The City of Fishers takes a comprehensive approach to economic development, and growth from within is a critical component. In 2012, working with entrepreneur John Wechsler, Fishers expanded its efforts to include Launch Fishers, a collaborative space for high-impact entrepreneurs.
What started with two members in the basement of the local library has grown to more than 600 entrepreneurs with businesses across a broad range of industry, including technology, health information, life sciences, biotech, consumer products and more. Today, Launch Fishers has expanded to a +50,000 sq. ft. building in the Delaware Tech Park in the Nickel Plate District--making it the largest co-working space in the Midwest.
Launch Fishers is more than just a space. Opportunity abounds, and members are plugged into a community of collaboration with like-minded individuals, resources and mentors.
Learn more at launchfishers.com.
Indiana is perfectly positioned to be a leader in Internet of Things technology. The state's long history in making, growing and moving "things" creates a unique opportunity for technological advancements in these areas.
Created as a laboratory to progress IoT innovation in Indiana, the Indiana IoT Lab - Fishers is the first of its kind in the nation. The Lab facility is designed to bring the emerging IoT sector together as a lab for innovation and collaboration. Businesses and IoT experts will have the space they need to bring the four key components of IoT solutions together in one space: ideation, cloud data, edge hardware, and software development. The Lab will enable entrepreneurs and businesses to launch the technology solutions needed to meet the world's growing tech demands.
For more information, visit IndianaIoT.com.
Ball State University Center for Academic and Economic Innovation
Ball State University, a national leader in entrepreneurial education, has committed to integrating Launch Fishers into its Entrepreneurship Program with both experiential learning for students and with a physical presence at the facility.
The partnership brings real-world startup experience to students while giving Launch Fishers and member companies' access to the university's research, faculty and students. In addition, Launch Fishers and Ball State University will work together on a best practices mapping framework for entrepreneurial ecosystem development throughout the state of Indiana as a part of Launch Indiana.
Eleven Fifty Academy
This immersive learning program was founded by Scott Jones (founder of modern voicemail) to develop a technology-ready workforce through certifications, training, and professional development. Housed at Launch Fishers, the program focuses on developing skills, and expertise so graduates are ready to enter the tech workforce in Central Indiana.
More information available at elevenfifty.org.
Hamilton Southeastern Schools Apprenticeship Program
Working closely with Fishers' school system, the tech community develops future workforce at a young age. Internship programs begin Junior year for high school students as they work alongside the city's tech companies. HSE has an award-winning STEM curriculum that balances real-world experience with practical learning.