Call them the Fab Five—Indy’s tech dream team.
Five entrepreneurs are headed to Washington, D.C., to talk about Indy’s tech sector and startups in hopes of bringing more emerging technology companies and entrepreneurs to the Circle City.
“We are meeting at the White House with some select White House administration, including the U.S. CTO, the chief technology officer for the United States,” said TechPoint CEO Michael Langellier.
They’ll talk about how Indy continues to lure top talent like entrepreneur Michael Coffey, who originally started a company in Napa Valley.
“In 2011, I came out here and within 45 days I was just blown away,” Coffey said. “I was blown away by the people. I was blown away by the ecosystem that’s been raised over the last five to ten years.”
That thriving tech ecosystem includes companies like Angie’s List, ExactTarget, Compendium and Verge.
Kevin Hitchen just launched a startup company called Localstake that connects business owners with investors.
“I think now all we need is that continued growth by these businesses to continue fueling their start up desires and let people know this can be done,” Hitchen said.
More than ever, Indy startups like TinderBox are thriving by tapping into a young, educated and motivated workforce.
“We’ve experienced tremendous growth,” said TinderBox CEO Dustin Sapp. “We’ve tripled our revenues from one year to the next and we’ve got great talent. The young talent in Indianapolis is much more prevalent today that it was ten years ago.”
The White House meeting is on Tuesday at 3 p.m., and could have a long-ranging impact on the success and future of startups in the Circle City.