The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) was formed in 1999 to bring together the chief executives of Central Indiana’s prominent corporations, foundations and universities in a strategic and collaborative effort dedicated to the region’s continued prosperity and growth.

To advance this mission, CICP sponsors six key economic development initiatives, AgriNovus Indiana, Ascend Indiana, BioCrossroads, Conexus Indiana, Energy Systems Network and TechPoint each of which addresses challenges and opportunities unique to its respective sector: agricultural innovation, life sciences, workforce development, advanced manufacturing and logistics, energy technology and technology.

AgriNovus Indiana
Ascend Indiana
Conexus Indiana
Energy Systems Network

AgriNovus Indiana is the state’s agbiosciences initiative focused on advancing the sector as a nationally recognized leader in the development of new, innovative products and services. Specifically, AgriNovus Indiana focuses on the creation and support of new companies as well as branding and targeted promotions to elevate the sector in key areas such as Plant Science and Crop Protection, Animal Health and Nutrition Products, Value-Added Human Food and Nutrition Products, and AgTech. AgriNovus Indiana serves as a catalyst for strategic collaboration among individuals, corporations, industry associations, government and universities.

Ascend Indiana exists to give every Indiana employer access to the skilled workforce necessary to thrive, and every Indiana citizen the opportunity to pursue a meaningful career path. Ascend Indiana is a catalyst across industry sectors to help connect the supply of skilled talent to demand from employers through proven, scalable programs and innovative solutions. The organization collaborates with corporate, education, and community partners to identify and address challenges within the talent pipeline.

BioCrossroads advances Indiana’s signature strengths in the life sciences by connecting with corporate, academic and philanthropic partners; facilitating investments in promising start ups and building new enterprises; and educating through conferences, reports and market development knowledge. The initiative supports the region’s existing research and corporate strengths while encouraging new business development and has formed several new nonprofit organizations, including the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute, Indiana Health Information Exchange, BioCrossroadsLINX, OrthoWorx, and Datalys Center.

Conexus Indiana promotes the state’s advanced manufacturing and logistics (AML) industry, prepares a skilled workforce pipeline, and supports growth and investment in an industry segment vital to Indiana’s economy. A statewide catalyst for collaboration between industry, academia, and government, Conexus Indiana has spearheaded innovative programs to help prepare students for AML careers, and has shepherded the development of industry-led councils that identify and prioritize opportunities for growth in the logistics industry as well as the automotive and aerospace and defense sectors.

Energy Systems Network (ESN) is building an energy ecosystem that integrates all aspects of the energy landscape: energy generation, distribution, the built environment, and transportation. Our mission is to leverage our network of global thought leaders to develop integrated energy solutions to increase quality of life for today and tomorrow. Our collective focus is to reduce costs, emissions and waste; influence policy; and advance technological innovation.