IT veteran to teach entrepreneurship class

December 15, 2008
 Indiana University will offer a new course on entrepreneurship in the information technology sector at the IU School of Informatics at IUPUI next semester. And an all-star lineup of local high-tech leaders will teach it.

Mark Hill, managing partner of locally based venture capital fund Collina Ventures LLC, will be the primary instructor. Hill founded the banking software firm Baker-Hill in 1983 on a $50,000 investment from friends and family. He sold it in 2005 to Los Angeles-based financial information services provider Experian. Terms weren't disclosed, but at the time Hill said the deal was worth well above $75 million.

Hill plans to highlight three key themes in the classroom, all focused on starting an IT company: the value proposition, funding and teamwork. He's also confirmed visits from some of the other most successful IT entrepreneurs in Indianapolis, including First Internet Bank of Indiana founder David Becker; Interactive Intelligence Inc. CEO Don Brown; ExactTarget CEO Scott Dorsey; and Chris Baggott, founder of the startup Compendium Blogware.

The course is available to the general public as well as IU students.
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