Entrepreneurship is more than a buzzword in Fishers, it is a way of life and one of our core values. Here, you can grow in a city where culture nurtures young talent, connects great ideas with investors, challenges the status quo, takes calculated risks, and embraces the future.
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Entrepreneurship and innovation from within, are key principles of Fishers’ approach to economic development. One of the initial efforts to establish the City’s commitment to these values, was the opening of Launch Fishers in the City’s Certified Tech Park.
Established in 2012, Launch Fishers is a 52,000 square- foot co-working space for high impact entrepreneurs, innovators, and creators. Fostering collaboration, Launch provides members a community of like-minded individuals, resources, and mentors to help “launch” their ideas into reality. With over 600 members, Launch is the largest co-working space in the Midwest.
Reflecting its designation as a rising tech community, Fishers helped launch Indiana’s first IoT Lab, in 2018. The Indiana IoT Lab- Fishers, serves as an epicenter for tech innovation and is anticipated to not only contribute to Fishers’ progress as a tech hotspot, but to the State of Indiana’s national recognition in the field, as well.
Historically, IoT Technology has been expensive and difficult to develop. For years, challenges in attaining adequate capital, along with difficulties in making the necessary partnerships, have inhibited small innovators from fully exploring and cultivating their ideas. In combating this reality, the 24,000 square foot IoT Lab in Fishers, serves to establish a flexible space and provide the necessary resources to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and collaboration between both established and growing tech entities.
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.
Hub & Spoke is a visionary community effort to inspire, educate, and empower the next generation of makers and leaders of America. This unique 94,000- square-foot master-planned mixed-use development hosts a design center with retail showrooms, a coworking space, a state-of-the art makerspace, and the Hub & Spoke Institute, a work-based learning and innovation center.
Fishers Test Kitchen is a one of a kind culinary accelerator, located at Fishers District & attached to the Sun King Brewery. Reinforcing the entrepreneurial culture in Fishers, the Test Kitchen provides up and coming chefs with the space and resources to grow their business and test innovative food concepts. Operating out of the Fishers Test Kitchen on a 12-18 month rotating basis, chefs utilize the business resources available through John Wechsler and Launch Fishers to accelerate their business, with the end goal of opening a brick and mortar restaurant in the City of Fishers.
Fostering a community of connections and an investment in the future workforce, CurioCity is a partnership between the City of Fishers, Hamilton Southeastern Schools, and our business community to provide students and teachers with experiential learning opportunities.
Fishers has been a spectacular city to scale our startup for multiple reasons. Both Jordin and Megan from the Economic Development team have been very helpful since day one with answering questions, inviting us to local business-focused events, and even helping us locate furniture for our new office off of I-69. Outside of that, our team has thoroughly enjoyed all that the community offers and we look forward to continuing our growth in Fishers!
Founder & CEO of Mobile ReCell
Not only do I call Fishers home, but my business, ROI Search Group, has found a home here, as well. My experiences with Mayor Scott Fadness and the ED team have been organized, professional, and are an easy partnership. The community and culture they represent lends itself to empower entrepreneurs and invest in their thriving growth as well as a vibrant quality of life.
Founder & President of ROI Search Group
The open concept of the Lab, combined with it housing other technology start-ups, means there’s always opportunity for collaboration, for technical discussions, and the like. Additionally, there are always other technical or ntrepreneurial people coming through the Lab, so we’re always networking and connecting with other entrepreneurial people in the Fishers and Indiana technology community.
Co-Founder, VP Sales & Marketing at Qumulex
We think of Flexware as a smart, vibrant, and entrepreneurial company, so we feel Fishers is a natural fit from a community standpoint.
Founder & CEO of Flexware Innovation
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