South Bend stands poised to land some high tech jobs thanks to three veterans of higher education.
Three Notre Dame faculty members are ready to take their startup company to the next level.
EMU Solutions has promised to create 25 new jobs by the end of 2017. The jobs will pay up to $75 per hour.
EMU Solutions is now located at Innovation Park. It is the result of years of academic research that involved analyzing huge amounts of data.
Basically, faculty members fell upon a way to solve their big data problems better than the professionals they hired to do it for them.
“You can think about it, if there were a data center filled with our servers, businesses would be able to get more answers to more questions faster in less square footage of data center space,” said EMU Chief Technical Officer Jay Brockman. “When we were working on a research project, in collaboration with other universities and other companies, and the company we were working with at the time having their own in house engineering staff with their own ideas and us knowing our ideas were better. But I think the politics of working with another company and hoping for them to adopt it, It wasn't going to happen and so I think one day we just said, ‘you know we're going to do this ourselves.’
In addition to 25 new jobs, EMU Solutions has also promised to spend nearly $4 million to establish and equip a new off-campus company headquarters.
In exchange, the City of South Bend will spend $500,000 on two computer servers that will be leased to the company.
If EMU’s job and investment promises are kept, the company can buy the equipment for just $1.
The city believes that the future of the local economy depends on the success of these types of ventures.