Writer / Kara Reibel
74 startups, 70 pitches, one winner: pi lab’s Edwin the Duck steals another show in 2015. First they owned CES in Las Vegas, now the Innovation Showcase on their home turf.
“Edwin is no ordinary duck,” says co-founder Don Inmon quoting Edwin’s tagline, “We couldn’t be happier with the support we’ve received. It was a good day.”
Edwin experienced some tough competition, including FetchADate, Paxton Medical, WhatfriendsDo, getSayDo, Anagin, and many more.
The guiding principal of the Venture Club of Indiana is based upon “creating an entrepreneurial, business-friendly environment attractive to investors”. Which they feel “is critical to the continued success of Indiana’s emerging companies and established businesses.” This intention is echoed throughout the entrepreneurial community.
The Venture Club of Indiana recognized the need for an investor / startup event, hosting the first Innovation Showcase in 2009. Like every great idea, support from the entrepreneurial community gained momentum over the last 16 years, creating even greater opportunities for partnerships by providing successful conditions for viable businesses to flourish.
Today the Innovation Showcase is an exemplary partnership of the Venture Club, Verge, VisionTech Partners, Launch Fishers, and Launch Indiana. The collaboration indicates the significance of the Innovation Showcase as an excellent opportunity for networking and exploring why central Indiana is a hotbed of potentiality, featuring the best and the brightest entrepreneurs. A rising tide raises all ships.
The host location is none other than Dallara, a progressive IndyCar factory near the IMS. This high-tech facility is the perfect setting for the Innovation Showcase.