Startup

Startups launch apps to facilitate good deedsRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Two startup firms, Cause.It LLC and Trensy LLC, have created tools that link charitable behavior and consumption. Like the hit app Foursquare, the newcomers encourage users to “check in” when they show up at events or complete activities so they can earn rewards offered by local businesses.
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Entrepreneurs see early success with new liqueurRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Blue MF is a vodka-and-rum-based liqueur concocted by three Indiana University fraternity brothers turned entrepreneurs. Their firm, Indianapolis-based More Fun Liqueur, launched its signature drink in October and now is seeking investors to help fund expansion.
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Serial entrepreneur builds more than business

February 25, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Westfield resident Jenn Kampmeier is a CEO—that’s “chief everything officer” in the get-it-done world of startups—who prefers an even-loftier title: Mom.
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Startup coaches clients on datingRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
Hayleigh Colombo
Miss Pivot is a social-skills training company that offers one-on-one coaching from professional “wing” women, group classes on topics like starting conversations, and now a mobile app that promises users the knowledge they need to “Fire Cupid.”
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DeveloperTown sees sale of first company it helped fund, coachRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Daily Lunch Deal sold last month after just a year in business, marking a milestone for its venture-firm mentor.
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Travel club startup patterned after Ambassadair trying to raise $5 millionRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
Chris O'Malley
A former employee of Ambassadair travel club is trying to raise $5.3 million to finance the first six months of a business created in its image.
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Techies aim to make money from memoriesRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Two DePauw University graduates are launching a website they hope will preserve the world’s memories, through a virtual bank of shared experiences.
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Site aims to be city's go-to events calendarRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Two local concert promotors have launched a calendar website, called Do317.com, that ranks arts and entertainment events according to the preferences of its users and designated “tastemakers.”.
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Entrepreneurs aim to deliver custom beverages

December 9, 2011
Andrea Muirragui Davis
uFlavor_WatchVideoMad scientists, rejoice: An Indianapolis startup is rolling out a make-your-own-soft-drink campaign its founders hope will become the YouTube of the beverage industry. They left Thursday night on a 6,000-mile promotional tour.
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Q&A

December 5, 2011
J.K. Wall
Carmel resident David Wasilewski has launched WhatNext, a website that uses algorithms to make it easier for cancer patients to connect with others in similar circumstances. Wasilewski, 39, spent eight years as chief operating officer of the Spanx line of body shapers and did health care consulting before that. In addition to helping patients, he thinks WhatNext can become a way for health care organizations share their expertise with patients in need.
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Trio of ad agency executives launches boutique firmRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Three well-known advertising industry executives formed an agency this month that industry insiders think could make some noise in the local market.
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My Toy Garden wades into specialty retail businessRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A teacher for 17 years, Carmel resident Janet Pillsbury opened her store in September to give shoppers more options.
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Carmel resident takes entrepreneurship plunge with Amy's PJsRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Amy Graham left her job as marketing director of a plastic surgery practice early this year to pursue her dream of running a high-end pajama boutique.
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Startup aims to mend doctors' social media woesRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
J.K. Wall
RepuChek software tracks, analyzes what's being said about doctors on the Internet.
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Owner launches HVAC business after selling family firmRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Larry Howald sold his father’s 40-employee HVAC business to Lennox in 2000 during a wave of industry consolidation. He stayed with the firm for a decade, but has now left to strike out on his own again.
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INSIDE DISH: Avec Moi in midst of startup tests

September 30, 2011
Mason King
Dish_AvecMoi_WatchVideoKris Parmelee pulled off a major career shift by switching from consultancy to the kitchen. But getting her home-cooking takeout startup, Avec Moi, off the ground has been tough.
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Indianapolis tech companies seeded by big '90s successRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Money and experience have flowed to a number of firms from Software Artistry executives.
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Global micro lender Grameen ramps up in IndianapolisRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Low-income women could receive loans in weeks.
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Tech startup Tinderbox picks up more funding, industry veteranRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A former executive vice president at Indianapolis-based e-mail marketing firm Exact Target will lead the firm’s effort to sell to bigger companies.
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Maker of singing coozie has deals with IU, Purdue, IowaRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Cooler Conversations thinks it can penetrate the novelty items market with beverage sleeves that can play school fight songs or corporate messages when a drink is inserted.
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Two former Colts join technology startup The Tyros LLCRestricted Content

July 2, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Tyros offers an online training system and other web-based tools for hiring and rating sports officials.
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Ingredients in place for plethora of Hoosier IPOsRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Greg Andrews
Some Indiana firms are adding management and board firepower—moves likely to help them win over investors should they move ahead with public offerings.
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Kitchen incubator celebrates graduation of first user

May 4, 2011
Avec Moi, a company that prepares meals to go, is moving to a permanent home at 701 E. 62nd St. In recognition of the event, the city of Indianapolis awarded Indy's Kitchen a $17,000 grant.
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Companies seek equity in return for services to startupsRestricted Content

April 16, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A crop of Indianapolis companies is embracing the practice of developing and marketing products for startups in exchange for an ownership stake.
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Shelbyville uses new incubator to lure tech firm TyrosRestricted Content

April 16, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
A company that will soon become Shelbyville’s newest corporate resident has a nifty, high-tech idea to help schools, leagues and sports associations connect with sports referees and officials.
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