07.19.22

Fort Wayne to Host Great Lakes International Innovation Summit, Save the dates October 2, 3, 4, 2022

Tammy Allen, SR. Director | Marketing & Communications, The NIIC

FORT WAYNE, Ind.— The 2022 Great Lakes International Innovation Summit (GLIn2) is being held in the Summit City this year. This NIIC serves as this year’s host for the annual, multi-day event, which offers educational and networking opportunities for entrepreneurial support professionals.

Save these dates:

October 2 (evening welcome reception and entrepreneurial support showcase)

October 3 (full day, including keynote speaker and breakout sessions), and

October 4 (morning half day, including keynote and breakout sessions).

Registration opens soon. For more information, including sponsorships, contact info@glin2.com. For information about last year’s GLIn2, visit the website.

“We are honored to host this year’s innovation summit. Our planning team is dedicated to providing participants a valuable, engaging experience. It includes professionals from Purdue University Fort Wayne, Mercy Health-Toledo, Michigan Business Innovation Association, and The NIIC,” said Mike Fritsch, President, and CEO, The NIIC. “On behalf of everyone involved in GLIn2 2022 Innovation Summit, we invite you to join us this year to connect with others in the space and share ideas about serving our entrepreneurial community.”

Sandra Cochrane, 2021 GLIn2 Co-Chair and President, Michigan Business Innovation Association, said, “The GLIn2 Summit is a wonderful opportunity to connect with colleagues from across the region. By moving the location to a different state each year, we benefit from peer learning and explore collaboration possibilities.”

Megan Reichert, GLIn2 2021 Co-Chair and the Director, Innovation, Mercy Health-Toledo, said, “We are excited to have GLIN2 hosted by the NIIC in Fort Wayne. It will give entrepreneurial service providers in Indiana greater access to the conference and enhance opportunities for learning about resources. The innovation systems across The Great Lakes have much in common. GLIn2 provides a wonderful opportunity for networking, learning, and collaboration.”

Registration opens soon. For more information, including sponsorships, contact info@glin2.com. For information about last year’s GLIn2, visit the website.

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About GLIn2

GLIn2 began as a collaborative event co-hosted by the Michigan Business Innovation Association and the Wisconsin Business Innovator’s Support Association. It has expanded to include entrepreneurial ecosystem supporters from other Great Lakes states such as Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania, as well as Canada. Each year, its attendees serve over 5,000 small businesses across the region.

The conference was created for incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, maker spaces, economic development agencies, universities, Women’s Business Centers (WBCs), and Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs). All are invited to learn through industry-leading speakers, collaboration opportunities and hands-on breakout sessions.

About The NIIC

525 new products launched, 202 patent applications submitted or granted, and 2,351 jobs created—that is what entrepreneurs have achieved through The NIIC since its inception two decades ago. The NIIC has also connected Northeast Indiana companies to $140.4 million in grants and capital.

The NIIC is a nonprofit, vibrant entrepreneurial community designed to advise entrepreneurs to plan, launch, and grow successful business ventures. The NIIC bolsters innovative companies to move ideas into action. The NIIC is located in a designated U.S. Small Business Administration HUB Zone. In April 2018, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb designated The Northeast Indiana Innovation Park Campus as an Opportunity Zone through the U.S. Treasury. The International Business Innovation Association (inbia.org) recognized the NIIC as the 2020 Entrepreneur Center of the Year – Mixed-use and awarded it one of the two prestigious industry awards – the 2020 Dinah Adkins Award. TheNIIC.org.

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