An Indianapolis-based startup has won the $50,000 grand prize in the McCloskey New Venture competition. Chuqlab Inc. has developed CrimeMiner, a software platform that transcribes audio and video files relevant to criminal investigations, such as prison phone calls and body camera footage, to help law enforcement professionals .
Chuqlab was co-founded in 2019 by Cornelius George and Blaine Dirker. George told our partners of the Indianapolis Business Review in January that the company’s platform was used by more than a dozen organizations across the country.
At the end of 2021, the company received $800,000 in tax credits from the Indiana Economic Development Corp. for his plan to add 50 staff by the end of 2025. George told the IBJ he hopes to have nearly 20 staff by the end of this year.
The competition returned to an in-person event at the IDEA Center at the University of Notre Dame for the first time since the pandemic began.
“We were thrilled to be back in person for the 22nd Annual McCloskey New Venture Competition! After two years of virtual competition, you could feel the excitement and energy in the venue, competitors, judges and spectators” , Patti Reinhardt, Director of Student Engagement, Competition and Events at the IDEA Center “I see the resilience of the entrepreneurial spirit that prevails here at the IDEA Center and I am excited to continue the growth of this program. which serves the hungry and humble entrepreneurs of the University of Notre Dame.”
The McCloskey New Venture Competition awarded a total of $600,000 in cash and in-kind/pitch for investment prizes this year. You can view the full results by clicking here.