Innovation Happens Where Talent and Opportunity Come Together

The Innovation Partners Institute looks for challenging community problems and then assembles an A-list of partners with the exact skills, experiences, and capabilities to collaboratively bring novel solutions forward. This requires Innovation Partners who lead projects, as well as Corporate Partners, University Partners, Community Partners, and Funding Partners who bring their expertise and practical experience to turn ideas into working applications.

Because of the institute’s virtual nature, Innovation Partners function as “innovators in network” as opposed to “entrepreneurs in residence.” In addition to what IPI provides, the Innovation Partners tap their own networks as they develop solutions, deepening the available talent pool. 


Innovation Partners

Mo Shakouri, Ph.D.

Rural e-Learning Project

Shakouri is a Silicon Valley investor, entrepreneur and international executive with more than 25 years experience in the communications and electronics industry.

Bharath B. Reddy Bynagari

Covid-19 Related Innovation Project

Bynagari is a serial entrepreneur in healthcare IT. With a mission of “Innovative solutions with a Human Touch,” Bynagari was the inventor behind Diagnotes, a single platform for healthcare communications.


Community Partners



Corporate Partners

SBA Communications

SBA Communications Corporation is a leading independent owner and operator of wireless communications infrastructure including towers, buildings, rooftops, distributed antenna systems (DAS) and small cells.

Watch Communications

Watch Communications is a wireless communications company specializing in Wireless Broadband Internet, Fiber Internet, TV, Hosting and VoIP Phone Services to both residential and business customers.


Funding Partners

State of Indiana

Jay & Robyn Stead

Christian Kanady SMART Coalition


University Partners

Purdue Resources

Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center

Jan-Anders Mansson, Distinguished Professor of Materials & Chemical Engineering

Joint Transportation Research Program

Darcy Bullock, Lyles Family Professor of Civil Engineering

The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security

Dongyan Xu, Samuel Conte Professor of Computer Science

Center for High-Performance Buildings

James Braun, Herrick Professor of Engineering

Scalable Manufacturing of Aware and Responsive Thin Films

Ali Shakouri, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Director of Birck Nanotechnology Center

The Data Mine: Integrative Data Science Initiative and Learning Communities

Mark Ward, Professor of Statistics, Associate Director of Actuarial Science

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