An Indiana organization has been named one of the “Best Under the Radar Business Incubators” in the country by Entrepreneur Magazine. The Northeast Indiana Innovation Center says it has helped companies launch nearly 300 products.

September 20, 2013

News Release

The Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC) announced today that it has been named one of the top four “Best Under the Radar Business Incubators” in the country by Entrepreneur Magazine. The other three incubators to make the top four list included: High Tech Rochester in West Henrietta, NY, University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program in Orlando, FL and the Santa Fe Business Incubator in Santa Fe, NM.

“We are extremely honored and gratified by this recognition,” said Karl LaPan, NIIC President and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, “We have worked over 13 years to create one of the best-in-class incubators in the country, growing the economy of Northeast Indiana by helping people with great ideas build a business and businesses with a dream grow and accelerate.”

The NIIC was formed in 2000 by a group of community, government, economic development and education leaders led by a local cardiologist, Dr. Mike Mirro. Karl LaPan has been President and CEO of the NIIC since its inception. As one of the few ISO9001:2008 certified business & technology incubators, NIIC serves entrepreneurs, business owners, and existing businesses who want to launch or grow a company, product, or process in a high growth industry/sector. Current programs include business coaching, resident offices, co-working space, larger custom space in the emerging growth center, or building your own building on the Innovation Park campus. The Northeast Indiana Innovation Center has assisted over 100 companies commercialize over 100 patents and launch nearly 300 products into the marketplace.

“It is nice to see our efforts being recognized by such a prestigious publication. All of Indiana should be proud,” said Mike Fritsch, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at NIIC, “Now I think it's time to work on the 'Under the Radar' part and let more people know about us.”

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Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC) – NIIC is a non-profit, community-based business incubator and accelerator that catalyzes the growth and development of technology-based companies in Northeast Indiana, thereby diversifying and growing the region's economy and enhancing our community's vitality.

For more information about the NIIC and its programs, contact Karl LaPan, CEO at klapan(at)niic(dot)net or the NIIC Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Mike Fritsch at 260-407-1754 or mfritsch(at)niic(dot)net. Information call also be found at Address: 3201 Stellhorn Rd, Fort Wayne, IN, 46815.

Source: Northeast Indiana Innovation Center

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