INnovators: FroYo XPress
Swipe, pour, enjoy! A Purdue startup is developing an automated, self-serve frozen yogurt kiosk with the help of $35,000 in investments. One of the co-founders of Froyo Xpress is in the hot seat on the INnovators with Dr. K.
INnovators: Innovation Keeps Wine Fresh for Weeks
Studies show Americans pour more than $1 billion of wine down the drain every year! In the INnovators with Dr. K, a Purdue grad says he’s figured out a way to keep your favorite reds and whites fresh for weeks. It’s called Art Wine Preservation.
Three former coworkers took a leap of faith and launched a digital mortgage startup. BeLoanReady is mobile and desktop technology that takes on the role traditionally performed by a mortgage loan originator. It’s the subject of this month’s INnovators with Dr. K.
Innovators: Bend N' Bright
A recent Ball State graduate has developed a business plan for her innovative toothbrush product. Bend ‘N’ Bright is a foldable toothbrush containing a month’s supply of toothpaste in a single cartridge.
INnovators: Haylie's Handmade
At just 12 days old, she developed spinal meningitis with very slim chances of survival. Haylie Hawhurst suffered brain damage with little muscle and hand control. On a trip to see a doctor in Philadelphia, she picked up crocheting and years later turned it into Haylie’s Handmade.
INnovators: Diamond K Sweets
A mother and daughter, who enjoyed making fudge together, have kicked it up a notch… to a full-fledged business. Spencer-based Diamond K Sweets & More LLC is home of the Fudge O’Bits and subject of the INnovators with Dr. K.
High Alpha Continues to Build Portfolio
High Alpha continues to build its portfolio of clients as it unites company creation with venture funding. This new model for entrepreneurship is the focus of this month’s INnovators with Dr. K.
Literacy Labels App Targets Special Needs Learning
A Purdue startup has developed an educational app to help people with special needs learn new or difficult skills. The company is Experience Design Group LLC and its first product is Literacy Labels.
The Innovators: Critique Creates Cloud-Based Educational Platform
The INnovators with Dr. K introduces us to the co-founders of Critique and their unique education platform that involves a cloud-based peer feedback.
The INnovators: Meet the Creator and Host of The Listener's Guide
The Listener's Guide is dubbed as YouTube’s guide to classical music. Creator and Host Steve Johnson explains, reviews and recommends cultural information to help fans understand more about this art form.
Dr. K Focuses on How Innovators Can Overcome Failure
Dr. K is shaking things up this month on the Innovators… focusing on how to overcome “failure.” He sits down with the former CEO of Analog Computing Solutions.
Upland Brewery Expanding
Upland Brewing Company in Bloomington says it must stay on top of innovation to stay successful in a fiercely competitive industry. Dr. K sits down with Upland’s founder in this month’s Innovators with Dr. K.
The INnovators: Environmental Concrete Products
This month's INnovators with Dr. K segment features Environmental Concrete Products LLC, a Purdue startup that has developed a product called Fluid iSoylator that can be used to protect new and existing concrete. Founder Paul Imbrock says the product could extend the life of concrete.
INnovators With Dr. K: Holdfolio
Two young entrepreneurs are out to revitalize urban neighborhoods by combining crowdfunding and residential real estate. The founders of Holdfolio are the subjects of this month’s Innovators with Dr. K.
INnovators: Checking in With CoatChex
A Hoosier entrepreneur who once turned down an investment offer from fellow Indiana University graduate Mark Cuban is enjoying national growth. During the INnovators With Dr. K, Pacqué said CoatChex has begun operating in airports.
INnovators: Big T Takes Off in Big Apple
Hoosier native Theresa Krier was inspired to create a couture tea beverage while working backstage at New York Fashion Week. Today, Big T NYC is a staple at the event and is sold online and at stores in the city.
The INnovators: Layers By Design
Northeast Indiana Entrepreneur Jessica Hunnicutt, has channeled her engineering background to launch a unique jewelry business. Layers By Design LLC features pieces crafted by 3D- printing technology.
The INnovators: Iris Works
This month's INnovators with Dr. K segment features portrait photographer Meredith Gradle, who has developed Iris Works, an all-inclusive studio management system that caters to photographers.
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About The INnovators
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.
Dr. Donald F. Kuratko is The Gill Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship at Indiana University Kelley School of Business.
Dr. K is considered a prominent scholar and national leader in the field of entrepreneurship. He has published over 190 articles on aspects of entrepreneurship, new venture development and corporate entrepreneurship.
The Importance of Strategic Planning
How many years have you put work-life balance on your list of New Year's resolutions? Every day, I see so many business owners struggle with the same issues: working 60+ hours each week, not being able to remember the last time they had a vacation, and simply feeling like it's up to them to do it all in their business. After working with countless business owners to identify and overcome their challenges, I've realized the most common root cause is a lack of strategic planning.