Entrepreneurship

Food trucks find patchwork of rules in northern suburbs

April 13, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
As the food truck industry heats up in Indianapolis, leaders of its fast-growing northern suburbs are starting to rewrite the rules of the road.
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IU medical school's push to launch startups bears fruitRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
J.K. Wall
The Indiana University School of Medicine has launched 12 companies in the past 18 months—a burst of startup activity the school has never seen before.
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'Beer geeks' hatch plan for east-side hops farm

April 13, 2013
Scott Olson
A couple of fledgling entrepreneurs hope to tap into the increasing popularity of local microbreweries—not by starting one but by supplying them with a key flavoring ingredient integral to making beer.
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Digital marketers try to cut through clutterRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Element Three is among dozens of ad/marketing firms in the city that put digital marketing—in a dizzying array of formats and specialties—front-and-center. Often led by “millennial” types in their 20s and 30s to whom things like social media are second nature, they’re giving ensconced agencies a run for their money.
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Mobile boutique takes pop-up retail on the roadRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Jill McCarter
Heather Hogan Pirowski, owner of Retro 101, is among a growing number of retailers who have chosen the nomadic lifestyle . Looking for an alternative to the fixed overhead of a permanent location, they set up shop at a site for a few days or weeks, then pack up and move on.
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Graphic designer advises marketers on nuances of reaching LatinosRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Advertiser Carlos Sosa has designed some very recognizable work—including logos for IndyGo and the Indianapolis Indians—but he is more focused these days on helping businesses more effectively market to the Indianapolis Latino community.
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Company taps sports market with bacteria-stalking chemicalRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Anderson-based Coeus Technology has invented a chemical that kills dangerous bacteria, including potentially deadly staph, by forming a germ-killing barrier that lasts two weeks to six months.
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Urban biz accelerator giving leg up to startupsRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indianapolis-based startup Dreamapolis is finalizing the details of its first Dreamapolis Accelerator class, a 12-week crash course designed to help high-potential urban businesses get up to speed quickly.
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Indiana tech startups deemed seeds of promise

March 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley
There’s the company founded by a college kid, in his dorm room. Another firm was launched by a guru from the shadowy world of cyber security. And the other was founded by tech veterans old enough to remember IBM punch cards. Three Indiana tech companies have surfaced among standouts in the notes of judges for TechPoint’s annual Mira Awards—the Hoosier tech version of the Oscars.
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Online used-car marketplace expands into CincinnatiRestricted Content

March 16, 2013
 IBJ Staff
MaxTradein, which allows dealers to bid on cars, adds former ChaCha executive to pursue roll-out to 30 markets.
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Ex-Marcadia executive co-founds software firmRestricted Content

March 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley
A fixture in Indianapolis' startup community, Marcadia Biotech co-founder Kent Hawryluk is backing a project management software firm.
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Grant-funded projects aim to make Indianapolis nicerRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Ten winning proposals were selected from almost 200 applications for "Nice Grants" from local Web marketing firm SmallBox and consumer-ratings service Angie's List.
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Sisters put sophisticated spin on popcornRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Just Pop In! retail stores feature traditional, popular flavors like caramel and cheddar—and an “Indy Style” mixture of the two—but a dizzying array of more imaginative concoctions sets the local chain apart.
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Maker of app that helps not-for-profits gets seed fundingRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Cause.it, founded by students from I.U. and Purdue, was awarded $500,000 by Innovate Indiana.
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Microlenders aim to help businesses grow, survive

January 5, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indiana has three certified, not-for-profit SBA microloan intermediaries, which not only make short-term microloans—as any lender can—but also use the SBA grants they receive to offer business coaching along with the financing.
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Legal fight fuels tensions in tight-knit tech worldRestricted Content

December 29, 2012
Chris O'Malley
A trademark-infringement case brought against App Press LLC threatens to smother the tech startup in legal fees before it reaches its potential.
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Midwest Energy oil firm drilling for $15MRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Chris O'Malley
An Indianapolis investment advisory oil firm has been looking for blowouts in its own back yard. Midwest Energy Partners is preparing for its seventh—and largest—round of funding to pay for oil drilling in southwestern Indiana and southeastern Illinois.
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How 3 real estate entrepreneurs expanded during slowdownRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Cory Schouten
Aasif Bade of Ambrose Property Group, Tadd Miller of Milhaus Development and Joe Whitsett of The Whitsett Group saw opportunity as many rivals retrenched.
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WOJTOWICZ: Is small-business ownership for you?

November 30, 2012
Jean Wojtowicz
The horror stories are sobering: Dun & Bradstreet reported earlier this year that businesses with fewer than 20 employees have only a 37 percent chance of surviving four years and just 9 percent will be around 10 years.
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Small stores vie for slice of holiday-shopping pieRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
National retailers are licking their chops over the $586 billion consumers are expected to spend during the holiday season, and small-business owners also are bellying up to the buffet.
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Developers of smartphone app win Startup Weekend

November 20, 2012
Recoverator helps users catalog belongings and generate professional loss reports for insurance agents and law enforcement.
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ExactTarget co-founder Baggott turns zeal to natural farmingRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Chris Baggott has spent the past year and a half raising cattle, pigs and chickens on pasture, rather than conventional feed grain, and without the use of hormones or antibiotics.
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Entrepreneurs square off during Startup Weekend

November 15, 2012
Scott Olson
The eighth Startup Weekend in Indianapolis begins Friday, when dozens of potential business owners pit their plans against each other in the fast-paced event spanning three days.
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TechPoint picks young entrepreneur as new leader

November 15, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Leaders for TechPoint, the statewide technology business initiative, have tapped a new president who they think is a veritable poster child for successful entrepreneurship.
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Lemonade Day wants to grow seed money

November 12, 2012
Lemonade Day is having a fundraiser Monday evening to raise $5,000 to $10,000 for a startup capital fund for the annual children's entrepreneurship event.
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