FORTITUDE FUND

Supporting bold, innovative entrepreneurs in the early stages of business development.

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This is what we’re looking for

THINK BIG

The Fortitude Fund was established with the ability to provide $1,000 grants for Founders who are thinking big with plans to address a large and growing market. Grants are targeted for high potential, high-growth ventures that align with interests in agriculture, life sciences, information technology, advanced manufacturing, or medical devices.

THINK LOCAL

Grants are also available for businesses that will make a significant impact on our region’s quality of life, including talent attraction and retention. Businesses must be headquartered in Northeast Indiana (Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, or Whitley county.)

THINK BEYOND

Our initial grant is just the beginning. Access to additional capital and financial support is provided by our Region’s Entrepreneur in Residence who helps Founders find equity investment from Elevate Ventures, from angel investors or venture capitalists.

Sound like you? APPLY FOR THE FUND

How it works

1. Fill out our short, simple application

2. Have a quick conversation with our Regional Director of Entrepreneurship

3. Receive a fast response and, if approved, a disbursement within 30 days.

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