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For Immediate Release
February 16, 2006

For More Information Contact:
Teresa Bennett, 317-278-9173

IUPUI Solution Center Awards $325,000 in Grants to Hoosier Businesses and Organizations

INDIANAPOLIS - As part of its ongoing commitment to increase the number of highly trained and degreed professionals in the state, the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Solution Center has awarded $325,000 in grants from its Community Venture Fund to 49 Indiana small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies over the last six months of 2005.

Established with a Lilly Endowment grant from the Initiative to Promote Opportunity and IUPUI resources, the Solution Center facilitates meaningful collaboration and talent-driven partnerships with Indiana 's business, industry, nonprofit, and government sectors. Some partner organizations also are eligible for matching awards to support internship programs, research, and business assistance projects conducted by IUPUI students and faculty.

In total, the IUPUI Solution Center 's Venture Fund has awarded nearly $600,000 over its first two years of operation to support assistance ranging from information technology support and technology development to marketing, training, and program development/management. Awards are concentrated in six core economic clusters: Life & Health Sciences; Information and Communication Technologies; 21 st Century Logistics; Advanced Manufacturing; Nonprofit Management; and Arts, Culture, & Tourism.

Among those receiving Solution Center grants are:

Indiana Venture Center - $3,500 for an intern responsible for assisting in business planning and market research. The Indiana Venture Center strives to increase the number and the quality of successful entrepreneurial companies in Indiana and provide new career opportunities to high-knowledge workers.

MicroMetl Corporation - $10,000 for GAP analysis, implementation and training information and communication technologies. MicroMetl is a company that designs and manufactures sheet metal accessories used in commercial heating, ventilating and cooling industry. The grant was for GAP analysis, implementation and training information and communication technologies.

IT Assessment Center - $25,142 for development of an IUPUI business assistance center that utilizes faculty and student expertise to offer assessments and recommendations on network and data security as well as optimization of hardware and system software configurations to Indiana's small businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Briljent and School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI- $26,794 to link Briljent, a Fort Wayne technical writing, training and documentation company, with an expert in radio frequency identification (RFID) who could help develop materials for a study guide for a new RFID certification exam and assist with marketing strategies, identifying audiences and partners, researching RFID technology.

Ports of Indiana - $12,000 in support of an economic assessment of the Ports of Indiana by the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment (CUPE). CUPE researchers analyzed the economic impact of the commerce and activity at the ports with special attention to the benefits and return-on-investment that Indiana 's ports provide to the state. The Ports of Indiana serve as landlord to three ports, managing both the ports and the industrial parks located adjacent to them.

TechPoint - $5,040 for the appointment of an intern to help with business assistance and event implementation. This professional association is the only Indiana technology trade group and represents approximately 400 corporate members. Their mission is to transform Indiana into a recognized technology leader by catalyzing change.

Also receiving grants are:

The Indianapolis City Market, Madam Walker Theater, After School Coalition of Indianapolis, Bridges to Success Back Pack Attack (United Way), Npower Indiana, Clowes Fund, Starfish Initiative, Noble of Indiana, Goodwill Industries, Horizon House, Women & Hi Tech, Indiana Workforce Development, Urban League, Clarian Health Partners, Riley Hospital's Telemedicine program, Indianapolis Coalition for Neighborhood Development, Indianapolis Private Industry Council, Freetown Village, and McCoy, Inc.

“After two years of operation, the IUPUI Solution Center has successfully positioned itself as IUPUI's office of engagement and ‘front door' to the community for internships, research initiatives, and business assistance,” said Teresa Bennett, director of the center.

For more information about the Solution Center, visit http://www.solutioncenter.iupui.edu/.

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