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Ornicept: Protecting Air Traffic with Live Bird Data from the Airfield to the Office


Natural disasters and flight delays–partners in crime. From a airline customer perspective, we’re much more likely to fly an airline repeatedly if it has fewer delays AND superior customer service. Yes, natural disasters are out of our control, but how about bird disasters? With the help of Ornicept, airfield managers now have a viable solution… Read more »

VaultWorthy Helps You Keep Your Documents Safe, Even in Emergencies


Still storing as “paper only?” Even storing your digital files on your one external hard drive at home is not only risky, but dangerous. There are many effective, free, cloud-based storage options available (Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, Dropbox, Apple iCloud, and several others), but it can be confusing to pick which one to use. If you’re storing… Read more »

Trensy Uses Competition to Drive Volunteerism


Last year, around 64.3 million people volunteered in the U.S.  But with massive social, environmental, and economic problems facing our country, these millions of hours only make a dent in creating the change needed to improve our society. So,Trensy cofounder Bryan Naas decided to challenge people to give even more of their time, with a… Read more »

Adproval Aims to Revitalize Advertising by Working with Bloggers


“The current display ad market is oversaturated and losing effectiveness.“ -Matthew Anderson, CEO of Adproval Ad networks were originally built in order to easily coordinate the flow between publishers and advertisers. As advertisers are looking to target more niche environments and tap into the power of bloggers, they are beginning to form relationships with bloggers…. Read more »

RunUp Labs: New Accelerator Launches for Travel Startups

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A new accelerator program for travel startups launched yesterday in Bloomington, Indiana, called RunUp Labs. The program, run by SproutBox and Cornerstone Information Systems, will offer startups 10 weeks of mentorship and training along with up to $20,000 in funding. The first class runs from March to May 2013. “The travel industry is facing many… Read more »

Snappening Makes Event Planning a Snap in Indy


Indianapolis-based Snappening‘s mission is simple:  to be the most comprehensive listing service and database tool in Central Indiana (and eventually beyond) for all special events and private functions. After only a little over a year of active site time, the young startup is well on its way. Snappening is an online event planning service application… Read more »

FoundOPS and the Life of Student Entrepreneurs


A year and a half ago at Purdue University, Jon Perl and Oren Shatken were student entrepreneurs holed up in a spare bedroom at their fraternity house, pulling all-nighters programming and designing. The space was so small they could turn and bump elbows; and in the early morning, their neighbor’s obnoxious alarm clock would add… Read more »

Ink’d Offers a Digital Facelift for Comic Strips


Comic strips are the best thing still embedded in the seemingly archaic Sunday paper. For some, it’s the first thing they flip to for their daily dose of chuckles from Family Circus and Peanuts. While webcomics currently represent a high-quality form of content in the digital space, this online community currently has very little organization. Ink’d… Read more »

Midwest Startups “Combine” in Bloomington for Tech Cocktail

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Guest author Betsy Trotzke is a Tech-Savvy Marketing Chick, Communications Director @iuvarsityclub, and Tech Cocktail Coordinator for @thecombineorg where we showcased midwest startups. For the third year in a row, Tech Cocktail was a featured event at Bloomington, IN’s Combine Conference. This three-day conference, which took place September 27-29, brought together creative thinkers from across the country to… Read more »

Who is Bloomington’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [POLL]

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As part of next week’s The Combine conference in Bloomington, IN, Tech Cocktail is hosting a Mixer to shine a light on a dozen up-and-coming Bloomington-area startups < register here >. But before the event begins, we want to know what you think – who is Bloomington’s Hottest Showcasing Startup?  Let us know your thoughts by answering the poll at… Read more »