In 1910, Madam C.J. Walker opened her factory on the near west side of downtown Indianapolis (now the home of Historic Walker Theatre). She would go on to become America’s first self-made female millionaire. To this day, the near westside of downtown Indianapolis remains a vibrant hub of innovation—now anchored by the 16 Tech Innovation District. 

In this episode, we are joined by Emily Krueger, CEO of 16 Tech to talk about the role physical space plays in fostering innovation and community and what the future looks like for the near west side of downtown Indianapolis. 

Emily Krueger is the President and CEO of 16 Tech Innovation District, a 50-acre community in downtown Indianapolis dedicated to world-changing innovation and economic opportunity.

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  • [21:25] How universities are working with 16 Tech 
  • [28:10] Science goes farther in Indiana
  • [33:00] 16 Tech sucess stories
  • [43:30] What’s next for 16 Tech

Get IN. is the show focused on the unfolding stories and most extraordinary innovations happening in the heartland today. Get IN. is brought to you by Powderkeg and Elevate Ventures.

In our conversation with Emily, you will learn about:

  • How to weave entrepreneurship into your full-time job
  • The story of Indianapolis’ innovation district
  • Building community with physical spaces

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