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

    New Name, First Contract For Defense Tech-Focused Institute

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

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

    Infosys Picks Indy For Training Center, 1K Additional Jobs

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

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    Trine Awards Innovation Challenge Winners

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

  • Vermillion Rise Deemed Fiber-Ready

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

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

    Pacers Gaming Preps For Virtual Run

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

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

    State's Largest Hackathon Targets Public Safety

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

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

    AT&T Expands, Tests Technologies in Indiana

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

  • Idea Week will take place April 20-28.

    IDEA Week Kicks Off in Michiana

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

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    Trine to Host Innovation Challenge

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

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    State Boosts Broadband Focus

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

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

    Purdue@WestGate, Crane Announce R&D Deal

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

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

    Indy Tech Company Rebranding

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

  • Levementum SVP Michael Burton

    Levementum Scores Funding, Sells Off Product

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

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    ISU Names College of Technology Dean

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

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

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

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

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    Zimmer Biomet Touts First Surgery of New Tibia

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

  • Northview Elementary School is located in Gas City.

    East Central Indiana School Plugs Into Telehealth Tech

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

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

    Purdue Launches Data Science Initiative

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

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    Spot Freight Expands in Charlotte

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

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

    Different Take on Drone Tech Wins Startup Weekend

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

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

    Purdue Startup Scores Federal Grant

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

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

    Speech Therapy Robot Wins IU Innovation Challenge

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

  • Collegiate Drone Racing Championships to be held at Purdue

    Drone Racing Championships Return to Purdue

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

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    Robotics Students Set For State Championship

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

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    Indiana Tech 'Cyber Warriors' Taking Title Shot

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

  • The Indiana IoT Lab officially opened in March.

    Wechsler Sees IoT Lab Network

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

  • (Rendering provided by the city of Fishers.)

    Flexware Innovation Details New Fishers HQ

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

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

    AT&T Improves Pierceton Network

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

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

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

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

  • Purdue Announces VC Partnership With LA Firm

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

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    Teacher Evaluation Software Company Makes Acquisition

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

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

    Wechsler is Mira's 2018 Trailblazer

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

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

    Case Contest Boosts Indy Tech Biz

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

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

    Rose-Hulman Students Take Programming Skills to China

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

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    hc1.com Continuing Growth With $7M in Funding

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

  • Christopher Day is a co-founder of DemandJump.

    DemandJump Secures $6M Financing Round

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

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    Bikeshare Startup Targets Nationwide Growth

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

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

    Agbiosciences Opportunities on Display in Fishers

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

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    IU Students Set For Innovation Challenge

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

  • Luddy Hall Indiana University Bloomington

    Weeklong Celebration for IU's Luddy Hall

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

  • New Ag School Both Hands-on And Online

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

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

    Purdue Polytechnic Launches Cybersecurity Courses

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

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

    Digital Marketing Firm Lands Big Investment

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

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

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

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

    Cautionary Tale: Health System Victim of 'Breach Season'

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

  • Bikeshare Startup Expanding Into New Markets

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

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

    Hoosier Data and Analytics Firm Acquired

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

  • Prison Coding Program to Begin

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

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    Growing Industry Takes Spotlight at Spring IT Expo

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

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

    Indiana Fiber Network Begins Upgrades

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

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

    Entrepreneurial 'Feeder' Event Set For 7th Edition

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

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    Data Center Planned For Old Hammond Generating Plant

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

  • Matt McIntyre is a founder of Brackets For Good.

    Brackets For Good Mulling National Tournament

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

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    Co-Op Launches Fiber-to-Home Business

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

  • IUPUI School of Informatics and Computing

    IUPUI Lecture Series to Feature Former Indy Mayor

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

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    IPS Partnering With 'Juggernaut' in Tech

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

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    DTN Completes Spensa Acquisition

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

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

    More Innovation Coming to Purdue@WestGate

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

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

    Communities Collaborate on Connectivity

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

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

    'Intelligent' EV Production Coming to Mishawaka

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

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

    GMC Unveils Truck Built in Roanoke

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

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    SmartBox Completes New Albany Expansion

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

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    Analysis: Tech Jobs on Rise, Many Going Unfilled

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

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    Indy-Connected Company Releases School Safety Tech

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

  • Scott Massey is a co-founder of Heliponix.

    'Food Computer' Creator Marketing to World

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

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    Indy World Trade Center 'Full-Steam Ahead'

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

  • Next Level Indiana Trust Fund Announces Administrator

    A Chicago-based firm has been selected to be administrator of the $250 million Next Level Indiana Trust Fund. The fund's investment board says 50 South Capital Advisors LLC, which has an office in Indianapolis, will work toward developing a portfolio of 20-30 diversified funds through a fund-of-funds approach. The Next Level Indiana Trust Fund was launched last year and was a pillar of Governor Eric Holcomb's inaugural legislative agenda.

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    Indianapolis Lands World Trade Center

    Indiana's emerging profile as a global business center is getting a boost. After more than a year of effort, organizers have received final license from the New York-based World Trade Centers Association to establish a World Trade Center in Indianapolis. "World Trade Center Indianapolis is going to be a conduit to the world for trade, trade services in particular," said former Marion County Clerk Doris Anne Sadler, who is serving as president of WTC Indianapolis.

  • (photo courtesy Governor Eric Holcomb's office)

    Stakeholders React to SaaS Bill Signing

    Key tech industry players are weighing in on Governor Eric Holcomb's signing of a bill that exempts software as a service from Indiana sales tax. Holcomb says the issue is something that was brought up "again and again" in meetings with Hoosier tech executives. Indiana is now one of four states to have approved this type of law. Holcomb calls the exemption "critically important" for Hoosier businesses.

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    16 Tech CEO: Collaboration a 'Competitive Differentiator'

    With a $38 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. donation behind it and a $120 million development partnership with Indianapolis-based Browning Investments LLC gaining traction, the vision for 16 Tech in Indianapolis is taking shape. Chief Executive Officer Bob Coy says the innovation district on the city's near northwest side fully displays the spirit of collaboration among public, private and philanthropic stakeholders, a characteristic he says...

  • Goshen College to soon offer new programs

    Goshen College to Offer New Programs

    Students will have several more choices for post-master's degrees after Goshen College introduces new programs in the fall. Those interested in studying game development, sport management, marine biology and students who want to become a Family Nurse Practitioner will have new opportunities. 

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

    People's Choice Mira Award Winners

    TechPoint has announced some of the 2018 People's Choice Mira Awards. Twenty-eight tech companies submitted applications in three categories: Best Tech Event, Best Tech Space and Best Tech T-shirt or Swag. 

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

    16 Tech Takes Big Steps Forward

    Indianapolis' 60-acre innovation community has announced two major boosts. The 16 Tech Community Corp. has landed a $38 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to fund its initial development phase.The organization has also announced its first development agreement. The deal calls for Indianapolis-based Browning to construct three new buildings and renovate a facility as part of a $120 million investment. 16 Tech Community Corp. says the three-year grant sets the stage for...

  • IoT Lab Opens With Eyes on Future

    The founder of the Indiana IoT Lab says the innovation and collaboration space is focused on an industry that will "future-proof" Hoosier businesses. John Wechsler says companies that are dialing into the Internet of Things are playing in a sector that is forecast to grow to $2.2 trillion. The facility Wednesday night hosted more than 700 at a grand opening event. Wechsler said some of the state's trademark industries will be "radically affected" by...

  • Joint Cybersecurity operations center OmniSOC is hosted by IU

    Indiana Schools Team Up To Combat Cyber Threats

    Some Big Ten Universities, including IU and Purdue, have launched a first-of-its-kind cybersecurity operations center. OmniSOC is a subscription service that provides members with functional cyber intelligence to help them respond to cyber threats. 

  • Matrix Integration Seeking Further Expansion

    Jasper-based Matrix Integration LLC is continuing its growth in the Midwest. The technology consulting and implementation company says it is looking to fill up to 20 new jobs by the end of this year, following its previously-announced expansion into central Indiana.

  • IoT Lab to Debut

    A grand opening ceremony will take place in Fishers this evening for a first-of-its-kind in the state facility. The Indiana IoT Lab is expecting more than 700 attendees at the event. Inside INdiana Business will have more on the milestone for the innovation space this afternoon in the INside Edge e-newsletter and this weekend on Inside INdiana Business Television with Gerry Dick. Multiple tenants have already come on-board at the facility which will focus on...

  • The three startups all have roots at Launch Fishers.

    Three Startups Growing in Fishers

    Three Fishers-based startups have announced growth plans. The city says VendorJump, Ultimate Automation and Sales Tuners, all of which have roots at Launch Fishers, have committed to investing a total of nearly $2 million and adding more than 80 jobs by 2021.

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

    Counterpart Partnering With Riley Foundation

    Indianapolis-based software development firm Counterpart has announced a three-year partnership with Riley Children's Foundation involving $128,000 in in-kind services. The company says the deal will allow the foundation to use its fundraising platform AppToGive and provide software consulting. Counterpart has worked with Riley Children's Foundation before, helping the organization launch its inaugural Giving Tuesday campaign as part of its The Gift of Hope Happens Here campaign...

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    Data, Predictive Models Focus of New Notre Dame Center

    The University of Notre Dame has launched a research center focused on data and predictive analytics. The new Center for Informatics and Computational Science will collaborate with partners in the public sector and industry. UND says the modeling created through the center is an essential part of designing products that must perform with consistency in uncertain environments. Disciplines that use the modeling include physics, chemistry, biology and engineering.

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

    McDowell Moving on From The Speak Easy

    The Speak Easy in Indianapolis is searching for its next executive director. Danielle McDowell, who has led the nonprofit entrepreneurial organization for three years, has resigned but will remain in the position until April 13. In an exchange through Twitter, McDowell told Inside INdiana Business she's "an entrepreneur at my core and I’m ready to build something new."

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    Angie's List Campus Re-Imagined as Creative 'Playground'

    A group of investors, many with previous ties Angie's List, has closed on the acquisition of the company's former corporate campus. The backers that make up the Fred Abel LLC investment group are led by former Angie's List Chief Executive Officer Bill Oesterle and include participants in Indiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New York and Ohio. Boston-based Aquent CEO John Chuang is an investor and says the vision is to "create something far more than office space."

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

    Radius Names Purdue@WestGate Best of Year

    Radius Indiana recently named the top 10 economic development projects of 2017, with Purdue@WestGate coming in at number one. More than 50 nominations were submitted at their annual stakeholders meeting held in French Lick.  

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

    Student Wins LaGrange Entrepreneur Competition

    A student from Westview High School in Topeka has taken home the top prize in the third annual Launch LaGrange County Entrepreneur Competition. Peyton Schrock won a $5,000 startup grant for his venture, Schrock Mobile Poultry Butchering and Processing.

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

    Infosys Announces Fourth U.S. Hub

    One week after cutting the ribbon on its Technology and Innovation Hub in downtown Indianapolis, India-based Infosys (NYSE: INFY) has announced plans for another hub, to be located in Hartford, Connecticut. The company says the location, which will be its fourth hub in the U.S., will create 1,000 jobs by 2022

  • (Image of Christopher Clapp courtesy of Bluelock.)

    Bluelock CEO: Acquisition Offers Growth Potential

    Indianapolis-based Bluelock has been acquired by InterVision, which has regional offices in California and St. Louis. Bluelock was founded in 2006 and provides disaster recovery and infrastructure expertise. Chief Executive Officer Christopher Clapp tells Inside INdiana Business InterVision's plan is to not only retain the Indianapolis workforce, but potentially grow it, as InterVision establishes the office as the hub for Bluelock's "hosted offerings." He says...

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

    Toyota, Project Lead The Way Announce Grants

    Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana and Project Lead The Way have announced nearly $300,000 in grants to 22 K-12 schools in southwest Indiana. The funding from the Toyota USA Foundation will give the schools access to computer science, engineering and biomedical science curriculum. Toyota Indiana President Millie Marshall says the grants will help schools "create the innovators and problem solvers of tomorrow, while uplifting Indiana communities."

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

    Indiana 'Well-Postured' in Advanced Energy

    The acting president of the Battery Innovation Center in Greene County says the operation's presence is truly worldwide. Ben Wrightsman says only a handful of the approximately 100 firms that work with the BIC are based in Indiana and the majority are global. The center will mark its fifth anniversary in August and he says the BIC's focus is what makes it stand out. "Rather than having technology that just kind of stays in an incubator or stays in that R&D loop," he said...

  • Evansville-based Curvo Labs buys Mendenhall Associates

    Curvo Labs Purchases Orthopedic News Publisher

    Evansville-based Curvo Labs has announced the acquisition of Michigan-based Mendenhall Associates, who publish Orthopedic News Network. MAI will continue to operate as a wholly owned subsidiary, and Stan Mendenhall will serve as president.  

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    On Target Laboratories Outperforms Funding Expectations

    West Lafayette-based On Target Laboratories Inc. says investors have chipped in more than previously anticipated. The company, headquartered in the Purdue Research Park, announced late last year the funding round led by Johnson & Johnson's venture capital arm would total $40 million. On Target Laboratories Chief Executive Officer Marty Low says contributions from H.I.G. BioHealth Partners, Elevate Ventures and Helsinn boosted the Series B round to nearly $44 million.

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    Agreement in Place to Acquire Spensa Technologies

    Minneapolis-based business intelligence company DTN has announced an agreement to acquire a high-profile Indiana precision agricultural technology business. The deal for West Lafayette-based Spensa Technologies Inc. still needs approval from its shareholders and the companies are not announcing financial terms. Spensa was launched in 2009 at the Purdue Research Park. A year ago, it inked an agreement with Linden-based non-GMO seed company Spectrum Seed that paved the way for...

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

    Upper Hand Acquires Maine Tech Company

    Indianapolis-based Upper Hand Inc. is growing its portfolio. The sports management software company had acquired Maine-based Double Blue Sports Analytics Inc., which specializes in video analysis technology for coaches and athletes.  Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed and Upper Hand did not state whether any jobs would be affected. Upper Hand says the acquisition, which includes Double Blue's app-based video analysis platforms...

  • Indy Women in Tech Championship Volunteer

    Indy LPGA Event Seeking Volunteers

    The Indy Women in Tech Championship returns to the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course in August and volunteers are being sought. The full-field LPGA event is looking for over 700 volunteers to help with the event from August 13-19.

  • AT&T upgrades network in Greene County

    AT&T Upgrades Greene County Network

    AT&T customers will see faster speeds on wireless networks due to the company conducting some upgrades. The improvements will lead to greater capacity on towers in Bloomfield and Newberry.  

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

    inX Growing, Coming to IMS

    Organizers of inX have set the date and location of the second entrepreneurship and innovation event. This year's gathering is set for September 18-20 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Last year's event drew more than 1,400 attendees. The speaker lineup for the inaugural event last year included IMAX Corp. (NYSE: IMAX) founder David Breukelman and Indianapolis-based First Internet Bancorp (Nasdaq: INBK) Chief Executive Officer David Becker.

  • Adam Sobol is founder of careband.

    IU Grad's Senior-Tracking Tech Offers 'Peace of Mind'

    A recent Indiana University graduate's young company that helps caregivers and loved ones keep tabs on the location of seniors with dementia or Alzheimer's disease is on the verge of hitting the market. Chicago-based careband inc. founder Adam Sobol says pilot studies conducted in Bloomington and Chicago will inform final tweaks and the wearable technology could be released this summer.

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

    Computer Science Bill Clears House, Senate

    The Indiana General Assembly has approved a bill requiring public schools to include computer science in each school's curriculum beginning in 2021. House Enrolled Act 172 also established a grant program and fund supporting computer science-focused professional development for teachers. Governor Eric Holcomb, who has supported the bill along the way, is expected to sign HEA 172 into law. So far, Holcomb has signed all 42 bills that have reached his desk. In a statement...

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

    'Braille Tech' Wins IUPUI JagStart Competition

    A student behind the idea for an app designed to help people with visual impairments use smartphones has taken the top prize at IUPUI's annual JagStart competition. Braille Tech, pitched by graduate student Madhura Mhatre, allows users to wear a glove that uses sensors to turn letters into digital Braille. Mhatre's concept would use tactile feedback to give the user sensations similar to reading raised dots, as used in Braille. The idea topped 13 other entries to claim the...

  • Chatbot Startup Wins B-Start Demo Day

    A software platform that creates chatbots for event marketing and news publications has taken the top prize in the annual B-Start Demo Day pitch competition. The Bloomington Economic Development Corp. says BotMaven received a total of $2,600 for winning first place and having the best business plan.

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

    Ed Tech Company Growing in West Lafayette

    A company based out of the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette has announced growth plans. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says Skyepack, which has developed a mobile and web platform designed to reduce the cost of textbooks for college students, plans to invest nearly $300,000 and create up to 51 jobs by 2020. Skyepack currently employs more than 10 workers in Tippecanoe County and has already added three new employees. The company says it is hiring for...

  • OCTIV is the company formerly known as TinderBox.

    Indy Tech Company Octiv Acquired

    Indianapolis-based sales technology company Octiv is being acquired by a Colorado company. Conga, which Octiv Chief Executive Officer David Kerr calls "the leader in the end-to-end intelligent document solution space," will add Octiv's platform to its automation suite. Kerr says Octiv's Indianapolis operation will remain local, adding the company will "accelerate investment in innovation." In 2016, the company, formerly known as TinderBox, announced a $3 million...

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    Smithville Boosts Purdue Coworking Spaces

    Two coworking spaces run by the Purdue Research Foundation are receiving a boost from an Indiana company. Ellettsville-based Smithville Fiber has announced it will provide financial support for the Purdue Railyard in West Lafayette and The Lock & Key at WestGate@Crane Technology Park in Odon.

  • Infosys President Ravi Kumar

    Infosys Creating Talent in 'Hidden Jewel'

    As India-based Infosys (NYSE: INFY) looks to fill thousands of openings at its tech and innovation hub in Indianapolis over the next few years, the company's president says the onus is on the tech giant to create its own talent. During a Studio(i) interview, Ravi Kumar said it's "myopic if you actually look at just the market and say 'this is the talent pool available.'" He says the company is able to hire people, even without traditional tech skills...

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    Purdue Startup Uses Augmented Reality to Teach STEM

    Purdue University-affiliated startup, Explore Interactive, is ready to teach children STEM, all while having fun. The Explore platform uses augmented reality via mobile devices to make learning feel like play.

  • Infosys Tech Hub Aims to Grow Indiana's Tech Profile

    The president of India-based Infosys (NYSE: INFY) says the company's new Indianapolis Technology and Innovation Hub will organically create tech talent that is currently not available. Ravi Kumar joined Governor Eric Holcomb and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett to cut the ribbon on the hub at OneAmerica Tower in downtown Indianapolis, which will ultimately employ 2,000 by 2021. Kumar says the location could help make Indiana the tech hub of the Midwest.

  • Infosys originally announced its Indiana investment in May 2017.

    Infosys Cuts Ribbon on Tech Hub

    Governor Eric Holcomb and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will Tuesday join officials from India-based Infosys (NYSE: INFY) to cut the ribbon on the company's tech and innovation hub in downtown Indianapolis. The event comes nearly a year after the tech giant announced plans to locate in the city.

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    Commission Gives OK to Purdue Global, Purdue Fort Wayne

    Two high-profile educational initiatives have received final approval from the Higher Learning Commission. Kaplan University's transition to Purdue University Global has received the final green light, as has realignment of IPFW and its subsequent name change to Purdue University Fort Wayne. The HLC is a Chicago-based independent corporation that accredits post-secondary institutions in 19 states. Purdue Global's main campus, the university said in a release, will be in Indianapolis.

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    EV Maker Revving Up Autonomous Ambitions

    An electric vehicle manufacturer with a plant in Mishawaka is progressing on its autonomous vehicle efforts. SF Motors, which is based in California and has a multi-year research and development agreement with the University of Michigan, has received permission from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to test its autonomous driving technology on public roads. Road testing will also be conducted in Michigan and China. The company says it has made...

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    Purdue Space Program Soars to New Heights

    A student team called Purdue Space Program has built a liquid methane rocket and hopes to win a competition with it. The team of students will enter their rocket in the FAR-MARS Prize, which is named after its two sponsors, Friends of Amateur Rocketry and Mars Society. 

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    Hackathon to Kick Off at Saint Mary's College

    A hackathon hosted by Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame will start Friday evening on-campus. More than two dozen teams made up of college students and recent graduates from throughout the Midwest will work for just under 24 hours to develop a predictive model from data provided by South Bend-based Press Ganey Associates Inc. The event will also include an opportunity for participants to network with tech-enabled employers in South Bend including...

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

    'Major Spread' to Spotlight Indy Tech

    AOL co-founder Steve Case's Rise of the Rest tour stop in Indianapolis last fall is paying more dividends. Launch Fishers co-founder John Wechsler says relationships from that event have led to a planned multi-page spread on the Indianapolis area's tech ecosystem in California Sunday magazine in the coming weeks. The region will be the centerpiece of a story on the growth of entrepreneurial ecosystems outside of Silicon Valley. October's event featured 10 of Indiana's...

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    IU Southeast Radio Station On Air

    IU Southeast's first internet radio station is now broadcasting live 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Horizon Radio is being billed as "the student voice of Indiana University Southeast," and broadcasts music, news, sports and talk in its programming. 

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    Cathedral High School Receives Centennial Gift

    Butler University Emeritus Professor of Physics & Astronomy Marshall Dixon has given $2 million to Cathedral High School for its 100th birthday. Dixon joined Butler in 1957, and spent 53 years teaching physics, math, and constitutional law and history of law.

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    Schurz Communications Beefs Up Broadband Portfolio

    Mishawaka-based Schurz Communications Inc. has closed on its acquisition of Minnesota-based Hiawatha Broadband Communications. The deal for the fiber optic broadband provider continues diversification efforts by Schurz, which now includes broadband, newspaper publishing, cloud managed services, and digital media properties. Including HBC, Schurz owns a total of four broadband providers.

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    Fleet Management Company Growing

    Indianapolis-based Earthwave Technologies says it will invest $1.2 million as part of an expansion. The company, which develops wireless fleet management systems for customers that use heavy equipment, says it expects to add up to 56 new jobs by 2022. Earthwave Technologies' headcount is currently 33 and the additional office space will house the new sales, hardware, software development and customer service jobs.

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    Meet The Future at DePauw

    The world's first android who uses artificial intelligence will appear with her creator to speak to students at Depauw as part of the Ubben Lecture Series. Sophia, and David Hanson, will deliver a speech, take questions and speak on what happens next in the world of artificial intelligence. 

  • Digital Marketing, Printing Company to Open Indy 'HQ East'

    Montana-based PFL will open its "HQ East" Wednesday in downtown Indianapolis. The company, which was founded in the mid-1990s as online printing company PrintForLess, has expanded into marketing automation and customer relationship management technology. PFL says the second office will lead to at least 40 new jobs. The company's portfolio of partners includes Salesforce Marketing Cloud and PFL says it will benefit from being in the Eastern Time Zone.

  • IU Bloomington Awards Millions in Research Grants

    IU Awards Millions in Research Grants

    Two projects have received  millions in funding in the second round of IU Bloomington's Emerging Areas of Research program. The "Sustainable Food Systems Science" and "Center for Quantum Information Science and Engineering" initiatives have been awarded $2.5 million, and $3 million, respectively. 

  • Lise Asimont (photo courtesy Purdue University)

    Purdue Wine Tech Startup Hires CEO

    VinSense Technology, who is using technology patented at Purdue to help with wine agriculture has hired a Sonoma County viticulturist as its Chief Executive. Lise Asimont is past president of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture. She also serves as a committee chair for the United Wine and Grape Symposium. 

  • Powderkeg CEO Matt Hunckler (left) joined Gerry Dick on Inside INdiana Business Television.

    Tech Census Shows Successes, Need For Improvement

    Indianapolis-based Powderkeg has released the inaugural Indianapolis Tech Census Report. The report details the results of a survey of nearly 400 members of the Indy tech community, including the momentum, growth and challenges facing the tech sector. One of the key takeaways centers around diversity and equality among tech companies which, according to the report, shows room for improvement. During an interview on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, CEO Matt Hunckler said...

  • TechPoint CEO Mike Langellier

    Mira Award Nominees Cover Tech's Wide Spectrum

    More than 100 nominees have been announced for TechPoint's 2018 Mira Awards. More than 200 applications for individuals, companies and organizations -- a record total -- were submitted in categories including New Startup of the Year, Innovation of the Year and Rising Star. Inside INdiana Business creator and host Gerry Dick is a nominee in the Community Champion of the Year category.

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    Knowledge Services Moves Ahead with Fishers HQ

    Knowledge Services has selected CitiMark Management Company, and American Structurepoint, to develop and build it's new headquarters in the Green Acres Technology Park in Fishers. Construction on the 80,000 square foot building, adjacent to Navient's headquarters, is set to be complete by the end of 2019, and will provide nearly 400 jobs by 2021.  

  • Ivy Tech Partners with Marian University

    Ivy Tech Partners With Marian University

    Ivy Tech Community College has partnered with Marian University to create a statewide reverse transfer agreement for students who transferred to Marian prior to receiving an Ivy Tech degree. Reverse transfer is designed to help students pursue their career goals. 

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    New Hotel Opens in Portage

    Amerilodge Group has opened a newly-designed Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Portage. The 87-room hotel features the Holiday Inn Express brand's new "Formula Blue" design. Guestrooms include a flexible work space, functional storage, and movable seating allowing for a customized feel.

  • Music Coding Program to Launch in Indy

    Indianapolis-based nonprofit Bloom Project is bringing a music-based coding program featuring a Grammy Award-winning DJ to the city. EarSketch, which will kick off in the fall for kids between ages 12 and 18, aims to create interest in computing and engineering careers among young people. 

  • Levementum SVP Michael Burton

    Levementum Riding Indy's Tech Wave

    The senior vice president of Arizona-based Levementum says the presence of Salesforce and a "fantastic talent pool" have made Indianapolis a great spot for the customer relationship management firm to grow. Michael Burton says the company will move to a new Indianapolis location this summer after outgrowing its current home at The Union 525 downtown. Early last year, the company detailed plans to add 175 jobs by 2021. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business...

  • Hunckler: Indy Tech Companies 'Playing Big'

    The founder of Indianapolis-based Powderkeg says a first-ever tech census confirms that Indianapolis is "an amazing epicenter of marketing technology innovation." Matt Hunckler says information compiled from 138 central Indiana companies shows marketing tech companies have big plans, with 38 percent of respondents expecting exits in excess of $50 million. "Which means we're not looking for base hits here," said Hunckler. "We're looking for..."

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    Tech Industry Insider to Speak at Launch Fishers

    The founder of a technology industry investigative news website will be featured at an upcoming Launch Fishers event. Sarah Lacy, who is also author of "A Uterus is a Feature, Not a Bug: The Working Woman's Guide to Overthrowing The Patriarchy," will headline a Fireside Chat March 1. Lacy was among the first to report on allegations of misogynist culture and harassment at ridesharing company Uber. Launch Fishers founder John Wechsler says...

  • Matt Hunckler is founder and chief executive officer of Powderkeg.

    Powderkeg Details Growth in Indy And Beyond

    Indianapolis-based Powderkeg has announced expansion plans that could add more than three dozen jobs over the next four years. The organization, which provides a subscription-based networking and growth-focused platform for technology entrepreneurs, is aiming to extend its footprint into 50 total markets by the end of 2020. Powderkeg changed its name mid-last year from Verge and launched an online network to complement existing "digital and physical experiences" that include...

  • Companies With Indiana Presence Among 'Best' to Work For

    Multiple companies with large Indiana footprints have been dubbed one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. The results of the annual list from Fortune are determined by more than 315,000 employee survey responses. The publication's Trust Index Survey included over 50 questions that focused on executive team effectiveness, innovation and people-focused programs. Companies on the list have at least 1,000 employees and must reach certain participation and confidence levels.

  • VeriCite CEO Valerie Schreiner will be joining Turnitin

    Fishers Plagiarism Detection Company Acquired

    Plagiarism detection software company Vericite has been acquired by California-based Turnitin. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed. VeriCite moved to Launch Fishers last year.

  • The event is being offered through TechWise Academy and the Coding Connector, which provides coding courses for K-12 students.

    Game Design Event Hits Muncie

    The Roblox Training Camp event is being held all day Saturday by the Muncie Innovation Connector through its Coding Connector initiative.  TechWise Academy, which offers courses for K-12 students, is also involved in presenting the game designing event. 

  • Governor Eric Holcomb says the program could drive new workforce "pathways" in the state.

    State Getting 'Skillful' About Workforce Efforts

    Governor Eric Holcomb is one of 20 founding governors in a national effort to boost workforce skills. The Skillful State Network focuses on creating a labor market in the U.S. where employers can tap into desired talent and workers can continuously acquire new skills. The network says it will leverage data and technology and allow participating states to share "what works." In addition to Indiana, founding states include...

  • RV Maker Thor Hopes to digitally connect RV owners across the world with new venture

    Indiana RV Maker Announces Tech Venture

    Elkhart-based Thor Industries (NYSE:THO) will join with several companies to bring digital connectivity to RV owners across the world. The 50/50 joint venture, titled TH2, pairs Thor with New Zealand-based Tourism Holdings Ltd. Thor's initial investment in TH2 is $50 million.

  • High Alpha Adds Robin Fleming

    Indianapolis-based High Alpha has named Robin Fleming entrepreneur in residence. Fleming most recently served as senior vice president of technology at Angie's List in Indianapolis and is currently a board member for Zionsville-based Clear Software. Her 30 years of experience in the tech field includes roles at Teradata’s Marketing Applications Division, which is formerly known as Aprimo, Match.com, Worksoft and i2 Technologies. Fleming's new role will include...

  • Karl LaPan is CEO of the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center.

    Northeast Innovation Center Targets Women, Rural Entrepreneurs

    A new partnership between the Fort Wayne-based Northeast Indiana Innovation Center and Whitley County Chamber of Commerce could serve as a regional model for empowering women entrepreneurs and rural innovation. NIIC Chief Executive Officer Karl LaPan tells Inside INdiana Business the Enterprising Communities initiative will focus on networks, capital, talent and workspace with very specific targets. In a Studio(i) interview, LaPan said the Whitley County partnership will serve as...

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    Growth Continues For Employee Engagement Developer

    Fishers-based Emplify is touting a year of growth and plans to add more than 30 employees in 2018. Once a product in the Bluebridge Digital family, the company became Emplify after Bluebridge Churches and Bluebridge Tourism were sold for $8 million. During an interview with Inside INdiana Business, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Santiago Jaramillo...

  • Brandon Boynton is the CEO of Vemity. (photo courtesy IUPUI)

    IUPUI Students Launch Tech Startup

    Two IUPUI students have launched a tech startup aimed at helping businesses leverage the data they collect. Vemity Chief Executive Officer Brandon Boynton says the artificial intelligence-as-a-service platform will help companies discover new revenue streams and make them more competitive.

  • KSM Consulting Nearing Completion of Monument Circle Office

    Indianapolis-based KSM Consulting is expected to finish construction of its new office and innovation center in April. The new building for the firm's Data Analytics and Project Management will house about half of the company's employees. The centerpiece of the project is called "Due North," which refers to its orientation within the building and the company's approach to problem-solving. 

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

    NSWC Crane Seeks to Boost Patent Licenses

    Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane has announced an effort to simplify and accelerate the ability to license patented technology developed at the naval laboratory. The online express licensing service makes nearly 60 inventions available to businesses for licensing.

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    'Proven' Entrepreneurial Accelerator Branches to Indiana

    An accelerator for early-stage companies is extending its footprint to Indiana. gener8tor, which currently operates in six markets in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, will offer its seven-week program to five Indianapolis startups at the end of April. gBETA Indy will include coaching, office space and mentor access, as well as networking opportunities with potential customers, corporate partners and investors. IEDC Chief Innovation Officer Dave Roberts says...

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    Frontier to Fly Nonstop From Indy to Austin

    More nonstop service to a key technology destination is coming to the Indianapolis International Airport. Frontier Airlines says it will begin a new flight to Austin, Texas April 10. The inaugural nonstop flight on Allegiant Air to the central Texas city launched last May and a seasonal nonstop on Southwest Airlines will take off for the first time two days before the new Frontier flight. IND recently surpassed its nonstop flight record, now flying to 51 destinations.

  • IoT Lab to Have Statewide Impact

    The chief executive officer of the Indiana IoT Lab, set to open March 21 in Fishers, says the 24,000 square-foot facility will have impact that extends well beyond Hamilton County. "We're seeing a ton of interest from around the state," said John Wechsler, during an interview on this weekend's edition of Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick. Wechsler believes the IoT coworking space, the first in Indiana, can provide...

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    Pacers STEM Fest to Showcase 'New Wave' Jobs

    The Indiana Pacers and Conexus Indiana are this weekend joining more than 40 business, nonprofit and education partners for STEM Fest 2018 in Indianapolis. Thousands of participants, ranging from elementary students to recent college graduates from more than 100 schools throughout the state, are expected to attend. Bryce Carpenter with Conexus says the event will expose students to the "new wave" of STEM jobs through robotics, 3D and virtual reality exhibitions from...

  • Online Tech owns a data center in Indianapolis.

    Schurz Adds Data, Cloud Provider

    Mishawaka-based Schurz Communications Inc. is continuing its transformation. The media company, which divested itself from the radio and television business in 2016, has acquired Online Tech LLC of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Online Tech owns seven data centers in Indianapolis, Michigan and Missouri, and offers hybrid cloud services throughout the Midwest. Schurz continues to own a portfolio of 18 newspapers, plus broadband providers in Maryland, Iowa and Arizona.

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    New Launch Terre Haute Initiatives Aim to Boost Innovation

    Launch Terre Haute has announced four new programming initiatives that aim to help foster the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Vigo County. The initiatives are being launched with financial support from the Indiana Economic Development Corp. 

  • Chris Terrill is chief executive officer of ANGI Homeservices.

    ANGI CEO: Indy 'Big Part' of Future

    The chief executive officer of Colorado-based ANGI Homeservices Inc. (Nasdaq: ANGI) says Indianapolis will play a key role in driving the digital marketplace toward the scope and scale of other IAC (Nasdaq: IAC) properties like Match.com and Expedia.com. Following the release of ANGI Homeservices' first full-quarter earnings report as its own business, Chris Terrill says all of the consolidation and reorganization efforts related to Angie's List in Indianapolis are complete and...

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    RV Maker Taps Into New Tech

    Elkhart-based Lippert Components Inc. (NYSE: LCII) is turning to a high-tech solution to cut time and cost from the prototyping process. The recreational vehicle manufacturer is now using augmented reality to customers during its design phases. In an interview on Inside INdiana Business With Gerry Dick, RV Product Manager Dominick Bilancio says a full prototyping cycle typically takes around a month, and if the client doesn't like the result, it's back to the drawing board.

  • Anchor Tenants Sign on With Indiana IoT Lab

    The Indiana IoT Lab in Fishers has revealed the inaugural class of businesses setting up dedicated office suites at the soon-to-open property. Mayor Scott Fadness says the space, which is the first of its kind in the state, positions the city to "lead the way for innovation" in Indiana and beyond. In addition to filling eight suites, 50 members have joined and will use the coworking and prototyping amenities on-site.

  • Pictured left-to-right: Josh Shelton and Elizabeth Wyman

    Ball State Media Students Geared up For PyeongChang

    A team of Ball State University students will leave Thursday to cover the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang as videographers and digital journalists. Through the school’s BSU at The Games program, which launched in 2012, five students will produce and contribute content for multiple media outlets, including Inside INdiana Business partner WTHR-TV in Indianapolis and publications in Utah, Colorado and Pennsylvania. For the first time, the Ball State participants will...

  • Elevate Ventures to Launch 'Kinetic'

    Indianapolis-based Elevate Ventures will debut a two-day conference in May that focuses on Indiana and its high-growth businesses. Kinetic, which will take place May 1-2 in Indy, aims to spur collaboration among companies, higher education institutions and community leaders from throughout the state, as well as Midwest investors.

  • Financial terms of Xylem's acquisition of EmNet were not disclosed.

    South Bend Tech Company Acquired

    A South Bend-based company focusing on water and wastewater management technology is under new ownership. EmNet LLC has been acquired by global water technology company Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL) in New York. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

  • Bolstra Hires COO, Completes Funding Round

    Carmel-based Bolstra has named Steve Ehrlich chief operating officer. The tech company, which provides a customer success management platform, has also completed a $1.5 million round of seed funding. A veteran of the Software-as-a-Service industry, Ehrlich most recently served as...

  • Hallett says new tech platforms strengthen KAR's global reach.

    KAR Deal Targets Rapidly-Growing Markets

    Carmel-based KAR Auction Services Inc. (NYSE: KAR) Chief Executive Officer Jim Hallett says the company's latest acquisition puts it in a leadership position in the mobility space, which he says is moving "very, very quickly in North America." The company has acquired San Francisco-based STRATIM, which develops fleet management software for the on-demand car, ride sharing and autonomous vehicle markets. He says the deal shows KAR, which is building...

  • Jim Hallett (pictured at podium) is CEO of KAR Auction Services.

    KAR Auction Services Grows Tech Portfolio

    Carmel-based KAR Auction Services Inc. (NYSE: KAR), which is in the midst of building an $80 million global headquarters in the Hamilton County city, has announced another acquisition. The vehicle remarketer and technology provider says its addition of San Francisco-based software company STRATIM will boost its presence in on-demand car and ride sharing, urban commuting and autonomous vehicle markets.

  • Comcast to Expand Lafayette Facility

    Comcast has announced plans to invest $2.7 million to expand its network building in Lafayette. The company says the project is part of an effort to prepare for future growth throughout Tippecanoe County.

  • Day believes the measure will "create wealth" in Indiana.

    SaaS Measure Seeks 'Clarity and Parity'

    An Indiana tech leader believes Governor Eric Holcomb is "on the right track" in backing a measure to clarify Indiana's policy on taxing Software as a Service companies. Legislation making its way through the Statehouse would exempt cloud- or subscription-based software from Indiana's 7 percent sales tax. DemandJump Chief Executive Officer Christopher Day says, while Indiana SaaS companies traditionally don't charge sales tax, the legislation would provide clarity and help...

  • (Image courtesy of the City of Noblesville.)

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  • The 52,000 square-foot facility has more than 600 members.

    Launch Fishers Hosts Pitch Session

    Launch Fishers today held a pitch session designed to connect members and allow them to share services and resources. The 60-second pitches featured companies spanning several industries ranging from graphic design and web development to education and real estate. Launch Fishers founder John Wechsler says the co-working space hosts the pitch event a few times each year to make sure companies know the resources available to them from other members.

  • The event is being offered through TechWise Academy and the Coding Connector, which provides coding courses for K-12 students.

    Game Design Program Coming to Muncie

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  • (Image of first cohort courtesy of Kenzie Academy.)

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    The founder of Indianapolis-based coding school Kenzie Academy says a packed reception this week attended by big names like Governor Eric Holcomb and leaders from the business community demonstrates how the state and city are embracing the tech community. Chok Ooi says he touts the Indy story to his connections in the Silicon Valley. "This is a great place to do business and this is a great place to open an office here and hire people here," he said.

  • The president of Innovative Health Solutions is Brian Carrico.

    Indiana-Made Opioid Symptom Device Gaining Traction

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  • zWorks is located in downtown Zionsville.

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  • (Picture Courtesy: The Union 525)

    Greenlight Guru Continues to Write Growth Story

    An Indianapolis-based company that makes quality management software for the medical device industry is beginning to bear the fruits of its investment. Greenlight Guru, which last year moved into The Union 525 downtown and announced plans to add up to 120 jobs by 2020, says nine of the new employees are slated to be added in the first quarter. The company, which currently employs 29, says total revenue doubled year-over-year.

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    TechPoint Chief Executive Officer Mike Langellier says events of a "monumental week" are more proof the state's tech success story is spreading. Indianapolis-based health data startup Springbuk announced a $20 million round of funding, followed by software startup Zylo landing $9.3 million in venture capital. The deals followed news that Indianapolis is among 20 finalists for Amazon’s $5 billion HQ2 project. "Investing is a confidence game," said Langellier.

  • Inovateus Solar has completed multiple projects throughout the state, including this one in New Castle.

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    The chief executive officer of South Bend-based Inovateus Solar LLC says the solar development and engineering company is being "very cautious" while it assesses the full impact of tariffs of up to 30 percent on imported solar products. Mike Pound says he thinks estimates suggesting the industry in the U.S. could shed 25,000-50,000 jobs within a year because of the tariffs are probably accurate. If costs in the industry re-stabilize, Pound believes job levels will bounce back.

  • Scooch is headquartered in Noblesville.

    Scooch Has Global Growth Ambition

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  • (photo courtesy The Bee Corp.)

    The Bee Corp. Lands 'Milestone' Funding

    The National Science Foundation has awarded a $225,000 grant to Bloomington-based startup The Bee Corp. The company says the funding will allow for additional research to improve its beehive monitoring system. 

  • John Koppoin is IBTA president.

    Report: 'Dramatic' Boost in Broadband Access

    The trade organization that represents some 150 broadband service providers and industry suppliers has debuted a report on the availability and speed of high-speed Internet in the state. The Indiana Report on Broadband Progress shows what the Indiana Broadband and Technology Association says is a "dramatic" improvement in recent years in broadband access throughout the state. High-speed Internet access, especially in rural areas, is the subject of...

  • Vincennes is Indiana's oldest university.

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    Vincennes University says new curriculum being offered this fall to high school students enrolled in its dual credit programs will help enhance cyber security in Indiana. The Certified Secure Computer User course aims to give students the skills needed to protect their information assets online. 

  • The event will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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  • Thomas and his team will make regular visits to the Evansville campus over the spring to help with the project.

    USI Working on New Housing Model

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  • The Zylo team includes (from left-to-right): VP of Engineering Ryan Carroll, VP of Services Cory Wheeler, CEO Eric Christopher, VP of Product Ben Pippenger.

    Software Platform Scores More Funding

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  • SpringBuk's expansion plans were detailed at its home at The Union 525 in downtown Indianapolis.

    Springbuk Draws $20M VC Infusion

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    Indianapolis-based Springbuk has landed a $20 million round of financing. The employer health data company says the financing will allow for an expansion and up to 100 new high-tech jobs by 2020. The round was led by California-based HealthQuest Capital and Echo Health Ventures, with participation from Elevate Ventures in Indianapolis. Springbuk, founded in 2015 by Rod Reasen and Phil Daniels, aims to help employers use health data to lower costs.

  • (Image courtesy of Cummins Inc.) The TEC program was launched internationally and is now being offered at a school in Tennessee.

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    Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) is bringing a global training initiative to the United State for the first time. Its Technical Education for Communities program, already operating in 22 international sites, has launched at a school in Tennessee. Cummins says the TEC site at the T-STEM Academy at East High School in Memphis involves 10 education and industry partners from the area. Cummins Foundation Chief Executive Officer Mary Titsworth Chandler says...

  • 'Big, Audacious Project' Attracts San Fran Transplant to Fort Wayne

    One of the goals of Fort Wayne's $440 million Electric Works project is to attract talent to northeast Indiana. Before the first shovel of dirt is turned for the public-private partnership, it appears to be working. The project, planned for the historic former General Electric campus near downtown, has hired its first full-time employee. "I love the big, audacious project," said Crystal Vann Walstrom, Electric Works’ new Managing Director of Innovation.

  • Springbuk is headquartered inside The Union 525 in downtown Indianapolis.

    Springbuk Plans 'Momentous Announcement'

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

    Kenzie Academy Begins First Cohort

    A new high-tech apprentice school in downtown Indianapolis is underway with its first cohort. Kenzie Academy, located at the Speakeasy Downtown, says the tech-focused curriculum for the initial group of 18 students will put an emphasis on networking and paid projects as consultants for employers. Kenzie Academy was founded by agility.io Chief Executive Officer Chok Ooi, Galvanize co-founder Rehan Hasan and Students of the World founder Courtney Spence.

  • Anthem is the highest ranked Indiana company on the list.

    Indy Companies Among Best For Remote Jobs

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  • (Image courtesy of Amazon.com Inc.) Amazon's Seattle Campus employs more than 40,000.

    Indy as Amazon 'HQ2' Finalist a 'Powerful Statement'

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  • Hogsett expects the next few months to be as busy as the last few have been, as Amazon is looking to move quickly.

    Hogsett: Amazon Announcement 'Speaks Volumes'

    Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett says Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) choosing the city as one of 20 finalists for its second corporate headquarters shows Indy is "punching above our weight" as an attractive tech hub. He says Indianapolis is one of the least-populated metropolitan areas on the list. The project, announced late last year, is expected to bring a more than $5 billion investment and ultimately up to 50,000 jobs. In an interview with...

  • (Image of Seattle employees courtesy of Amazon.com Inc.)

    Indianapolis Among Amazon 'HQ2' Finalists

    Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) has named Indianapolis one of 20 finalists for the location of a second corporate headquarters. The company accepted bids late last year for what it expects to be a more than $5 billion investment that could bring up to 50,000 jobs with it. Chicago and Columbus, Ohio were the other two Midwest cities still in the running. Amazon says its "HQ2" will be "a full equal to our current campus in Seattle."

  • NITCO is headquartered in Hebron. (photo courtesy The Times of Northwest Indiana)

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  • Former San Quentin inmate Kenyatta Leal says the program helped him "transform my hustle."

    Successful Prison Coding Program Coming to Indiana

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  • AT&T Adds Martinsville Cell Tower

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  • "The Last Mile" launched at California's San Quentin State Prison in 2014.

    Holcomb to Launch Prison Coding Program

    Governor Eric Holcomb will Tuesday detail a pilot program to teach prison inmates coding ahead of their release. Indiana will become the first state outside of California to adopt the program, known as The Last Mile, which aims to align inmates with gainful employment upon release.

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  • (photo courtesy Electric Works)

    Electric Works Announces First Hire

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  • In August, the company announced a $5 million round of funding.

    Sigstr Touts Strong 2017

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

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

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