Entrepreneurship

Indiana-born coat-checking firm gains steam after 'Shark Tank' appearanceRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
Dan Human
Derek Pacqué, who started CoatChex in 2010, appeared a year ago on the ABC show in which entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to prominent investors. Billionaire Mark Cuban offered to invest but wanted a large ownership stake. Pacqué said no, and has since grown his company. But really, he said, the company is doing just fine without the billionaire.More

Yelp making grass-roots push to boost inroads in Indy

November 2, 2013
Dan Human
Internet reviewers aren’t always the kindest people when it comes to their opinions, which is a bit intimidating for a mom-and-pop shop. But not embracing Yelp can be outright foolish as the San Francisco-based customer-review website expands its reach in Indianapolis, business owners say.
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Carmel firm's bird feeders perched in 2,700 Walmarts

October 26, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Sisters Jan Long and Chris Mowery had little more than an idea in 1995 when they trekked to Kmart’s corporate headquarters to pitch a product they thought had potential: a recyclable bird feeder their father had designed to promote his plastics business. They left with their first big contract.
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Technology on track to dramatically change health care

October 5, 2013
J.K. Wall
Cost pressures are forcing health care providers to extend the reach of limited resources.
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Digital archivist's lab will document Indy's mayoral historyRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Dan Human
History IT plans to hire 20 people for its Indianapolis office, which will focus on documenting Indianapolis' mayoral history.
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Fishers plans new development on train-station site

September 21, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Incentive deals are on the table to keep two high-potential businesses in Fishers, and the town is poised to pull the trigger on redevelopment of the Fishers Train Station property—where one of the firms could occupy third-floor office space.
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New gadget revives waterlogged cellphonesRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Joel Trusty realized that if he could remove all the atmospheric pressure from a chamber, he could turn liquid—even liquid inside a cell phone—into a gas at a much lower temperature than otherwise possible.
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Pedal pubs are latest hit in a beer-loving cityRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
Scott Olson
Booze and bicycling—in the most unconventional sense—is the thrust behind The Handle Bar, a local startup operated by Steve Lindsay and his brother Brian.
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Angel-investing event may bolster startupsRestricted Content

August 10, 2013
Chris O'Malley
An emerging network of angel investors from around the state will team with Indiana University next month on a workshop that will put them in the same room with entrepreneurs who’d like their backing.
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Life sciences venture capital dips againRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
J.K. Wall
Venture capital surged in the first half of 2012, to $51.6 million in Indiana. But the pace of activity here fell off sharply in the second half of last year, and remained sluggish into 2013.
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Tech showcase crowns unlikely winner in pitch contest

July 12, 2013
Dan Human
Emphymab Biotech, with a treatment for emphysema developed by a group of Indiana University medical professors, received the top prize at the Innovation Showcase on Thursday.
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Former Pacer invents device to increase leg strength

July 6, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
In April, Jonathan Bender launched a company based on a device he invented to help others avoid the knee troubles that put an end to his promising NBA career. Already, he’s brokered a deal with California-based Relax The Back retail chain.
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Anderson woman churning out dog chews made from elk antlers

July 6, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Cindy Dunston Quirk spent a decade coming up with an allergy-free dog chew idea, then, within two weeks of deciding on elk antlers, had a product packaged and ready to sell.
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Tiny Lebanon firm prevails in multimillion-dollar patent caseRestricted Content

June 22, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
In the past 18 months, Larry Durkos—who invented a machine that attaches metal bed box springs and coils to wood frames—has scored two stunning victories over Leggett & Platt Inc., a Missouri-based box-spring conglomerate.
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Bio-Response expanding in Hendricks County

June 10, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Wastewater equipment maker is moving to a Danville business park to build a $1.1 million facility.
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Local entrepreneur Dragoo takes helm of national group

June 8, 2013
Dan Human
Already one of the most influential women entrepreneurs in the country, Billie Dragoo will work herself even deeper into professional networking in July as she takes a new role as board chairwoman for the National Association of Women Business Owners. She hopes the connections she’s made over 18 years in business for herself will benefit the group’s members.
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Former Indy Chamber prez scores consulting work

June 4, 2013
Dan Human
Scott Miller, who resigned from the chamber post after less than two years to follow his entrepreneurial bent, will help two local startups get off the ground.
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Indianapolis education up-and-comers are fierce competitors

May 25, 2013
J.K. Wall
Friends' competition for bragging rights lands both on Forbes' 30 Under 30 lists.
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Indy startup serves up keg beer with big data

May 24, 2013
Dan Human
SteadyServ Technologies has raised $1.5 million to help develop iKeg, which tells bar managers and beer distributors when they need to reorder.
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Donors help after girl's stand shut down at track

May 21, 2013
Associated Press
Morgen Morris said she had a line of customers during Saturday's Indy 500 qualifications day when a Indianapolis Motor Speedway employee told her she had to shut down her lemonade stand.
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PINCUS: State needs better life sciences startup ecosystem

May 18, 2013
Jack Pincus / Special to IBJ
Indiana’s life sciences sector is mostly composed of legacy companies.
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Kessler Mansion neighbors balk at business uses

May 15, 2013
Dan Human
An Indianapolis City-County Councilor is looking into the possibility of zoning violations at the massive north-side property. The mansion will host a camp for entrepreneurs in June.
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Co-founder's death alters Naked Monkey's growth plan

May 11, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The recession and then the death of a founder put the Carmel waxing spa on a new trajectory. Now co-owner Brenda Schultz is mulling expansion plans.
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New seed fund aims to make Indiana a hotbed for digital health startupsRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
J.K. Wall
Infuse Accelerator hopes to make early-stage investments in 12 to 15 companies a year.
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Entrepreneurs vie for invites to reality TV summer camp

May 4, 2013
Dan Human
Twelve lucky entrepreneurs chosen from hundreds of applicants will spend two months this summer in a luxury facility working on bringing new business ideas to market.
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