NIIC was created to solve a problem. In the late 1990s, aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs had nowhere to go in Northeast Indiana to incubate their businesses. Many worked from their kitchen tables at home or local coffee shops, trying to make a go of it.
Visionary leaders imagined a place where innovation and economic development intersect for a COMMUNITY.
To address this problem, NIIC formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entrepreneurial community. Our community of innovators and entrepreneurs in the past 20+ years has:
launched hundreds of new products and patents,
created thousands of jobs for our neighbors,
infused hundreds of millions in grants and capital into our economy.
Now, with new leadership and a new attitude, NIIC is pulling down barriers (geographic, racial, socio-economic). We are working with our regional Community of Communities™ to create a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Focus: Entrepreneurship for ALL.
We coordinate an ecosystem to provide our homegrown and attracted entrepreneurs and innovators with the support infrastructure, encouragement, and resources they need together as a Community of Communities.
Together, we will thrive in the modern innovation economy.