Dear friends -
This year, as we celebrate Indiana's 200th birthday, we are also celebrating incredible momentum in innovation across the state:
- Indiana patents increased by 30% from 2011 to 2015,
- 72,000+ startups have launched here since 2011, and
- Indiana's tech sector is adding jobs at a rate of 18% - three times faster than the national average.
To build on this growth, we must support Hoosier entrepreneurs and innovators to ensure that companies at all stages have the resources they need to not only succeed, but to thrive. That's why, through Governor Mike Pence's and Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb's innovation and entrepreneurship initiative, we will accelerate investments in early-stage, mid-market and high-growth Hoosier companies.
Earlier today, Interactive Intelligence founder and CEO Dr. Donald Brown shared his views with leaders in Indianapolis on how technology is shaping business. A true Hoosier innovator, Brown has launched not one, but three companies in Indiana. Interactive Intelligence has created 1,000 jobs in the state alone with 2,000-plus employees worldwide. We can't wait to see what else he has in store for Indiana.
Brown's narrative demonstrates the importance of continuing our commitment to Indiana innovators. These thought leaders are investing in Indiana, drawing skilled talent to the state and creating new opportunities for Hoosiers.
To be at the forefront of innovation and entrepreneurship, Indiana must attract great thinkers, give them the tools to grow, and ensure that they choose Indiana for their next big idea.
Indiana Secretary of Commerce
Indiana Economic Development Corporation