The co-founder of a wine growing industry software provider founded on Purdue University-licensed technology says events like Tuesday’s AgBiosciences Startup Showcase at Launch Fishers provide more than just support for the field. David Ebert of West Lafayette-based VinSense LLC says he hopes the gathering will help attract attention from potential talent and investors. The showcase included young companies in the growing ecosystem that AgriNovus Indiana Senior Director of Talent & Strategy Dan Dawes said could potentially be "the most significant industry available for change, and growth, and innovation."
During an interview with Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman, Ebert said Purdue is "the best place I know to start a business." He added a recent campus visit by the company’s new chief executive officer demonstrated his optimism. "You’ve got all of this diversity of expertise," he said, "and this culture of working together and trying to make an impact, so we break down the barriers between departments. We really work at not just doing interesting new science, but science that has an impact and can change people’s lives and change the world." CEO Lise Asimont was brought on in February.
The showcase brought hundreds to the coworking facility and also included presentations from Carmel-based JUA Technologies International LLC, Aggressively Organic of Fishers, ZeaVaxx LLC at the Purdue Railyard and Bloomington-based The Bee Corp.
Ebert says his company has been well supported in the state through partnerships that include Purdue, AgriNovus and Elevate Ventures.