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ITIA Celebrates Black History Month, Showcases Entrepreneurs of Color in Latest Episode of Indiana Innovates

February 17, 2022 9:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Indianapolis, IN – The Indiana Technology & Innovation Association (ITIA) is celebrating Black History Month with the release of its latest Indiana Innovates episode, showcasing founders and entrepreneurs of color.

The episode features interviews with the founders of Indianapolis-based Chuqlab, Carmel-based PEAKMind and the EXHALE App, as well as with the State of Indiana’s first-ever Chief Equity, Inclusion and Opportunity Officer Karrah Herring on state initiatives to improve diversity and equity. 

“Indiana’s tech and innovation industry is diverse and thriving,” said ITIA Executive Director and host of Indiana Innovates Jennifer Hallowell. “We’re excited to dedicate this month’s episode of Indiana Innovates to showcasing founders and entrepreneurs of color doing incredible work across our state.”

This month’s episode of Indiana Innovates celebrating Black History Month features interviews with:

  • Cornelius George, Co-Founder and CEO of Indianapolis-based Chuqlab, on his crime fighting tool CrimeMiner 
  • Alicia Mckoy, Founder and CEO of Carmel-based PEAKMind, on her platform that's helping companies create a healthier work culture for employees 
  • Katara McCarty, President and CEO of Katecha Corp, on her celebrated EXHALE app, which is the first emotional well-being app designed specifically for Black, Indigenous, and Women of Color 
  • Karrah Herring, the State of Indiana's first-ever Chief Equity, Inclusion and Opportunity Officer 

The episode is co-hosted by Hallowell and ITIA Equity Committee Co-Chair Juliana Casavan, Operations Manager at MatchBOX Coworking Studio in Lafayette. 

Indiana Innovates is a monthly web show to highlight Indiana’s growing tech industry, share tech-related news, feature innovative products and companies, and provide tech policy updates. The show, which launched in October 2021, is produced by Fishers-based digital marketing company MediaFuel. 

To watch the Black History Month episode of Indiana Innovates as well as past episodes, visit

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