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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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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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 […]


Area Business Leaders Reflect on Whom They Most Admire

I wanted to share my comments captured in the News-Sentinel on President’s Day. Two other individuals were interviewed as well, but below are my comments. By: Nate Bickel nbickel@news-sentinel.com Monday, February 15, 2016 7:59 AM Today is Presidents Day. The position of president of the United States is one of incredible responsibility. The office has […]

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Allied Payment Shares Secrets of Success

Today, I attended the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center’s E3 (Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Enrichment) meeting, where I learned Ralph Marcuccilli’s secrets to venture fundraising success. Over the last five years, Ralph has raised nearly $5 Million dollars to build his company – Allied Payment. Allied Payment offers online bill payment service to financial institutions including banks and […]

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