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Featured Partner: Apprenace

zWORKS startup builds internship programs

Chris “The Brain”

Chris Hoyt saw a need and filled it.

What was that need? A term that has grown into a buzz word over the past few years – internships.

Hoyt, otherwise known as Chris “The Brain”, had co-founded a marketing company in Carmel and found himself  helping companies run their internships programs.

In 2015, he decided to turn his passion for the intern concept into a full-time job.

“I hated marketing but I loved the intern programs so I wanted to see if we could start a company that just does this,” Hoyt said.

Parker Gwen receives GROW scholarship

Congrats to Matt Phillips with the online lifestyle retail corporation, Parker Gwen, for receiving our 3rd annual GROW scholarship! This scholarship is presented in conjunction with the Boone EDC and awards an annual membership to an entrepreneur or small business looking to grow in Boone County. Check out the full press release.

 

 

 

 

 

Featured Member: Whitney Vredenburgh

zWORKS member stages, redesigns homes

It’s another classic zWORKS startup story. Whitney Vredenburgh went from corporate to startup and hasn’t looked back.

The mother of two turned from marketing and sales with an agriculture company to a home staging and redesign startup in 2016. Two years later, and Vredenburgh is a proud mother of four with a blossoming company called Nested Spaces.

Nested Spaces will work with realtors on home staging, whether vacant or occupied, and clients on redesign. Vredenburgh said the ideal situation is to stage a client’s home during the sale then help redesign when they buy a new house.

For staging, she says it’s about neutralizing the house so it appeals to the most potential buyers, while redesigning is more personal.

“The goal is to make their home feel like THE home,” she said.

Entrepreneurial Bootcamp kicks off Summer Internship Program

The second annual zWORKS summer internship program officially started today with an eBootcamp focusing on local entrepreneurship. This summer’s interns are both high school and college age and will be working for zWORKS startups like Zio, Try It Tiny and Mix It Out.

They got to hear from a variety of speakers including Mayor Tim Haak, MOBI President Josh Garrett, Apprenace’s Chris Hoyt, zWORKS co-founder Dan Moyers and Jacob Schpok with Elevate Ventures.

Mayor Haak discussed why bringing startups to Zionsville is important. Garrett told the story of how MOBI was founded and what goes into building a startup from nothing. Hoyt talked about how students can make the most of their internships.

“The zWORKS Summer Internship Prgram offers a fabulous opportunity for students to work firsthand with local entrepreneurs,” zWORKS Executive Director Kate Swanson said.

Featured Member: Mark Plaskow

Microscope uses AI for better health care

A zWORKS startup is using modern technology to create more responsive health care.

Mark Plaskow started PAEAN (pronounced ‘payin’) Clinical in January of this year after he sold American Health Technology. PAEAN has created an automated portable microscope to enable more points of care to do better medical testing using imaging, artificial intelligence, and telemedicine.

Plaskow previously worked in Africa where he worked with malaria and childhood cancerous diseases. A small team of entrepreneurs were inspired by his medical imaging technology and this ultimately led to the PAEAN.

“The most rewarding part of PAEAN is definitely that the mission is to make a permanent change for the better,” Plaskow said.

Featured Partner: KSM Consulting

Check out KSM Consulting’s new digs!

One of zWORKS’ gold partners – KSM Consulting – is expanding their offices downtown. The KSMC111 is a new office and innovation center in the SalesForce Tower at Monument Circle.

Over 100 employees with data analytics and project management practices will work out of KSMC111. The new space will include a library, a conference center, meeting areas and private focus rooms.

WorkHere wins Innovation of the Year

A zWORKS startup company was recently chosen as one of the 15 award winners at the 2018 TechPoint Mira Awards in downtown Indianapolis.

WorkHere is a company that connects local jobs with local workers and it won the Innovation of the Year. WorkHere has been a big supporter of zWORKS from the beginning and graduated in 2016. Congrats to the entire team – especially co-founders Rick Wehrle, Mike Seidle and Howard Bates!

Shop Amazon, raise $ for zWORKS

Calling all Amazon shoppers! zWORKS is one of the non-profits connected to Zionsville-based Boosterville‘s shopping fundraising platform.

Boosterville has added Amazon to our zWORKS Marketplace so now you can raise money for zWORKS when you shop at Amazon, along with hundreds of other stores like Dick’s Sporting Goods, Nordstrom, Finish Line, Kohl’s and more.

Introducing . . . Resident Podcaster Sean Sullivan

The man behind the mic

Starting this month, our new Resident Podcaster – Sean Sullivan – will be available for members to help start and manage their podcasts. Don’t miss a chance for Q&A with Sean at zWORKS (85 East Cedar) on April 16 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Sullivan joins us after expanding his own podcast “Converge Coffee” throughout the past year to over 32,000 viewers across the world. As a zWORKS benefit to members, Sean will provide members with complimentary services such as podcast strategy, technical assistance, and advice on building a podcast audience.

In “Converge Coffee”, Sullivan focuses on the marketing world and has interviewed anywhere from startups to Fortune 50 companies.

“Podcasting simplifies human interaction and communication,” Sullivan said. “It’s a unique glimpse into the one-on-one conversation.”

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