IU Innovation: Tech & Connect 2022

February 17th, 2022 | 3:00pm – 5:00pm EST | HqO at 16 Tech
Hosted by Indiana University, in partnership with Purdue and Notre Dame

The IU Innovation and Commercialization Office invites you to the IU Innovation: Tech & Connect 2022 on February 17th at 16 Tech. Hosted by IU this year, this in-person event will feature startups and researchers from Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame.

Participants will learn more about Indiana's growing tech industry, explore investment opportunities and network with other startup founders, VCs and investors in Indiana. Register today and get connected to the entrepreneurial community at 16 Tech!


Date and Time

February 17th, 2022
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, EST U.S.


HqO at 16 Tech 1220 Waterway Blvd. Indianapolis, IN 46202

3:00 PM - 3:10 PM

Opening Remarks: Welcome and Introduction
Simran Trana, Associate vice president, Innovation and Commercialization Office at Indiana University

3:10 PM - 3:45 PM

Panel Discussion 

Investor Panel - Perspectives from Venture Studio, VCs and Institutional investors on key attributes of an investible startup
 - Samantha Ginther, High Alpha
 - Tony Petrucciani, Boomerang Ventures and VisionTech
 - Jonathan Schalliol, HG Ventures

3:45 PM - 4:55 PM

Startup Pitch

Presentations by two startups from each university and feedback by panel on pitch and next steps.

*5 minute presentation per startup followed by 5 minutes of feedback and Q&A.

  • Adapta Education, Inc. Adapta Education provides an advanced testing platform, powered by AI, to help STEM teachers personalize education more effectively.
  • Boost, Inc. Boost is a free notification app that is ending missed assignments for students in 6th grade through graduate school. Boost plugs into a student's Canvas account to send personalized assignment reminders and positive feedback directly to their phones, proving to increase student grades and completion rates. Boost is used by thousands of students in K12, community colleges, and universities across the US.
  • Deck 10 Media LLP  Host immersive and engaging seminars, concerts and conferences online, with ease. Serving conferences internationally since 2019, Deck 10 has been the performance and large conference platform for organizations such as the International Conductor’s Guild, The International Computer Music Association, Society for Electroacoustic Musicians, and New England Conservatory, the home of the Boston Symphony.
  • Molecular Signatures, LLC Molecular Signature is a new startup aiming at screening for bladder cancer and infection in pets through a patented single cell detection scheme. Screening done at veterinarian clinics for as low as $10 leads to early detection of these diseases and should improve the prognosis.
  • SAFA is a B2B solution that uses deep learning to automate software safety analysis in the automotive, robotics, IoT, and medical device industries. By ingesting technical documentation, source code, and safety standards, SAFA applies domain-specific natural language processing models to your data, gaining a contextual understanding of all of the relationships and dependencies within your system. From this understanding SAFA can automatically generate standards-based safety cases, provide comprehensive change analysis, and generate safety recommendations, allowing development teams to increase their GTM speed and reduce the occurrence of safety critical bugs.
  • Skyepack, Inc. Skyepack improves access to post-secondary education by designing, building and hosting learning experiences and pathways that are more affordable, engaging and effective. Skyepack currently serves over 60,000 learners and 300 faculty on over 200 campuses nationwide.
4:55 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Remarks

James Thompson, Associate vice president, Innovation at University of Notre Dame

5:00 PM -


Networking opportunity for in-person attendees to continue conversation in AMP @ HqO

  • Please register to attend by Feb 16, 2022.
  • Masks are required indoors for everyone.
  • Event details may change to meet the current safety standards based on IU’s Event and Conference Guidelines.

Map and Directions

An aerial view map of the location of the Innovation and Commercialization office, adjacent parking lots, and nearby Bloomington landmarks.

Visitor parking is available in the lot in front of Innovation Building 1 (1210 Waterway Blvd.), accessible from Gent Avenue. Enter HqO through the doors under the large HqO sign.

Parking along Gent Avenue is free but limited. There are two paid lots that are available for hourly parking; one is in front of the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute, and the other is on the west most end of the HqO building near Waterway Blvd. The entrance to the HqO is up the small metal staircase across from Tinker Coffee's orange shipping container.

Currently HqO has a mask policy in effect for all common spaces, but they are optional while in a meeting space. We just ask that everyone self-regulate any symptoms and that everyone exercises their best judgment.