NIIC Introduces Remote Working Program

Mary Roberts, Writer/Reporter, Inside Indiana Business

For Immediate Release

June 7, 2021, FORT WAYNE – The Northeast Indiana Innovation Center in Fort Wayne is introducing a Safe Spaces Program, a flexible workspace design for area entrepreneurs and startup businesses looking for safe and productive office environments. The NIIC says its program transforms traditional cubicle design in its coworking areas into customized office pods to protect individuals and their business assets.

“The NIIC is committed to creating more options and choices to support the demands and requirements of post-pandemic entrepreneurs,” stated Karl LaPan, president of The NIIC. “Through a partial grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, The NIIC is excited to offer new and flexible place-making options for entrepreneurs to grow and build their businesses.”

In collaboration with YOURspace, The NIIC says it is offering two new innovative office experiences.

The first is called Cabana, which provides an alternative to informal workspaces, such as coffee shops, public places, or the garage. The second is called Office Oasis, which The NIIC says replaces open cubicles with an enclosed modular office.

“Now more than ever, entrepreneurs and small businesses want to get back to a safe, productive work environment,” said Mike Fritsch, director of revenue and senior entrepreneur in residence at The NIIC. “They miss the entrepreneurial community, connectedness, and culture of working with and interacting with others. These innovative experiences offer more options for returning to an office environment.”

The NIIC says cabanas are now available for reservation.

About The NIIC

499 new products launched, 196 patent applications submitted or granted, and 2,351 jobs created—that is what entrepreneurs had achieved through The NIIC since its inception two decades ago. The NIIC has also connected Northeast Indiana companies to attract $100.4 million in grants and capital.

The NIIC is a non-profit, 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 NIIC is the country’s only ISO9001:2015 registered business incubation and acceleration program. Additionally, 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. Click here for The NIIC press kit.

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