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 […]


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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Build Institute Upcoming Sessions For Early Stage Startups

By Rochelle Joseph-Ulanowicz, Build Institute Coordinator/Administrative Assistant, SEED Fort Wayne Build Institute Fort Wayne, Powered by SEED, is a nine-week basic business education program for early-stage startups. The Institute helps you identify and hone strengths and develop meaningful connections with like-minded individuals and organizations. Classes are facilitated by seasoned entrepreneurs who guide you through topics […]

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Office Optimization: Getting Your “Ducks” In A Row

“Good order is the foundation of all things.” – Edmund Burke Building upon a previous post about goal setting, this is an excellent time of year to fully prepare for a productive year. Set aside 4 hours a week. This could mean one hour, four days in a row, or even thirty minutes spread out […]

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WKI Podcast: An Interview with Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Karl LaPan

By Wendy Kennedy, Founder, WKI Karl LaPan, President & CEO of The Northeast Indiana Innovation Center is no stranger to the world of company building. As the first president and CEO of the NIIC, Karl has been able to shape the organization with his core values surrounding entrepreneurship, helping it grow into one of the […]

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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays from The NIIC Team

On behalf of the entire NIIC Team, we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. May you have a joyous and prosperous New Year filled with inspiration and success. Karl R. LaPan, President & CEO, The NIIC

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REIMAGINE: Survive and Thrive During COVID-19

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