Innovation, Entrepreneurs in Spotlight Tonight in Muncie

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More than 350 technology, business and community leaders are expected to attend tonight’s third annual Excellence in Innovation Awards in Muncie. The event, put on by the Muncie Innovation Connector, will honor area innovators and entrepreneurs and include a Big Idea Pitch competition. The evening’s keynote presentation will feature Karen Laine and Mina Starsiak Hawk, stars of the HGTV hit series Good Bones. Inside INdiana Business Host Gerry Dick will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Innovation Connector Executive Director Ted Baker says the event’s success is evidence of a story that  needs to be told about Muncie and east central Indiana. “The Excellence in Innovation Awards Banquet is a showcase of the entrepreneurial and innovation culture that exists in the Muncie community,” said Baker.

The Innovation Connector was launched from humble beginnings 15 years ago, in donated space from Ball State University. Today, Baker says it houses 23 startups and support organizations and provides coaching to more than thirty non-resident businesses.  

Tonight’s honorees include:

  • Young Innovator’s Award:  Robby Samuelson
  • Excellence in Mentorship Award:  Jeannine Harrold
  • Excellence in Innovation Award:  Deanna Case,  William Lee, Judge Kimberly Dowling, Don Engle and Scott Jordan, Roza Selvey and Eric Harvey.
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