ClusterTruck CEO Chris Baggott, Energy Systems Network CEO Paul Mitchell Set to Reveal Secrets to Launching Transformative Companies and Events at Innovation Showcase

Aug 19

Indiana’s largest pitch event is bringing big name speakers, top startups to the stage of the NCAA Hall of Champions Convention Center Wednesday, September 1

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (August 19, 2021) —  When Chris Baggott launched and then successfully exited ExactTarget to Salesforce for $2.7 billion in 2012, little did he know he’d go on to co-found not just one, but two more industry-transforming companies, Compendium Software in 2006 and ClusterTruck in 2012. Baggott will share his entrepreneurial “secret sauce” for success in creating and scaling cutting edge software companies as one of the featured guest speakers at the 13th Annual Innovation Showcase sponsored by the Venture Club of Indiana.

Baggott, who now serves as CEO of ClusterTruck, a tech company redefining the on-demand food delivery market, will be joined in a fireside chat format by Don Aquilano of Allos Ventures, is part of an all-star line-up of guest speakers sharing personal insights at The Innovation Showcase on September 1 at the NCAA Hall of Champions.  Doors open at 11:00 a.m. to the Entrepreneurs’ Expo and lunch with the formal program, which includes the signature pitch competition featuring the “best of the best” Indiana startup companies, starting at 1:00 p.m.

Tapping into Indianapolis’ rich history in racing, Paul Mitchell, CEO of Energy Systems Network, will tell the story behind the state’s next big disruption, the “Indy Autonomous Challenge – Race to the Future.” Mitchell will be joined onstage by Dave Roberts, chief innovation officer, IEDC; and Stefano Deponti, CEO and general manager, Dallara Car Factory. Set for October 23 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indy Autonomous Challenge is the world’s first self-driving racecar event in which teams of college students will go head-to-head in a 20-lap race of automated Dallara AV-21 race cars. The first team over the finish line in 25 minutes or less will capture the top prize of $1 million. Mitchell will discuss how the competition will catapult game-changing autonomous vehicle technology forward and inspire the next generation of automotive engineers and innovators.

The Showcase also welcomes as keynote speaker, John Lilly, managing member of Lateral Capital, former senior executive at Proctor & Gamble and CEO of the Pillsbury Company, who over the course of his 27-year career in the consumer products industry built more than 50 branded businesses in 25 countries. Lilly is now a full-time investor in early-stage companies, and Lateral’s six funds have invested in more than 90 companies across 23 states. Lilly will share stories of successes and failures during his keynote, “Don’t Do This! What Early-Stage Companies Need NOT To Do When Raising Capital.”  

Other featured speakers include two of Indy’s top female entrepreneurs, Christine McDonnell, CEO of Codelicious and Haley Marie Keith, CEO of MITO Materials and 2020 Innovation Showcase winner, who will be interviewed by Ben Pidgeon, executive director of VisionTech Angels.

The public is invited to attend Indiana’s premier event for investors, capital sources and fundable game-changing companies. Details on The Innovation Showcase and ticket information are available here.

For more information, contact Sandy Wilcox,  317-508