Included in today’s record-breaking economic development results for 2013, Governor Mike Pence announced that mobile app developer Bluebridge Digital will invest approximately $311,000 to lease 4,500 square feet of office space in Fishers and add up to 199 new jobs by 2022. Tech companies Perceivant and Gruuv Technologies were also included in today’s announcement of investment plans and more than 1,000 jobs.

Bluebridge Digital founder and CEO Santiago Jaramillo received the TechPoint Mira Award for Young Professional of the Year this year and his company — which is already profitable — was a nominee for the Mobile Tech Award and received an Honorable Mention for the Startup of the Year Mira Award.
“The Bluebridge trajectory and story are quite unique,” said John Wechsler, founder of Launch Fishers. “We are thrilled to have our very first member become our first ‘launch’ out of Launch Fishers and look forward to many others in the future.”
Wechsler explained that Bluebridge was able to go from being a startup with one employee to a fast growing employer with 15 staff members in less than a year in part because they weren’t burdened with the challenges of determining in advance how much physical space they needed and how much they would need as they grew. Bluebridge also took advantage of Launch Fishers amenities like mailbox service, meeting space and other facilities, as well as the camaraderie and supportive community atmosphere.

Governor Pence announces that Bluebridge Digital will invest approximately $311,000 to lease a 4,500 square feet office space in Fishers and add up to 199 new jobs by 2022.

Santiago Jaramillo (second from left) and other expanding employers laugh as Governor Pence tells the story of how Santiago started Bluebridge Digital in his college dorm room.

From the governor’s official press release:

Founded in 2011 by Santiago Jaramillo in his dorm room at Indiana Wesleyan University, Bluebridge Digital helps universities, churches, tourism destinations and other organizations engage with their communities through full-featured, easy-to-update mobile apps. The company, under the leadership of Jaramillo and his business partners, Mitch Shields and Adam Weber, has made plans to invest approximately $311,000 to lease a 4,500 square feet office space in Fishers and add up to 199 new jobs by 2022. Bluebridge moved into its new office in the fall and is actively recruiting for positions including account management, operations, sales and marketing at
“As Bluebridge continues to grow, we must also continue to invest in world-class talent and technology. The choice to expand operations in Indiana was an easy one to make. Here we have a booming tech sector, fantastic supporting organizations like LaunchFishers and TechPoint to aid growth, and access to a wealth of great minds at Indiana’s universities. I can’t think of a better place to build our company and grow our clients’ success,” said Santiago Jaramillo, founder and chief executive officer of BlueBridge Digital.

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