I  Northeast Indiana Innovation Center


     Office Locations:

Certified Technology Park Campus
3201 Stellhorn Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46815
Phone: 260-407-6442
Fax: 260-492-0452



  • Seed



  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare



    The Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, Inc. was formed in December 1999 as a private-public partnership between the City of Ft. Wayne, IPFW, the County of Allen, the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, and local community stakeholders who were and are committed to growing a more vibrant regional economy. The Innovation Center nurtures technology businesses by developing the venture during start-up, early development, and the growth stages. NIIC's Certified Technology Park, a 55 acre innovation campus, provides new ventures a turnkey package of physical facilities, amenities, and services all bundled together in one affordable program fee/investment. NIIC Launch Pad is an iCARE investment vehicle designed to attract unemployed and underemployed engineers, technologist and post high school students and their ideas to NIIP with a combination of investment and business incubation. For promising new ventures NIIC, subject to underwriting and LEAP program compliance, will provide the following: 1) Idea Stage: Up to $10,000 of capital investment for development of a prototype including shared workspace for up to 6 months in the Launch Pad suite at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center; 2) Pre-Launch Stage: Up to an additional $15,000 of investment after the first 6 months to continue product development, marketing and commercialization planning efforts based on success and milestone completion of idea stage; 3) Venture Launch Stage: Up to an additional $25,000 of direct investment by accessing a LEAP investment for acquisition of key resources; protection of IP; and other start-up expenses. Ventures must be located in the incubator facility to be eligible for this special assistance and ventures must attract at least a $100,000 total commitment in angel, gap, grant, or friends and families capital.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Daryl Yost Director of Certified Technology Park
    Karl R. LaPan President and CEO
    Mike Fritsch Entrepreneur in Residence
    Tammy Allen Director
    Tania Vanderlaan Controller


    Portfolio companies include:

      Allied Payment Network
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      American Axle
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      BBK Group
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      BioPoly RS
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      Blue Water Mortgage
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      Cirrus ABS
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      Cornerstone Solutions
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      Digital Hydraulic
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      DP Sonics
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      LifeLink Technologies
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      Midwest Quality
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      Purdue TAP
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      Stahl Engineering & Failure Analysis
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