FOSTERING FUTURE-THINKING STRATEGIES

NEXUS CONFERENCE

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The Elevate Nexus Conference is Indiana’s largest annual gathering of educators, students, and entrepreneurial support organizations coming together to innovate, share, and test ideas that will drive the future of venture creation. The 2022 conference took place at the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI) Conference Center, located on the first floor of Innovation Building 1 at 1210 Waterway Blvd.

HIGHER-EDUCATION PARTNERS

Speakers

The Elevate Nexus Team brought together the best and brightest higher-ed professionals across the state of Indiana to convene for the 3rd annual gathering of the Elevate Nexus Conference. 

Bill Arnold
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Bill Arnold

Purdue Foundry
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Gabriel Gruionu

Indiana University School of Medicine
Dora Lutz
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Dora Lutz

GivingSpring
Sara Cochran
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Sara Cochran

Indiana University, Kelley School of Business
Mont Handley
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Mont Handley

Purdue University Northwest
Oscar Moralez
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Oscar Moralez

Boomerang Ventures
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Barb Cutillo

IUPUI - Kelley School of Business
Julie Heath
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Julie Heath

Indiana Economic Development Corporation
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Liz Nilsen

Agile Strategy Lab | University of North Alabama
Tony Denhart
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Tony Denhart

Indiana Economic Development Corporation
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Jay Hein

Sagamore Institute
Elliott Parker
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Elliott Parker

High Alpha Innovation
Emil Ekiyor
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Emil Ekiyor

INNOPOWER
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John Henry

The University of Notre Dame IDEA Center
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Jacob Schpok

Elevate Ventures
Krystal Geyer
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Krystal Geyer

Ball State University
Kelli Jones
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Kelli N. Jones

Sixty8 Capital
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Landon Young, Ph.D.

Elevate Ventures

CONFERENCE AGENDA

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thursday, june 9, 2022 - CONFERENCE

8:30AM

Registration

8:30AM - 9:00AM

Registration opens at 8:30 AM.

9:00AM

Elevate Ventures Welcome

9:00AM - 9:10AM

9:10AM

The State of Entrepreneurship, and the “State for Entrepreneurship”

9:10AM - 9:45AM

Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s EVP of Workforce and Talent, Tony Denhart, and VP of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, Julie Heath, will share Secretary Chambers’ for priorities for IEDC and the vision for creating the conditions for Indiana to be a top state for entrepreneurship in the country.

9:50AM

Creating Jobs and Powering Startup Growth by Leveraging Students

9:50AM - 10:15AM

Across Indiana, new models of commercialization are emerging in which students launch new ventures and serve critical roles working for startups. We welcome several higher education entrepreneurship faculty to give short presentations of unique curriculum, tools, and tactics executed in the classroom, and innovative ways to leverage student talent. See how schools pair students with tools like customer interview software, sales and marketing automation software, and outside resources to launch startups at a higher rate.

10:20AM

USASBE: National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Education Trends

10:20AM - 10:40AM

USASBE board member Dr. Sara Cochran will showcases national trends in innovation and entrepreneurship education, and shares opportunities for research, publishing, and community for professionals. USASBE is an inclusive community advancing Entrepreneurship Education through bold teaching, scholarship, and practice.

10:45AM

Introduction: Strategic Doing with Liz Nilsen

10:45AM - 10:55AM

Liz Nilsen, co-author of the book “Strategic Doing: 10 skills for Agile Leadership”, emphasizes the strategic value of focused regional collaborations and open innovation, network-based models in today’s global economy.

Nilsen’s background is diverse, and includes strategic planning, nurturing networks and collaborations, financial/budget oversight, communications (print, website, social media), fundraising, and direct supervision.

11:00AM

Identifying Innovation Gaps and Opportunities: Institution and State Level

11:00AM - 11:55AM

By teaching people how to form collaborations quickly, move them toward measurable outcomes and make adjustments along the way, we will look at the gaps and opportunities at your individual institutions using Ed Morrison’s Strategic Doing framework. We will collaborate on both an institutional plan and Indiana-wide plan for scaling innovation and entrepreneurship.

12:00PM

Lunch at The AMP at 16Tech

12:00PM - 1:00PM

Housed in the former service bay of the Indianapolis Water Company, the AMP is home to innovative local culinary and retail concepts, from emerging brands to established shops. Featuring colorful shipping containers, food stalls, an open-air bar, communal seating and ample community gathering and event space, the AMP is an experience unlike any other in the Circle City.

1:00PM

New Models of Funding & Innovation

1:00PM - 1:45PM

New models of surfacing, funding, and accelerating growth-minded individuals open up opportunities to dramatically increase the number of new innovation-driven companies. Investors share how they are redefining their investment thesis, removing barriers, and offering broader services to different types of entrepreneurs.

1:45PM

Investing with Impact

1:45PM - 2:30PM

Join Sixty8 Capital, Sagamore Institute, and INNOPOWER for a deep dive into learning more about impact investing, undercapitalized founders and industries, and the policies and procedures that can be rectified to serve underrepresented communities.

1:45PM

Behind the Scenes: Startup Studios

1:45PM - 2:30PM

Prominent venture studios including High Alpha and Boomerang Ventures share more details about their models, highlight industry vertical opportunities and answer questions in a round table discussion facilitated by the IEDC. Space limited.

2:30PM

How to Maximize Elevate’s Commercialization Stack

2:30PM - 2:45PM

Elevate’s Chief Entrepreneurship Officer, Jacob Schpok, will share a new streamlined pathway for services, training, and funding for innovations and technologies coming out of Indiana higher education institutions. Participants with have an opportunity to connect with Elevate staff and engage in a Q&A about Elevate’s application process.

2:45PM

Strategic Doing: What's Next? with Liz Nilsen

2:45PM - 3:00PM

3:00PM

Special Announcement

3:00PM - 3:30PM

4:00PM

Closing Reception - Hiatus Bar @ The Amp

4:00PM - 5:00PM

Join us for appetizers and drinks to help close out the Elevate Nexus Conference. We appreciate you joining us and look forward to next year’s conference!

SPECIAL THANKS TO THESE SPONSORS