updated: 4/24/2007 10:48:09 AM

Orr Fellowship Places New Graduates With Indiana Companies

InsideIndianaBusiness.com Report

The Governor Bob Orr Indiana Entrepreneurial Fellowship has chosen 13 graduates from ten universities in Indiana to work as fellows for several entrepreneurial companies in the state. Since its inception in 2001, the organization has placed 54 graduates with 19 Indiana companies. The group is focused on connecting graduates with Indiana companies to help stop the state's brain drain.

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Press Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 24, 2007) – Thirteen graduates from 10 Indiana universities will spend the next two years working for some of the state’s leading entrepreneurial companies as Governor Bob Orr Indiana Entrepreneurial Fellows.

Since its inception in 2001, the Orr Fellowship has worked to keep Indiana’s best and brightest graduates in the state. The program has placed 54 graduates in leadership-track positions at 19 Indiana companies in the past six years. Autobase, BitWise Solutions and Collina Ventures joined the Fellowship this year as host companies.

“BitWise Solutions is thrilled to join the Orr Fellowship,” said Ron Brumbarger, president and CEO of BitWise Solutions. “Attracting and retaining smart and talented people is key to the future success of BitWise, just as it is to the entire state.”

The 2007 Orr Fellows and their new places of employment:

· Yaw Aning of Rochester, Minn., Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, working at City Securities

· Jenny Brooks of Knightstown, Ind., Ball State University, working at Griffin Analytical

· Amy Davis of Columbus, Ind., Butler University, working at ExactTarget

· Pam Farmer of Centerville, Ind., Hanover College, working at BitWise Solutions

· Lauren Hertler of Strongsville, Ohio, Purdue University, working at ExactTarget

· Brennan Knotts of Logan, Ind., Indiana University, working at Collina Ventures

· Jesse Kurth of Naperville, Ill., Valparaiso University, working at Reverse 911®

· Rachael Modiano of Carmel, Ind., Indiana University, working at Autobase

· Josh Owens a Shelbyville, Ind., Wabash College, working at Angie’s List

· Mark Reddel of Melrose Park, Ill., Valparaiso University, working at Angie’s List

· Meg Shireman of New Albany, Ind., Purdue University, working at DyKnow®

· Ryan Veldhuizen of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Taylor University, working at City Securities

· Emily Young of Evansville, Ind., DePauw University, working at DyKnow®

The 2007 Orr Fellows competed against hundreds of applicants in a five-month process that included interviews by Orr Fellow company executives. Fellows are judged on academic performance, extracurricular involvement, demonstrated leadership potential, and previous job experiences. In their new positions, Fellows will complete challenging projects and work closely with company executives; attend monthly meetings with Indiana’s most accomplished business leaders and participate in various philanthropic events and educational seminars.

Founded in 2001, the Governor Bob Orr Indiana Entrepreneurial Fellowship pairs Indiana’s top college graduates with strong entrepreneurial companies across the state for two-years. The program is named for Gov. Bob Orr, who served from 1981-1988 and was known for his emphasis on increasing entrepreneurial opportunities in Indiana. These fellowships offer challenging positions and interaction with senior leadership at sponsoring Indiana companies, which prepares Fellows for a variety of career options. This applied experience is coupled with external group activities, including monthly meetings with Indiana’s top business leaders and other social and community service related activities. The Orr Fellowship seeks to retain Indiana’s top graduate talent and help sustain Indiana’s economy. For more information, visit www.orrfellowship.org.

Source: Governor Bob Orr Indiana Entrepreneurial Fellowship

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