Entrepreneurship Spotlight: The C3 at Indiana Tech
Feb19

Entrepreneurship Spotlight: The C3 at Indiana Tech

This is a continuation of our series on entrepreneurship in Northeast Indiana. Join us as we explore the resources available to you as a resident of this area and some of the new businesses that are shaking things up. Let’s Startup Fort Wayne! (-Tim) Being an entrepreneur is challenging – in order to be successful, startups need to be creative, motivated, and determined in their quest to develop innovative products and services to set themselves apart and find customers willing to give them a chance. Enter the new Center for Creative Collaboration (C3), a multidisciplinary entrepreneurship center on the campus of Indiana Tech that opened in August 2014. By connecting business clients with the right combination of faculty, staff, students, and mentors, the C3 aims to help in the creation and growth of successful technology-oriented companies with growth potential. “[The C3] initially grew out of some conversations that we had related to an opportunity to apply for a grant from the Lilly Endowment,” said Mark Richter, Executive Director of the C3. “The more we thought about it, the more [an entrepreneurship center] made sense to us.” After submitting the grant proposal to Lilly, Indiana Tech was awarded a half million dollar grant to cover operating costs for three years, with Indiana Tech providing the capital to build out and furnish the center’s new space in Indiana Tech’s new Academic Center. Multidisciplinary Approach is Key The C3 is unique in its multidisciplinary approach, which pulls from multiple resources across different academic disciplines at Indiana Tech. Usually colleges and universities operate entrepreneurship centers only in conjunction with their business programs – the C3 goes beyond that to include other disciplines creating a more robust approach. “We thought a more powerful vision and a more powerful model would be to be able to pull resources from our college of business, our college of engineering, our college of law, and our college of general studies,” said Richter. “A large university might not be able to do it that way, but we felt we could.” Students have opportunities to get involved with startups and collaborate with entrepreneurs on their projects through the C3 in a variety of ways. Some students participate through a course, while others may work as interns or collaborate individually on projects for experience. “It’s a good reference to have on a resume to show that you’ve worked on something like this,” said Richter. Entrepreneurs Wanted In its first six months, the C3 has met with 50-60 potential clients and currently has six it is working with right now. “One manufactures organic soaps, another one produces microbes for agricultural and environmental...

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