About the Talent Rich Initiative
InnoPower, an Indianapolis-based social enterprise, has partnered with Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis to launch the Central Indiana Talent Rich initiative. The Talent Rich initiative will enroll 500 or more Black students from Central Indiana high schools Class of 2022 by July 2022. InnoPower will leverage the Ivy Tech Ivy Men of Vision and Excellence (IMOVE) program and the InnoPower Network of professionals, corporations, and non-profits to support these students as they progress through Ivy Tech.
InnoPower, founded in 2018 by former NFL player Emil Ekiyor, believes Economic Inclusion invites the MVP (Most Vulnerable Populations) into a pre-existing competitiveness framework for which historically they were not sufficiently prepared. In contrast, our partnership with Ivy Tech and the Talent Rich initiative cultivates, trains, and equips MVP talent to engage, compete, and contribute to the community's overall economic Competitiveness.
Partnering with Ivy Tech Indianapolis
Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis is part of a statewide, open-access community college system that provides Hoosiers with professional, technical, transfer and lifelong education for successful careers, personal development, and citizenship. Through affordable, quality educational programs and services, the College strengthens Indiana’s economy and enhances its cultural development. According to the 2019 Ivy Tech Diversity Annual plan for the 2019 – 2020 academic year, Ivy Tech represented 38% of all Hoosier undergraduate, degree-seeking students enrolled in Indiana public colleges. Additionally, 42% of all underrepresented minority students enrolled in higher education in Indiana were enrolled at Ivy Tech.