Entrepreneurs are driving Indiana's future economic growth. IU provides ideal conditions for cultivating entrepreneurs. Our top-ranked entrepreneurship programs and flourishing business incubation programs are yielding start-ups in high-growth fields, and new jobs are cropping up around the state.
Start-up Resources and Expertise
Indiana’s business community can tap into IU’s resources for assistance with business formation, strategic planning, and acquisition of venture capital. The Office of the Vice President for Engagement can connect you to experts in your area of specialized business, or direct you to one of our business resources to help your business to grow.
- The Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation provides information and resources for writing business plans, attracting investors, and managing your business.
- The IU Research & Technology Corporation (IURTC) helps Indiana companies to develop commercially viable technologies.
- The Innovate Indiana Fund provides start-up funding for faculty who want to create businesses based on their research ideas.
- The SpinUp Program serves at the catalyst to help university inventors launch their ideas into the marketplace through the formation and development of new high tech companies.
- The Building Entrepreneurs in Software and Technology (BEST) competition is the most valuable in the world for students at a single university, transforming ideas into companies.
IU also has partnerships with the Inventrek Technology Park in Kokomo, the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center in Fort Wayne, and B-Start in Bloomington. B-Start is a pre-accelerator program for IU Bloomington and Ivy Tech students run by the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, with support from Innovate Indiana.
- U.S. News & World Report ranked the Kelley School of Business No. 8 for its undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship programs among all universities and No. 1 among public universities.
- The Kelley School’s Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is one of the world’s largest and most renowned entrepreneurship facilities in the nation.
- Since it was founded, the IU Research and Technology Corporation has drafted and filed over 1,900 US patent applications, helped protect and evaluate more than 2,000 IU inventions, and launched more than 75 start-up companies.