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Digital marketing firm starts landing big clientsRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Scott Olson
Former Google manager returns to roots to launch FoundSM.
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Startup answers call for better phone bankRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Noblesville-based VolunteerYourVoice is setting out to revolutionize phone banks with a Web app that allows advocacy groups to manage virtual campaigns, getting instant results from calls volunteers make through their home computers.
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VIDEO: 12 startup pitches distilled to 3 minutes

October 19, 2012
Mason King
startup bowl watch videoBoiling down the dozen pitches from budding entrepreneurs at Thursday's Startup Bowl reveals vital themes: the mammoth influence of mobile, an intense craving for consumer data, and the relentless pursuit of revenue.
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Startup aims to help relieve business leaders' stressRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
No job is too small for Simply Helpful, which provides office-support services on a contract basis.
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Startup aims to take business cards into digital ageRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indianapolis entrepreneur Nick Carter thinks he’s found a way to eliminate the “black hole” of marketing data: smart business cards that track how recipients use them.
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New company focuses on making football helmets that reduce concussionsRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Bill Simpson, famous for pioneering multiple advances in auto-racing safety, has turned his attention to a new sport. His new company, SGH Helmets, is making a football helmet that Simpson hopes will help prevent concussions.
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Local distillers produce Indiana sorghum spirit

August 18, 2012
Ellen Kobe
Two central Indiana entrepreneurs are making a new spirit from an old crop—supplied largely by an Amish farmer who doesn’t drink alcohol. The product is Sorgrhum, a distilled liquor made from the syrup of sweet sorghum, a stalk-like grain used as a sweetener before sugar cane became widely available.
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TechPoint plans summit, entrepreneurial bootcampRestricted Content

August 18, 2012
The first-ever Indiana Entrepreneurial Bootcamp will only be open to the first 100 who register.
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Former chamber head Dorson joins startup ViewYouRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
Dan Human
Startup ViewYou, which launched in October 2011, provides matchmaking services for job-seeking college students and companies with open positions.
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Dog treat startup wins challengeRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
Self-proclaimed “foodie” Sherri Campbell knew she was onto something when she started making frozen treats for her three dogs, but even she didn’t expect to win the inaugural Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge.
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Web startup aims to connect private businesses, investors

July 28, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Private firms that need to raise relatively modest amounts of capital have a hard time finding money. Now three Indianapolis entrepreneurs think they have the answer: crowdfunding. Individuals make small investments that are aggregated to fund a business. Indianapolis-based Localstake wants to be the matchmaker.
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Venture funding falls 12 percent in second quarter

July 20, 2012
Associated Press
Funding for U.S. startups fell 12 percent in the second quarter as venture capitalists poured less money into fewer deals than a year earlier. But the number of companies getting funded in the earliest stages of development reached the highest level in more than a decade.
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Co-working spaces multiply, giving independent workers options

June 30, 2012
Ellen Kobe
Co-working sites—shared office spaces designed to give entrepreneurs, free-lancers and consultants the tools they need to get the job done as well as the chance to interact with other professionals, sans cubicle—are gaining popularity nationally and, finally, in Indianapolis.
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Taxing career path ultimately appeals to entrepreneurRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Accounting, church jobs lead to software firm that helps tax accountants manage property tax disputes.
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For graying generation, startups are booming

May 26, 2012
Mason King
Since the 1990s, the demographic makeup of new entrepreneurs has been steadily shifting toward baby boomers as they seek personal and financial fulfillment. Count Fountain Square Brewing Co.'s Bill Webster among them.
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Not-for-profit hoping to grow microloan program

May 26, 2012
Scott Olson
Small amounts of funding often ignored by larger banks.
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Progress spotty in narrowing tech field's gender gapRestricted Content

May 12, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Most technology firm startups are birthed by men in their 20s and 30s who have a background in computer science. To what degree women are underrepresented in the ranks of tech entrepreneurs is hard to quantify, but it’s a small universe.
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Want to check your coat? Now, there's an app for that

May 5, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis-based upstart CoatChex is preparing the launch of an iPad-based, ticketless coat-check system for bars through which a patron enters his phone number to check a coat and, later, to retrieve it.
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Veteran broker Hohmann leaves Cassidy Turley to go solo

May 1, 2012
Tom Harton
Hohmann has been involved in numerous high-profile real estate deals over the years, including the transaction that resulted in development of Intech Park and assembling about 60 acres for Clay Terrace in Carmel.
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BioCrossroads launches second seed fund

April 30, 2012
J.K. Wall
BioCrossroads Inc. has raised an $8.25 million seed fund in its second attempt to help startup life sciences companies grow to the point where they can attract venture capital or a corporate funder.
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Startup wants to make pouring beer from the top passeRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
Mason King
GrinOn_WatchVideoJosh Springer has moved to Indianapolis his company that designs and sells draft beer dispensers that fill specially designed cups from the bottom up, speeding the process and cutting down on foam.
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Angel Learning's founder thinking big againRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
Chris O'Malley
IT professor Ali Jafari, who netted Indiana University $23 million on its $130,000 investment in his Angel Learning when it sold three years ago, recently launched CourseNetworking, which allows learners across the globe to connect and chat around shared interests and class subjects.
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Satellite training sites give entrepreneurship agency a boostRestricted Content

April 14, 2012
Hayleigh Colombo
Participation at Business Ownership Initiative-led training sessions is up nearly 30 percent so far this year as more Hoosiers start businesses of their own. Executive Director Julie Grice is looking for more counselors and money.
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Young Indy-area tech entrepreneurs enjoy deep supportRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Chris O'Malley
MyJibe co-founder Mike Langellier is among a new generation of tech entrepreneurs in the Indianapolis area that benefits from a host of support their predecessors never enjoyed.
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HUNCKLER: Old-style bootstrapping is alive and well in techRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Matt Hunckler / Special to IBJ
Indianapolis-area entrepreneurs are finding ways to fund their companies.
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