Purdue-Affiliated Startup in National Spotlight

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(Image of co-founders Colton Voege, Jacobi Petrucciani and Prahasith Veluvolu provided by Mimir.) (Image of co-founders Colton Voege, Jacobi Petrucciani and Prahasith Veluvolu provided by Mimir.)

The co-founders of a startup affiliated with Purdue University are included in a high-profile list for entrepreneurs under the age of 30. Mimir, which develops cloud-based technology for automated coursework grading and plagiarism detection, is being recognized in the education portion of this year's "30 Under 30" from Forbes. Prahasith Veluvolu, Jacobi Petrucciani and Colton Voege run the company out of the Anvil coworking space near the West Lafayette campus.

Veluvolu is Mimir's chief executive officer and says the startup stands out several ways. "We're not actually creating the content, but offering the tools for instructors to deploy their content in a much better fashion," he tells Inside INdiana Business, adding that content creation is part of the long-term strategy. Veluvolu says the support process with other companies is often impersonal and not timely, but Mimir prides itself on responses that take an average of three minutes. He says the company doesn't just guess at the features users want, it talks to its growing list of clients to determine which features to include.

Its Mimir Classroom platform is currently used by more than 70 universities and Veluvolu says a new, hiring process-focused product is on the cusp of release. HireOrbit, which is expected to launch later this month, is aimed at companies looking to streamline tasks associated with hiring, screening and interviewing.

He says "the entire team and I are honored to make it onto the 30 Under 30 list. It's been a dream of ours for a while now."

You can connect to the company's mention by Forbes by clicking here and read more about Mimir from the Purdue Research Foundation by clicking here. Mimir was a 2015 Mira Award finalist and was also touted last year as one of 13 startups to emerge from the Anvil during it's first two years.

The list includes 600 young professionals in all and at least one other, DePauw University graduate and Her Agenda founder and CEO Rhonesha Byng, has a connection to Indiana.

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