The mission of Launch Indiana is to increase the number of successful Indiana based innovation-driven enterprises through mentorship and education. Launch Indiana is a joint initiative of the ISBDC and Launch Fishers.
Community Leader Education
While traditional economic development continues to play a major role in the continued revitalization of communities throughout Indiana a new model for investing has proven to be effective in assisting communities in retaining top entrepreneurial talent as well as recruiting talent to emerging innovation driven organizations.
In partnership with Ball State University, Launch Indiana will conduct informative sessions throughout Indiana demonstrating to community leaders the importance of embracing this new theory on economic development including examples of programs and projects created to generate activity in each community.
K-12 Entrepreneurial Education
Introducing K-12 students to entrepreneurship and connecting them to successful entrepreneurs throughout their community and the State of Indiana with the focal point being a statewide conference hosted by Ball State University.
Educators from around Indiana will gather to learn statewide and national best practices in teaching entrepreneurship, be exposed to statewide programming that they can connect with, and hear from classroom teachers who have first hand experience with working through successful programs with their students.
Community Entrepreneurial Mapping
One major obstacle in mobilizing a successful start up community is identifying the players involved to help advance an organization quickly. Launch Indiana will be partnering with 5 communities in 2015-2016 and 5 additional communities in 2016-2017 to identify assets and liabilities to helping create a successful entrepreneurial ecosystem. Likely important data to be tracked includes networking and educational opportunities, funding options, business planning services, government officials, and mentoring services.
Launch Indiana is utilizing a program of identifying high growth potential and innovation driven entrepreneurs and connecting them with experienced mentors within their industry to improve their success rate and accelerate their growth potential.