The Innovation Showcase “Where Capital Meets Innovation”
The Innovation Showcase celebrates its 11th Anniversary this year as Indiana’s premier event for capital sources to connect with fundable companies. Companies, business executives, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs from the Midwest will attend the event, validating Indiana’s vibrant and diverse startup community. In addition to networking opportunities, there will be an expo of fundable startups and a pitch contest with selected regional winners from across Indiana.
Innovation Showcase Presenters
Organizer and Keynote Speaker Donald Brown
The Accidental Entrepreneur
Growing up, Don had no interest in becoming an entrepreneur. In fact, after a physics undergrad, he enrolled in an MD/PhD program in biochemistry thinking that he’d become a biomedical researcher. However, life often takes unexpected turns. After launching a startup while finishing medical school, Don was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and started a series of successful software companies, including two of the first three ever to go public in the state of Indiana. Following the sale of the 2,300-person Interactive Intelligence to Genesys Telecommunications for $1.4B in 2016, Don finally returned to the life sciences with his most recent startup called LifeOmic aimed at bringing badly needed disruption to health care. As an avid pilot, rock climber, and mountaineer, Don has found multiple ways to confront and overcome fear. Come hear Don discuss his entrepreneurial journey, the lessons he learned along the way, and his bold vision for the future of health care.
MC of the Pitch Competition
Dr. Don Kuratko (“Dr. K”)
The Gill Distinguished Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship IU Kelley School of Business
Dr. Donald F. Kuratko (known as “Dr. K”), is considered a prominent scholar and national leader in the field of entrepreneurship, authoring over 190 articles on aspects of entrepreneurship and corporate innovation in academic journals as well as 30 books, including one of the leading entrepreneurship books in the world, Entrepreneurship: Theory, Process, Practice (11th ed.). He has been named one of the Top 10 Entrepreneurship Scholars in the world and he was the recipient of the Riata Distinguished Entrepreneurship Scholar Award. he was the inaugural recipient of the Karl Vesper Entrepreneurship Pioneer Award for his career dedication to developing the field of entrepreneurship. The National Academy of Management honored Professor Kuratko with the Entrepreneurship Advocate Award and the Entrepreneurship Mentor Award for his contributions to the development and advancement of the discipline of entrepreneurship. Dr. K has been consultant on Corporate Innovation to numerous Fortune 500 corporations. He was honored by his peers as the #1 Entrepreneurship Director in the nation as well as being selected one of the Top Entrepreneurship Professors in the U.S. by Fortune magazine. Under his leadership IU has been ranked the #1 Business School for Entrepreneurship Research as well as the #1 Graduate and Undergraduate Business School for Entrepreneurship Programs (Public Institutions) by U.S. News & World Report and Fortune.
Presenter of the Hall of Fame
Jeff Ready | Board Member CEO
Scale Computing Current CEO and co-founder of Scale Computing, Jeff defines a serial entrepreneur – starting his first company at the age of 11. Jeff has not only proven himself as a pack leader but as a negotiator, fundraiser, technologist, marketer and trusted advisor, having started numerous companies and raising over $150+ million in investment capital. Prior to founding Scale, Jeff was co-founder and CEO of Corvigo, a Linux-based anti-spam appliance, where he oversaw the company from startup through funding to acquisition. After the acquisition, Jeff served as VP of Marketing at Tumbleweed Communications. Prior to Corvigo, Jeff was co-founder, COO and VP of Marketing at Radiate. Jeff holds a degree in Computer Science from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.