Have an idea? Thinking about a start up? Greater Lafayette Commerce has all the connections you need. From a coworking space to help you get started, funding and advice from peers, everything you need to start smart is here.
HOOSIER HEARTLAND SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER
The Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) mission is to have a positive and measurable impact on the formation, growth, and sustainability of small businesses in Indiana, and to help Hoosier Entrepreneurs start stronger, grow faster, and work smarter. The Hoosier Heartland ISBDC is located on the campus of Purdue University.
MATCHBOX COWORKING STUDIO
MatchBOX is a place to work for those who don't have places to work. Think of a coffee shop mashed up with an office park in an old garage. It's a room full of desks with all the amenities you need to get work done: 24-hour secure access, conference rooms, the fastest internet in town, and an unlimited supply of coffee and snacks.
It's a great place to start a new business, or to grow an existing small business. It's for the hobbyist with a crazy new idea, the moonlighting entrepreneur, or the professional office nomad. It's for developers, designers, strategists, artisans, writers, makers, and change-makers of all types. It's a home for the creative class in Lafayette, West Lafayette, and throughout the midwest.
PURDUE RESEARCH PARK
Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette is located just north of Purdue University’s main campus and is home to the largest cluster (100+) of technology-based companies in the state. As the state’s first designated certified technology park, this research park and its business acceleration model have received state and national recognition.
The 725-acre park boasts more than 50 buildings, more than 3,200 employees, 327,000 square feet of business incubation space and an average wage for startup companies in excess of $63K. The newest phase of the park is a result of a partnership between Purdue University, Purdue Research Foundation and the City of West Lafayette.
All companies within the park benefit from an array of complimentary or low-cost professional services. A child care facility (including infant care), a state-of-the-art fitness center and the PRF DataStation complete the package.
The Purdue Foundry is an entrepreneurship and commercialization hub in Discovery Park's Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship whose professionals help Purdue innovators create startups. The Purdue Foundry is managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, which received the 2014 Incubator Network of the Year from the National Business Incubation Association for its work in entrepreneurship.
WomenIN is an initiative that will empower aspiring women throughout Indiana by providing resources and a network to increase the future growth of women entrepreneurs by creating a supportive ecosystem. WomenIN will open up resources typically reserved for Purdue Foundry clients to all women in the state.
The Anvil is a student-run coworking space at Purdue University. Started in 2013, it operates as a cornerstone of entrepreneurship in West Lafayette. Located across from the Purdue Memorial Union, it's a centralized place open 24/7 for student and community members to collaborate and work on awesome projects and businesses.