Recent tech sector IPOs and acquisitions in Indianapolis — like the $2.5 billion acquisition of Exacttarget — have created at least a half-billion dollars in liquidity that might be reinvested into area startups if they are prepared to overcome the challenges and obstacles of the entrepreneurial growth stage.


TechPoint, Indiana’s tech growth initiative, will help 100 startup executives and entrepreneurs learn high-growth strategies during the next Entrepreneur Bootcamp presented by Ice Miller and sponsored by Milestone Advisors and FirstPerson on Oct. 11, at Launch Fishers in Fishers, Ind.


The Kauffman Foundation study of America’s innovative, high-growth businesses shows that most Inc. 500 firms are IT firms, and that only five other metro areas produced more Inc. 500 high-growth companies per capita than Indianapolis in the past 30 years.” Mike Langellier, president and CEO of TechPoint said “we hope to improve upon that ranking and most importantly empower a whole fleet of startup executives prepared to lead their companies into and through rapid growth.”


The agenda for this daylong workshop includes stories, strategies and tactics that growth-stage startups will find useful and immediately implementable, such as:


  • Stories from the Trenches: “The Rise of Flat12 Bierwerks”

    How Flat12 Bierwerks grew from a crazy idea into one of the hottest local breweries in Indy, with striking similarities to software-as-a-service and other tech startups.

    • Fundraising

    • Buying Out a Co-founder

    • Product Considerations and Marketing

    • Creating a Board of Directors

    • Regulations and Licensing

    • Distribution Channels

  • Mock Investor Negotiation

  • Protecting Yourself vs. Protecting the Business

  • Human Resources and Employment Law: “The Do and Don’t List”

  • Preparing for Funding: How Diagnotes Attracted Capital

  • Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies Panel

  • Growth-Stage Investors Panel

  • "Ask the Experts" Small Group/1-on-1 Time

TechPoint's Entrepreneur Bootcamp for growth-stage startups is Oct. 11, at Launch Fishers in Fishers, Ind. It is open to the first 100 people who register at The registration fee is $75 (plus credit card processing), which covers the costs of the facility, materials, breakfast, lunch, snacks, beverages, and beer and wine at the closing reception.

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