IEDC to support TechPoint’s 25th annual ‘Best of Tech’ Mira Awards

2023-12-21T01:04:24-05:00December 19, 2023|

Nominations are open now and tickets are on sale for the gala event at the Old National Centre on April 26 INDIANAPOLIS — TechPoint today announced a partnership with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) for the highly anticipated 25th anniversary Mira Awards gala honoring the “Best of Tech” in Indiana as the first-ever marquee presenter. Leading up to the Mira Awards gala, IEDC is co-sponsoring IDEA Week with TechPoint and the innovation festival’s creator, the University of Notre Dame. The Mira Awards program recognizes excellence and innovation in 18 different award categories that highlight organizations and individuals who represent the best and brightest innovators across the state. Simply being a Mira Award nominee has garnered honorees the attention of investors and potential partners and employees who want to work with exciting enterprises. IEDC’s support will also help Hoosier startup founders [...]

TechPoint launches network designed to lighten the load on state’s tech founders and help them succeed 

2023-12-06T11:19:56-05:00November 17, 2023|

Network perks include free co-working space and steep discounts INDIANAPOLIS – Starting a new business, service or product is a daunting task, but inventors, innovators and founders have long been described as courageous, audacious and brave. Less often acknowledged and rarely addressed are other attributes these trailblazers share: loneliness, brutal stress and even fear. In Indiana, that lack of attention on the psychological price of entrepreneurship stops today with the launch of the Indiana Founders Network, an organization supported by  but led by members. “No Indiana organization focused on the tech sector has coached more startups than TechPoint’s leadership and venture support teams,” said TechPoint President and CEO Ting Gootee. “And as we discussed how best to execute on new strategies designed to further strengthen Indiana’s digital innovation economy, we realized we couldn’t fully do that if we don’t address [...]

Nominations open today for TechPoint’s 25th annual ‘Best of Tech’ Mira Awards

2023-11-07T08:55:19-05:00November 7, 2023|

Tickets are on sale now; capacity has doubled with the April 26, 2024, event now at the Old National Centre  INDIANAPOLIS — TechPoint today opened nominations for its highly anticipated 25th-anniversary Mira Awards honoring the “Best of Tech” in Indiana. Named after the brightest star that can be seen from Earth, the Mira Awards gala recognizes excellence and innovation in 18 different award categories. Since 1999, the Mira Awards have been pivotal in promoting and celebrating the state's top technology innovators, disruptors, business leaders and game-changers. They are a testament to the incredible technological achievements coming out of multiple industries, as well as the spirit of innovation that characterizes the digital innovation landscape in Indiana. TechPoint announced a new location and format for the awards last month, which includes doubling the number of people who will be able to attend [...]

Butler University, gener8tor, and TechPoint launch Education and Workforce Innovation accelerator

2023-10-17T17:54:45-04:00October 17, 2023|

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 17, 2023) – Five startup companies will receive $100,000 each thanks to a new accelerator program focused on transforming education and workforce learning, especially with advanced technology. The funding will be provided through a new partnership between Butler University, gener8tor (a global venture firm that operates accelerator programs), and TechPoint. Through the partnership, named the “Butler Accelerator for Education and Workforce Innovation powered by gener8tor,” Butler, TechPoint and gener8tor will equip the startups with funding, work space, mentorship, access to capital, networking and related support for early-stage small businesses and startups from across the United States and Canada. The edtech accelerator will have operations at both Butler University and the 16 Tech Innovation District located in downtown Indianapolis. “Butler is consistently ranked as a leader in innovation. Through the accelerator program, our support of the next generation of companies poised [...]

TechPoint to Celebrate 25th Anniversary ‘Best of Tech’ Mira Awards at Old National Centre 

2023-10-10T08:31:00-04:00October 6, 2023|

INDIANAPOLIS — Celebrating its silver anniversary next year, TechPoint’s Mira Awards gala—known as the “Oscars of Tech in Indiana”—will be held on Friday, April 26, 2024, at the Old National Centre in Indianapolis. TechPoint and its sponsors and partners will take over the entire venue, including an awards show in the Murat Theatre followed by a community celebration and afterparty in the Egyptian Room. With the event attracting sold-out crowds over the past 10 years, this new location enables doubling attendance at the gala from 1,200 to 2,400 people. Extra seating capacity is also important as the organization recognizes digital innovation statewide across all industries. Additionally, TechPoint will reduce the general admission ticket price by at least $100 to make it more affordable for startup teams and traditionally underrepresented groups in tech. “Digital innovation is the key to keeping our [...]

TechPoint launches second phase of Mission41K: action steps based on a year of determining the best ways to grow Indiana’s tech workforce

2023-09-18T01:22:00-04:00September 5, 2023|

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 5, 2023) — This Thursday, TechPoint, Indiana’s industry-led growth initiative for the state’s digital innovation economy, will host a summit to kick off the second phase of its Mission41K initiative, a collaborative effort to inclusively grow the Hoosier tech workforce by 41,000 people by 2030. The half-day gathering of hundreds of Mission41K participants and supporters will include a keynote address from Cordell Carter, Esq., executive director of the Aspen Institute Socrates Program, a global education forum and the founding director of the Aspen Institute’s Project on Belonging. An industry panel of experts who have been implementing work-based learning strategies will discuss what they’ve gleaned over the year, and participants will take that information into breakout sessions designed to help develop action steps. Launched in September 2022, Mission41K is a state-wide, cross-sector effort with more than 100 companies and organizations [...]

Infosys Foundation USA Invests $200,000 To Boost Hoosier Tech Careers Through Collaboration with TechPoint, Nextech and Indianapolis Public Schools

2023-08-31T15:37:22-04:00August 22, 2023|

INDIANAPOLIS — Infosys Foundation USA, a non-profit organization focused on bridging the digital divide in America, today announced a $200,000 investment to support Hoosiers in their pursuit of upskilling for tech careers. The funding will be awarded to the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) Foundation to support TechPoint, Indiana’s industry-led growth initiative for the state’s tech ecosystem, as well as partners Nextech and Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), to expand proven programming statewide and to implement new tech-career programs in central Indiana. “The Foundation has a strong history in Indiana, having launched our signature K-12 computer science teacher-focused Pathfinders Institute at Indiana University Bloomington in 2018. We’re thrilled to now reflect our expanded mission to digitally upskill the future workforce through our partnership with TechPoint, focused on advancing the Mission41K initiative,” said Kate Maloney, Executive Director, Infosys Foundation USA. “There are [...]

TechPoint issues positive progress report for its Mission41K initiative

2023-08-01T07:14:10-04:00July 24, 2023|

TechPoint, the growth initiative for Indiana's tech sector, has released a progress report on its Mission 41K initiative aimed at growing the tech sector by 41,000 jobs by 2030. The initiative, which launched in September 2022, has shown progress as Indiana has grown its tech workforce by 5.6 percent, which is double the national tech workforce rate last year. According to TechPoint, since it launched the initiative more than 100 individuals and organizations have taken the Mission41K pledge. The report shows that 92 percent of all jobs in Indiana require some level of tech skill. Tech employment in Indiana stands at 118,872 jobs at nearly 9,300 tech companies. TechPoint's report shows that those companies posted more than 55,000 open positions last year. [READ FULL REPORT] In a recent Inside INdiana Business article, Dennis Trinkle, senior vice president of talent, strategy [...]

TechPoint issues Q2 2023 Indiana Tech Venture Report: Steadying pace towards market equilibrium between startups and investors

2023-07-17T15:05:10-04:00July 17, 2023|

The venture capital landscape today, with regards to deal flow, looks similar to that of the early months of the pandemic in 2020. Crunchbase data showed global venture funding in Q2 2023 fell 18% quarter over quarter to $65 billion, down 49% compared to the second quarter of 2022, when startup investors spent $127 billion. The first half of 2023 is down by similar proportions. In H1 2023, global funding reached $144 billion, marking a 51% decline from the $293 billion invested in H1 2022 and a 10% decline from the second half of 2022. “The trickle-down market effect from later-stage deals now to the seed and early-stage deals, especially around decreased valuation, has been shaping this year’s activities,” explained TechPoint President and CEO Ting Gootee. “This has a significant impact on an emerging venture community like ours where most founders are [...]

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