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Northeast Indiana Innovation Center Ideas@Work Event Celebrates Entrepreneurship

April 13, 2016, Fort Wayne, Ind.

The Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC), a business incubator and entrepreneurial resource center based in Fort Wayne, Ind., is celebrating entrepreneurial excellence at NIIC’s annual signature Ideas@Work Event on April 26, 2016, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A limited number of event tickets remain, and the public is invited to attend. The event will be held at Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation in Fort Wayne. “Vibrant entrepreneurship is essential to a community’s economic health. The Innovation Center plays an integral role in fostering, spawning, growing and igniting next generation entrepreneurs and innovators who create high quality jobs and companies for our region,” stated Karl R. LaPan, President and CEO, NIIC.

The Mirro Student Founder Award will be presented to an outstanding achiever of the NIIC Student Venture Lab. Also, keynote speaker J.B. Bernstein, one of the most respected marketing experts in the sports world will speak about Where’s the Big Idea? Bernstein is a legendary sports marketing pioneer and has represented some of the greatest athletes of all time. He was also inspiration for the hit movie Million Dollar Arm. The event will be followed by a workshop, also to be led by Bernstein, titled So, you have a big idea? Start! The event and workshop support funding for NIIC’s Student Venture Program, the Women’s Economic Opportunity Center (WEOC) and regional entrepreneurial outreach. Reflecting on the event’s goals, LaPan, stated, “This event will inspire you to think and act differently. JB will challenge you and your team’s traditional thinking to reimagine innovative solutions while addressing your organization’s most promising growth opportunities.”

For more information and to register for the event, visit: http://www.niic.net/ideasatwork

Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC) – NIIC is a non-profit, community-based entrepreneurial resource center that assists in the growth and development of innovative companies in Northeast Indiana. Formed in 1999 by a consortium of community and government leaders and organizations, NIIC was recently recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top four under-the-radar incubators in the country. The Innovation Center is the country’s only ISO9001:2008 certified business incubation and acceleration program, serving entrepreneurs, business owners and existing businesses who want to launch (or to expand or to re-invent) a company. For more information visit: www.niic.net

Media contact: Tammy Allen, Director, Marketing Communications & Programs – NIIC tallen@niic.net | Telephone: 260-407-6442

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