“I don’t look at South Bend as an area that’s restricted by its geographical boundaries … I look at what it can do as a hub and how it can connect to these immediately accessible hubs around the Midwest…,” Gary Gigot, formerly of Microsoft, Ogilvy & Mather, Visio and currently Vennli. [Source: South Bend Tribune]
South Bend is an opportune place to start and/or grow a company. The City’s location makes connectivity accessible and affordable. There are also convenient sites for innovation and collaboration. Union Station Technology Center and its future co-working space, Innovation Park and The Branch are great examples of spaces where bright minds convene to foster entrepreneurship and capitalize on South Bend’s array of assets. Pair these concepts with the re-emerging social scene in downtown South Bend and the result is a place where young professionals want to ‘live, work, and play’.
This is not a theory – we are witnessing a cultural revitalization and a resurgence of STEM focused jobs in the city. The ancillary benefit of these careers for the community is best described by Enrico Moretti’s concept of the multiplier effect – that STEM jobs yield an approximately five-fold job growth in the services industry. These are the jobs that maintain communities and develop culture.
At enFocus, we get a front row seat and a close ear to the street for new startup buzz in the region. This piece takes a snapshot of exciting technology companies that deserve recognition…