IU supporting Verge’s Entrepreneurial Education Celebration

Posted on December 10th, 2013 | By Innovate Indiana

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IU and Innovate Indiana is please to support Verge as it is hosting the Entrepreneurial Education Celebration event this Wednesday evening, December 11, 6-9 p.m. at the Conrad in Indianapolis.  More than 250 people from around Indiana are expected to converge in downtown indianapolis to celebrate learning and growth in entrepreneurship and education. More than a dozen of Indiana’s most promising tech entrepreneurs will join with thought-leading organizations to highlight and connect around this year’s progress in:

·  Innovation in education

·  Entrepreneurial growth and learning

·  Community resources and collaboration

Register for the event online.  Use the code “vergeIU” for an IU discount.

Network created to expand reach of Innovate Indiana initiative

Posted on November 1st, 2013 | By Innovate Indiana
Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann speaks at the CREED Luncheon in the IUPUI Campus Center

Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann speaks at the CREED Luncheon in the IUPUI Campus Center

A new network of Indiana University resources will address key challenges and create a channel that enables applicable university resources to be connected and applied as specific economic development-related projects, issues and requests arise within communities around the state.

The Innovate Indiana Network will enhance connectivity and extend the initiative across functional areas of expertise throughout seven IU campuses, each of which has an impact on economic development. It will feature representatives from 16 IU schools, offices and centers across the state identified as having tangential economic development roles or influence associated with their unit’s core mission. The network complements IU’s existing Council for Regional Engagement and Economic Development, known as CREED.

To officially launch the Innovate Indiana Network, as well as foster collaboration between network and CREED representatives, Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann spoke at the kick-off luncheon. Ellspermann emphasized the need for all of Indiana’s 92 counties to develop an infrastructure conducive to economic development, both in terms of framework and connectivity.

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Two IURTC ‘Spin-Up’ ventures up for $10K prize in annual BioCrossroads competition

Posted on October 16th, 2013 | By Innovate Indiana


Both finalists in the second annual BioCrossroads New Venture Competition’s “Pre-Venture” category have ties to the IU Research and Technology Corp.

Both Emphymab Biotech, a firm developing a first disease-modifying platform drug for emphysema and other chronic diseases; and Rene Medical, which is developing a system to treat contrast induced nephropathy, are up for the $10,000 prize.

In addition, both ventures are part of IURTC’s Spin-Up program, which provides valuable early-stage technology commercialization support to IU-affiliated companies.

The annual BioCrossroads competition also awards three cash prizes to life sciences and health information technology companies with Hoosier ties and a high potential for attracting investment capital.

Winners will be announced at the Indiana Life Sciences Summit Networking Reception on Monday. Full details of all the finalists are available online.

New Regional Commons website fosters collaboration across IU campuses

Posted on October 14th, 2013 | By David Gard

Regional campus locationsIndiana University’s new Regional Commons website brings together information for and about IU’s regional campuses and provides opportunities for faculty, staff and students to connect to projects, propose new collaborations and find resources to support teaching and learning.

The Regional Commons chronicles collaborative activities of the regional campuses under the auspices of the Blueprint for Student Attainment, a detailed strategic plan that charts a path to greater success for regional campus students while addressing the importance of the campuses to the state and the regions they serve.

Developed through the Office for University Academic Affairs, the website provides tools for monitoring progress toward the Blueprint’s cross-campus goals and enables local community members and state officials to learn about best practices developed from joint efforts of the campuses.  Specific features of the Regional Commons include:

  • Links to regional campus websites and detailed information about the development and implementation of the Blueprint for Student Attainment.
  • Regionals in the News links to news and feature stories about regional campuses and with profiles of faculty, staff and student excellence.
  • Links for connecting to ongoing Blueprint for Student Attainment projects and for proposing new multi-campus research and teaching collaborations.
  • Metrics and data that chart degree completion and other measures of success, access and affordability for students.
  • Information about best practices for meeting the needs of students and serving communities, including reports, conferences and other materials.

Along with creating the Regional Commons, IU has put in place new cross-campus structures to facilitate collaboration; these include:

  • The Regional Campus Cabinet, composed of regional campus chancellors and Executive Vice President John Applegate.
  • The Regional Faculty Caucus, made up of the presidents of campus faculty organizations.
  • The Center for Regional Campus Excellence, comprising regional campus executive vice chancellors for academic affairs
  • The Council for Regional Engagement and Economic Development (CREED), comprised of chancellor-appointed representatives from each IU campus.


IU’s 2014 Business Outlook Tour visiting nine cities beginning in Indianapolis Nov. 6

Posted on October 9th, 2013 | By David Gard


Five years after the financial crisis sent the U.S. economy into a tailspin, the nation’s recovery from recession is still tentative and concerns about fiscal leadership remain in light of the federal government shutdown. In their annual forecast tour of the state, economists at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business will report what lies in store for Indiana and the nation as Hoosiers look ahead to 2014.

The Kelley School’s Business Outlook Tour begins with a presentation at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in Indianapolis at the Columbia Club, 121 Monument Circle. The panel also will make presentations in eight other cities across Indiana, including Fort Wayne, Schererville, Columbus and South Bend.

Jerry Conover, IBRC

Jerry Conover, IBRC

Jerry Conover, director of the Indiana Business Research Center at the Kelley School, said that despite some improvement in the state’s manufacturing sector many Hoosiers — including small-business owners — remain cautious about opening their wallets for major purchases.

“Though growth has picked up recently, the economy is still far weaker than we’d like to see. Unemployment persists at uncomfortably high levels, and Congress has yet to agree on policies that would reassure businesses, investors and the public. While Indiana’s economy shows many signs of strength, our state is also vulnerable to unstable economic winds.”

Since 1972, the Kelley School of Business has presented its national, state and local forecasts through a series of presentations in cities throughout Indiana. At each presentation, the panel features faculty members from the Kelley School and IU, plus local panelists from other IU campuses and other universities, offering perspectives on the global, national, state and local economies and financial markets.


In addition to Conover, appearing at the Indianapolis presentation will be:

  • Kyle J. Anderson, clinical assistant professor of business economics
  • Robert Neal, associate professor of finance
  • Willard Witte, associate professor emeritus of economics and co-director of the Center for Econometric Model Research.
  • Ken Carow, associate dean of the Kelley School-Indianapolis, will moderate the discussion and public question-and-answer session.

The tour is sponsored by IU’s Kelley School of Business, the IU Alumni Association, IU campuses and numerous community organizations.  For a complete listing of tour cities, dates, times, locations, and registration information, click here.