There is a “push” happening in East Central Indiana where several entities have emerged with the sole purpose of providing resources for and promoting local entrepreneurs. Founded in 2002 through a partnership of Ball State University, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital and the City of Muncie, Innovation Connector offers office space, hi-speed internet connectivity, office machine usage, in an attractive environment, promoting networking with other like-minded entrepreneurs without restricting independence.
A local “Verge Community“, a national creative development platform, has recently been established in Muncie, with the goal of enabling collaborative networking among local entrepreneurs involved in start-up companies. Sustainable Muncie Corporation with the help of MutualBank, the founding sponsor of Muncie’s Verge community, are currently focusing on the Cintas Initiative, a project aimed at “… establishing an entrepreneurship and innovation corridor adjacent to the downtown sector of the community”.
In November of 2014, the Downtown Business Connector opened up on the first floor of the old Roberts Hotel. It’s mission is to provide a shared, flexible office space, “… halfway between your home office and Starbucks”, for local entrepreneurs as well as traveling businessmen.