• NIIC Signature Community Entrepreneurship Celebration

    The Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC) is pleased to announce its Second Annual Signature Community Entrepreneurship Celebration Event on Tuesday, April 21, 2015! Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Venue: Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Education, Fort Wayne, IN Keynote: Chuck Surack, Founder and President, Sweetwater Sound Click Here to View Event Flyer ideas@work will celebrate the growth of the region’s entrepreneurs and student ventures in various NIIC programs, including its nationally recognized Student Venture Program. The event will also highlight the impact that entrepreneurs and growth businesses have in Northeast Indiana and show how the community can engage with what is going on and take advantage of the energy. The NIIC second annual “ideas@work” event on April 21, 2015 will be made possible through the generous support of pre-event sponsors. No funds will be solicited during the event. Event net sponsorship proceeds will be used to fund NIIC initiatives including the Student Venture Lab program and Regional Entrepreneurship outreach.

  • Indiana Builds on Small Business Grant Program

    Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann announced this past July a partnership between the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE), and Elevate Ventures to help small businesses tap into the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. These programs offer non-dilutive funding to small businesses to develop and hopefully commercialize new technologies. Last year alone, the federal government distributed nearly $2 billion of these awards to small businesses in a variety of different industry sectors. Only 32 Indiana businesses were part of that distribution. The state’s new program is intended to boost that number. Through this new partnership, the Indiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center, which operates under OSBE, is offering small businesses free technical assistance with the complicated SBIR and STTR proposal-writing process. This assistance includes help with the identification of research topics that best align with the company’s expertise or technological vision. Additionally, Elevate Ventures is utilizing the 21st Century Research & Technology Fund to supplement proposals (Phase 1 only) with a support letter committing $0.50 of additional funding for every federal dollar awarded, up to $50,000. More is still needed, though. In addition to technical and financial assistance, which improve a company’s odds of winning an SBIR or STTR award in the first place, the bigger priority for our state’s economy is to help small businesses commercialize resulting technologies and transform them into sources of long-term revenue. Commercialization, after all, is the goal of this entire program, and it leads to something we all care about: new jobs. So how do we support small, high-tech companies in a more comprehensive way? For starters, we need to facilitate more collaboration and connectivity within Indiana’s diverse SBIR/STTR community. We need to connect SBIR and STTR award recipients with large businesses and university programs around the state that can bring a higher level of technical expertise, business acumen, or financial resources to the development process. We need to encourage, and perhaps provide incentives for, research partnerships between these entities, and maybe even incentivize research that is better aligned with existing or projected commercial activities in the state. We also need representatives from Indiana’s SBIR/STTR community to convene regularly, build personal relationships, and exchange ideas that have potential to rise the tide for all involved. Such a gathering occurred last month. On Dec. 5, the Indiana Aerospace & Defense Council and Rolls-Royce co-hosted a multi-industry event to support the state’s new program. The event, titled Fueling Innovation and Business Growth through Federal R&D Programs, featured remarks from the Lieutenant Governor, as well as panel discussions with industry, university and federal government representatives. Elevate Ventures and the Indiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center also spoke with attendees about their services. This event offered a variety of perspectives and best practices to help Hoosier businesses better leverage federal R&D programs. Small businesses (Aerodyn Engineering, Go Electric, IN Space, CreateAbility, Wolf Technical Services, and SkySight Technologies) shared both success stories and lessons learned in their attempts to commercialize federally funded technologies, and they also articulated how the state’s matching funds program helps companies move farther down the commercialization path. Conversely, large businesses (Rolls-Royce, Ultra Electronics, Raytheon, and Exelis) talked about how they are partnering with small businesses across the country to support their own technology development and commercialization efforts, and university panelists (Purdue, IU, Rose Hulman, IUPUI, and IPFW) shared with attendees their respective efforts to help small businesses bring new technologies to market. As the state’s SBIR/STTR program moves forward, and more small businesses attract federal research and development funding, events like this need to continue. We need to keep a sharp focus on commercialization, and these sorts of gatherings ensure that small businesses in our state have a well-functioning and active network of resources available at their disposal. Ryan Metzing is Director of the Indiana Aerospace & Defense Council (IADC), a Conexus Indiana initiative to support and grow Indiana’s aerospace and defense sector. Author: Ryan Metzing – Director, Indiana Aerospace & Defense Council Source: http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/contributors.asp?ID=3112

  • Exelis Awarded $28 Million For Direct Commercial Contract

    Exelis has been awarded a direct commercial contract worth $28 million to provide an existing international customer with additional communications equipment, spare parts and ancillary devices. Communications equipment acquired under the contract includes the RT-1702 SINCGARS, or Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems, along with installation kits and spares to support the system. Exelis has sold more than 600,000 SINCGARS radios with supporting ancillary devices worldwide. The production of the radios for this international contract will take place at the Exelis Fort Wayne, Indiana facility. Exelis is a global aerospace, defense and information solutions company with over 50 years of service. The company’s objective is to provide “affordable, mission-critical solutions for global customers.” The company is a leader in positioning and navigation, sensors, and air traffic management solutions. Headquartered in Rochester, NY, Exelis employs over 10,000 people and achieved nearly $5 billion in sales in 2013. It has branches in Boulder, CO, Clifton, NJ, Herndon, VA, Los Angeles, CA and Suffolk, VA in addition to its plant in Fort Wayne. Source – 21 Alive: http://www.21alive.com/news/local/Exelis-Awarded-28-Million-For-Direct-Commercial-Contract-287135071.html

  • Exelis Awarded $10.3 Million Contract for Technology System Insertion

    Fort Wayne, Ind. — Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has been awarded a $10.3 million sole source U.S. Air Force contract to insert a modern data storage and retrieval technology into the Strategic Automated Command Control System (SACCS). The SACCS provides orders and pass codes authentication for Air Force nuclear weapons platforms, bombers, and support units. Inserting a modern data storage system into this legacy command and control system will dramatically improve retrieval and verification of critical data for decision-makers. The upgrade by Exelis, a leading provider of critical network solutions, will also allow the existing system to continue with uninterrupted service through 2030. The replacement of the current data archival system with modern data storage will ensure operational performance of the system and reduce the potential for human error factors in the future. “We understand the importance of this system to the Air Force, the Department of Defense, and our nation’s security,” said Jennifer Schoonover, the vice president and general manager of the Exelis communications solutions business area. “We were the original integrators of this system 30 years ago and have worked to maintain a strong relationship with our Air Force customer since then. We will continue to deliver this technically sound and affordable technology for this critical Air Force network.” Exelis will deliver data drives of different types, support equipment, training and documentation under this contract. Work will begin immediately and take place at the Exelis facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

    About Exelis

    Exelis is a diversified, global aerospace, defense and information solutions company that leverages a 50-year legacy of deep customer knowledge and technical expertise to deliver affordable, mission-critical solutions for global customers. We are a leader in positioning and navigation, sensors, air traffic management solutions, image processing and distribution, communications and information systems, and focused on strategic growth in the areas of critical networks, ISR and analytics, electronic warfare and composite aerostructures. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Exelis employs approximately 10,000 people and generated 2013 sales of $4.8 billion. For more information, visit our website at www.exelisinc.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Source: Exelis

  • Welcome our newest members for November 2014

    We would like to welcome the newest NIDIA members for the month of November.  Please take a moment to have a look at their businesses and make new connections if you aren’t already familiar with them! GCG Industries, Inc. 4636 Newaygo Rd. Fort Wayne IN 46845 260-482-7454 View Member Profile Triton Metal Products 7790 South Homestead Drive Hamilton, IN 46742 260-488-1800 View Member Profile