Indiana Investing $1 Billion in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Successful innovation and entrepreneurship are at the core of a thriving, robust economy which can drive local and even global value.
Fostering innovative activity and an environment where smart individuals can feel encouraged to take the initiative, assume calculated risks and act on their ideas leads to:
- groundbreaking products and services which have the potential of changing the world for the better
- creating high-wage, high-skill jobs
- increasing the quality of life for citizens
- diversifying a state’s economy
- maintaining a low tax rate.
That being said, the State of Indiana is shaping up to be one of the leaders in innovation and economic opportunity where entrepreneurs and their companies can grow and prosper.
Indiana has already taken necessary steps to ensure innovation and entrepreneurship are going to be essential parts of the state’s present and future development.
According to an announcement vice-president Mike Pence made around this time last year, when he was still Governor of Indiana, the state “ranked first in the Midwest for business and first in the nation for small business regulations.”
To keep the momentum going and help spark new local ideas and businesses, Pence then announced a major plan to invest $1 Billion in advancing innovation and entrepreneurship in Indiana.
If you want to get more details about what this plan entails and what are some of the expected results, then make sure to keep on reading.
More about Mike Pence’s $Billion Innovation Plan
As briefly mentioned above, the goal is to foster a climate where entrepreneurs can thrive, as well as expand Indiana’s good name for being a major urban center which supports innovation.
Here are a few details about what the initiatives included in this plan could involve, as announced by then Gov. Mike Pence in 2016, at the Innovation Showcase at the Dallara IndyCar Factory in Speedway:
- Investing state pension money in fast-growing businesses which have a potential for innovation. Pence called for the Indiana Public Retirement System to invest up to $500 million over ten years in Indiana-based companies.
- Making venture capital investment tax credits transferable through a bill from the General Assembly. This way, investors from out-of-state will be able to sell their tax credits to Indiana-based individuals and companies which have tax liability in the state.
- Continued state spending of $30 million/year. The money will go towards the 21st Century Research and Technology Fund (21Fund) which helps Indiana companies which are developing and commercializing superior new technologies have access to capital.
- Collaboration via strategic partnerships between governments, education, research institutions, the private sector, as well as communities. This is meant to further educate and encourage entrepreneurs to take action.
The $1B investment will be spread over the next decade.
Of course, since Pence made these announcements, his political status has changed from Governor of Indiana to vice-president of the United States in the Trump Administration.
Still, the investment plan was conceptualized as to outlast his tenure as Gov. of the Hoosier State.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Are at Home in Indiana
Innovation and entrepreneurship drive change. And change is an engine which accelerates sustainable economic growth and progress.
But innovation doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It requires the state and its citizens working together.
Governments that understand this are governments which will lead the future of innovation and make a notable impact in the world.
As you’ve seen from this article, Indiana is definitely on the right track.
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