How Indianapolis Is Mapping Their Startup Ecosystem

Posted November 5, 2012

Matt Hunckler

CEO & Founder, Powderkeg

Have you ever needed to hire a developer or a designer? Or how about a funding source for a new venture?

Indy Made

Yeah, me too. We all need something at one time or another and it isn’t always simple to pull the pieces together. But with new tools and resources, connecting and navigating those waters is getting easier.

Indy Made is a new startup community platform that makes it simple for founders, investors, venture funds, and support organizations to register themselves and create a personal and organizational profile. Designed specifically for the Indianapolis and central Indiana startup community, Indy Made measures and maps the hoosier startup ecosystem.

Indianapolis Startup Community

Other cities have created their own solutions to this problem and many of them look very similar. Represent LA launched on “Silicon Beach” and then made the code free and available for other communities to replicate. Innovate SF sought to do something similar in the startup-laden San Francisco Bay area.

Tools like these become more valuable to it attracts more users. So, only time will tell how quickly Indy Made can gain mass adoption. At the time of this writing, there are already over 75 startups registered and over 150 individual user profiles on Indy Made. Will you sign up and spread the word?

What else do you think startup community tools like these should do?



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