TechPoint powering a venture support ‘Dream Team’ to help cross-sector Hoosier startups drive digital innovation throughout Indiana

2022-12-14T09:19:56-05:00December 14, 2022|

INDIANAPOLIS — (December 14, 2022) — Building a business – even for the most innovative products and services – is hard. Building a venture-backed high-growth company from the ground up is even harder. But Indiana is full of eager entrepreneurs with innovative ideas who are ready to take on the challenge. That’s why TechPoint is working with some of its Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) initiatives and the nation’s venture capital community to supercharge programs and services that connect Hoosier founders with industry experts and investment professionals to help support innovative ideas. Most of the suite of services is available free-of-charge to Hoosier entrepreneurs and will grow as additional needs are identified. TechPoint President and CEO Ting Gootee said the collaborative effort is designed to help Hoosier entrepreneurs fully activate their startups and elevate them to scale-up status whether they [...]

TechPoint opens nominations for 24th Mira Awards championing tech talent and digital innovation

2022-12-13T03:35:52-05:00December 13, 2022|

Entries accepted now through Friday, January 27, 2023 INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 13, 2022) — TechPoint is accepting nominations for its 24th annual Mira Awards, Indiana’s largest, best known and most prestigious technology awards program. People are encouraged to enter themselves or nominate others in 18 different “Best of Tech” award categories, 10 of which are brand new this year. Entries are expected to come from across all industries throughout the state including technology, life sciences, advanced manufacturing and logistics, agribiosciences, academia and more. The award categories reflect the importance of technology as an enabler of all other industries, as well as TechPoint’s focus on talent pathways into tech careers and the digital innovation that continues to drive disruptive change on a global scale. “CIOs, IT departments and other tech innovators and entrepreneurs rose to the challenge of growing digital connectivity and [...]

TechPoint President and CEO Ting Gootee named a Champion of Diversity

2023-01-13T13:08:11-05:00December 6, 2022|

INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 6, 2022) - Ting Gootee, president and CEO of TechPoint, is among 15 Indiana honorees named to the Indiana Minority Business Magazine’s 16th annual Champions of Diversity Awards. Gootee was chosen by a committee that reviewed more than 100 nominations for the awards, which included individuals and organizations that have shown a commitment to diversity in Indiana and have made an effort to impact the state’s minority communities. She was nominated by multiple people, said Robert Shegog, president and CEO of the magazine and its sister publication, the Indianapolis Recorder newspaper. Shegog credited Gootee’s work with the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Elevate Ventures and the Indiana 21st Century Research & Technology Fund, along with work TechPoint has done to “intentionally engage the minority community across the entire state of Indiana to help strengthen the tech ecosystems.” Awards will [...]

TechPoint and NFP offer compensation and benefits guide to help Indiana tech companies hire and retain workers 

2022-10-25T07:23:50-04:00October 25, 2022|

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 25, 2022) — Indiana tech companies face a very competitive global talent market that makes it difficult to hire and retain workers. In an effort to ease that issue, so employers can instead focus on innovating and growing, TechPoint has partnered with NFP to develop a compensation and benefits guide entitled, “2022 Total Rewards: Indiana Tech Trends Report.” The 70-page report focuses on 10 in-demand and growth-oriented information technology occupations in the Indianapolis Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The report details expected current market salary ranges and benefits as well as outlines the types of health insurance coverage, contribution levels and associated offerings that companies commonly make to give insights that can help them shape their hiring practices. “Hoosier employers are competing for the same tech workers as Google, Apple, Amazon, Samsung, Microsoft, Netflix and other major technology brands,” said [...]

TechPoint partners with InnoPower to help Black Hoosiers in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and Gary launch tech careers

2022-10-18T12:45:59-04:00October 18, 2022|

INDIANAPOLIS — (October 18, 2022) — Too few Black Hoosiers are working in or working toward a career in the Indiana tech sector. TechPoint, Indiana’s nonprofit, industry-led tech sector growth initiative and InnoPower, a community development organization that works to increase opportunities for Black Hoosiers, are working to change that. Through a series of grassroots-based gatherings, the two organizations will facilitate “Design Thinking” sessions focused on developing Black tech talent in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and Gary. “We are committed to inclusively growing Indiana’s tech sector by 41,000 people by 2030, and this partnership will be key to reaching Black Hoosiers to let them know that we welcome them; in fact, we need them, to be part of our community,” said TechPoint President and CEO Ting Gootee. “Our tech companies will be the better for their participation, insights and leadership.” InnoPower [...]

TechPoint prioritizes adult apprenticeships in tech with nationally recognized partner New Apprenticeship to dramatically expand workforce

2022-10-11T09:12:29-04:00October 11, 2022|

INDIANAPOLIS (October 11, 2022) — TechPoint, the nonprofit, industry-led growth accelerator for Indiana’s tech ecosystem, today announced a strategic partnership with New Apprenticeship TM (NEW), another key element of its Mission41K plan to inclusively grow the Indiana tech workforce by an additional 41,000 workers by 2030. Apprenticeships are a proven way to encourage youth to join the tech sector, and a quick way for adults to enter the field while also providing an immediate return on investment to employers. TechPoint Executive Vice President of Talent Dennis Trinkle, citing U.S. Department of Labor statistics, said there are more than 435,000 adults working today in the U.S. as adult apprentices. Only about 4,000 of them are in the tech field, he said. “We know this approach works, but the tech sector is only now beginning to embrace it,” he said. “Now is [...]

TechPoint partners with IEDC to help Indiana startups afford young tech talent

2022-10-05T14:35:47-04:00October 4, 2022|

INDIANAPOLIS — (October 4, 2022) — TechPoint’s signature Xtern program has helped attract and retain tech talent to Indiana for nearly 10 years, but the companies that have benefitted most from the early career development effort are established companies. Exciting young startups – which could one day grow into local or global giants – often don’t have a robust budget or structure to attract talent, provide training and offer amenities to engage these young professionals in pursuing lifelong careers in Central Indiana. That will change next year, thanks to a $300,000 investment in the Xtern program by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) which for years has invested in workforce training grants. Indiana Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers sees TechPoint’s Xtern Startup Assistance Program as a smart expansion of IEDC’s workforce training efforts, which traditionally target adult workers in need [...]

Indiana’s premier early career talent programs team up for employers and talent matching event at Lucas Oil Stadium

2022-09-26T09:46:00-04:00September 26, 2022|

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 26, 2022) — For more than two decades, Indiana’s entrepreneurial and tech community has relied on Orr Fellowship and TechPoint’s Xtern program to find and develop young talent. For the first time, those initiatives will come together Friday, November 18, 2022, at Lucas Oil Stadium to make it easier for more than 100 Indiana companies to find their newest matches. During the first Orr Fellowship-Xtern Finalist Day, participating companies are expected to conduct thousands of interviews with prospective new hires. “Finalist Day is a rite of passage for each of our programs. It’s a tremendous amount of work to match employers to prospective talent and, of course, there is an equal amount of preparation and work for the young people and hiring managers who will participate in these job interviews,” said TechPoint’s Executive Vice President of Talent Dennis [...]

TechPoint partners with Markle Foundation to help Indiana tech companies adopt skills-based hiring

2022-09-13T09:26:36-04:00September 13, 2022|

INDIANAPOLIS (September 13, 2022) — TechPoint, the nonprofit, industry-led growth accelerator for Indiana’s tech ecosystem, today announced a strategic partnership with the Markle Foundation, which will be a key element of its plan to inclusively grow the Indiana tech workforce by an additional 41,000 workers by 2030.  “The Markle Foundation, through its Rework America Alliance, is doing phenomenal work to bring more people, especially people of color, into quality, in-demand jobs,” said TechPoint Executive Vice President of Talent Pathways and Programs Dennis Trinkle. “We will rely on their resources, tools and experience to help Indiana tech companies transition their hiring practices to meet new pathways for Hoosiers.”  Under the partnership with TechPoint, Markle’s Rework America Alliance will provide resources and tools that will be used during and after TechPoint’s Mission41K kickoff conference on Tuesday, September 27, at the Indiana State Museum. Tools [...]

TechPoint to host Launch Mission41K event to help Indiana tech companies create new pathways for tech hiring

2022-09-06T08:12:34-04:00September 6, 2022|

INDIANAPOLIS (September 6, 2022) — TechPoint, the nonprofit, industry-led growth accelerator for Indiana’s tech ecosystem, today announced a one-day event — Launch Mission41K — where it will work with up to 250 early adopters of the organization’s new Mission41K movement: a plan to grow the state’s tech workforce by 41,000 by 2030 and solidify Indiana’s national reputation as a vibrant tech hub. “We’re gratified by the response from Indiana companies who are eager to work collaboratively to capitalize on the tech talent momentum we’ve created together,” said TechPoint President and CEO Ting Gootee. “This event will bring together hundreds of stakeholders, representing the first companies and community partners to embrace our call to inclusively grow Indiana’s tech workforce and create new career pathways,” she added. “Our collaborative efforts will help launch great tech and tech-enabled careers for those wanting to [...]

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