03.11.16

Entrepreneurs are Entrepreneurs

By: Karl R. LaPan, President & CEO, Northeast Indiana Innovation Center Special Global Edition—As I conclude my trip in China with my colleague and the Steel Dynamics Distinguished Professor Dr. Max Yen of IPFW and CEO of our Global Alliance on Tech Transfer and Entrepreneurship (GAT2E), I wanted to comment on the two dynamic, smart […]

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03.09.16

A Case for Cultivating Entrepreneurship From a Young Age

By: Karl R. LaPan, President & CEO, Northeast Indiana Innovation Center As I previously blogged, I have concluded there are four pillars for entrepreneurial success, and periodically, I am sharing my thoughts in each of these four areas: capital, talent, placemaking and connectivity. Today, I want to focus on the importance of talent. The worlds […]

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03.01.16

Start-up Success: It’s All in the Execution

By: Karl R. LaPan, President & CEO, Northeast Indiana Innovation Center You can plan all you want, but if you don’t follow-through then it’s meaningless. Many entrepreneurs suffer from this ailment: They have a great idea but fail in execution. Success means having the right people and offering exceptional customer value. Companies that know how […]

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02.27.16

Placemaking and the Making of Entrepreneurs

By: Karl R. LaPan, President & CEO, Northeast Indiana Innovation Center There is a real power in place when it comes to entrepreneurship. Sociologist Ray Oldenberg is credited with coining the term “third place” to describe the important places in our lives other than home or work where people can go to unwind and feel […]

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02.21.16

Fort Wayne’s Entrepreneurial Roots Run Deep

Fort Wayne has a rich history when it comes to entrepreneurship. Many inventors and business people called Fort Wayne home over the past 125 years. Here’s a look at a few, in chronological order: Not long after the Civil War, brothers Joseph and Cornelius Hoagland owned and operated a small pharmacy on the corner of […]

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