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 […]


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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Announcing The NIIC Re-imagination Fund

We were honored to have been selected to participate in the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne #GivingTuesdayNow campaign. Through the generosity of gifts from our community, The NIIC has established the NIIC Re-imagination Fund. We established this fund to support underestimated founders located in Northeast Indiana who are facing liquidity problems and looking to reset […]

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SBA Announces Funding Competition to Organizations Providing Training to Women Veteran ...

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration today announced that nonprofit organizations, state and local agencies, and institutions of higher learning are eligible to compete for funding of up to $300,000 to deliver entrepreneurship training to women service members, women veterans, and women military spouses. Up to six awardees receive a total of $300,000 in […]

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Innovation Day at Purdue University Fort Wayne, A Day of Entrepreneurial Thinking

Imagine Purdue Fort Wayne as a catalyst for regional innovation and entrepreneurship, bringing together students, faculty and business/industry partners to provide the creative fuel for research that leads to industrial innovation… What would that look like? The faculty and staff of ETCS have been working in close partnership with college’s stakeholders to implement various initiatives […]

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