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Indy Autonomous Challenge Concepts Unveiled

Indy Autonomous Challenge Concepts Unveiled

Conceptual renderings of the Indy-style race car that will be used for the inaugural running of the Indy Autonomous Challenge at IMS were unveiled Wednesday, giving race fans a first glimpse of the driverless machine. The Indy Autonomous Challenge is a...

Second Round of Next Level Connections Grants Announced

Second Round of Next Level Connections Grants Announced

The second round of the state's $100 million Next Level Connections Broadband Grant program is now underway. Broadband providers and utility cooperatives may apply for up to $5 million to expand services to unserved areas if they provide a minimum...

STANLEY Focuses on 2020 Security Trends

STANLEY Focuses on 2020 Security Trends

Fishers-based STANLEY Security Solutions Inc., a division of Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK), has released its outlook for data security for the approaching year, helping to define what issues may impact security consumers. The 2020 Industry Trends...

Data Health Project Aims to Boost Student Performance

Data Health Project Aims to Boost Student Performance

A charter school in Indianapolis is using data on visits to the school nurse to improve student academic performance. Paramount Schools of Excellence, which has three campuses on the city's east side, found students who visited the school nurse more...

Purdue to Research Wireless Charging for Vehicles

Purdue to Research Wireless Charging for Vehicles

Purdue has teamed-up with Germany-based Magment Concrete Wireless Power to advance electric transportation pilots at Purdue’s Discovery Park.
Magment is developing magnetized cement that can repower electric vehicles

Purdue Unveils Plans for Data Science Building

Purdue Unveils Plans for Data Science Building

Purdue University has announced plans to build a $40 million facility dedicated to Data Science. The university says the 86,000-square-foot facility is needed to meet its goal to be a national and global leader in the field of data science research.

Leaders Gather to Discuss 'Disruptive Technology'

Leaders Gather to Discuss 'Disruptive Technology'

Business leaders and innovators from throughout the state gathered Tuesday at Purdue@WestGate in Odon to discuss the impact of disruptive technologies on Indiana's economy. The panel focused on technologies such as IoT, autonomous vehicles and...

Hoosiers Named to Forbes' '30 Under 30'

Hoosiers Named to Forbes' '30 Under 30'

Several Hoosier entrepreneurs are included on Forbes' "30 Under 30 2020" list. The list is made up of 20 categories, each of which has 30 honorees, described by the publication as "innovators and trendsetters who are changing the world."

Longtime Association President to Retire

Longtime Association President to Retire

John Koppin has announced he will retire at the end of the year from his position as president of the Indiana Broadband and Technology Association. Koppin began working at the 121-year-old association in 1984 as vice president and became president in 1993

Purdue Startup Awarded $4.5M for Bioenergy Work

Purdue Startup Awarded $4.5M for Bioenergy Work

A Purdue University-affiliated agbioscience startup has been awarded $4.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy for its research in the field of bioenergy.

Lilly Names Innovation Challenge Winner

Lilly Names Innovation Challenge Winner

Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) has announced the winner of its first digital health open innovation challenge. The nationwide competition sought to find digital health solutions aimed at transforming care for Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Indiana Drives Towards Autonomous Vehicles

Indiana Drives Towards Autonomous Vehicles

Perceptin, a visual intelligence technology company announced plans last week to relocate its global headquarters to the city of Fishers by early next year, investing $6 million in the project. Is Indiana ready for self-driving autos?

Vibenomics Raises $5M in Seed Funding

Vibenomics Raises $5M in Seed Funding

An Fishers-based tech company has closed on a major round of funding. Vibenomics Inc., which provides what it calls the first audio out-of-home (OOH) advertising marketplace, says the $5 million in seed funding will be used to expand its network of...

Purdue-Supported Project Makes TIME's Top 100 List

Purdue-Supported Project Makes TIME's Top 100 List

A sail that catches solar rays to power its movement in space has been named as one of Time magazine’s Best Inventions of 2019. A Purdue professor is part of the time.

Butler: Esports Adds to Community Engagement

Butler: Esports Adds to Community Engagement

Butler University in Indianapolis is the latest Hoosier institution to bring esports to its campus. The university is creating a dedicated gaming space that will be available to not just students, but gamers throughout Indianapolis as well.

Purdue to Accelerate Research at Indiana 5G Zone

Purdue to Accelerate Research at Indiana 5G Zone

Purdue University’s College of Engineering has teamed up with AT&T to create a testbed for 5G-based research and development.

Autonomous R&D Firm Relocating to Fishers

Autonomous R&D Firm Relocating to Fishers

A California-based company specializing in small, autonomous, vehicles has announced plans to relocate its global headquarters to Fishers, investing $6 million and creating up to 160 new jobs by 2022.

EXCLUSIVE: Solinftec to Move Global HQ to Indiana

EXCLUSIVE: Solinftec to Move Global HQ to Indiana

Brazil-based precision agriculture company Solinftec, which established its U.S. headquarters at the Purdue Research Park earlier this year, is now planning to move its global HQ from South America to West Lafayette. CEO Rodrigo lafelice dos Santos...

IU to Use Data Science to Help Manage Disasters

IU to Use Data Science to Help Manage Disasters

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University has created a laboratory to help first responders and emergency management agencies before they get on the scene of a disaster, such as floods, hurricanes, and wildfires. The Crisis Technologies Innovation Lab was created to deliver practical resources and solutions when facing a current severe weather crisis. 

Parker Technology CEO Calls Culture Award 'Validation'

Parker Technology CEO Calls Culture Award 'Validation'

INDIANAPOLIS -- The chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based Parker Technology LLC says recent recognition from tech networking platform Powderkeg is "validation." The company, which provides customer support in parking garages, was named the...

Purdue Startup Seeks to Fight 'Drowsy Driving'

Purdue Startup Seeks to Fight 'Drowsy Driving'

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A Purdue University-affiliated startup is developing technology aimed at preventing drowsy driving. West Lafayette-based Vastra Inc. says TriSense is a next-generation driver safety system that can monitor a driver's...

Southwest Indiana Counties Band Together for Broadband

Southwest Indiana Counties Band Together for Broadband

Imagine taking your school age kids to McDonald's simply so they can get access to high-speed internet to do their homework. It’s a reality for families who live in rural parts of Indiana where broadband infrastructure is not in place.

Digital Convenience Delivery Service Expands in Indiana

Digital Convenience Delivery Service Expands in Indiana

Philadelphia-based delivery company GoBrands Inc. is expanding its Indiana footprint to help customers fulfill that late-night need for a snack, diapers, or even pet food. The service, known as goPuff, has launched in Fort Wayne and expanded its service to the Hillside neighborhood in Indianapolis. 

Parking Technology Startup Gains $2M in Seed Funding

Parking Technology Startup Gains $2M in Seed Funding

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indianapolis-based company that provides customer support in parking garages has received a big infusion of financial support. Parker Technology LLC has announced a $2 million series seed investment, led by Elevate Ventures and several local investors. The company says the capital will allow it to build out its product and expand marketing and sales efforts.

New Purdue Program Aims to Alleviate Pilot Shortage

New Purdue Program Aims to Alleviate Pilot Shortage

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue University has unveiled a "Degree in 3" program intended to get aviation students in the air sooner to help alleviate a global pilot shortage. The Purdue Polytechnic Institute degree also includes new simulator technology and is expected to save students up to $30,000 in tuition and expenses. 

More Fiber Optic Deployment in LaPorte County

More Fiber Optic Deployment in LaPorte County

More LaPorte County residents will be able to access high-speed fiber optic internet following infrastructure improvement. The LaPorte County Broadband Task Force has announced Michigan City-based ACME Communications has deployed fiber in a previously unserved and underserved area of the county.

SupplyKick Completes Funding Round

SupplyKick Completes Funding Round

An Indianapolis-based tech company has secured a big round of funding from a Utah-based investor. SupplyKick, which provides marketing and inventory management services for brands selling on Amazon, says the seven-figure investment from Decathlon Capital Partners will help fuel the company's growth.

Green Flag Waves on Autonomous Vehicle Competition

Green Flag Waves on Autonomous Vehicle Competition

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Energy Systems Network in Indy have announced a $1 million prize competition surrounding autonomous vehicles. The Indy Autonomous Challenge will feature universities from around the world creating software for self-driving Indy Lights race cars. The speedway says the two-year competition will culminate in a head-to-head, high-speed autonomous vehicle race at the famed oval track in October 2021. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business...

Kenzie CEO: $100M Investment to Fuel Growth

Kenzie CEO: $100M Investment to Fuel Growth

The co-founder and chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based Kenzie Academy says a recent $100 million investment will help the coding school scale its model to serve students throughout the country. The school this week announced the investment from Community Investment Management, an institutional impact investment firm based in San Francisco. Chok Ooi says the funding will allow Kenzie to double down on its operations both at its Indianapolis campus and online, creating new...

Purdue Awarded $9M Grant for Plant Sensing Research

Purdue Awarded $9M Grant for Plant Sensing Research

Purdue University scientists have been awarded $9 million in matching grants to further study how plant breeders use remote sensing technologies to measure the characteristics of plants.  That sort of manual, in-field, work can be slow, laborious and expensive. 

State CIO to Take New Position at Eleven Fifty Academy

State CIO to Take New Position at Eleven Fifty Academy

The top technology boss for the state of Indiana has announced he is stepping down from his post to take a new position with a Fishers-based technology outlet. Chief Information Officer Dewand Neely is leaving November 22 to become chief operating officer of Eleven Fifty Academy, a nonprofit group that trains people in computer coding.

Adjutant General: Talent Crucial for Cyber Battalion

Adjutant General: Talent Crucial for Cyber Battalion

Indiana's Adjutant General says talent will be key for the state's new cyber battalion. Governor Eric Holcomb last week announced the nation's fifth National Guard cyber battalion will be located in the Hoosier state, which Brigadier General Dale Lyles says highlights the importance of Indiana and the Indiana National Guard to national security. He says it also demonstrates that Indiana has the internal resources to man, train and equip what will be known as the...

Fort Wayne Company Lands $20M Military Contract

Fort Wayne Company Lands $20M Military Contract

Fort Wayne-based Harris Corp. has been awarded a nearly $20 million contract from the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.  The agency wants the company to build a hypersonic and ballistic tracking space sensor program with prototype payload design. 

Cyber Security Battalion to be Located in Indiana

Cyber Security Battalion to be Located in Indiana

Indiana’s growing defense industry is further expanding into the digital battlefield. Governor Eric Holcomb has announced a National Guard cyber battalion will be located in the Hoosier state. The 127th Cyber Protection Battalion will be made up of nearly 100 soldiers focused on cybersecurity and cyber warfare. 

Curvo Labs CEO Calls Funding Round 'Validation'

Curvo Labs CEO Calls Funding Round 'Validation'

An Evansville-based tech company has closed on a Series A round of funding. Curvo Labs Inc., which provides a clinical spend management platform designed to help hospital supply chain leaders reduce costs while maintaining quality, raised $2 million in the round led by Snake Run Capital in Florida and Indianapolis-based Elevate Ventures. The company says it will use the funds to expand its leadership team and further develop its product offering. In an interview with...

SupplyKick Moving to Former Angie's List Campus

SupplyKick Moving to Former Angie's List Campus

An Indianapolis-based tech company is moving from its location near Mass Ave to the former Angie's List campus. SupplyKick, which helps businesses optimize their retail presence on Amazon, says the decision to relocate to the area, now known as Elevator Hill, is the result of continued growth and the need for more office and warehouse space. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Vice President of Marketing Peter Lazarz said Elevator Hill was a great fit for the...

Survey: Need for Skilled Workers as Companies Continue to Automate

Survey: Need for Skilled Workers as Companies Continue to Automate

A new report on the status of Indiana manufacturing indicates labor shortages are so bad it’s preventing some companies from expanding their business. Yet, many remain optimistic about growth and demand for their products. The 2019 Indiana Manufacturing Survey, commissioned by Indianapolis-based accounting firm Katz, Sapper & Miller, shows companies across the state are reporting a serious shortage of skilled and unskilled laborers. 

Startup Moves Into Zionsville Town Hall

Startup Moves Into Zionsville Town Hall

A Zionsville-based startup is expanding its presence in the Boone County town. 120WaterAudit has signed an agreement to lease space in the Zionsville Town Hall that is specifically dedicated to businesses from the zWORKS coworking space.

Ingram Micro Debuts Plainfield Center, Jobs

Ingram Micro Debuts Plainfield Center, Jobs

California-based Ingram Micro has unveiled its new IT Asset Disposition Processing Center in Plainfield. The global technology and supply chain company has invested nearly $5 million to lease and equip the facility, which is the company's sixth Indiana location. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says Ingram Micro has already hired 80 employees for the center and plans to grow its staff to more than 150 by the end of 2023. The facility is Ingram Micro's fourth...

Cumberland Deploys Fiber Optics

Cumberland Deploys Fiber Optics

Greenfield-based NineStar Connect has completed the deployment of high-speed fiber optic facilities in the town of Cumberland. The co-op says the project brings 1Gb connectivity to Cumberland’s town hall and other facilities.

Irish Tech Company Coming to Westfield

Irish Tech Company Coming to Westfield

An Ireland-based technology company has announced plans to set up operations in Westfield. The city says Aptiv PLC (NYSE: APTV) will invest more than $9 million to open an engineering lab in the Westfield Business Centre and bring in 50 jobs.

Life Science Companies Launch Information Source

Life Science Companies Launch Information Source

Seven life science organizations in Indiana are collaborating on a one-stop shop for information, called INscience. BioCrossroads, Cook Regentec, Corteva Agriscience, Eli Lilly and Co., Indiana Biosciences Research Institute, Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Insititute and Roche Diagnostics have teamed to educate and engage Indiana's $78 billion life sciences economy. 

Emplify CEO: Funding Round is 'Validation'

Emplify CEO: Funding Round is 'Validation'

The co-founder and chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based Emplify says its recently-completed funding round is "validation" of the tech company's efforts. Emplify, which provides an employee engagement management software platform, raised $15 million in Series B funding, led by New Jersey-based Edison Partners. Santiago Jaramillo says demand for the platform has forced the company to grow and Emplify plans to use the funding to add to its staff and further develop the...

VC Investment Continues to Rise in Indiana

VC Investment Continues to Rise in Indiana

Indiana's technology initiative says venture capital investment in the Hoosier state saw a big jump in the third quarter. TechPoint's VC Report show tech VC investment in the quarter totaled more than $76 million from 13 publicly-announced capital raises and five grant awards.

Warrant Technologies Creates Innovation Lab

Warrant Technologies Creates Innovation Lab

System and software engineering company Warrant Technologies has announced an innovation lab in downtown Bloomington. Thinker Labs is in Fountain Square Mall and will first focus on research and development in Artificial Intelligence and automation systems.  “We see this as a logical next step in our growth as a company to focus on research in areas of keen interest to our customer base and provide an environment where local researchers can thrive and collaborate.” 

Purdue to Research Hypersonic Technology

Purdue to Research Hypersonic Technology

Purdue University has signed a master agreement with Dynetics Inc., an Alabama-based aerospace and defense contractor, to design, produce and test hypersonic vehicle technology. Purdue says the initial focus of the research agreement will be hypersonic systems with military applications. 

Downstate Tech Company Seeks Help from Jeffersonville

Downstate Tech Company Seeks Help from Jeffersonville

Jeffersonville-based Amatrol Inc. is asking the city of Jeffersonville for tax abatement, which it says, could lead to a $2.5 million expansion of its facility and the creation of 35 new jobs. Amatrol says the proposed 26,000-square-foot expansion would help the company as it grows in domestic and international markets. 

Pitch Night Win Adds to Tech Startup's Growth

Pitch Night Win Adds to Tech Startup's Growth

The chief executive officer of Evansville-based SafeKeeping says the tech startup's win last week at the inaugural zWORKS Pitch Night in Zionsville is another step in its growth trajectory. The company, which provides a communication and collaboration platform for long-term care facilities, took the top prize in the competition, which includes a year of office space at the zWORKS coworking space. Doug Wilcox says the startup launched its platform in July 2018 and is working to...

Tech Sector Rolls Out Red Carpet for Talent

Tech Sector Rolls Out Red Carpet for Talent

The chief executive officer of TechPoint says the response to the "Wish You Were Here" campaign has exceeded expectations. The state's technology accelerator partnered with Indianapolis-based TMap LLC in an effort to bring former Hoosiers currently working out of state back to Indiana. Mike Langellier said they had hoped for 100-150 applicants and ended up with nearly 400 from throughout the country.  Nearly 30 applicants were chosen to come to Indianapolis...

Cummins, Hyundai Forge Fuel Cell Partnership

Cummins, Hyundai Forge Fuel Cell Partnership

Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) has forged a partnership with the Hyundai Motor Company to develop and commercialize electric and fuel cell powertrains. The two corporations have entered into a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on hydrogen fuel cell technology to take advantage of a developing global fuel cell market. 

Simon Investing in Online Shopping Venture

Simon Investing in Online Shopping Venture

Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. (NYSE: SPG) has announced plans for a new, multi-platform online shopping venture. The company says it is partnering with Boston-based Rue Gilt Groupe (RGG) and will invest $280 million in the effort. RGG is an e-commerce portfolio company backed by entrepreneur Michael Rubin. Simon says the new venture will combine its in-store retail expertise with RGG's Rue La La and Gilt platforms, in addition to Simon's online outlet...

Carmel Tech Startup Secures $10M in Seed Funding

Carmel Tech Startup Secures $10M in Seed Funding

A software company in Carmel has closed on a $10 million round of seed funding. Edify Labs, which also has an office in California, says the round, which was led by San Francisco-based First Round Capital, is among the four largest software seed rounds in the U.S. this year. Edify provides what it calls a Business Communications as a Service platform, which is used to help businesses manage customer engagement and cross-team collaboration. The company says the funding will...

LightBound Acquired; Indy Fiber Assets Sold

LightBound Acquired; Indy Fiber Assets Sold

Indianapolis-based LightBound is under new ownership. The company, which provides internet, voice, network and cloud services, has been acquired by Texas-based DataBank. As part of the move, DataBank has also sold LightBound's fiber assets to Ohio-based Everstream. Financial terms of both deals are not being disclosed. Everstream says its acquisition is part of an effort to expand into the Indianapolis market. The company plans to invest $38 million to expand the fiber network from...

The Indiana-Taiwan Connection; Innovations in Ag & Tech

The Indiana-Taiwan Connection; Innovations in Ag & Tech

Two researchers from Indiana University are studying the revitalization of traditional industries in Indiana and Taiwan to better understand how they can learn from each other, although the industries and regions are vastly different. The two IU professors, Shaowen Bardzell and Jeffrey Bardzell, have received more than $1 million from the National Science Foundation to study innovations in agriculture and technology-enabled manufacturing. 

Clearing the Way for Broadband in Rural Areas

Clearing the Way for Broadband in Rural Areas

Unincorporated areas of Whitley County are now considered a broadband ready community, which could help clear the way if a telecommunications firm wants to establish high-speed internet in rural areas of the county. The Whitley County Economic Development Corp. says the State of Indiana has certified the county with that designation. 

More Than Butter, Land O' Lakes Focuses on Technology

More Than Butter, Land O' Lakes Focuses on Technology

When you hear the phrase Land O’ Lakes, many consumers may immediately think of butter, milk and cheese. But the Minnesota-based agricultural cooperative is much bigger than dairy products. The chief technology fficer of the 4,000 member-owned co-op recently spoke at the Forbes AgTech Summit in Indianapolis. In addition to their branded milk products, Land O’ Lakes is also heavily invested in livestock animal feed and crop inputs, including seed, fertilizer and...

The Bee Corp Awarded Grant

The Bee Corp Awarded Grant

Agriculture technology startup The Bee Corp has received another National Science Foundation grant to help develop business aspects of its pollination measurement technology. The company says the $750,000 grant will allow it to scale development of its software tool, Verifili, which uses infrared images to measure the value of beehives used for pollination.

KAR Auction Services Rebrands

KAR Auction Services Rebrands

Carmel-based KAR Auction Services Inc. (NYSE: KAR) has undergone a rebranding. The company, which provides a technology-driven remarketing platform for the wholesale used vehicle industry, says it is now doing business as KAR Global.

Rural Telehealth Expands to Northeast Indiana Schools

Rural Telehealth Expands to Northeast Indiana Schools

A growing number of Indiana schools are adding rural telehealth connectivity, the latest being Fremont Community Schools in the northeast corner of the state. The high-tech system allows school nurses or staff with a sick child to connect remotely with a physician or other medical provider.  

IU Renames Buildings After Former University President

IU Renames Buildings After Former University President

Indiana University has renamed buildings on the Bloomington campus after former President Myles Brand. The Informatics buildings at the corner of 10th Street and Woodlawn Avenue now bear the name Myles Brand Hall.

New BioCrossroads Challenge Combines Life Sciences, Data

New BioCrossroads Challenge Combines Life Sciences, Data

Indiana's life sciences initiative is launching a new competition designed to help solve two health issues facing Hoosiers: diabetes and opioid abuse. BioCrossroads says the DataX BioInnovation Challenge was created to "intersect life sciences and data research," giving innovators the opportunity to use data sets to identify and investigate hypotheses to improve the health issues. The winning team or teams could receive up to $50,000 cash. In an interview with...

Lilly Endowment Grants to Address Digital Ethical Concerns

Lilly Endowment Grants to Address Digital Ethical Concerns

Ethics and technology are meeting at the crossroads and Hoosier universities are attempting to address those issues. Indiana University and Purdue University have received grants from Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. totaling nearly $900,000 to incorporate ethics into digital technology curricula.

Zylo CEO: Funding Round Goes Beyond Money

Zylo CEO: Funding Round Goes Beyond Money

The chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based Zylo says the major funding secured by the tech company is about more than just money. The company closed on a $22.5 million Series B round of funding, led by California-based Menlo Ventures. Eric Christopher says the funding will allow the Software-as-a-Service management platform to grow beyond its current staff of about 80 employees for years to come. Menlo Ventures Partner Matt Muprhy will join the Zylo Board of...

The Future of Farming? A 'Swarm' of Tractors

The Future of Farming? A 'Swarm' of Tractors

A young inventor and entrepreneur from northwest Indiana thinks the future of farm tractors is smaller, lighter and abundant. Zack James is the founder of Rabbit Tractors Inc. in Cedar Lake. James displayed his idea last week at the Forbes AgTech Summit held in Indianapolis where he hoped to get the attention of investors. James’ Rabbits are significantly smaller than the traditional tractors you see in Indiana fields. His concept is to use a “swarm” of...

'PlaneEnglish' Technology Lands U.S. Air Force Funding

'PlaneEnglish' Technology Lands U.S. Air Force Funding

Technology intended to help young pilots learn how to better communicate with air traffic controllers has caught the attention of the United States Air Force and earned the two Purdue University graduates, who developed the software, a $50,000 federal grant. The creators of the simulator technology PlaneEnglish have been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research award. 

Renaissance District Enters Next Phase

Renaissance District Enters Next Phase

The man at the helm of the Renaissance District in South Bend says the multi-year effort to transform the former Studebaker Corp. site is ready to enter its next phase. Kevin Smith, president and chief executive officer of IQI, says the mixed-use technology campus has secured additional capital for operational and future development. Smith says existing tenants at the district are expanding with new tenants moving in and the next phase of the project involves a more...

IU Ventures Invests $500K in Boston Tech Firm

IU Ventures Invests $500K in Boston Tech Firm

IU Ventures has joined in a $3 million funding round for a tech company co-founded by an Indiana University alumnus. The nonprofit has invested $500,000 in Boston-based Mentor Collective as part of the round, which was led by Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation.

Eleven Fifty HQ Beginning of Statewide Growth

Eleven Fifty HQ Beginning of Statewide Growth

The founder and president of Eleven Fifty Academy says the opening of the coding school's downtown Indianapolis headquarters signifies more growth throughout the state. The nonprofit coding academy cut the ribbon Monday on its new location near the Indiana Statehouse, which is the result of a $5 million investment. The school has primarily operated out of Fishers during its first five years and Scott Jones says it will maintain a presence in the Hamilton County city. In an interview...

Rural Telehealth Expands to Greene County Schools

Rural Telehealth Expands to Greene County Schools

Accessing health care in rural parts of Indiana is often difficult without making a significant investment in time and travel, and that challenge may be even more burdensome at schools in rural counties. That's why more schools in outlying areas are using high-tech equipment to connect with a medical professional.

Showcasing Indiana at Forbes AgTech Summit

Showcasing Indiana at Forbes AgTech Summit

National and global leaders in the worlds of agriculture, technology, and science have closed out the 2019 Forbes Ag Tech Summit in Indianapolis, now in its second year in the state. The event gathered industry leaders and entrepreneurs who are looking for answers to the challenges of growing and producing food. The two-day summit, hosted by AgriNovus Indiana, addressed food animal health, protein and crops.

Purdue to Add Online Tech, Manufacturing Courses

Purdue to Add Online Tech, Manufacturing Courses

Purdue University plans to develop new online courses intended to further prepare undergraduates in engineering and STEM-related fields. The project, one of only five nationwide, was announced by the National Science Foundation as part of the Production Engineering Education and Research program.

Greenhouse to Grow at Electric Works

Greenhouse to Grow at Electric Works

A Purdue University graduate is planning to bring his urban farming concept to the $440 million Electric Works development in downtown Fort Wayne. Georgia-based Sweetwater Urban Farms, founded by northeast Indiana native Clint Crowe, will open a greenhouse in the mixed-use innovation district's food hall.

Inaugural Tech Culture Award Winners Unveiled

Inaugural Tech Culture Award Winners Unveiled

Indianapolis-based Powderkeg has unveiled the winners of the inaugural Indiana Breakout Tech Culture Awards. Eleven Hoosier tech companies received the honors based on survey rankings from the 2019 Tech Census, which focused specifically on tech cultures. Nearly 270 tech companies were nominated and the winners were selected from a group of 50 finalists. More than 1,300 individuals responded to the survey, which allowed employees to rate their companies and employers on...

WiFi Upgrade Coming to Lucas Oil Stadium

WiFi Upgrade Coming to Lucas Oil Stadium

Colts fans will soon have upgraded WiFi capabilities at Lucas Oil Stadium following the installation of a new system in the stadium. The new "WiFi 6" system is built for dense environments and is expected to boost capacity by 300 percent. The installation is the first of its kind in the sports industry and will be activated in two stages. The new system will be active on stadium levels 100 through 500 for Sunday's home opener against the Falcons. 

AI Startup Lands Funding

AI Startup Lands Funding

An Indianapolis-based company specializing in the use of human voice for its artificial intelligence platform has raised $700,000 in seed funding to further expand its business. ConverSight.ai received support from Elevate Ventures and four other investors through The Angel Roundtable. 

Indiana Makes the Grade in Computer Science Education

Indiana Makes the Grade in Computer Science Education

A national association that represents computer science teachers is praising the state of Indiana for expanding access to computer science and further implementing its use in kindergarten through 12th-grade classes. The Computer Science Teachers Association, along with the nonprofit Code.org, says Indiana has implemented robust updates to policies and standards as they pertain to computer science in the classroom.

Powderkeg Tech Culture Awards Spotlight

Powderkeg Tech Culture Awards Spotlight

Indianapolis-based tech networking platform Powderkeg will present the inaugural Indiana Breakout Tech Culture Awards in September. In June, 50 Hoosier tech companies were named finalists for the awards, which include categories such as Overall Culture, Emerging Culture and Social Impact. This week, we spotlight five more finalists who talk about what culture means to their companies. We asked representatives from each tech company a series of questions about...

Company Testing E-Scooters, Bikes in Fort Wayne

Company Testing E-Scooters, Bikes in Fort Wayne

A Chicago-based shared mobility company is testing e-scooters and pedal bikes in Fort Wayne. VeoRide has been issued a permit to begin a 16-month pilot program in the city's downtown, beginning with dozens of e-scooters over the next month.

$40M Grant to Help Purdue Expand STEM Studies

$40M Grant to Help Purdue Expand STEM Studies

Purdue University has announced a multi-million-dollar investment into its efforts to meet the growing demand for STEM graduates. The Purdue Research Foundation has received a $40 million grant from Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. to go towards the creation of Purdue’s Engineering and Polytechnic Gateway Complex. The building project has an estimated $140 million price tag. The complex will include two buildings designed to be an interdisciplinary hub.

Evansville Regional Airport Begins Solar Project

Evansville Regional Airport Begins Solar Project

Evansville Regional Airport is marking the beginning of construction of a $6.5 million solar covered parking canopy. The airport says the parking installation will generate 1.3 megawatts of power and will supply one-half of the terminal's power. The new canopy will cover nearly 400 parking spaces and will be the largest of its kind in the U.S. 

Delivery Robots Have Arrived at Purdue

Delivery Robots Have Arrived at Purdue

What looks like a hands-free camping cooler on six wheels is now making the rounds at Purdue University, delivering food and drinks to just about any location on campus.  California-based Starship Technologies has launched 30 robots at the school, the largest university campus to partner with the tech company. 

Accelerator to Focus on 'Legacy Industries'

Accelerator to Focus on 'Legacy Industries'

Indianapolis-based The Heritage Group and Techstars have launched a new accelerator program. Located at The Center on the northwest side of Indy, organizers say the mentorship-driven accelerator will feature 10 startups seeking to "reinvent industries that serve our most basic needs."

Powderkeg Tech Culture Awards Spotlight

Powderkeg Tech Culture Awards Spotlight

Indianapolis-based tech networking platform Powderkeg will present the inaugural Indiana Breakout Tech Culture Awards in September. In June, 50 Hoosier tech companies were named finalists for the awards, which include categories such as Overall Culture, Emerging Culture and Social Impact. This week, we spotlight five more finalists who talk about what culture means to their companies. We asked representatives from each tech company a series of questions about...

IU Ventures Invests in Wireless Power Technology

IU Ventures Invests in Wireless Power Technology

A Chicago-based company that focuses on wireless power for a variety of uses, such as implanted medical devices, has received a $1 million investment from IU Ventures, a nonprofit organization that supports and invests in IU-affiliated innovation.  The company, NuCurrent Inc, is run by Indiana University alumnus Jacob Babcock. 

Sharpen Technologies Hires New CEO, Adds Board Member

Sharpen Technologies Hires New CEO, Adds Board Member

Indianapolis-based Sharpen Technologies has hired a new chief executive and added a member to its board of directors. Bill Gildea is the new CEO, who brings 25 years experience working with tech firms and cloud software companies. Gildea takes over for board chair and CEO Mike Simmons, who will remain chairman. 

Finding Value in Unused Parking Spots

Finding Value in Unused Parking Spots

An Indianapolis-based startup company that helps create more public parking in places where there is high-demand is a finalist for an international “smart city” award in the 2019 Leading Cities AcceliCity program. FlexePark works with private companies that have available parking spots when the business is closed. 

Indy Consulting Firm to Improve Military Supply Chain

Indy Consulting Firm to Improve Military Supply Chain

An Indianapolis-based technology consulting firm has received an $8 million contract from the Department of Defense. The contract calls for KSM Consulting to develop a smart tool that will help improve and monitor the supply chain of microelectronic components.

Crane to Bridge Navy to Entrepreneurs

Crane to Bridge Navy to Entrepreneurs

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division has been designated as one of five national tech bridges, a new initiative of regional hubs, to connect the resources of the U.S. Navy with small businesses and entrepreneurs. Often hidden behind the secured gates of the naval laboratory at Crane, this effort will allow for collaborative partnerships with small companies or academics who may not usually have such access. 

New Role for Salesforce Marketing Cloud CEO

New Role for Salesforce Marketing Cloud CEO

After three years on the job, Salesforce Marketing Cloud Chief Executive Officer Bob Stutz is moving into a new role. Stutz, who will remain in Indianapolis, is now executive vice president of strategic partners at Salesforce.

Vibenomics Taps Emmis Exec as New Offering Launches

Vibenomics Taps Emmis Exec as New Offering Launches

Fishers-based Vibenomics Inc. has hired a former senior vice president of Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. (Nasdaq: EMMS) as it launches its new advertising marketplace. The company, which provides custom voice announcements, music playlists and imaging for businesses, says Paul Brenner will serve as chief strategy officer.

Powderkeg Tech Culture Awards Spotlight

Powderkeg Tech Culture Awards Spotlight

Indianapolis-based tech networking platform Powderkeg will present the inaugural Indiana Breakout Tech Culture Awards in September. In June, 50 Hoosier tech companies were named finalists for the awards, which include categories such as Overall Culture, Emerging Culture and Social Impact. This week, we spotlight five more finalists who talk about what culture means to their companies. We asked representatives from each tech company a series of questions about...

Carmel Grad Creating Drone ID Service

Carmel Grad Creating Drone ID Service

Drones are beginning to take over the sky and as of now, there’s no way to detect who they belong to while in the air. One Carmel graduate is developing technology to be able to figure out who is who. Essentially, it’s an identification service. Right now, there’s not a strong way of enforcing rules with drones in the air. But Aaron Pierce is working to change that process. Pierce went to Carmel High School and then attended IUPUI where he volunteered with...

Bloomington Craft Distillery Up For USA Today Awards

Bloomington Craft Distillery Up For USA Today Awards

Bloomington-based Cardinal Spirits has been nominated for two national awards. A panel of experts for USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards has nominated the company for Best Craft Vodka Distillery and Best Craft Rum Distillery.

IFN Chief: Broadband Grants Send Positive Message

IFN Chief: Broadband Grants Send Positive Message

The chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based Intelligent Fiber Network says recently-awarded rural broadband grants demonstrate the state's commitment to bringing high-speed internet access to the entire state. Governor Eric Holcomb earlier this month presented more than $22 million in funding through the Next Level Broadband program for 11 infrastructure expansion projects. Ten of those projects are being undertaken by IFN member companies. In an interview with...

KAR Auction to Invest in Downtown Indy

KAR Auction to Invest in Downtown Indy

Carmel-based KAR Auction Services Inc. (NYSE: KAR) is planning to move its TradeRev business unit to downtown Indianapolis, investing nearly $4 million to expand the division’s headquarters and tech center. KAR says the investment will create 200 additional, high-paying jobs by 2023. TradeRev is the company’s digital platform, which allows for live, online, dealer-to-dealer auctions. Based on the new job commitments from the company, KAR says it will be seeking...

Ontario Systems Promotes Harrington to CEO

Ontario Systems Promotes Harrington to CEO

Muncie-based Ontario Systems has announced Jason Harrington will become the company's next chief executive officer. Harrington, who currently serves as president, will succeed co-founder Ron Fauquher, who is retiring after nearly 40 years. Harrington has been with Ontario Systems for the past 22 years and currently oversees the day-to-day operations of the company. Ontario Systems says he will now take on additional responsibilities for corporate services such as...

Last Mile Celebrates Graduates, Expansion

Last Mile Celebrates Graduates, Expansion

A coding program targeting prison inmates has graduated its first class in Indiana. California-based nonprofit The Last Mile, which first announced it was coming to Indiana in January 2018, celebrated the graduation of inmates from the Indiana Women's Prison in Indianapolis. During the ceremony, officials announced the program would soon expand to more Hoosier correctional facilities. Governor Eric Holcomb was on hand to congratulate the graduates and told Inside INdiana Business...

IU Professor Awarded Grant to Study the 'Science of Science'

IU Professor Awarded Grant to Study the 'Science of Science'

A researcher at the Indiana University Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research at the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, has been awarded a grant from the Department of Defense for his lofty thinking and research on the evolution of scientific fields, theories and discoveries. 

Powderkeg Tech Culture Awards Spotlight

Powderkeg Tech Culture Awards Spotlight

Indianapolis-based tech networking platform Powderkeg will present the inaugural Indiana Breakout Tech Culture Awards in September. In June, 50 Hoosier tech companies were named finalists for the awards, which include categories such as Overall Culture, Emerging Culture and Social Impact. This week, we spotlight five more finalists who talk about what culture means to their companies. We asked representatives from each tech company a series of questions about...

State to Launch 5G Hub in Downtown Indy

State to Launch 5G Hub in Downtown Indy

The state of Indiana has announced plans for what it says is a first-of-its-kind 5G hub. Launching in October, the Indiana 5G Zone aims to "attract business, foster innovation and propel research and development in 5G-enabled advanced technologies." The hub will be located inside the new downtown Indianapolis headquarters of the nonprofit Eleven Fifty Academy. The Indiana 5G Zone will include a 3,000-square-foot research lab, which will be used to develop and test...

Purdue Partnership to Prepare Industry for Cyber Attacks

Purdue Partnership to Prepare Industry for Cyber Attacks

Cybersecurity professionals are facing a constant barrage of malware threats and other cyber-attacks from around the globe. To help teach how to fend-off those encroachments against a variety of industries, Purdue University has partnered with Cyberbit, an Israel-based tech company, to launch a training simulator from the West Lafayette campus. The Cyberbit Range provides a realistic environment for IT professionals on how to respond to attacks. Cyberbit Range is a software platform...

Rural Sourcing Hires MGM Exec

Rural Sourcing Hires MGM Exec

Fort Wayne-based software development company, Rural Sourcing Inc., has hired Bill Rose as its Fort Wayne development center director. Rose has over 20 years experience in software development and information technology. He most recently served as interim Chief Information Officer and Head of IT for MGM Resorts International.  

Fort Wayne IT Firm Expanding

Fort Wayne IT Firm Expanding

TriCore Logic has announced plans to expand its office space and staff at its downtown Fort Wayne headquarters. The company plans to invest over $200,000 in the expansions. The 2010-founded company moved to the Anthony Wayne building in 2013, and now plan to grow their staff of five employees by up to eight over the next four years. 

16 Tech Names Chief Financial Officer

16 Tech Names Chief Financial Officer

The 16 Tech Community Corporation has hired Robert Herzog as Chief Financial Officer. Herzog will lead financial operations for the 16 Tech Innovation District, on the west side of downtown Indianapolis. The district is designed to allow for collaboration in advanced manufacturing, life sciences, tech and engineering.  Herzog previously served in executive roles in corporate, professional services sectors and in higher education.  

Powderkeg Tech Culture Awards Spotlight

Powderkeg Tech Culture Awards Spotlight

Indianapolis-based tech networking platform Powderkeg will present the inaugural Indiana Breakout Tech Culture Awards in September. In June, 50 Hoosier tech companies were named finalists for the awards, which include categories such as Overall Culture, Emerging Culture and Social Impact. This week, we spotlight five more finalists who talk about what culture means to their companies. We asked representatives from each tech company a series of questions about...

Doxly Acquired by Chicago Tech Company

Doxly Acquired by Chicago Tech Company

Indianapolis-based tech startup Doxly is under new ownership. The company, which provides tools for managing legal transactions, has been acquired by Chicago-based Litera Microsystems. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Litera provides transaction management software for the legal and life sciences industries. The company says the acquisition will create a "best-of-breed solution with global appeal." In an interview with Inside INdiana Business...

New Summer Internship Program at Crane

New Summer Internship Program at Crane

Five U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen are the first to be accepted to participate in a new Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center summer internship program. The midshipmen will support the fleet in strategic missions. Three of the new interns, studying STEM courses, completed their final projects and presented to Crane experts and leaders.  

Technology Teaching 'Plane English' to Pilots

Technology Teaching 'Plane English' to Pilots

Two Purdue University alumni are helping new pilots learn radio communication skills so they can better interact with air traffic controllers. They have created an aviation radio simulator to teach what is known as “Plane English.” The program coaches rookie pilots to better understand and become more proficient in the specific phraseology associated with flying. Muharrem Mane, one of the creators of PlaneEnglish, says pilots...

Powderkeg Tech Culture Awards Spotlight

Powderkeg Tech Culture Awards Spotlight

Indianapolis-based tech networking platform Powderkeg will present the inaugural Indiana Breakout Tech Culture Awards in September. In June, 50 Hoosier tech companies were named finalists for the awards, which include categories such as Overall Culture, Emerging Culture and Social Impact. This week, we spotlight five more finalists who talk about what culture means to their companies. We asked representatives from each tech company a series of questions about...

Angie's List Parent Considering Spin-Off

Angie's List Parent Considering Spin-Off

The chief executive officer of IAC (Nasdaq: IAC) in New York says the company is considering a potential spin-off of Colorado-based ANGI Homeservices Inc. (Nasdaq: ANGI), which has a large presence in Indianapolis. The subsidiary was created in 2017 after IAC acquired Indianapolis-based Angie's List and merged the company with HomeAdvisor.

Powderkeg Tech Culture Awards Spotlight

Powderkeg Tech Culture Awards Spotlight

Indianapolis-based tech networking platform Powderkeg will present the inaugural Indiana Breakout Tech Culture Awards in September. In June, 50 Hoosier tech companies were named finalists for the awards, which include categories such as Overall Culture, Emerging Culture and Social Impact. This week, we spotlight five more finalists who talk about what culture means to their companies. We asked representatives from each tech company a series of questions about...

Comedy Show to Honor Tech Trailblazer

Comedy Show to Honor Tech Trailblazer

A comedy show next week in Indianapolis will raise money for cancer research in the name of a trailblazer in the city's tech scene. Comedy Against Cancer will celebrate the life of Denver Hutt, the former executive director of The Speak Easy in Indy who passed away from cancer in 2016. Proceeds from the event, which is being headlined by Indianapolis native Megan Gailey, will benefit immunotherapy research at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.

Ford Acquisition Has Roots in Indianapolis

Ford Acquisition Has Roots in Indianapolis

Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) is taking another step in its driverless vehicles effort with the acquisition of a tech company with roots in Indianapolis. Ford Smart Mobility LLC is buying Journey Holding Corp, which is the successor company to Indianapolis startup DoubleMap Inc.

eHealth Bringing 500 Jobs to Indianapolis

eHealth Bringing 500 Jobs to Indianapolis

A California-based private online health insurance exchange has set up operations in Indianapolis. eHealth Inc. (Nasdaq: EHTH) has announced plans to invest more than $10 million to establish its Eastern U.S. Technology and Operations Headquarters in Indy and create up to 500 jobs by the end of 2023. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says the company has already hired 125 Hoosiers at its new location on the city's north side. eHealth is currently occupying more than...

Powderkeg Tech Culture Awards Spotlight

Powderkeg Tech Culture Awards Spotlight

Indianapolis-based tech networking platform Powderkeg will present the inaugural Indiana Breakout Tech Culture Awards in September. Last month, 50 Hoosier tech companies were named finalists for the awards, which include categories such as Overall Culture, Emerging Culture and Social Impact. This week, we spotlight five more finalists about what culture means to their companies. We asked representatives from each tech company a series of questions about company culture...

DemandJump Secures More Funding

DemandJump Secures More Funding

Indianapolis-based tech company DemandJump has completed a $5.5 million Series A2 round of funding. The company, which provides a digital marketing platform, says it plans to use the funding to continue expansion of its product, engineering, sales and marketing teams.

Cyber Conference Set to Open in Indy

Cyber Conference Set to Open in Indy

Business executives, government officials and key stakeholders in the world of cyber tech will gather for a two-day conference in Indianapolis starting Wednesday. Cybertech Midwest 2019 will showcase some of the latest technologies used to battle cyber threats from around the globe. Cyber technology touches almost every aspect of our everyday lives – including retail, health, government, research & development, insurance, infrastructure, and even sports. Numerous chief...

Conexus Preparing Businesses for 'Industry 4.0'

Conexus Preparing Businesses for 'Industry 4.0'

It's being called the next Industrial Revolution and Indiana's advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative is working to help Hoosier companies adapt. Conexus Indiana Chief Executive Officer Mark Howell says Industry 4.0 centers around technology adoption, migration and innovation and affects all industries fundamentally changing the way people live and work. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Howell said for Indiana to maintain its leadership position...

Techshot Equipment Ready for Launch

Techshot Equipment Ready for Launch

If all “systems are go” Monday, SpaceX mission CRS-18 will lift off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with research technology developed in Indiana. Greenville-based Techshot Inc. provided NASA with the Multi-use Variable-gravity Platform (MVP) to conduct a series of experiments. The flight was originally scheduled for Sunday.

Infosys Continues Pathfinders Institute in Bloomington

Infosys Continues Pathfinders Institute in Bloomington

Educators from throughout the country have been in Bloomington this week for professional development in computer science. Infosys Foundation USA, the nonprofit arm of India-based Infosys (NYSE: INFY), says its second annual Pathfinders Summer Institute on the Indiana University campus is part of an ongoing effort to boost computer science education in schools nationwide. More than 400 teachers have spent the week in Bloomington and Infosys President and Deputy Chief Operating Officer...

Powderkeg Tech Culture Awards Spotlight

Powderkeg Tech Culture Awards Spotlight

Indianapolis-based tech networking platform Powderkeg will present the inaugural Indiana Breakout Tech Culture Awards in September. Last month, 50 Hoosier tech companies were named finalists for the awards, which include categories such as Overall Culture, Emerging Culture and Social Impact. This week, we spotlight five more finalists about what culture means to their companies. We asked representatives from each tech company a series of questions about company culture...

Study: Indy Tech Salaries Higher Than Other Professions

Study: Indy Tech Salaries Higher Than Other Professions

A new report shows tech salaries in the Indianapolis metropolitan area far outweigh those in other sectors. The study from Business.org says the area has an average tech salary of just over $82,000, compared to an average salary of more than $49,000 for all other occupations. The website used the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for 100 metropolitan statistical areas. The Indy area's average tech salary for 2018 is a nearly 3 percent increase over the...

Indy Tech Company Continues to Grow

Indy Tech Company Continues to Grow

Indianapolis-based software company Kerauno continues to expand its portfolio. The company just announced the purchase of another Indianapolis software company, Inverse-Square. 

DroneDek Aims to Create 'Mailbox of the Future'

DroneDek Aims to Create 'Mailbox of the Future'

An Indianapolis-based entrepreneur is looking to bring the "mailbox of the future" to residents. DroneDek aims to make drone package delivery a reality through the combination of a landing pad mailbox and a smartphone app. Chief Executive Officer Dan O'Toole says he came up with the idea for DroneDek while driving on a rural Indiana road, seeing a drone flying by and wondering where packages being delivered by drones would end up. He filed for a patent within a week, which...

Water Utility Mapping Startup Receives Funding

Water Utility Mapping Startup Receives Funding

A digital mapping startup has received a significant investment from the Indiana University Philanthropic Venture Fund. The fund has invested $250,000 in Bloomington-based Ziptility. The startup uses digital mapping technology to help utility workers maintain buried infrastructure.

Powderkeg Tech Culture Awards Spotlight

Powderkeg Tech Culture Awards Spotlight

Indianapolis-based tech networking platform Powderkeg will present the inaugural Indiana Breakout Tech Culture Awards in September. Last month, 50 Hoosier tech companies were named finalists for the awards, which include categories such as Overall Culture, Emerging Culture and Social Impact. In the first of a weekly series leading up to the award ceremony, we spotlight five finalists and what culture means to their companies. We asked representatives from each tech company...

Allegion Ventures President Sees Potential for IoT in State

Allegion Ventures President Sees Potential for IoT in State

Allegion Ventures, the venture capital arm of Allegion plc, has added more innovative companies to its investment portfolio: Boston-based HqO, Robin Powered Inc. and Pindrop. In a segment for Inside Indiana Business, Allegion Ventures President Rob Martens tells Gerry Dick about how new additions and tech trends are creating opportunities in Indiana. 

'Topping Out' Set for 16 Tech Anchor

'Topping Out' Set for 16 Tech Anchor

Crane operators will hoist and construction workers will weld Thursday the final steel beam into place atop the Innovation 1 building, the first new structure at 16 Tech. The ceremonial event marks a key milestone for the urban innovation district in Indianapolis. The 10-foot-long beam was autographed by hundreds of people, including scientists, tech leaders and residents from nearby neighborhoods. 

Microsoft Rural Broadband Effort Getting Underway

Microsoft Rural Broadband Effort Getting Underway

An effort by Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) to expand rural broadband access in Indiana is moving forward. The company says it has tapped Ohio-based Watch Communications to begin the development process to connect communities in 50 Indiana counties to high-speed internet. The partnership is part of the Microsoft Airband Initiative, which the company in December announced was being expanded to several states, including Indiana. The agreement with Watch Communications will also benefit...

PERQ Closes $6M Funding Round

PERQ Closes $6M Funding Round

Indianapolis-based PERQ has closed a $6 million Series A round of funding to expand its artificial intelligence-driven marketing cloud for big retailers. The funding is exclusively provided by Midwest tech leaders, including Poplar Ventures L.P. in Louisville. Andy Medley, co-founder and chief executive officer of PERQ, tells Inside INdiana Business says it will also use the funding to support and grow its staff. Other investors and groups joining the...

Pike County Tech Center Lands New Funding

Pike County Tech Center Lands New Funding

The Pike County Economic Development Corp. says the proposed Entrepreneurship & Technology Center has secured a $2 million grant from the Economic Development Administration. When complete, the facility will feature a coworking space, makerspace and business incubator. Pike County EDC Executive Director Ashley Willis tells Inside INdiana Business the project had previously received 60/40 grant match from the EDA, however steel tariffs that went into effect in December led to the ...

Purdue Lands Federal Grant for Cybersecurity Program

Purdue Lands Federal Grant for Cybersecurity Program

During his visit to the Purdue University campus in West Lafayette, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced a $12 million award to Purdue Polytechnic Institute. The funding will be used to develop a program to help fill what the university says is a growing need for cybersecurity professionals.

Governor Signs Data Center Incentive Bill

Governor Signs Data Center Incentive Bill

Governor Eric Holcomb has formally signed a bill to provide tax incentives for establishing data centers in Indiana. The Digital Crossorads Data Center, which is currently under construction in Hammond, says the new law makes Indiana the most competitive state in the nation for new data centers. The law provides exemptions from the state's sales tax for items such as electricity, equipment, and construction and built-out costs for up to 50 years. Digital Crossroads says the...

KAR Rebrands European Subsidiary

KAR Rebrands European Subsidiary

Carmel-based KAR Auction Services Inc. (NYSE: KAR) has announced a rebranding of a recently-acquired subsidiary. The company says Belgium-based CarsOnTheWeb will now be known as ADESA Europe, a brand which will extend KAR's name recognition into continental Europe. KAR says the ADESA Europe brand will extend to each of the local markets where it has sales operations, including Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Spain. The newly-rebranded company will continue to provide...

Volunteers Sought for STEM Day

Volunteers Sought for STEM Day

Indy Women in Tech is looking for volunteers for its Ignite Your Superpower STEM Day in August. The event on the IUPUI campus aims to give middle school girls the opportunity to engage in hands-on experiments and exhibits related to STEM.

Bloomington Company Lands NASA Grant

Bloomington Company Lands NASA Grant

Bloomington-based Warrant Technologies LLC has received a $100,000 grant from NASA. The company says the funding will go toward artificial intelligence research and advancement in support of space tech development.

Hoosier Startups Win Evansville Pitch Competition

Hoosier Startups Win Evansville Pitch Competition

Two Indiana startups took home prizes last week at the Venture Club of Indiana's regional pitch competition in Evansville. The winners were selected out of five companies that gave pitches and will move on to the statewide Innovation Showcase competition in August.

Academy Targets ‘Red Hot’ Cyber Job Market

Academy Targets ‘Red Hot’ Cyber Job Market

The founder of Fishers-based Eleven Fifty Academy believes two new course offerings can help fill a growing cybersecurity job market in Indiana and he plans on rolling out the curriculum in markets statewide.  Scott Jones says the full and part-time courses, which feature a “cyber range” to give students hands on experience, are the first of their kind in Indiana. "We teach it in twelve weeks and you come out with two industry certifications that virtually...

Hoosier Companies Among 'Best Places to Work in IT'

Hoosier Companies Among 'Best Places to Work in IT'

Three Indiana organizations are included in Computerworld's 2019 list of the 100 Best Places to Work in IT. The ranking, which splits the companies among large, medium, and small organizations, is based on company and employee surveys, as well as factors such as benefits, career development and retention.

Education Groups Partner on Tech Apprenticeships

Education Groups Partner on Tech Apprenticeships

Indianapolis-based EduSource and Crossroads Education are teaming up in an effort to fill the talent pipeline in Indiana's tech sector. EduSource has acquired an DEVshop apprenticeship program from Crossroads, which it says makes it the only Indy company offering an apprenticeship approach to training Indiana residents to work in software and data analytics fields. As a result of the deal, Crossroads founder Kevin Berkopes has joined EduSource as co-owner and chief scientific officer....

International Company Acquires Go Electric

International Company Acquires Go Electric

Anderson-based Go Electric Inc. has been acquired by a French company. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, however Saft says the acquisition will allow it to expand its technology portfolio for distributed renewable solutions and reinforce its North American footprint.

Demand Fuels Planned Tech Building in Indy

Demand Fuels Planned Tech Building in Indy

The business group managing The Union 525 tech hub in downtown Indianapolis is adding to the campus. John Hurley, managing partner of The Union 525, tells Inside INdiana Business plans are moving forward to build a new, $10 million building designed to accommodate the city's growing tech scene. Hurley, who is also the chief executive officer of SmartFile, says The Union 601 will be a six-story, 67,000-square-foot facility that will have a similar open concept feel as its sister...

First Cohort Named For Sports Accelerator

First Cohort Named For Sports Accelerator

The Indiana Sports Corp. has named the 10 startups that will participate in the inaugural class of the Techstars Sports Accelerator Powered by Indy. The three-year initiative aims to provide support for startups specializing in sports technology. The accelerator was first announced in August. The program was founded by a variety partners, including the ISC, the Next Level Fund, the NCAA and Pacers Sports & Entertainment. It also involves several supporting partners such as the...

Indiana Could Lead Hypersonic Tech Future

Indiana Could Lead Hypersonic Tech Future

Indiana could play a key role in the future of hypersonic technology, according to the chief executive officer of the National Security Technology Accelerator. The North Carolina-based nonprofit has offices in Bloomington and is working with Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane on a program to work on the military priority, which includes weapons or supply vehicles that travels over five times the speed of sound. Tim Greeff says the organization's partnership with Crane can be an...

Raytheon, UTC Announce 'Merger of Equals'

Raytheon, UTC Announce 'Merger of Equals'

Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN), which has operations in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne and United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) are planning what they call a "merger of equals." The all-stock deal excludes Carrier and Otis, which are set to separate from United Technologies next year. The combined company, to be called Raytheon Technologies Corp., will be headquartered in Massachusetts. The companies say the combined operation will have about $74 billion in 2019 sales.

Toll Road Project to Boost Transportation System

Toll Road Project to Boost Transportation System

The operator of the Indiana Toll Road has reached a deal with a Nebraska company to grow the fiber optic network and intelligent transportation system along the interstate. eX² Technology LLC says the $34 million project will allow Indiana Toll Road Concession Co. to make the 157-mile stretch safer for drivers.

Bloomington Company Lands $10M in Funding

Bloomington Company Lands $10M in Funding

A Bloomington-based tech company has secured $10 million in Series A funding. FormAssembly, which provides an enterprise data collection platform, says it will use the funding to expand its its team and accelerate its mission.

Elevate Purdue Foundry Awards Investments

Elevate Purdue Foundry Awards Investments

Elevate Purdue Foundry Fund has announced $80,000 in investment funding to four Purdue University-affiliated startups. The startups have been selected to receive tier-one "Black Award" investments of $20,000 each. They are Covert Defenses, BDYWR, Rogo Ag LLC and C2 Medical Robotics Inc.  Covert Defenses develops technology to prevent computer attacks on systems such as a nuclear reactor or power plant. 

IU Names Cybersecurity Innovation Director

IU Names Cybersecurity Innovation Director

Indiana University has selected Von Welch for the newly-created position of executive director for cybersecurity innovation. In his new role, which will encompass IU's entire statewide network, Welch will be responsible for leveraging the university's "operational and research strengths in combination to address challenges faced across the nation."

Purdue Ag-Tech Startup Lands $200K

Purdue Ag-Tech Startup Lands $200K

A Purdue University ag-tech startup has secured two large investments. Rogo Ag LLC, which is developing autonomous robots to collect more accurate soil samples for farmers, received $200,000 from the Purdue Ag-Celerator Fund and Ag Alumni Seed, a Purdue-affiliated nonprofit.

Title Pro Technologies Acquired by Vitu

Title Pro Technologies Acquired by Vitu

Indianapolis-based Title Pro Technologies has been acquired by tech company Vitu. The acquisition combines the companies' staff, customer contracts and assets, with Title Pro Technology, LLC, now operating under the Vitu name.

Indy Tech Company to Sponsor Juncos for Indy 500

Indy Tech Company to Sponsor Juncos for Indy 500

Indianapolis-based email intelligence platform 250ok has announced it will be the lead sponsor of the Juncos Racing team for Sunday's Indianapolis 500. 250ok Chief Executive Officer Greg Kraios says he identified with Juncos Racing's humble beginnings and his company jumped on the chance to sponsor the team after Juncos driver Kyle Kaiser qualified with an unsponsored car.

Linebarger: Tech, Innovation Fueling Cummins Growth

Linebarger: Tech, Innovation Fueling Cummins Growth

Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) Chief Executive Officer Tom Linebarger frequently refers to the Columbus-based engine maker as a technology company that happens to be in the manufacturing sector, and last week’s announcement of nearly $70 million in projects suggests that mantra will ring true for decades to come. A new $35 million digital and IT hub in Greenwood is a perfect example. It will bring together information technology, digital and engineering talent to focus on ways to...

Engineering Company Adding Jobs in Columbus

Engineering Company Adding Jobs in Columbus

Columbus-based LHP Engineering Solutions says it will expand its Bartholomew County operations and add up to 135 jobs by 2023. The company, which provides engineering services for the automotive, aerospace and medical industries, says it will invest more than $1 million to upgrade its Columbus headquarters. LHP currently employs nearly 200 associates in Columbus and close to 500 worldwide. In addition to its Indiana headquarters, the company has operations in California...

Salesforce Chief: White House Pledge is 'What We Need'

Salesforce Chief: White House Pledge is 'What We Need'

The chairman and co-chief executive officer of Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) says signing the White House's Pledge to America's Workers is exciting for his company. Marc Benioff signed the pledge at an event this morning at Salesforce Tower in downtown Indianapolis, which was also attended by Ivanka Trump, advisor to President Donald Trump. Salesforce officially committed to help train 500,000 workers as part of the pledge, though Benioff said as signed it that the company would...

Salesforce Signs White House Pledge

Salesforce Signs White House Pledge

Tech giant Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) today in Indianapolis signed a White House Pledge to help train at least 500,000 Americans for jobs within the company's ecosystem over the next five years. This morning's event, which includes President Trump Advisor Ivanka Trump, is part of the customer relationship management company's inaugural Trailblazer Day. Salesforce estimates that, along with its network of partners and customers, it will support more than three million new jobs around...

MetaCX Investment Part of Growing Tech Sector

MetaCX Investment Part of Growing Tech Sector

The chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based tech company MetaCX says Indiana's tech scene has become part of a national conversation. The company announced today it is investing $1.4 million to set up shop on the 10th floor of Salesforce Tower in downtown Indy with plans to add up to 75 jobs by 2023. Scott McCorkle, former ExactTarget president and Salesforce Marketing Cloud CEO, says he couldn't imagine starting a business anywhere other than Indiana, which has a...

MetaCX Growing in Indy, Adding Jobs

MetaCX Growing in Indy, Adding Jobs

Indianapolis-based Software-as-a-Service startup MetaCX says it will scale up operations in central Indiana and create up to 75 jobs by 2023. The High Alpha portfolio company will invest $1.4 million to renovate and equip office space in the Salesforce Tower. The company's platform helps clients and businesses organize and manage their SaaS providers. MetaCX is led by former ExactTarget President and Salesforce marketing Cloud Chief Executive...

Tech Company Set For Jobs Announcement

Tech Company Set For Jobs Announcement

State and local officials will Tuesday join officials from Indianapolis-based MetaCX and its venture studio, High Alpha, for an economic development announcement. Few details are available, however the Indiana Economic Development Corp. says the announcement will involve new jobs for the Software-as-a-Service company. The announcement is set to take place at Salesforce Tower in downtown Indianapolis. Hogsett and Governor Eric Holcomb will attend the event. MetaCX launched in...

Autonomous Kart Racing Returns to IMS

Autonomous Kart Racing Returns to IMS

Purdue University Motorsports will Tuesday begin the annual evGrand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The two-day event will feature high school and college teams competing in their electric karts, as well as autonomous karts, as part of the Student Karting World Finals.

Saab Jet Fighter Investment May Be Just the Beginning

Saab Jet Fighter Investment May Be Just the Beginning

It is viewed as a major win for Indiana’s increasing effort to attract global investment in the aviation and aerospace sectors. But Saab’s plans to invest $37 million and add 300 jobs at a fighter jet plant in the Purdue Discovery Park District may be just the beginning of a far-reaching partnership. "It's not just going to be the fuselage down the road and the partnership with Boeing,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger.

The Bee Corp. Relocating to Indy

The Bee Corp. Relocating to Indy

Bloomington-based ag-tech startup The Bee Corp. has announced plans to relocate its headquarters to Indianapolis. The company, which specializes in infrared imaging software to help growers who rent beehives for pollination, says it is currently in the process of evaluating potential office space.

Boardable Secures $1M in Seed Funding

Boardable Secures $1M in Seed Funding

Indianapolis-based tech company Boardable has completed a $1 million seed round of funding. The company, which has developed software aimed at increasing board member engagement for nonprofits, says it plans to invest the funding in product, marketing and sales, as well as talent as it seeks to double its full-time workforce by the end of the year.

More Techshot Equipment Arrives at Space Station

More Techshot Equipment Arrives at Space Station

More research equipment from Greenville-based Techshot Inc. has made its way to the International Space Station. The equipment, which launched Saturday aboard an uncrewed SpaceX cargo resupply spacecraft, contains experiment modules to be used in a Massachusetts Institute of Technology tissue chip experiment.

Genesys Names New CEO

Genesys Names New CEO

California-based Genesys has selected former Skype CEO Tony Bates as its new chief executive officer. The company, which employs more than 800 in Indianapolis, says Bates' predecessor, Paul Segre, will continue as chairman.

Spot Freight Adds to Downtown Indy HQ

Spot Freight Adds to Downtown Indy HQ

Spot Freight Inc. has completed an expansion of its downtown Indianapolis headquarters. The logistics company, which moved into the second floor of the former Jillian's building in 2016, has completed the renovation of the building's third floor, doubling the size of its previous office space. Spot Freight says it has invested more than $2 million between its two expansions over the past three years and plans to continue the growth of its Indiana footprint over the next five years.

Ag Tech Company Bringing Hundreds of Jobs to Rushville

Ag Tech Company Bringing Hundreds of Jobs to Rushville

Florida-based Cormo USA Inc. has announced plans to establish its first U.S. production plant in Rushville and create up to 250 jobs by the end of 2023. The company, which uses technology to turn corn field waste into sustainable products, says it will invest nearly $30 million to build and equip a facility on 10 acres in Rushville's Commerce Park. Cormo USA is a joint venture between Switzerland-based Cormo AG and Sustainable Projects Group Inc. in Florida. It plans to break...

More Funding Raised For Perceivant

More Funding Raised For Perceivant

An Indianapolis-based education technology company has completed a nearly $600,000 round of funding. Perceivant, which provides an interactive digital platform to replace traditional textbooks and e-books, says it plans to use the funding to bring the platform to more colleges nationwide.

Ball State Grad to Compete in Startup Program

Ball State Grad to Compete in Startup Program

Recent Ball State University graduate Wes Crouch and his team from Indianapolis-based Tudr have been selected from among 300 of the world’s most promising startups to participate in MassChallenge’s startup accelerator. The team will Friday fly to Boston for a final pitch in front of a panel of MassChallenge judges, competing for a spot in the 128-team cohort.

Purdue Students Create Innovation Website

Purdue Students Create Innovation Website

Entrepreneurial students from different clubs and organizations have created a website they hope will boost innovation on the Purdue University campus. Startup Purdue will be the primary online resource for student entrepreneurship.

'Best Places' Winner Speaks on Culture

'Best Places' Winner Speaks on Culture

The company that topped the "medium" category on this year's "Best Places to Work in Indiana" list says the program offers a key opportunity to make what he calls a strong culture even stronger. Moser Consulting Chief Executive Officer Ty Moser says, as more tech companies come to Indianapolis, talent is harder and harder to attract, so the employee surveys the program uses to rank companies helps fuel "continuous improvement" in culture. During a...

Culture Matters: Formstack's New HQ

Culture Matters: Formstack's New HQ

A tech company previously headquartered in Indianapolis recently made a move to Fishers in an effort to grow in a space that better reflects its mission. Our Culture Matters segment this month features Fishers-based Formstack, a Software-as-a-Service company that focuses on data capture and workflows. Paul Ashley, managing director at FirstPerson in Indianapolis, says because Formstack helps entrepreneurs with their product, the company...

New Funding to Fuel Growth For Viral Launch

New Funding to Fuel Growth For Viral Launch

An Indianapolis-based tech company has closed on a major round of funding. Viral Launch, which provides software and services to enable companies to sell successfully on Amazon, has secured $7.3 million in Series A funding led by New York-based Tenfore Holdings. The company says the funding will allow it to enhance its software platform and fuel next-stage growth. Viral Launch also received funding from existing investors, including Mentors Fund in California and UpOver Ventures.

Horizon Acquires Indy Fiber Network

Horizon Acquires Indy Fiber Network

Ohio-based regional fiber broadband company Horizon Network Partners is planning to acquire a fiber network in downtown Indianapolis. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed, however Horizon says it will be able to serve more than 100 business customers in the downtown area.

Hoosier Tech Aims to Boost Firefighter Health

Hoosier Tech Aims to Boost Firefighter Health

A Bloomington-based company hopes its technology will help more firefighters track a dangerous job hazard. Envisage Technologies operates training and compliance software for first responders throughout the country and last year acquired the cloud-based Exposure Tracker software, which helps firefighters track their exposure to carcinogens on any web-connected device. The software was created by Clive Savacool, a 20-year fire service veteran, who came up with the idea after...