Industry Advantages

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Indianapolis is known for automotive innovation thanks to the presence of the century-old Indianapolis Motor Speedway and related companies that have set up shop in the city. Pharmaceutical leader Lilly and several leading medical device manufacturers have gained the region repute as a hub for the life sciences industry. Salesforce towers over the city, pointing toward our growing tech sector.
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Technology has never been more important than it is today, and Indy’s tech scene is quickly becoming a national leader. Salesforce’s largest presence outside of San Francisco isn’t in London, it’s in Indy. Amazon picked Indy as a top 20 finalist for HQ2. Infosys has invested in not just one but two campuses in the city to build their U.S. presence.

Tech Industry

Indy is leading a technology transformation in the Midwest. Central Indiana has recently generated $7 billion in acquisitions and IPOs from more than two dozen tech companies including Angie’s List, ExactTarget (now Salesforce), and Interactive Intelligence (now Genesys). Our growth hasn’t gone unnoticed: Forbes called Indy the “#5 City for Creating Most Tech Jobs” and Time Magazine’s Money said we are one of the top “20 hottest cities” within the technology industry.

Additionally, the state is home to excellent universities with world-renowned technology programs. Purdue University was recently ranked 15th worldwide for university-issued patents and is home to more supercomputing capacity than any other campus in the U.S.. The Innovation Park at Notre Dame houses 30 companies and works as an incubator to help identify needs and growth potential.

Fast Facts

  • $105M venture capital funding in 2017
  • 6.7% tech industry job growth
  • More than 84,500 jobs
  • 23 Certified Tech Parks
  • 2nd in the nation for advanced industries and tech sector employment share

Below are a selection of companies with a presence in Indy. Learn more about Indy's thriving tech industry at

Indy Tech Companies


Life Sciences

Indiana ranks in the top five states for the number of life sciences companies, concentration of companies, and number of industry jobs. Indiana’s life sciences exports exceed $8.2 billion - the second highest in the U.S. according to BioCrossroads, and the state is recognized as the orthopedics capital of the world. Cook Medical, the world’s largest private medical device manufacturer, calls Indiana home, and global pharmaceutical leader Lilly has its global headquarters in downtown Indy.

Life Sciences

The state’s world-class universities like Indiana University and their School of Medicine, Purdue University and Butler University’s Colleges of Pharmacy, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Chemical Engineering and Biology & Biomedical Engineering Departments, and The Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory are among the prestigious resources making our region a leader in life sciences through research, education, and workforce development.

Fast Facts:

  • $78B economic impact
  • 1,689 companies employ more than 55,000 workers
  • 80 new products approved by the FDA in 2017
  • $111M in venture capital funding
  • 33 start-ups

Below are a selection of companies with an Indiana presence. Learn more about Indy's thriving life sciences industry at

Life Sciences Companies



With agriculture surrounding the city’s urban footprint on all sides and innovation bursting from inside, Indy is at the heart of agricultural technology innovation and leading the charge to feed the world.


With more than 14.7 million acres of farmland, Indiana is the leading producer of corn, soybeans, poultry, popcorn, and tomato products. It’s also first in commercial duck production, wood office furniture, and kitchen cabinet manufacturing. The state contributes roughly $31.2 billion to the state’s GDP annually and supports 107,500 jobs in agriculture production. Innovative companies like Precision Drone are transforming the technology farmers need to be successful, Purdue University’s top ranked Biological and Agricultural Engineering program is strengthening the workforce, and Indy-based National FFA is preparing its 650,000 student members to be future leaders in agriculture.

Fast Facts

  • $11.2B in products sold
  • $4.6B in exports
  • More than 10,000 agribusiness companies

Below are a selection of companies with an Indiana presence. Learn more about Indy's thriving life sciences industry at

Ag Businesses


Advanced Manufacturing

Indiana leads the nation in manufacturing job growth and boasts world class universities and research facilities. The state is home to the second largest automotive industry in the country, with history in the field dating back more than a century.

Advanced Manufacturing

Major automotive industry manufacturers from Toyota and Honda to Cummins and Caterpillar have presence here, as well as 500 other automotive suppliers. The iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway? It was built as a test track for the region’s thriving auto makers. Today, Speedway is still where IndyCars are designed, tested, and manufactured, and where innovative technology developed for safety at high speeds impacts other industries around the world.

Fast Facts

  • 128,000 worked employed in the automotive industry
  • 93,000 manufacturing jobs added since 2009
  • 8,500 manufacturing operations
  • $36.6B in manufactured exports

Below are a selection of companies with an Indiana presence. Learn more about Indy's advanced manufacturing industry at

Advanced Manufacturing Companies in Indiana

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