An inaugural event Tuesday will not only feature 10 startup pitches from throughout southern Indiana, but also some well-known names in defense and technology. The WestGate@Crane Startup Showcase, which will include presentation by leaders from Purdue University, Indiana University and Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center, will spotlight innovations that were launched through the Purdue@WestGate Firestarter program.
The speaker lineup includes WestGate Authority Board President John Mensch, Indiana University Office of Engagement Director Kirk White, Purdue @WestGate Director Jason Salstrom, Purdue@WestGate Program Manager Samantha Nelson, Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center Commanding Officer Captain Mark Oesterreich, Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center Technical Director Brett Seidle and Purdue Research Foundation Senior Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Place Making Greg Deason.
In addition to the Firestarter-connected startups, the event will involve organizations providing resources to entrepreneurs, including Rose-Hulman Ventures, Indiana Small Business Development Center, Elevate Ventures, Indiana Innovation Institute, University of Southern Indiana, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Radius Indiana and the Battery Innovation Center.
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