electrification Ambition

    Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) is continuing its drive to become a world leader in electrified power technology. Electrified Power Business Unit Executive Director Julie Furber says Monday's acquisition of Efficient Drivetrains Inc., a fully-electric and hybrid commercial vehicle business in the Silicon Valley, is part of an expected $500 million investment over the next three years in electrification technology.

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

    Women & Hi Tech Names New Board

    Indianapolis-based Women & Hi Tech has announced its 2018 board of directors. The members represent a variety of companies throughout Indiana, including Salesforce, Eli Lilly and Co., and Roche.  The board officially began its new term Sunday. 

  • Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code

    Women's Tech Summit Announces Keynote Speaker

    Indy Women in Tech has announced the keynote speaker for its 2018 summit. Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani is an entrepreneur and advocate for women in the tech industry. Her company is a national non-profit that aims to prepare young women for future careers in growing fields. This year's summit will be the second of its kind for IWiT. It will be held on Tuesday, August 14th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pavilion.

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    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

    Raytheon Co. in Fort Wayne has secured a big contract for the U.S. Navy and Australian government. The company has been awarded $65.4 million for engineering and software development work relating to the EA-18G Airborne Electronic Attack aircraft, which has electronic warfare capabilities. The contract also involves system improvements, prototypes and simulations, as well as other engineering, integration and testing work. The U.S. Department of Defense says...

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

    Bloomington Coworking Space Acquired

    A coworking space in Bloomington is now under new ownership. Cowork Btown has been acquired by Dimension Mill Inc., a nonprofit organization that is currently transforming a more than century-old building in Bloomington’s Trades District into its own coworking and business incubator space.

  • Ball Venture Fund Winners Announced

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

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

    Cook, Fishers Mayor Discuss Leadership, Entrepreneurship

    An event Wednesday at the Indiana IoT Lab in Fishers showcased one of Indiana's highest-profile life sciences companies. Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness hosted Bloomington-based Cook Group Inc. Chairman Steve Ferguson and Cook Group President Pete Yonkman for a discussion on executive leadership. Yonkman says the event offered an opportunity to learn more about innovation and entrepreneurship at the IoT lab and nearby Launch Fishers coworking space.

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

    IU Part of 'Transformational' Collaboration

    Indiana University will share in a $3.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The funding will help IU International Networks and the Energy Sciences Network, a high-speed platform serving thousands of U.S. Department of Energy researchers and collaborators, create a center designed for more efficient use of massive data sets. IU International Networks Director Jennifer Schopf is the principal investigator.

  • (Graphic courtesy of Robert Half Technology.)

    Survey: Majority of Tech Hiring Managers Expect Job Growth

    An international staffing firm with offices in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne says survey results suggest the majority of technology companies in Indy plan to add employees by the end of the year. Robert Half Technology says 62 percent of hiring managers it surveyed in the city anticipate growing their teams -- a figure higher than the national average. The most in-demand skill, the survey suggests, is cloud security.

  • (Image of Christopher Clapp courtesy of Bluelock.)

    Doxly Brings in Clapp as Executive Chairman

    Indianapolis-based Doxly Inc. has named Christopher Clapp executive chairman. Clapp previously served as chief executive officer of Indianapolis legal transaction management provider Bluelock, which was acquired in March by an out-of-state company. He was with Bluelock for almost eight years before InterVision, a consulting company with offices in California and Missouri, announced the acquisition.

  • (Image courtesy of Facebook.)

    Facebook Bringing a 'Community Boost' to Indianapolis

    Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) says a national tour focusing on high-tech training will stop in Indianapolis in October. The Community Boost initiative is part of the social media giant's efforts to beef up the digital skills of 1 million business owners and workers throughout the country by 2020. Indianapolis is part of a 50-city tour and Facebook Global Marketing Director of Small Business Doug Frisbie says the training, which is free and open to the public, will...

  • The company is a certified veteran-owned business.

    NC Company Invests In eLuxury

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

  • Chris LaMothe serves as CEO of Elevate Ventures.

    Ranking: Elevate Ventures Top 10 in Early-Stage Investing

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

  • (photo courtesy SCI REMC)

    Co-Op Begins Construction on Fiber Network

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

  • Aussie Company Adds Delivra

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

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

    E-Commerce Ruling Generates Reaction

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

  • The expansion will create 20 new jobs.

    C&A Tool To Expand in Churubusco

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

  • High-Tech Institute Partnering With Traditional Educators

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

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

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

  • DePauw University Receives $1M STEM Grant

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

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    Indy Firm Taps Appirio Exec as CEO

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

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

    Agreement Paves Way For Microelectronics Collaboration

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

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

    Delta Begins Nonstop to Seattle

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

  • IGT Indiana Donates Computer Lab

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

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

    Civic Hack to Tackle Food Insecurity

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

  • The christening of the USS Indiana last year

    USS Indiana To Be Commissioned in September

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

  • There are nine Purdue Polytechnic locations throughout the state.

    IU, Purdue Polytechnic Partner on College Prep

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

  • GI Bill Funds Now Accepted at Eleven Fifty Academy

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

  • Michael Burton is CEO of Lev.

    Levementum Undergoes Rebranding

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

  • ClearObject Collaboration Acts as 'Accelerator'

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

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

    ClearScholar Acquired by Texas Company

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

  • (photo courtesy Aggressively Organic)

    Aggressively Organic Making Public Debut

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

  • New Leader For The Speak Easy

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

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

    Allos Ventures Adds Managing Director

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

  • (photo courtesy Priority Communications)

    Priority Communications Completes Acquisition

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

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

    Salesforce Pilots Key Training Program in Indy

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

  • IND Adds Another Tech Nonstop

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

  • Project Lead The Way to Grant Millions

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

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

    Netfor Makes Move to New Office

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

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

    Elevate Purdue Foundry Fund Makes More Investments

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

  • (photo courtesy Immedion)

    Columbus Data Center Acquired

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

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

    Plant Science Startups Score Ag-Celerator Funding

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

  • Student enrollment at the academy begins today.

    Republic Creates 'Classroom-to-Cockpit' Academy

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

  • Eleven Fifty Academy Continues Growth

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

  • TechPoint will honor the winners in August.

    TechPoint Seeks Tech 25 Nominations

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

  • More Military Contracts For Raytheon

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

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

    Governor Announces 2018 STEM Team

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

  • (photo courtesy Priority Communications)

    Communications Provider Moves HQ

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

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

    Change Driving Innovation in Fishers Classrooms

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

  • As Levementum Grows, New CEO Details Broadening Role

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

  • (Image provided by Keating Supercars LLC.)

    'Supercar' Company to Open Discovery Park Facility

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

  • 16 Tech Taps Former LDI Exec For COO

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

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

    Applications Open for Indiana Innovation Awards

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

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

    Hogsett Hopes Amazon 'Takes Note' of Indy Momentum

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

  • Levementum Promotes Burton to CEO

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

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

    $40M Post House Project Gains Key Approval

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

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

    NineStar Connect Buys Cumberland Utility

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

  • Indy High School Using IU Tech

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

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

    IU Nominated for Tech Transfer Award

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

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

    Bosma Launches Salesforce Training Program

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

  • Grace College Announces New Digital Marketing Major

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

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

    'Risk-Taking Females' Team Up For 500

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

  • Tech Spinoff Firms Up Leadership

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

  • (Image courtesy of the agBOT Challenge.)

    agBOT Challenge Gets Underway

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

  • Picture Courtesy: The Ron Rubin School for the Entrepreneur

    Feminine Hygiene Product Wins 'Next Launch'

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

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

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

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

    Hoosier to Lead Johnson Space Center

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

  • Racing Events Spark STEM Connections

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

  • Rob Martens is president of Allegion Ventures.

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

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

  • Salesforce.org Awards Grant to Ivy Tech

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

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

    Global Tech Event Selects Indianapolis

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

  • IU Doctors Lester Smith, Burcin Ekser, Ping Lee

    Collaboration to Help with Organ Transplant Science

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

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

    'Proactive' School Safety Tech Testing in Indy

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

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

    AgTech 'Pre-Commercial Battleground' Set For Year Three

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

  • Indiana Fiber Network Boosting Whitley County Service

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

  • (Image courtesy of Bosma Enterprises.)

    New Bosma Enterprises Center Focuses on Life Skills

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

  • CEO Offers Challenge Grant

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

  • (Image courtesy of Bankers Life Fieldhouse.)

    Conexus, Pacers Announce STEM Fest Grants

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

  • Boyles begins his new role July 1.

    DePauw Names Head of New Tech Center

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

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

    Greenlight Guru Launches New Software, Growing Team

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

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

    Five-County Study Finds Broadband Access Lagging

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

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

    $15M Donation Spurs New Name For Downtown Med Center

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

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

    ExactTarget Alums Start High-Tech Brewery

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

  • Salesforce Hosting Pitch Night in Indy

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

  • 'Ziro' Creator Honored For Innovation

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

  • (Image courtesy of Ontario Systems.)

    Muncie Tech Company Announces Acquisition

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  • Mercury Systems joins consortium at Purdue's Discovery Park

    Defense Contractor Joins Discovery Park Consortium

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

    IIB Marks 20 Years With a Look Back

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

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

    Holcomb: Infosys Impact Extends 'Well Outside Our Borders'

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

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    Salesforce, Springbuk Among Top Mira Winners

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

    Startup Accelerator Begins Indy Cohort

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  • (Rendering courtesy of Infosys.)

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

    Infosys to Detail Vision For U.S. Training Center

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

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

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

    Infosys Picks Indy For Training Center, 1K Additional Jobs

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

  • (photo courtesy Trine University)

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  • Vermillion Rise Deemed Fiber-Ready

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

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

    State's Largest Hackathon Targets Public Safety

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

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  • Idea Week will take place April 20-28.

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  • (photo courtesy Trine University)

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  • (Image courtesy of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.)

    State Boosts Broadband Focus

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

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

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  • Levementum SVP Michael Burton

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  • (photo courtesy Indiana State University)

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

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  • (Image courtesy of Zimmer Biomet)

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  • Northview Elementary School is located in Gas City.

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

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  • (Image courtesy of Spot)

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

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

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

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  • Collegiate Drone Racing Championships to be held at Purdue

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  • (photo courtesy IndianaFIRST)

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  • (Image courtesy of Indiana Tech.)

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  • The Indiana IoT Lab officially opened in March.

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  • (Rendering provided by the city of Fishers.)

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

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

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  • (photo courtesy Standard For Success LLC)

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

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

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

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

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