The Purdue Foundry is the on-campus resource for students or faculty to commercialize ideas or products. Research, local & national business ideas, products and more can be commercialized with the guidance of the Purdue Foundry.
The overall goal of Firestarter (formerly LaunchBox) is to help inventors/founders find the value proposition of their idea. What does that mean exactly? Many faculty and students come to us with just an early-stage idea and it is our job to help them identify the value of that idea. One of the ways we do this is through Firestarter. The program gives clients the opportunity to explore potential markets, customers and financial models. At the end of the process, each member has the necessary information to decide if there is value in the idea and if it makes sense to continue moving forward.
In addition to the ecosystem, the Foundry hosts events by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs tailored toward helping you achieve startup success. Our Friday morning Foundry Grounds features networking, a speaker presenting their “Lesson Learned” and a practice pitch for Foundry startups. Once a month we host an evening of networking at the local 9 Irish Brothers for startups, mentors, investors and more. Appetizers and introductions are provided! View our calendar for more events.Calendar