Gratitude – 2020

Dear NIIC Friends, We have all experienced a challenging year. As the holidays approach, I pause to express gratitude for the remarkable things we’ve seen at The NIIC during 2020. Ideas@Work Keynote Speaker Wendy Kennedy refers to these milestone moments as silver linings. First, I am grateful that The NIIC team worked diligently to keep […]

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STRE.ME Selected for SoCap Accelerate Program

Congratulations to Jack Patton, Stre.me, for acceptance into the inaugural cohort of SoCap Accelerate. SoCap Accelerate strives to help cultivate a community and culture of innovation dedicated toward making Kentucky a healthier Commonwealth and foster the next generation of Health Innovation. Five dynamic companies were selected who are changing how to approach and tackle health […]

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About Wendy Kennedy, The 2020 Daryl R. Yost Ideas@Work Livestream Event Keynote Speaker

This year’s Dr. Daryl R. Yost Ideas@Work Keynote Speaker, Wendy Kennedy is a powerhouse in design thinking, technology, an award-winning professor, author and business owner. She founded WKI (WendyKennedy.com), which leads teams through commercialization to grow their businesses. In addition to leading our keynote address on November 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., she will […]


Innovation Mindset Masterminds

Innovator Mindset® is a uniquely powerful way to measure and enhance your capacity to create new value. This rigorous research-based instrument assesses your values, assumptions and behaviors to gauge how well you are tapping into your personal capacity to innovate. It also provides detailed guidance on how you can improve your performance – to increase […]

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Seeking Experts for Forum Board for Entrepreneurs

The WBC EmPWR Program is in search of subject matter experts in various fields to answer technical questions asked by our clients. This group includes entrepreneurs from 83 Indiana counties. Questions and professional answers will appear in a new forum board for entrepreneurs on The NIIC’s website. Often, these critical questions are stumbling blocks that […]

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Upcoming Build Institute Business Education Classes

By Rochelle Ulanowicz, Build Institute Coordinator, SEED Fort Wayne Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, entrepreneurs have shown resilience and determination in getting their business started, growing/scaling, or pivoting. SEED Fort Wayne has graduated over 140 entrepreneurs, with two additional cohorts graduating between this week and September. As we are continuing to take protective measures at keeping […]

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July Webinars for Business Builders

The Northeast Indiana Innovation Center will host two webinars in July for entrepreneurs and business builders. On July 16, from noon to 1:30 p.m. (EDT), the Connected Health Lab (CHL) of The Northeast Indiana Innovation Center will present Third Thursday Connections, featuring a virtual panel discussion on insurance technology. This is also known as insurtech […]

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12 Allen County minority business builders pursue Breakthrough, Cohort one of new progr...

Twelve individuals began Connected Communities Breakthrough Program and formed cohort one. This new program is offered through The NIIC and provides strategic preparation, implementation, and assessment to Allen County business builders from historically underserved community segments. The program’s namesake is the funding grant—The Foellinger Foundation Connected Communities Breakthrough Program. It is a scaffolded, three-tier program. […]

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Yes, there’s still time. 3 things you need to know about the Paycheck Protection ...

With so many news outlets available, it can be hard to keep up to date and know what sources are most reliable, especially when it comes to the ever-evolving disaster relief funds. Here is the latest information from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on the Payment Protection Program (PPP), and the top three things […]

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Application Process Open for NIIC Re-imagination Fund

Earlier this week, we announced our new NIIC Re-imagination Fund. This was made possible through the generosity of donors to our #GivingTuesdayNow campaign in partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne. The application process is now open. Click here to apply. This fund supports underestimated founders located in Northeast Indiana who are facing […]

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REIMAGINE: Survive and Thrive During COVID-19

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