2016 Ideas@Work Accelerating Indiana 3rd Annual Signature Event

Nationally-known Keynote Speaker J.B. Bernstein, entrepreneur, sports agent and author spurred event attendees to drive innovation. “You can succeed as an entrepreneur…find your ‘Eureka’ moment and the right resources.”


2015 Ideas@Work Celebrating 15 Years of Entrepreneurial Successes Annual Signature Event

During this milestone year of NIIC’s 15 Year Anniversary, international business mogul, Fort Wayne community resident and philanthropist Chuck Surack, Founder & President, Sweetwater Sound, inspired and motivated event attendees as he shared about Celebrating 37 Years of Entrepreneurial Success. “Always do the right thing for the customer.”—Chuck Surack


2014 Ideas@Work It’s Working Inaugural Event

Eric Doden, President, Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) served as keynote speaker provide Indiana state-wide perspective to attendees. He focused on Barriers of Economic Development: Observations from a 92 County Tour.

Mirro Student Founder Award

The Ideas@Work Signature Event Series also serves as a platform to recognize an outstanding NIIC Student Venture Lab (SVL) client. Established in 2015, the award was named after Dr. Mike Mirro, a prominent physician, entrepreneur, visionary, researcher and community leader. Dr. Mirro was the founding board chair of The NIIC. Award recipients are selected from clients of The NIIC SVL Program.The SVL offers student entrepreneurs an opportunity to start and grow a business in a supportive, success-focused environment. The SVL offers seed investment—and much more—to selected student-owned startup ventures. The SVL is supported by The Ideas@Work Signature Event Series and generous sponsors: IAB Financial Bank, Lincoln Financial Foundation, and The Edward M. & Mary McCrea Wilson Foundation.

The 2016 Mirro Student Founder Award Recipient D-n-S Design, founders Matt Vanlandingham and Lindal Walker. The 2015 award recipient was Ashely Coleman, La’Shic, creator of Orthopedic High Heels.


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