Entrepreneurship Resource Portal

IHIF’s Entrepreneur Resource Portal is a repository of connections and tools geared towards growing health science companies.  Can’t find something?  Just send us a note at info@ihif.org and we’ll try to track it down!

For COVID related news and resources, please visit our COVID-19 Toolbox

Development Pathways and Timelines

Understand the unique challenges and milestones that come with starting a health science business.  Right click to download images.

Biopharma development Pathway

Biopharma development pathway – showing global decision/action points

Device Development Pathway


Health IT Assessment – HIMSS Value Suite – Guide and resources to maximize clinical, operational and financial outcomes for digital health companies

National Cancer Institute’s SBIR Resource Page – a set of curated links that are relevant for early-stage companies developing oncology-related technologies.

BONEZONE: 6 Best Practices for Successful Product Development and Commercialization (also good advice for medical technologies in general)

Starting a Business

IHIF is aligned with the Indiana Small Business Development Center Network to provide complimentary services to new life science companies.  Please check in with your regional ISBDC office to learn more about the services and assistance available to those starting new businesses.

Writing a Business Plan – Interactive Template from U.S. Small Business Administration 

Indiana Secretary of State – Business Services – http://www.in.gov/sos/business/index.htm

Starting A Biotech Company: What Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know (EBD Group, registration required) – http://get.knect365.com/biotech-startup-manual/

NorthOne Blog: How to start a Business in 10 Steps

TIP: Search the IHIF member directory to find: Attorneys, Banks, Business Services


Elevate Ventures – Elevate Ventures exists to create sustainable cultures and infrastructure across Indiana that support the ongoing development and success of entrepreneurs. Our vision is to be regarded as a critical guide, resource and community catalyst for developing high-performing, high-growth, Indiana-based businesses.

Chemical Angel Network 



Indiana University Philanthropic Venture Fund – This open-ended evergreen fund makes equity investments in early-stage companies that have strong ties to IU.

Gust connects start-ups with the largest collection of investors across the world.

Venture Club of Indiana

BIO Report: Emerging Therapeutic Company Investment and Deal Trends

MassBio: Pitch Deck Tips for Biotech and Medtech Start-Ups 

Indiana Economic Development Corp – Investment Incentives, Grants, Tax Credits

SBIR.gov – About the SBIR/STTR Program – data, statistics 

NIAID –  sample applications

TIP: Save your cash!  Use BIO Business Solutions – Discounts and Savings through IHIF Membership. 

  • New! Brex – the corporate card for life sciences.  Special programs and benefits for IHIF members.

TIP: ShareVault Whitepapers – How Equity Crowdfunding Can Help Life Science Companies – https://www.sharevault.com/resources/white-papers


Writing Effective Job Descriptions – SBA

Common Job Description Mistakes – Source: Employment Enterprises, Inc.

Job Description Template and Sample Job Descriptions for Common Positions – Source: BusinessBalls

Writing Employee Handbooks – SBA 

Indiana Internet 

TIP: Search the IHIF Member Directory to find: Employment and Professional Placement agencies, Business Services

Networking/Finding Partners

TIP: Be sure to check out all the ways IHIF can help you connect: locally, nationally, and globally!  IHIF Member Resources:  LinkedIn Group, IHIF Newsletter, Annual Meeting, Life Sciences Luncheons…

Indiana University “Find an Expert” Faculty Database – https://news.iu.edu/iu-experts/

Genesis Plastics: Contract Manufacturing Roadmap – https://genesisplasticswelding.com/contract-manufacturing-a-roadmap-for-oems/

TIP: ShareVault White Papers – How to Win at the Partnering Game, Building a Better Partnering Presentation, Essential Steps to Successful BioPharma Partnering – https://www.sharevault.com/resources/white-papers

TIP: Sign up for free industry newsletters: BIO SmartBrief, AdvaMed SmartBriefBusinesswire newsfeeds

License New Technologies

Managing IP

TIP: ShareVault Whitepapers: Moving to the Cloud: Protecting IP in the Borderless Enterprise – https://www.sharevault.com/resources/white-papers

US Patent and Trademark Office – https://www.uspto.gov/

Exclusivity agreement (template) – source: Rocket Lawyer

TIP: Search the IHIF Member Directory to find:  IP Attorneys, Business Services

Regulatory Affairs

Start Here: US FDA – US Food and Drug Administration Home Page 

ClinicalTrials.Gov – ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world.

The Ultimate Guide to Medical Device CAPA (with checklist) – Source: Greenlight Guru

Clinical Trials Agreement – Source: Rocket Lawyer

TIP: Search the IHIF Member Directory to Find: Regulatory Affairs Assistance, Attorneys, Business Services

Marketing and Business Development

8 Tips For Writing a Great Press Release 

Inside Indiana Business – Business news and press releases from around Indiana 

Indianapolis Business Journal 

TIP: Consider advertising in BioFutures

Export/International Development

US Commercial Service – Healthcare Resource Guide

The Healthcare Technologies Resource Guide provides in country market intelligence from U.S. Healthcare specialists around the world. In each market briefs you can expect to find information on:

Market Entry | Current Market Trends | Main Competitors | Current Demand | Registration Process Reimbursement | Barriers | Procurement and Tenders | Local Associations | FAQ’S | Statistical Snapshot

These market intelligence reports have recently been updated and are available to you in the button below.

Go to the Healthcare Resource Guides

Resources on How to Export and Find New Markets