Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Turn your great ideas into the products and services of tomorrow

Open to all Luddy students and the broader IU community, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program helps students seize their future and do things that have never been done before.

We support aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs through an incubator, activities, mentoring, scholarships, and more.

A springboard for success

While Adam Sobol was an undergrad studying informatics, he founded CareBand, which uses wearable sensors to monitor the movement and daily activity of seniors living with dementia.

Luddy helped Adam develop the skill set to succeed with CareBand by exposing him to several forms of computing. Winning an IU entrepreneurship competition helped, too: Adam got money to turn his idea into reality and learned a lot from pitching to a group of distinguished Luddy and IU alumni.

The Shoebox, IU’s student startup incubator

The Shoebox helps student entrepreneurs build, launch, and sustain their businesses. Student startups can apply for 24/7 access to the Shoebox’s office space, which is located in the Shoemaker Innovation Center.

The Shoebox also collaborates with the Hoosier Hatchery pre-incubator at the Kelley School of Business and Bloomington’s Dimension Mill startup accelerator.

To apply for coworking space, write to


Shoemaker Technology Inventor and Entrepreneur
Speaker Series

  • September 27th, Cy Megnin, Entrepreneur-in-Residence & Landon Young, Director of University of Initiatives & Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Elevate Ventures
  • October 25th, Nick Arnett, Community & Collaboration Partner, 1517 Fund
  • November 22nd, Casey Gauss, Founder & CEO, Viral Launch
  • February 7th, Hayden Mills, Designer in Residence, High Alpha
  • March 6th, Doug Dayhoff, Serial Entrepreneur
  • April 3rd, Mike Preuss, CEO of Visible

Velocity Conference in Silicon Valley

Each year, a group of Luddy graduate students travels to Silicon Valley to learn firsthand from successful tech entrepreneurs. You pay for transportation, and donors cover the food, hotel, and logistics costs. Grad students, we’ll email you when the application for the next Velocity Conference goes live.

Learn about the Velocity Conference

Mentoring programs

We offer two types of mentoring to help you bring your ideas to life. To schedule a session, write to

Shoemaker entrepreneurship mentoring sessions

Each month, experienced entrepreneurs like Brad Wisler, founder and CEO of Periodic, and Pat East, founder and CEO of Hanapin Marketing, meet with students to give feedback on their business concepts. The sessions are free, and there’s no obligation to work with the entrepreneurs or their companies.

Ice Miller startup law advisory sessions

We’ve partnered with Ice Miller, one of Indianapolis’s largest law firms, to provide free initial consultations to student innovators—so you can have the confidence to expand your intellectual property without the fear of losing your rights.

After the initial consultation, there’s no obligation to work with Ice Miller. Subsequent meetings, filing fees, and other miscellaneous charges will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

Dr. Cynthia Zimm, M.D.

Cynthia Zimm, M.D.

Medical Director, PM Pediatrics