Indiana honored 14 companies from throughout the state Thursday as "Companies to Watch" in sectors including life sciences, advanced manufacturing, logistics and technology. Indiana’s newly-appointed Chief Innovation Officer Ian Steff said Thursday’s event "couldn’t me more well-timed." Last month, Governor Mike Pence detailed a $1 billion proposal to put innovation and entrepreneurship on the front burner of the Indiana economy, which Steff says will ensure "that the good ideas that are resident here in the state are taken to the next level."

This year’s companies came from Elkhart, Hamilton, Marion, Monroe, Posey, Steuben, St. Joseph, Vido and Whitley Counties. They include:

Cornerstone Information Systems in Bloomington, a global tech company focused on the travel industry

CuroGens in Carmel, which provides software services for motor vehicle manufacturers

DemandJump in Indianapolis, which has developed what it calls an Artificial Intelligence Marketing platform

Genius Phone Repair, which operates throughout Indiana and Michigan

Hoosier Crane Service Company in Elkhart, which provides and services products including new bridge cranes and overhead crane kits

Lesson.ly in Indianapolis, which provides learning automation software for more than 300 companies

Marion Manufacturing in Terre Haute, which focuses on precision machining for the manufacturing industry

Nanovis in Columbia City, which produces technology used in medical devices such as surgical screws and implants

Nix Companies in Poseyville, which provides services for various industrial functions

Prosolia in Indianapolis, which makes life sciences tool for use in preclinical research and chemical analysis

Sharpen in Indianapolis, which provides a cloud native contact center platform for customer service teams

SMART Temps in Mishawaka, which offers a temperature management system which aids in the safekeeping of foods and medical products

Spot in Indianapolis, which helps customers quote, book and track freight

Torchlite in Indianapolis, which specializes in digital marketing

The companies are selected based on criteria including employment, growth, philanthropic efforts, innovation and combating potential economic hurdles, such as work force and capital challenges.