Event Brings Together Startups, Investors

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One of the featured startups, Anagin LLC, develops novel therapeutics to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and was co-founded by IU Professors Anantha Shekhar (left) and Yvonne Lai (right). One of the featured startups, Anagin LLC, develops novel therapeutics to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and was co-founded by IU Professors Anantha Shekhar (left) and Yvonne Lai (right).

The president of the Venture Club of Indiana says an event Thursday in Indianapolis will include insight into the number one challenge facing entrepreneurs: funding. Ben Pidgeon, who is also a relationship manager for Stock Yards Bank & Trust Co., says the Technology Transfer Luncheon at the Columbia Club will feature several startups based on technology from Indiana University and Purdue University. It will focus on venture capital, talent and technology commercialization.

Pidgeon says the event will be highly-organized and the startups will have the time "to practice their value proposition, receive feedback on the idea and create additional awareness about their new technology. Finally, they will make meaningful connections within the Indianapolis entrepreneurial ecosystem."

The companies featured at the event will be:

AccuPS, a high-definition, 3-D man-machine interaction technology provider

Anagin LLC, a developer of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder treatments

Mimir LLC, which deals with computer science education and technical recruiting

SpeechVive Inc., technology that can improve a patient's speech clarity

Spero Energy Inc., a company that develops processes to convert non-food biomass into chemicals and renewable fuels

AccuPS, SpeechVive and Spero Energy are licensed through the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization, which Anagin was licensed through the Indiana University Research and Technology Corp.

Purdue Research Foundation Assistant Director of Business Development Brooke Beier says the university is committed to developing and getting innovations to the market.

The Venture Club of Indiana will follow the luncheon with a panel of experts from the IURTC and PRF discussing the role of technology commercialization within the institutions and share information about technologies available to license or option.

You can connect to more about the event by clicking here.

Indiana University Research & Technology Corp. Director of Technology Commercialization David Wilhite says it will provide opportunities for startups and investors.
Venture Club of Indiana President Ben Pidgeon says the gathering will bring together multiple players in the entrepreneurship community.
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