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If you want to start or grow your business in the East Central Indiana community, the Innovation Connector is THE place to plug into a network of business support.

The Innovation Connector is a full service business incubator. We exist to help entrepreneurs succeed by offering resources and support to address their ever-changing needs.

About the Innovation Connector:

Foundational Elements

The Innovation Connector exists for one purpose: to help new entrepreneurs with truly unique business ideas turn their dreams into a reality. Our mission, vision, and guiding principles explain exactly what we do and why we do it.

Mission:

To support and accelerate the creation of successful technology based and emerging companies in order to improve the economy of Muncie and east central Indiana.

Vision:

To be a dynamic business incubation center which is recognized as a major contributor to the economic vitality of our area.

Values:

        • Provide expertise to participants through advisors
        • Leverage the resources of Ball State University, Ball Memorial Hospital, local government, and community partners
        • Advance the entrepreneurial culture in our area
        • Conduct business in a fair and ethical manner
        • Create and attract jobs
        • Connect entrepreneurs to resources and assistance
        • Provide a supportive environment for participants
        • Share knowledge between new and existing companies

History

2002:

The Innovation Connector became a reality when William Skinner became the organization’s first executive director. Initially, the Innovation Connector was located in a residential space on Marsh Street adjacent to Ball State University.

2003:

The first business, ANERIST, moved into the Innovation Connector. In 2004, the incubator expanded to three additional homes on Marsh Street.

2004:

The former Aero Forge property was designated at a Certified Technology Park by the State of Indiana. Soon thereafter, the Aero Forge plant was demolished to make way for new development on the site. Pathologist Associated Labs, and subsequently Whitinger & Company, an accounting and financial management company, built new headquarters on the site.

2006:

The Innovation Connector moved to an interim facility in downtown Muncie.

2007:

The Innovation Connector board of directors approved plans for the construction of a 15,000 sq. ft. facility to be located at the Ontario Place Certified Technology Park.

2008 – 2009:

The Innovation Connector’s headquarters was completed in the Ontario Place Certified Technology Park.

2010 – 2012:

The past several years have been an exciting time of change and growth.  In 2010, the IC welcomed Ted Baker as the new Executive Director and promoted Lori Albert to Financial Director.  During this time, the IC number of businesses that call the IC home has increased to over twenty businesses.  In order to assist with this growth, the IC Board of Directors has added several new board members to assist in governance and to expand the impact of the work at the IC.

2013-Current:

In order to address the needs of transient professionals and home based businesses, the Landing Zone opened on January 1, 2013 as a dedicated co-working space located in the Muncie Innovation Connector.  Funding for the construction, equipment and furnishings of the Landing Zone was provided by The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County and Garmong Construction Services.
Jennifer Greene, Program Manager joined the IC in early 2014 accommodating the marketing and programming needs defined by continued growth of our operations.
Late 2014, the IC joined the City of Muncie in a collaborative project sharing in the creation and management of the Downtown Business Connector located on the floor level of The Lofts of Roberts (historic landmark, formerly The Roberts Hotel) at 420 South High Street in Downtown Muncie. Thiscollaborative, open concept coworking space allows the Innovation Connector to extend its ever encompassing services to entrepreneurs, independent professionals, freelancers, and startup businesses seeking an affordable alternative to dedicated office space or coffee shop housing.
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Staff

Ted Baker
Executive Director

After graduation from Ball State University in 1980, Ted’s career journey has included management of small businesses, starting, growing, buying and selling businesses as well as assisting with the establishment of several area not-for-profit organizations. He is a Certified Incubator Manager with the National Business Incubator Association as well as a Certified StartUp Wheel business advisor. Because of his extensive business ownership experience, Ted offers a unique, practical, and realistic insight to business owners and potential business owners.

Lori Albert
Financial Director

Lori serves as the Financial Director for the Innovation Connector. With twenty-six years of financial management in various businesses, Lori works with Innovation Connector clients by assisting with QuickBooks setup and management as well as payroll, accounts payable, and accounts receivable work. Lori also is responsible for the financial accounting for the Innovation Connector. She holds an Associates Degree in Marketing and Management from Ball State University.

Alexis Dishman
Administrative Director

Alexis Dishman serves as the Administrative Director for the Innovation Connector. With a background of social media management, web design, and project management, she applies her skills to the Innovation Connector while making sure the internal logistics of the office work effectively and efficiently. Alexis is currently continuing her education at Ivy Tech Community College in Muncie, pursuing a degree in Liberal Arts.

Board of Directors

Ronald K. Fauquher
President & CEO
Ontario Systems
IC Board Chairman

Ted Baker
Executive Director
Innovation Connector

James Borgmann
Attorney
Defur Voran
IC Board Secretary/Treasurer

Dr. Jennifer Bott
Dean of the Miller College of Business
Ball State University

Dr. Rob Jeffs
Faculty
Ivy Tech Community College
IC Board Vice Chairperson

Scott McKee
Regional President
First Merchants Bank

Jim Riggle
Manager – Community Relations
AEP Indiana Michigan Power

Kirsten Smith
Associate Director, Technology Officer and Labs Manager
Center for Information and Communication Sciences,
Ball State University

Stefan Anderson
Retired
First Merchants Corporation
IC Director Emeritus

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