Purdue University is celebrating a milestone in startup creation reached last year. The university says it has reached 223 startups with more than $350 million in funding and investments generated, as well as more than 300 new jobs. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Purdue Research Foundation Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Placemaking Greg Deason said the rise in startup activity followed a challenge by President Mitch Daniels shortly after he took office.