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May 20, 2015
IU launches multiple initiatives to promote an innovative and entrepreneurial culture statewide
In the wake of President Michael A. McRobbie's call for IU to "create a culture of building and making," concrete efforts already are in motion. They include a public-private alliance to accelerate commercialization of information technology or life science business ideas, a new master's degree in entrepreneurship and innovation, plans for campus-wide initiatives at IUPUI, efforts to establish an engineering program at IU Bloomington and joining the National Academy of Inventors. In addition, Innovate Indiana co-sponsored the recent launch of The Switchboard, a support website for Bloomington's entrepreneurial community.
IUPUI Initiatives
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The Switchboard Launch
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SPEA students, Innovate Indiana involved in several efforts to boost economy in rural southwest Indiana
Graduate students in IU's School of Public and Environmental Affairs, in partnership with Innovate Indiana and other economic development officials, recently concluded a study of economic challenges in southwest central Indiana. SPEA students also are helping the city of Spencer and Owen County form an economic development plan and Innovate Indiana is backing a joint land use study for portions of the Interstate 69 corridor adjacent to Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane.
Spencer and Owen County Efforts
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Land Use Study
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IU’s Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology launches first Innovation Conference
A co-developer of the Ebola drug ZMapp highlighted several speakers at the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology''s inaugural Innovation Conference in Bloomington. Meanwhile, officials with the Indiana University Research and Technology Corp. recently joined Chicago healthcare incubator MATTER in hosting a health technology event.
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IU-licensed drug for fragile X syndrome tabbed for co-development, marketing in Europe, Middle East
A IU-licensed treatment devised by former IU School of Medicine assistant professor Craig A. Erickson, who has since co-founded Indianapolis-based Confluence Pharmaceuticals Inc., will be co-developed and marketed throughout Europe and the Middle East. Additionally, IU-funded app developer Haven released its home maintenance assistant on Apple's iTunes for iPhone users in the Indianapolis market.
Haven’s App
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Entrepreneurship efforts pay off for Howard County high school students under IU-funded program
The Kokomo CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) program, funded in part by a grant from IU's Council for Regional Engagement and Economic Development, offers a unique opportunity for Kokomo-area high school students to get an early start on entrepreneurial endeavors.
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FundSponge, Merchant’s Garden split $200,000 prize in largest entrepreneur competition of its kind
Two startup companies launched by IU students, FundSponge and Merchant's Garden, split a $200,000 prize as co-winners of IU Bloomington's BEST competition, the world's largest investment competition offered by a university to its students.
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IU commitment to cybersecurity research, teaching helps state gain Army Guard Cyber Protection Team
Cybersecurity resources provided by IU played a key role in the Indiana National Guard's selection to host an Indiana-based Cyber Protection Team that also will serve Michigan and Ohio. The Indiana team is one of 10 such units that the Army National Guard plans to activate through 2018.
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Indiana University, 144 other universities seek more “targeted” approach to proposed Innovation Act
IURTC President Tony Armstrong recently stated that the proposed Innovation Act, in its current form, goes well beyond what is needed to address abuses that hinder university-based innovation and the economic growth that it generates. To encourage more targeted, measured and carefully calibrated legislation, IU and 144 fellow institutions recently sent a joint letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees.
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