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Shoemaker Innovation Center

Donna and John Shoemaker

Housed in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, the Shoemaker Innovation Center is a university-wide, student-focused source of creative and effective approaches to supporting innovation and entrepreneurship at Indiana University. The center was made possible through a generous gift from John and Donna Shoemaker.

John, who received his MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, has held a variety of leadership positions in technology companies, including the Xerox Corporation and Sun Microsystems. He serves on the SICE Dean’s Advisory Council as well as the Shoemaker Innovation Center Advisory Board.

In addition to housing The Shoebox, a student startup incubator, the center hosts talks from experienced technology entrepreneurs as well as workshops to facilitate the development of the technical skills students need for the successful implementation of their business concepts.

The Shoebox

The Shoebox is the student startup incubator at Indiana University. In conjunction with the Kelley School of Business’ Hoosier Hatchery, a pre-incubator at Indiana University, and the City of Bloomington’s Dimension Mill, a local startup accelerator, The Shoebox serves to facilitate student entrepreneurs moving beyond just talking about their business to building, launching, and sustaining their business. With four private offices as well as educational programming offered by the Shoemaker Innovation Center, The Shoebox provides student innovators and entrepreneurs the support they need to succeed.

To apply for coworking space in The Shoebox, please email the Shoemaker Innovation Center staff at sicesic@indiana.edu.

Shoemaker Technology Inventor & Entrepreneur Speaker Series

The Shoemaker Technology Inventor & Entrepreneur Speaker Series is focused on bringing experienced technology entrepreneurs to campus to share their stories with aspiring student innovators and entrepreneurs. The spring schedule is as follows:

  • Kanwal Rekhi, Managing Director, Inventus Capital Partners – Wednesday, March 28th, 12:00pm-1:30pm 

  • Brad Weisberg, CEO & Founder, Snapsheet – Friday, March 30th, 12:00pm-1:00pm 

  • John Shoemaker, Chairman of Board of Directors at Extreme Networks, Inc. – Tuesday, April 10th, 5:30pm-7:00pm

  • Innovation Round Table: Fred Luddy, Founder of Service Now; Jane Martin, General Partner of Village Ventures; John Shoemaker, Chairman of Board of Directors of Extreme Networks, Inc. - Wednesday, April 11th, 12:30pm-2:00pm

  • Tim Harris, CEO & Founder, Gunslinger Studios – Friday, April 27th, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Shoemaker Technical Skills Development Workshops

There are a variety of courses offered by faculty in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering through which students can learn the technical skills needed to build a product and develop their business. Additionally, the Shoemaker Technical Skills Development Workshops afford students the opportunity to receive a primer on key skills that innovators and entrepreneurs need to successfully develop their technology as well as build their business. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The following series will be offered this spring:

  • Prototyping Your Physical Product – Friday, January 19th, 12:00pm-1:00pm 

  • Developing a Mobile App – Friday, February 23rd, 12:00pm-1:00pm 

  • Producing an Explainer Video – Friday, March 23rd, 12:00pm-1:00pm 

  • Launching a Website – Friday, April 20th, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Shoemaker Student Innovation & Entrepreneur Speaker Series

The Shoemaker Student Innovation & Entrepreneur Speaker Series affords students who are interested in sharing their expertise a platform for them to share their knowledge with their classmates. The current schedule is as follows:

  • Richard Xu, "Cryptocurrency: The Digital Coin", Friday, January 26th, 3:00pm-4:00pm

  • Steve Bird, "GPU vs. CPU/Supercomputing", Friday, March 2nd, 12:00pm-1:30pm 

If you are a student interested in giving a talk, please contact the Shoemaker Innovation Center staff at sicesic@indiana.edu.

Shoemaker Entrepreneurship Mentoring Sessions

The Shoemaker Entrepreneurship Mentoring Sessions are a free, monthly service in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering to advise student entrepreneurs at IU who are working on, or thinking about, starting a company or commercializing an idea. Experienced entrepreneurs, such as Brad Wisler, founder and CEO of Periodic, and Pat East, founder and CEO of Hanapin Marketing, dedicate time each month to meeting with student entrepreneurs to provide them feedback on their business concepts. The advice comes with no obligation to work with the entrepreneurs or their companies.

To schedule a mentoring session, please contact the Shoemaker Innovation Center staff at sicesic@indiana.edu.

Ice Miller Startup Law Advisory Sessions

Beyond general advice regarding their startups, entrepreneurs also tend to lack sufficient legal guidance in the early stages of a new venture’s development. The School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering is dedicated to increasing the resources available for student innovators and entrepreneurs at Indiana University. To that end, the Shoemaker Innovation Center has formed a partnership with Ice Miller, one of the largest law firms in Indianapolis, to provide free initial consultation to student innovators and entrepreneurs.

The purpose of this partnership is to provide students who are developing technologies to address real-world problems the confidence to expand their intellectual property into viable businesses without the fear of losing their rights to the intellectual property in the process. Services include, but are not limited to, intellectual property protection strategies, selecting a business structure, and drafting operating and partnership agreements. There is no obligation to work with Ice Miller beyond the advisory sessions. Although the initial consultation will be free of charge, subsequent meetings, filing fees, and other miscellaneous charges will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

To schedule a time to meet with the Ice Miller team, please contact the Shoemaker Innovation Center staff at sicesic@indiana.edu.

Staff

  • Travis BrownTravis J. Brown
    Assistant Dean, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, & Commercialization
    Executive Director, Shoemaker Innovation Center
    Academic Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program

  • Marah GreenMarah Green
    Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program Assistant

  • Nikita HaduongNikita Haduong
    Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program Assistant

Contact the Shoemaker Innovation Center staff at sicesic@indiana.edu.

Shoemaker Innovation Center
Luddy Hall
School of Informatics, Computing, & Engineering
700 N. Woodlawn Avenue, Suite 2150
Bloomington, IN 47408

Advisory Board