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Nominees Announced for TechPoint Mira Awards Honoring ‘The Best of Tech in Indiana’

From a record-breaking 205 applications, independent judging panels selected more than 100 companies, organizations, and individuals to advance as Mira Award nominees Winners will be announced during a black-tie awards ceremony and gala on Saturday, April 28, at the JW Marriott — Indianapolis INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.  (February 20, 2018) — TechPoint the growth initiative for Indiana’s technology

Committee passes bill to exempt Internet software from sales tax

For CEOs like Mike Langellier of Indianapolis’ TechPoint, removing Indiana’s sales tax on service-based software is a step in the right direction for the state’s growing technology industry. “The majority of the companies in our tech ecosystem here are smaller companies, younger companies that are in the process of growing right now,” Langellier said at

Apply now: January 2018 Sales Bootcamp

TechPoint is launching our fourth session of Sales Bootcamp, a six-week program for new grads and career changers, in January 2018. Sales Bootcamp applications are now live on the TechPoint website and the deadline to apply to the winter session is January 4, 2018. Applications for the summer session will stay open through April 13, 2018.

Union 525 is Indy’s newest rallying point for tech growth and talent

Located six blocks south of Monument Circle and nestled next to Rolls-Royce’s downtown campus, Union 525 opened its doors at the end of 2016 as the new home to a variety of tech startups and emerging scale-ups. A number of educational institutions that support the future and continued development of the tech sector in Central

Langellier: Indy ‘Well-Positioned’ For Amazon

TechPoint Chief Executive Officer Mike Langellier says while Indianapolis is well-positioned to bid for Inc.’s (Nasdaq: AMZN) second headquarters, it will take “a giant, collective, creative, big thinking effort” to pull it off. Amazon says “HQ2” would be a $5 billion project creating 50,000 jobs over 15 years. “This is a once in a

TechPoint receives $5.7 million Lilly Endowment grant

Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded a $5.7 million grant to Indianapolis-based TechPoint so that the not-for-profit can expand its programs for tech-minded college students. TechPoint, which is part of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, is an advocacy group that promotes Indiana’s tech industry. Talent attraction is one of its focus areas. The three-year Lilly Endowment

Big Grant Boosts TechPoint Talent Hunt

The state’s tech growth initiative has secured a $5.7 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to support talent attraction and retention efforts. TechPoint, part of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, says the funds will boost its Xtern program, billed as “The Ultimate Tech Internship,” and Xtern Bootcamp, which was launched last year. The TechPointX programs, which

$5.7 Million Lilly Endowment Grant to Support TechPoint’s Talent Initiatives

TechPoint, Indiana’s tech growth initiative, will use a $5.7 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to enhance its efforts in attracting and retaining tech talent in the state. The grant, awarded to the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) Foundation, will support TechPoint’s suite of talent programs, recently branded as TechPointX, which are designed to prepare

IMS revs up relationships with bevy of local tech firms

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway seems to like the local tech industry—and local tech likes it back. The motorsports-entertainment company, part of Hulman & Co., is a client of 13 tech firms that are either based in central Indiana or have a sizable office here—from online form builder Formstack to insurance-software developer MyCOI. That’s a lot given

Why High-Tech is Higher on the List for Meeting Planners

A lot of factors go into choosing the site of your association meetings. Is the airport well-connected to the rest of the country? Are there venues that will nicely fit the number of expected attendees? Is the city easy to navigate? Are there interesting things to do outside of the conference center or hotel? Here’s another question

Xtern gave Kate Harrison insight into career possibilities

Indianapolis native Kate Harrison has always been interested in technology and she’s comfortable with ‘the next new thing,’ but it took a popular television show and a list of Butler University majors for her to see her place in tech. “I didn’t know I was interested in tech as a career path until I was

Indy Tech Town Hall: State of Venture Capital

Despite having the 17th largest state economy, Indiana ranked 27th in the amount of venture capital invested in 2016. Leadership from TechPoint and Elevate Ventures tell us how to be more competitive and attract more venture capital to grow Indianapolis as a tech hub.

Unprecedented push underway to advance women in tech

Efforts to increase and support the ranks of women in technology jobs are emerging in Indianapolis and helping put a spotlight on gender imbalance in the industry, just as a raft of tech employers looks to fill thousands of jobs here over the next several years. Ladies in SaaS, a monthly networking event for women

Indy Women in Tech partners with TechPoint to improve tech diversity

Women in tech is no doubt a subject of interest locally and nationally. You’ve likely seen the ranking from SmartAsset calling Indy the fourth best city for women in tech due to compensation and opportunity in our current workforce. I’ve interviewed many female tech movers and shakers in Indiana, and they are all working hard

Governor Holcomb awards Indiana’s highest civilian honor to tech leader Mike Langellier

The 35-year-old entrepreneur and visionary has served as president and CEO of TechPoint since December 2012, following the acquisition of his personal finance and banking software startup. In a surprise announcement during the 18th annual TechPoint Mira Awards on Saturday, Governor Eric Holcomb honored TechPoint President and CEO Mike Langellier with the Sagamore of the

MOBI, Clustertruck Among Top Mira Winners

Nearly 1,000 industry and business leaders came together to celebrate the best in tech in Indiana Saturday at the 18th Annual Mira Awards. Mobility management software provider MOBI won Tech Company of the Year, while ClusterTruck took home Corporate Innovator of the Year and New Startup of the Year honors. At the ceremony at The

Mobi named Mira’s Tech Company of the Year

Boone County-based Mobi Wireless Management took home the top honors at TechPoint’s 18th annual Mira Awards ceremony Saturday night. Mobi, whose software centralizes management of mobile devices, beat out four other companies to be named Tech Company of the Year, the category for firms generating $20 million or more in annual revenue. Judges noted that

Mira to Honor Top in Tech This Weekend

Nearly 1,000 technology, business and community leaders are expected at The Westin Indianapolis Saturday for The 18th Annual Mira Awards, honoring the best in technology. Honors to be awarded Saturday include Tech Company of the Year, Scale-up Company of the Year and Best New Tech Product. Inside INdiana Business Television will feature several of the

Next Level Indiana Fund Gets Thumbs-up From Tech Scene

The Indiana tech community is lauding the state’s backing of a measure in the two-year budget that could make more money available for high-growth companies. The Next Level Indiana Fund, successor to the Mitch Daniels-era Next Generation Trust Fund, will have a wider scope, opening the door to higher-risk investments. The fund’s potential pool is $250 million.

Tech leaders say they’re pleased with Legislative session

With some help from Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, local tech leaders launched a full-court press with their legislative agenda in the 2017 General Assembly. And, having walked away with a few wins in the budget bill that passed over the weekend, they say they’re mostly pleased with the outcome. Tech leaders, including those associated with

Can Indiana Attract More Venture Capital?

A prominent Republican leader says Indiana “absolutely” has the potential to draw more venture capital dollars to Hoosier companies. The problem is figuring out how to do it, particularly when the issue is primarily a function of the private market. “It’s really not our business to run a business or to pick and choose winners and losers,”

Support passage of tech-friendly legislation and tech growth policies

We are nearing the critical last few weeks of the 2017 legislative session and key legislation needed by the tech, entrepreneur, and innovation community is at risk. As our legislators make important decisions about what to prioritize this legislative session, they need to hear from us about what we value. Key Legislation before the Indiana General Assembly

Plymouth Growth Partners Earns Mira Investment Award

An important funding partner of two growing Indianapolis tech companies will be honored this month at the 18th annual TechPoint Mira Awards. Ann Arbor-based Plymouth Growth Partners and Partner Jeff Barry will be recognized as Investor of the Year at the April 29 event in Indianapolis. The firm last year closed on more than $5.7 million

Tech groups ally for venture capital event

Some of Indiana’s most acclaimed technology and entrepreneurial events are joining forces for a multi-day June conference, an effort aimed at boosting venture capital in a state that struggles to draw it. The conference is called INX3, which stands for “inspire, innovate and invest.” It will feature Innovation Showcase, a Venture Club of Indiana event that

Indy Tech Fellows like Aaron Humphrey are problem solvers

At a young age, Aaron discovered a love for cracking puzzles. Born and raised in Warsaw, Indiana, he explored a natural desire to take pieces of hardware apart to learn how they function. Putting them back together was an entirely different challenge and in his words, “the most addicting puzzle I could find.” Aaron enrolled

Software engineer Ben Wencke loves the creative process

For Ben Wencke, the Indy Tech Fellowship was the perfect next step after college to put his passion for building things to good use and to make an impact on his community. Growing up in Mays, Indiana (population around 100), Ben never thought Indianapolis was small. It was the “big city” to visit if he

CEO Perspective: Defining tech’s many facets

When is a company considered a tech company? That’s a question we at TechPoint are frequently asked as more companies are innovating from within, creating tech products, and relying on technology to build and sustain their business. Our President and CEO Mike Langellier wrote a perspective for the Indianapolis Business Journal to answer the question

Mira Nominee Talks Program’s Importance

A first-time Mira Award nominee says the recognition gives him a platform to show how his product can help people. Purdue-based Hydro Grow, which is developing an automated device allowing consumers to grow their own vegetables at home, is a nominee in the Best New Tech Product category. Chief Executive Officer Scott Massey says the

Nominees Announced for 18th Annual TechPoint Mira Awards

Honoring ‘The Best of Tech in Indiana’ From 180 applications, independent judging panels selected 90 companies, schools, organizations and individuals to advance as Mira Award Nominees Winners will be announced during a black-tie awards ceremony and gala on Saturday, April 29, at The Westin Indianapolis TechPoint, the growth initiative for Indiana’s technology ecosystem, has announced the

CEO PERSPECTIVE: Defining tech’s many facets

If you’ve been reading the Indianapolis Business Journal, you’ve likely found it hard to ignore the number of stories about Indiana’s rapidly growing technology industry. Interactive Intelligence sold for $1.4 billion late last year to Genesys, making it the largest tech-company acquisition since ExactTarget sold in 2013 for $2.5 billion to Salesforce. Those are two

Local tech industry concerned about immigration policies

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Some Indianapolis company presidents are joining the growing chorus of tech leaders expressing dissatisfaction with President Trump’s executive order on immigrants. Tech CEOs have been some of the most vocal opponents of the ban on all refugees for 120 days and citizens of seven other countries for 90 days. Read full story

Growing tech companies owned and led by women

One of the best ways to learn about how to build a tech company is to try and build one yourself. I tried that in 2012. I was looking for people who shared my values, interests and curiosities. I thought it would be fun to build a platform that would serendipitously introduce you to interesting

Growing Demand for Tech Talent

Whether it’s in a hospital, manufacturing or education setting, the demand for IT talent in Indiana continues to grow. Leadership from TechPoint and Ivy Tech discuss the kinds of tech jobs available, and who’s providing the training and skills need to fill the positions. Watch video here.

Job training tax credits gain steam in Legislature

Indiana employers would be able to claim tax credits to offset costs associated with training and credentialing their employees under legislation being considered by the Indiana General Assembly. Business leaders and supporters of the tax credits say the goal is to ease the state’s workforce development woes—that claiming a tax credit to train new or

Why tech companies need venture capital

It’s not uncommon to read a national or local business publication and see another startup or scale-up tech company announce a recent fundraise. But why is venture capital important for tech companies to grow and break into the market? TechPoint President and CEO Mike Langellier knows a few things about tech funding. In January 2011

The New York Times recognizes Indianapolis tech growth

It’s not every day that The New York Times publishes an article in their Square Feet section highlighting the Indianapolis tech community. Miranda Spivack, an award-winning journalist who is serving as a 2016-17 Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, penned the article after hearing over and over again

Roundup: 2016 VC Activity, Expansions, Hiring News

Here’s a look at innovation news from around Indiana: —According to an analysis by TechPoint, a nonprofit organization promoting and accelerating the growth of Indiana’s tech industry, the latest PriceWaterhouseCoopers MoneyTree report indicates the state had a “banner year” in 2016 in terms of venture capital funding and acquisitions. The report found that 23 deals were

Tech Insider: Venture Capital Investment Key In 2017

One Indiana Tech insider says 2016 will be remembered for big acquisitions and the largest number of venture capital investment the state has seen in recent history. TechPoint CEO Mike Langellier says for investment and growth  to continue, Indiana needs to focus on four main ingredients: “talent, capital, companies and opportunity growth, and connectedness.” Watch

How Indianapolis Is Luring Tech Talent

When Ashley Zegiestowsky, a computer sciences major at Butler University, was hunting for a technology job during her senior year, she took a close look at Silicon Valley, the promised land for young engineers eager to be part of the next big thing. “It sounded really glamorous,” said Ms. Zegiestowsky, 22, who is from Nashville.

Reports on Indiana VC activity differ starkly

Around this time last year, PricewaterhouseCoopers published a report stating Hoosier companies landed $55 million in venture capital on 16 deals in 2015. The figures came from its quarterly MoneyTree report, which, at the time, was based on data from Thomson Reuters. For its newest report out this week, PwC pulled data from its newest

Many tech firms would be better off here

2016 was the year TechPoint bolstered its identity, as new programs took shape and initiatives gained traction. The not-for-profit, which aims to strengthen Indiana’s tech sector, created three talent-cultivation programs outside its flagship Xtern Program, and ramped up efforts to help fast-growing tech firms. CEO Mike Langellier, who took the helm four years ago, said

Break into tech! Apply for the January 2017 Sales Bootcamp

TechPoint is launching our second session of Sales Bootcamp, a six-week program for new grads and career changers, in January 2017.  Applications are now live at   The Application Deadline is January 2, 2017. This past summer, we launched the inaugural Sales Bootcamp experience with 17 new grads and career changers who wanted a

Xtern Day Showcases Next Wave of Tech Talent

More than 150 top tech college students are in Indianapolis today, hoping to score an internship through a program that TechPoint says can be a life-changing experience. Xtern Finalist Day aims to match the students, who were chosen from more than 1,300 applicants from throughout the country, with Indianapolis companies for full-time, paid summer internships. College-to-Career

Initiative to cultivate tech workers will place school teachers at tech firms

Metro tech leaders on Thursday will launch a program to embed teachers for a day at local tech companies. It’s intended to give teachers a better idea what skills are relevant and what career opportunities exist for their students in the tech sphere. For tech companies, it’s an opportunity to cultivate talent to fill an

Report: Indy ranks fifth in tech-job growth

Indianapolis saw tech jobs grow nearly 30 percent between 2013 and 2015, according to a new report from real estate tracking firm CBRE, the fifth-highest rank among the 30 cities surveyed. In the firm’s annual “Tech Thirty Report”—which is based on U.S. Department of Labor statistics and the firm’s proprietary research—the tech labor pool in

Paula Romero chooses Indy Tech Fellowship to launch career

Paula Romero’s career path to the Indy Tech Fellowship has been nothing if not eventful. Paula was born in Maracay, Venezuela and moved to A Estrada, Spain when she was 11. At 16, she came to Indiana as a foreign exchange student, and at 18, she moved to Indiana for college. Beginning her college career

Indianapolis tech firms seek customer relationships in speed dating

For all the success of Central Indiana’s tech industry, including $7 billion in initial public offerings and acquisitions in the last decade, there’s at least one area where it still falls short. A Kauffman Foundation study last year found that the region lagged behind other parts of the country in relationships between scale-up tech firms

VIDEO: Are Women Getting Tech Respect?

Robin Fleming, senior vice president of technology, Angie’s List, and Sally Reasoner, vice president of talent, Central Indiana Workforce Development Initiative (formerly with TechPoint), were guests on Inside INdiana Business this weekend for an Inside Innovation segment with reporter Barbara Lewis on women in technology. The interview came on the heels of the Women &

Salesforce continues rapid growth as they put their name on Indy skyline

It won’t be long before the name changes at the top of Indiana’s tallest building. The name “Salesforce” will replace “Chase” at the top of the 50-story building. It’s the latest sign of how downtown Indianapolis is shifting to a technology-based workforce. Read full story here.

‘Ultimate’ Tech Internship Puts Indy on Map

Officials say efforts designed to build a technology talent pipeline are beginning to pay dividends. Xtern, billed as the ultimate technology internship, just completed its third summer, attracting more than 900 applications for just 131 slots. The interns, who received paid summer positions at local tech companies, came from 58 universities in 18 states. In an interview

League of Xtraordinary Programmers attracts out-of-town tech talent to Indy’s tech community

On August 5, over 200 talented techies attended TechPoint’s League of Xtraordinary Programmers event presented by NextGear Capital at The Crane Bay in downtown Indianapolis. It was a night filled with drones, games, 3D printers, and a focus on Indy as an emerging tech hub. Our League of Xtraordinary Programmers event is positioned to attract

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Refer friends & family to Indiana tech jobs

Do you know friends or family members who left Indiana after graduation and now want to be closer to home, are starting a family and want that Midwest lifestyle, or are looking for Indiana tech jobs to take their careers to the next level? Can you relate to one or more of these statements? I

Ashley Zegiestowsky never expected to stay in Indianapolis

Ashley Zegiestowsky felt like she had the world at her feet when she graduated from Butler University this spring. Nashville born and raised, she always assumed she would go back home, and the last thing she expected was to stay in Indianapolis. Now she’s doing precisely what she thought she never would — living in

Xterns take top honors at Indy Civic Hack

Two different teams of Xterns, summer interns in TechPoint’s ultimate tech internship experience, took home top honors in the Indy Civic Hack — a competition using large public data sets to solve challenges for the city. This year, the hackathon focused on transit issues and the winners were announced at the brand new IndyGo Julia

Xterns give back by teaching kids to code

Giving back to the community is a key ethos of TechPoint’s Xtern program, the ultimate tech internship experience. Teaching young children to code is always one of the favorite community activities of Xterns while they are living together in Indianapolis and interning for the summer at tech companies around the city. Recently, Xterns had a wonderful opportunity

Fellow Your Dreams: IndyX Tech Fellowship Launches

TechPoint’s IndyX Tech Fellowship program has officially kicked off its inaugural year and the community-minded tech builders chosen to participate this first year are beginning their promising careers at employers around the Indianapolis metro. The Tech Fellowship is a two-year launchpad for new grads, crafted to place developers, designers, and product managers with leading companies

The next generation of Indy tech has arrived

Keep an eye out Indy — the next generation of tech builders and revenue drivers are joining the ranks at over 50 local tech companies with more on the way this summer. College students and new grads have joined Central Indiana’s tech scene in the quest to enhance their skills and work with our growing