The Innovation Showcase

"Where Capital Meets Innovation"

The Innovation Showcase 2023 @ Biltwell Event Center

July 13, 2023 at 11:30am - 7:00 pm


2023 Innovation Showcase Press Release

Secretary Brad Chamber’s to Join the Innovation Showcase

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2022 Innovation Showcase WINNERS Press Release

Click here to review the 2022 Winners Press Release


The Innovation Showcase

Where Capital Meets Innovation

What is Your “Market Gap”?  Why is YOUR Company Capable of Filling It?
The answer to this question is the ambition of EVERY Entrepreneur
on day one!  The 15th Innovation Showcase presented by the Venture Club of Indiana will focus on the answer to this question on July 13, 2023 at The Biltwell Event Center.
Plan to attend Indiana’s premier event for Investor and Capital sources to connect with fundable companies. 
20 Companies Competing 
Companies, business executives, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs from the Midwest will attend the event to celebrate Indiana’s brightest and best startups!  


2023 Innovation Showcase Schedule

“Where Capital Meets Innovation”

   Thursday, July 13, 2023 11:30 am – 7:00 pm


11:30                     Entrepreneur’s Expo, Registration & Lunch

1:00                         Introductions                   Aaron Gillum – 50 South Capital – Venture Club of Indiana President

1:10                         Keynote –  “Exit Right:  How to Sell your Start Up, ”           Mark Achler – Math Venture Partners

1:35                         First Round of pitches — Intro Judges —   Jeff Ready – Scale Computing

2:05                         Indiana:  Open for Business! – Resources for Growth              Secretary – Brad Chambers – Secretary of Commerce – State of Indiana

2:20                         Second Round of Pitches – 5 pitches

2:50                        “Road After Showcase” – Moderator – Christopher “Toph” Day – Elevate Ventures

                                                                                            2022 1st Place Winner – Karen Wuerster – Adipo Therapeutics

3:10                         Third Round of Pitches — 5 pitches

3:30                          “The Rest of the Story”                          Jeff Ready – Scale Computing & Don Aquilano – Allos Ventures

3:55                           Fourth Round of Pitches — 6 pitches  

4:30                           “The Pivot”’       The Panel Discussion        

                                       Moderator – Ben Pidgeon – VisionTech Partners

                                       Darye Henry, AfterSchool HQ – Mike Kelly, DeveloperTown – Kim Saxton, IU Kelley School of Business                                                      

4:50                          Winner’s Announcement    

5:00                           VIP Reception

  •  Judges

             Patrick Henshaw, Render Capital  – Kelley Rich, Notre Dame  – Sherry Aaholm, Cummins

Latest News

The Venture Club of Indiana to Host the “2023 Innovation Showcase”

20 of the Hottest Hoosier Startups Vie for a Chance to Pitch


“Where Capital Meets Innovation”

Secretary Brad Chamber to join the Innovation Showcase


Click here to view the 2023 Innovation Showcase Press Release



The Road to the Showcase

In order to bring 20 highly qualified entrepreneurial companies to our Innovation Showcase, we connected with over 20  Indiana Venture Investors to ask for nominations from their portfolio of companies.


2023 Nominated Companies

Eclipse Orthopaedics
Here Here Market
Navagate Maternity
Quantum Research
Razor Medical Instruments

Criteria for Nomination

  • Based in Indiana
  • Have raised no more than $5mm in outside dilutive capital since formation (either through issuance of debt or equity securities; grants and the like do not count)
  • Must have a bona fide expectation of raising follow on capital within the next 12 months
  • Must have received an investment (cash or growth resources) from the nominating Investor (preferably the Investor should be on the cap table) 
  • Cannot have placed in the top 3 at any prior Innovation Showcase.


Nominating Indiana Investors

Allos Ventures


Elevate Ventures

50 South Capital

Flywheel Fund

IU Ventures

Render Capital

Purdue Innovates



2023 Innovation Showcase Sponsors