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Northeast Indiana Innovation Center: Registration Open for Women Tech Business Builders Program (Fort Wayne)

Women tech business builders are experiencing greater success in launching and growing their businesses through the Launch Women Business Builder Program in Northeast Indiana. Simply ask Melissa Hall, Sample Snap Founder. When the first cohort of the program completed phase one earlier this year, the milestone was marked with a pitch competition. Sample Snap was named Launch Women Business [...]

2018-12-05T10:54:19+00:00December 3rd, 2018|

Tech Talk: Crafting New Homes for Creativity

There is no shortage of news about Indiana places and spaces to boost creativity and innovation. A few of the recent highlights: The Mill, part of the downtown Trades District, is billed as Bloomington’s center of gravity for innovators, remote workers, entrepreneurs and innovators. The 19,000 square feet was part of the Showers Brothers Furniture Factory built in 1915. [...]

2018-11-28T10:25:30+00:00November 28th, 2018|

Research: Franchises vs. Independent Businesses

One of the key selling points of a franchise business – that it mitigates some of the risk of starting a business – can give franchisees a false sense of security, says a University of Michigan researcher. Economist Francine Lafontaine analyzed U.S. Census data for industries where franchising activity is strongest, such as restaurants and traveler accommodations, and found [...]

2018-11-16T12:26:18+00:00November 19th, 2018|

Scott Jones on Doing Business in the ‘Fast Lane’

Everyone is looking for a value. How about this one? A 30-minute (plus a few more) conversation with Scott Jones yields far more in innovation insights and entrepreneurial observations. Jones' geographic path went from computer science at Indiana University to Boston (including MIT and the invention of voicemail) and back to Indiana to be an early leader of developing the [...]

2018-10-24T14:49:40+00:00October 24th, 2018|

Tech Talk: Adding Up the Angel Numbers

Quarterly venture capital reports have become a popular barometer of financial activity in the entrepreneurial world. They provide a helpful snapshot, but also have their shortcomings – including a lack of complete data. Angel capital numbers have been far less organized, in part due to the nature of the investments. But the Angel Capital Association (ACA) is seeking to [...]

2018-10-11T09:38:45+00:00October 11th, 2018|

BizVoiceExtra: Start-Ups Take Seven-Week Journey

The entrepreneurial bug is busy in Indy. It almost sank its teeth into me this summer (and I don’t have any entrepreneurial bones in my body!) as I chatted with folks at several start-ups. All were graduates of gBETA Indy – a free, seven-week program for early-stage companies. gBETA Indy, Indiana’s first public accelerator, is a program of nationally-ranked [...]

2018-08-30T10:00:52+00:00August 30th, 2018|

Tech Talk: Companies Place Big Bets on Indiana

The Heritage Group (THG), an Indianapolis-based business holding company, has typically operated somewhat quietly. But that lack of public notice should not be confused with any shortcomings in the success category. Founded in 1930 and controlled by the Fehsenfeld family, THG has an ownership interest in 31 companies and about 6,500 global employees. Approximately half of those people work [...]

2018-08-23T09:37:05+00:00August 23rd, 2018|

Tech Talk: Waiting for the Day That This Is Not a Topic

One week ago, we shared some of the important events, both recent and upcoming, that Indy Women in Tech and Women & Hi Tech are engaged in. The missions include introducing more young people to the STEM disciplines, enhancing diversity in the business community and providing women with the resources they need to be successful. There is no shortage [...]

2018-08-15T13:02:15+00:00August 15th, 2018|

Tech Talk: Michigan Momentum and Ohio Strategy

While the focus here, of course, is on investment and growth in Indiana's tech and innovation communities, one must be aware of what is taking place elsewhere. We share some updates from neighboring states to the north and east. Pete Wilkins, managing director of Hyde Park Angels, recently wrote about what he sees as growing strength in Michigan. A few [...]

2018-08-01T10:48:14+00:00August 1st, 2018|

Tech Talk: VC Hot Streak Continues

Our friends at TechPoint recently shared a summary of the strong investment activity that took place with Indiana tech companies in the second quarter of the year. Nationally, here are some of the venture capital highlights for the first half of 2018, which is shaping up as an excellent year. The numbers are from the PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor and [...]

2018-07-18T10:34:08+00:00July 18th, 2018|