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.
Learn more at Launch Fishers.
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.
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.
Find more information about Eleven Fifty Academy.
Supporting experiential learning, CurioCity provides opportunities for students and teachers within the Hamilton Southeastern School District to participate in internships and externships for businesses & organizations, throughout Fishers. CurioCity not only augments the Fishers’ talent pipeline, but the experiences provided also allow businesses in the community to benefit from the talented individuals within the HSE School System.
Learn more about CurioCity and how your business can business can benefit.