Growing Midwest Startup Communities

Posted September 11, 2012

Matt Hunckler

CEO & Founder, Powderkeg

Verge LafayetteChicago now has programs like 1871, Code Academy, and Entrepreneurs Unpluggd. Indianapolis has The Speak Easy, Indy Hackers, and Verge. But tech innovation and startup community doesn’t stick to the major cities in the upper Midwest.

Companies like Found Ops continue to launch and scale out of campus research parks. New structures and university initiatives provide opportunities for students to found new businesses. As these smaller hubs of entrepreneurial activity grow, new communities form, fresh meetups and events sprout up, and ecosystems unfold.

Here are just a few of the meetups that have launched in Indiana in the past couple of months:

What other startup communities do you see on the horizon? How can we connect the activity and entrepreneurial energy growing out of the Midwest?

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Matt Hunckler

CEO & Founder, Powderkeg

Matt is the founder and CEO of Powderkeg, a network of local communities with global reach for tech entrepreneurs, investors, and top talent. Powderkeg entrepreneurs have collectively raised more than $500 million in capital and are disrupting industries, creating wealth, and changing the world from areas beyond Silicon Valley. Hunckler has led successful teams with his own ventures, as well as Inc. 500 companies and venture-funded tech startups. He's been named an Under 30 CEO Entrepreneur to Watch and an IBJ Forty Under 40 Honoree for his entrepreneurial endeavors. @hunckler