Thirty young professionals named to Conexus Indiana Rising 30

2021-05-04T10:14:04-04:00April 30, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS (April 30, 2021) Conexus Indiana announced the 30 young professionals who have been named to the inaugural Rising 30 cohort. From CEOs, to engineers, educators and innovators, Rising 30 honorees represent Indiana’s top talent under the age of 30 who will drive Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics industries successfully into the future. The Rising 30 program is part of Conexus Indiana’s mission to strengthen Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics industry and create pathways for Hoosiers to succeed in Indiana’s largest industry sector. “The advanced manufacturing and logistics industries are vital to Indiana's economic prosperity, employing 1 out of every 5 Hoosiers and accounting for more than 30 percent of Indiana’s economic output,” said Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. “Conexus Indiana is a vital partner in our work to grow Indiana’s largest industry sector and provide Hoosiers with rewarding career opportunities. [...]

TechPoint honors ‘Best of Tech’ Mira Award winners during 22nd annual gala

2021-05-05T06:34:52-04:00April 23, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS (April 22, 2021) — TechPoint, the nonprofit, industry-led growth accelerator for Indiana’s tech ecosystem, honored 122 nominees and 16 award winners during a live broadcast of the organization’s 22nd annual Mira Awards gala, with presenting sponsor Salesforce. “Community matters, not only in the challenging times, but also the times of celebration and hope,” said Mike Langellier, president and CEO of TechPoint. “Now is one of those times and the Mira Awards gala is our tech community’s rallying point to come together, share stories of success, and look to the future with hope and determination.” The Mira Awards, which is the state’s largest and longest running technology awards program, recognizes the “Best of Tech” in Indiana. This year, 16 award winners and honorees were chosen from a record-breaking 211 applications. Fifty-two independent, volunteer judges spent more than 850 total hours [...]

CICP Releases 2020 Annual Report

2021-05-05T06:35:32-04:00April 15, 2021|

As we all know, 2020 was an extraordinary year on many fronts. However, CICP and its six talent and industry sector initiatives continued to make huge strides throughout some very challenging times. That work to advance our regional and statewide economies is showcased in the 2020 CICP Annual Report. “I’ve led this organization for eight years and have never been so proud of the work that CICP, our six initiatives, and our members working in collaboration with the CICP team have managed to accomplish,” said David L. Johnson, president and CEO, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP). View the 2020 CICP Annual Report HERE: (Note: The report is meant to be viewed as a two-page spread. Downloading the report will provide that view.)

Indiana’s life sciences companies accessed more than $9 billion to grow innovation in 2020 BioCrossroads report details funding sources, deals, investors

2021-05-05T06:36:06-04:00April 12, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS (April 12, 2021) --   In 2020, Indiana’s life sciences companies accessed over $9 billion in capital to grow and support innovation. The funding comes from a variety of sources including Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards, venture capital, initial public offerings and related public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. BioCrossroads today issued their annual report, Indiana Life Sciences Capital 2020, which provides details on the funding events throughout the year. The $9 billion includes: $12.6 million SBIR awarded to 21 companies. $262 million in venture capital invested in 44 companies. $141.8 million accessed through public markets by three companies. $8.6 billion+ spent to acquire innovation, representing nine transactions. The market capitalization for Indiana’s public life sciences companies as of Dec. 31, 2020 was $297.6 billion and includes Eli Lilly and Company, Anthem, Zimmer [...]

BCforward CEO and Founder Justin Christian to receive TechPoint’s Trailblazer Award during Mira Awards gala

2021-04-08T18:11:37-04:00April 6, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS (April 6, 2021) — TechPoint, the nonprofit, industry-led growth initiative for Indiana’s technology ecosystem, will honor entrepreneur and business leader, philanthropist, “girl dad” and arbiter of cool Justin Christian, with the Trailblazer Award, during a live broadcast of the 22nd annual Mira Awards gala (Thursday, April 22, beginning at 8 p.m. EDT). Christian co-founded IT consulting firm BCforward in 1998, which he has since grown into the state’s largest Information Technology solutions and staffing corporation and one of the top ten largest black-owned companies in the country. The Mira Awards—with presenting sponsor Salesforce—celebrate the best of tech in Indiana each year, including people, products, companies and places. The Trailblazer Award recognizes visionaries whose contributions have had lasting and signifxicant impact on the state and its technology ecosystem. Trailblazers are among the tech community’s most inspiring and influential players. They [...]

Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation Grant Opens Doors for Marion County Residents to Get Paid Training and Employment with Local Manufacturing Companies

2021-04-08T18:09:54-04:00March 31, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS (March 31, 2021) Marion County has nearly 1,000 manufacturing companies providing an average starting hourly wage of $16/hour, more than 20 percent higher than Indiana’s family sustaining wage. The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation has awarded Conexus Indiana a $350,000 grant to train and place residents in these opportunity jobs and to help fill the nearly 10,000 advanced manufacturing job openings in and around Marion County. Today’s announcement is the first step in Conexus Indiana’s mission to bring its proven career training program to Marion County residents and create pathways for employment and career growth with local manufacturers. Conexus Indiana’s program, Catapult Indiana, is available in five communities around Indiana and has placed on average 85 percent of its graduates in advanced manufacturing jobs. “As employers, advanced manufacturers offer Marion County residents rewarding work making everything from life-changing pharmaceuticals to [...]

Bloomington to receive Rising Tech City Award during TechPoint’s 22nd annual Mira Awards gala

2021-04-11T11:48:30-04:00March 30, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS (March 30, 2021) — TechPoint, the nonprofit, industry-led growth initiative for Indiana’s technology ecosystem, will recognize the City of Bloomington with a prestigious Rising Tech City Award during the 22nd annual Mira Awards gala on Thursday, April 22, beginning at 8 p.m. EDT. The awards are being held virtually again this year due to the pandemic and the public may watch the live broadcast for free online at https://techpoint.org/riseup. The Mira Awards—with presenting sponsor Salesforce—celebrate the best of tech in Indiana each year, including people, products, companies and places. The Rising Tech City award honors a city, town, region or community within the state of Indiana and celebrates the projects and the people behind them who have championed the location’s advancement and tech friendliness. The emphasis is on developing compelling places where diverse, tech-skilled people want to live. While [...]

Indiana’s life sciences industry breaks yearly records in two key categories – exports and venture capital

2021-04-21T11:21:42-04:00March 25, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS, (March 25, 2021) --   While COVID-19 continues to make the headlines, Indiana’s life sciences industry not only combatted the pandemic with testing, treatments, clinical trials, and vaccine manufacturing but remained committed to innovating and investing throughout 2020. New data provided to BioCrossroads by the Indiana Business Research Center (IBRC) at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business shows a thriving and growing sector. One of the most notable milestones: Indiana is the second highest exporter of life sciences products in the U.S. and has been for more than a decade.  In 2020, more than $11.4 billion of products were exported from the state, representing more than $192,000 of output per worker, the highest amount ever recorded. In addition, Indiana life sciences start-ups garnered a record level of venture capital investment with more than $262 million committed to 44 companies, [...]

AgriNovus Indiana announces changes, additions to its Board of Directors

2021-04-05T16:42:56-04:00March 18, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS (March 18, 2021) — AgriNovus Indiana, an initiative to fuel growth in Indiana’s agbioscience economy, announced today the addition of three new members to its board of directors. The board unanimously approved the seat change of Dr. Scott Holmstrom, vice president of Product Development and Innovation Regulatory at Elanco and Megan Ritter, executive director of administration at Indiana Farm Bureau, to the board. Additionally, the board unanimously approved the addition of Mike DiPaola, North American general manager and vice president of sales at Taranis, to the board, bringing decades of leadership to the organization. “AgriNovus is laser focused on fueling growth across Indiana’s agbioscience economy guided by a board of directors that represent the best of agbioscience,” said Mitch Frazier, president and CEO of AgriNovus Indiana. “Scott’s deep experience in animal health, Megan’s leadership with producers and Mike’s agtech experience [...]

J. Mark Howell to step down from Conexus Indiana in June 2021

2021-04-05T16:49:43-04:00March 17, 2021|

J. Mark Howell, president and CEO, Conexus Indiana INDIANAPOLIS (March 17, 2021) The Conexus Indiana Board of Directors announced today that J. Mark Howell, president and CEO of Conexus Indiana, has decided to step down from the organization effective June 2021. “The work that Mark has accomplished in the past three years as president and CEO of Conexus Indiana is nothing short of remarkable,” said Dennis Oklak, chairman of the Conexus Indiana Board of Directors. “Mark came to Conexus and quickly created a strategic plan for the organization, which has served as an effective roadmap for Conexus Indiana’s current work and that will sustain the organization’s efforts for years to come.” Howell joined Conexus Indiana in January 2018 with a focus on preparing Indiana’s  advanced manufacturing and logistics industries for Industry 4.0, defined by the use of advanced [...]

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