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a network of business resources

About What We Do and Who We Are

Biz Starts Here

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.

The Importance of Small Business

Our Mission, Vision, and Values

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 explain exactly what we do and why we do it.



To see job creation by providing guidance and entrepreneurial resources for individuals seeking to start or grow businesses in East Central Indiana Our passion is to see that each person who has a dream to start or grow a business has every resource to be successful and the economy of East Central Indiana flourishes

Our Values

These are the guiding principles that we follow when serving our clients and community

We are Accessible
We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment where people of all backgrounds can find their place and succeed

We are Welcoming
We start with “how can we help” and seek to remove barriers for our clients

We are Encouraging
We are positive, honest, and celebrate the progress of our clients

We are Connectors
We play well with others and will open any door to assist our clients

We are Adaptable
We understand markets change and we are not afraid to try new things to serve our community

We are Knowledgeable
We leverage our expertise to accelerate the process and likelihood of success for our clients

Our Business Timeline

The Small (but Mighty) Innovation Connector Team!

Ted Baker

Ted Baker

Executive Director & CEO
Lori Albert

Lori Albert

Financial Director
Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith

Program and Events Coordinator

The Innovation Connector Board Members

Ronald K. Fauquher

President & CEO
Ontario Systems
IC Board Chairman

James Borgmann

Defur Voran
IC Board Secretary/Treasurer

Jeff Parsons

Market President
First Merchants Bank

Stefan Anderson

First Merchants Corporation
IC Director Emeritus

Kirsten Smith

Associate Director
Technology Office and Labs Manager Center For Information and Communication Sciences
Ball State University 

Ted Baker

CEO & Executive Director
Innovation Connector 

Donald Engel

Deltec Solutions, Inc. 

Dr. Matt Marvel

Entrepreneurship Center Director
Ball State University 

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