President McRobbie

Economic Development

In response to the changing Indiana economy, IU President Michael A. McRobbie established the IU Office of Engagement in 2007 to build relationships between university researchers and Indiana business leaders. The Office of Engagement now coordinates economic development activities across all eight campuses and in every corner of the state.

Indiana University’s economic reach continues to grow across our regional campuses and into Indiana’s local communities. Through business incubators, resource centers, and unique collaborations, we’re mapping out Indiana’s future—a future of innovative approaches to business and job creation.

  • IU South Bend: Encouraging Sustainability — The Center for a Sustainable Future provides educational resources and encourages South Bend’s local businesses to employ sustainable business practices.

  • IPFW: Enhancing Research and Engagement — The IPFW Office of Research, Engagement, and Sponsored Programs supports research business endeavors and creates partnerships with area industry and government.

  • IU Kokomo: Putting Theory into Practice — A partnership with Chrysler gives student interns hands-on experience in areas such as leadership training, project tracking, and communication workshops.

  • IU East: Developing Leaders — The IU East Center for Leadership Development uses its academic resources to improve leadership where it’s needed most in the local economy.

  • IUPUC: Advancing Excellence — The Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence strengthens productivity in southeastern Indiana’s manufacturing sector and inspires students to pursue careers in science and technology.

  • IU Southeast: Educating Entrepreneurs — The IU Southeast School of Business and the Regional Economic Development Resource Center (REDRC) educate local business professionals through free entrepreneurship training workshops.

  • Evansville: Creating Unique Learning Experiences — The Bachelor/Medical Doctor program at the IU School of Medicine places undergraduates alongside faculty in unique classroom and laboratory learning experiences.

  • Crane: Transferring Technology — IU and the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, formed a research and development collaboration that gives IU campuses access to private-sector technology transfer opportunities.

  • IU Bloomington: Developing Innovative Technologies — Researchers at the IU Innovation Center Bloomington are working on critical technology projects for NASA and the U.S. Department of Home Security.

  • IUPUI: Growing New Companies — The IU Innovation Center Indianapolis and the IURTC SpinUp program have introduced nine new medical research and technology companies.

  • IU Northwest: Helping Business Owners — The Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center (NWI SBDC) offers no-cost assistance for entrepreneurs who want to start new or expanding existing businesses.

Discovering cures, inventing medical devices, developing IT platforms, and linking to some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers—that’s a typical day in the life in the Indiana University Innovation Centers in Bloomington and Indianapolis. In these centers, you’ll find a buzz of innovation.

IU Innovation Center Bloomington

The IU Innovation Center Bloomington is home to the Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI), several IU technology and research centers, IU administrators and staff, and offices for the IU School of Informatics and Computing.

IU Innovation Center Indianapolis

The IU Innovation Center Indianapolis capitalizes on its close relationship with, and proximity to, the renowned IU School of Medicine. Through the new SpinUp program, the IURTC Office of Technology Commercialization has introduced nine new medical research and technology companies.

Open for Innovation: IU Technology Park is Blooming

You could call it two miles of inspiration. The Indiana University Technology Park in Bloomington is Indiana’s new center for technology and the life sciences—a cluster of state-of-the-art labs and IT facilities, business incubators, and research centers. Add to that the available real estate for new business ventures in the Technology Corridor, and the available lab space in the IU Innovation Center—and the possibilities for innovation are limitless. Read more at