"Some of the biggest names and businesses in Indiana's tech sector are coming together to launch an organization to advocate for the industry with state leaders," reports Inside Indiana Business. David Becker, chairman and CEO of First Internet Bancorp and 1975 graduate of DePauw University, is chairing the Indiana Technology & Innovation Association which "will push for policies to ensure the state has a strong infrastructure for tech companies to start, enough capital for them to grow and enough talent for them to sustain and scale."
Becker says the group will give the industry "laser focus on public policy advocacy."
More than 90 companies are part of the organization, including "startups like Zionsville-based 120WaterAudit, which won Indy's first Rise of the Rest competition." The company's co-founder and CEO, Megan Glover is a 2004 DePauw graduate and is also on the organization's board. "She says the group is working on its specific agenda and priorities, and hopes to solidify the state as a tech hub of the Midwest," reports Andy Ober.
"Hopefully we can attract talent to come here," Glover says. "We don't talent going to California. We don't want talent going to Chicago. We want talent to stay here and come here, so attract and retain. And then, let's see a lot of new businesses emerge and let's see a lot of new innovation emerge and grow and become really powerhouse technology companies."
Read more, and access a video clip, at Inside Indiana Business.com.
Becker, who will appear on the statewide business program this weekend, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Inspire Awards. Learn more in this previous summary.