New TechPoint chairman focused on entrepreneurship, innovation, and growing Indiana’s tech sector

February 2, 2009

Mark Hill, managing partner of Collina Ventures, will serve as the new chairman of the board of directors of TechPoint, Indiana’s statewide technology business initiative.

"Mark has truly been a pioneer in Indiana’s tech sector by founding, building, and investing in a number of firms that are among our most successful technology companies. His passion for Indiana’s tech sector makes him a true leader and visionary," said Jim Jay, president and CEO of TechPoint. "Mark was in the trenches volunteering his time in support of technology business in our state back when it was an emerging industry. I can’t think of a better champion to lead TechPoint now that the tech sector is more mature and continuing to thrive."

Hill said he plans to work with TechPoint’s board of directors and staff to increase the organization’s focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. He believes TechPoint can play a larger, more influential role in growing Indiana’s technology businesses by providing enhanced educational opportunities and networking events.

Jay also announced that five new directors have joined the TechPoint board. They include:

* Brad Wisler, CEO of business incubator SproutBox
* Brad Kelsheimer, Associate Vice President—Finance at Rose-Hulman Institute of
* Dave Brenner, President and CEO of Innovation Park at University of Notre Dame
* Scott Brenton, COO of Angie’s List
* Mat Orrego, President and CEO of Cornerstone Information System
(To see the full list of TechPoint board of directors, visit

About TechPoint
Founded in December 2002, TechPoint is Indiana’s only statewide technology initiative, representing industry stakeholders including publicly-traded companies, private businesses, colleges and research universities, and local economic development organizations. The group’s mission is to transform Indiana into a recognized technology leader by developing relevant policy, catalyzing change, and measuring the state’s progress. Visit

[Editor’s note]: This semester, Hill is teaching a course on the art of entrepreneruship at the IU School of Informatics and Computing. Students on both the IUB and IUPUI campuses are enrolled. Additionally, Hill serves on the School of Informatics and Computing’ Dean’s Advisory Council.

[source: Techpoint news release]

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