Bloomington Startups

Transparent Entrepreneurship Advice and Case Studies in Business Growth

Bloomington is on the Verge. Named Indiana’s top community of the year in 2014, the Bloomington technology scene is quickly emerging. So much so that Bloomington was named #2 in the nation among 124 small metros for high-tech employment. With a low cost of living and an 80% tech sector employment growth rate, Bloomington small businesses have it all.

Indiana University, located in the rolling hills of south central Indiana, is not only beautiful but is also vibrant in culture and spirit. U.S. News & World Report and Fortune ranked IU’s entrepreneurship program #1 compared to hundreds around the world. The Bloomington startup community has co-working spaces like Coworker B-Town and SYO (Share Your Office) that build excitement among those who are interested in becoming entrepreneurs.

Starting a business is hard, but many people from Bloomington have found success. Famous businessman and technology investor Mark Cuban went to school at IU, and that’s an alumnus to boast about. There are even local accelerators like RunUp Labs and SproutBox that have proven to grow ideas into thriving businesses.

Katie Birge

Katie Birge is the Director of the Bloomington Technology Partnership, an initiative that grows the Bloomington area tech sector through economic development, networking events, resources and talent development. Katie is also a co-organizer of Verge Bloomington and is happy to talk startups with anyone over a good Hoosier-made craft brew.

Verge Bloomington

8 Universal Qualities of Great Pitch Decks

YEC | July 13, 2015

“Send me your deck.” Early entrepreneurs hear this a lot. And it’s because a pitch deck is a great way for an investor or potential customer to quickly size up your company.  So, don’t leave this important communications piece to chance. We interviewed eight experienced entrepreneurs to get their perspective on the important aspects of an effective …

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Verge is Open For Service and So Is Indiana

Matt Hunckler | March 31, 2015 Open For Service

“You might not have heard about it, but Indiana’s killing it in software and tech. We’re growing like crazy.” That’s what I said this morning at my out-of-state coffee meeting. This is the same level of enthusiasm with which I share our tech growth story every time I tell it. Whether I’m in Silicon Valley, …

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How To Re-Invest In Midwest Startups

Matt Hunckler | August 7, 2014

Indiana and the surrounding Midwest has an exciting history of software entrepreneurship. Large sales of companies like Software Artistry and Baker Hill in Indianapolis, and Resite in Bloomington, started a movement that has snowballed into a powerful Midwest startup community. In this interview from the The Innovation Showcase, entrepreneurs and business leaders from around the …

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How To Win During the Investment Gold Rush of the Wild Wild Midwest [VIDEO]

Matt Hunckler | May 20, 2014

Put it in the Oven, Gringo! Lessons in Efficiency From a Local Pizzeria

Tim Hickle | May 6, 2014

Why did Jay Baer move to build his business in Bloomington, Indiana?

Matt Hunckler | April 10, 2014