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Indiana Startups Secure Funding in Second Elevate Nexus Regional Pitch Competitions

Indiana Startups Secure Funding in Second Elevate Nexus Regional Pitch Competitions

April 20, 2020

Sixteen startup businesses from around Indiana have been awarded a total of $680,000 in pre-seed and seed funding by Elevate Ventures to spur growth.

Elevate Nexus pitch competition at University of Notre Dame’s Innovation Park

The 16 were chosen from 58 finalists that competed Feb. 25-27 in the second regional Elevate Nexus Pitch Competitions, which were held at Innovation Park at the University of Notre DameFlagship Enterprise Center at Anderson University and Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington.

The competition was established to invest in early-stage Indiana startups with an emphasis on those taking advantage of support resources from higher education institutions in the state. Each company had 10 minutes to pitch to a judging panel in northern, central or southern Indiana.

Regional winners and affiliated higher-education institutions, if applicable, include:

Northern Indiana

  • Pre-Seed ($20,000 investment)
    • Allervent; Upland; Taylor University
    • Rabbit Tractors; Cedar Lake; Purdue University
    • Lumen Bio; South Bend; University of Notre Dame
  • Seed ($80,000 investment)
    • Blaire Biomedical; Angola; Trine University
    • CODEinCLASS; South Bend; University of Notre Dame

Central Indiana

  • Pre-Seed ($20,000 investment)
    • Gen3Bio; West Lafayette; Purdue University
    • Multiscale Integrated Technology Solutions; Indianapolis; Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
    • Probari; Indianapolis; Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
    • TBB Quality Solutions d/b/a Documentor; Indianapolis
  • Seed ($80,000 investment)
    • BestQuote; Zionsville; Purdue University
    • Spirrow Therapeutics; West Lafayette; Purdue University

Southern Indiana

  • Pre-Seed ($20,000 investment)
    • Endless Eyewear; Evansville; Purdue University
    • My Gaming Career d/b/a Gamerized; Jasper; Ivy Tech Community College
    • Nature Greens; Indianapolis; University of Southern Indiana
  • Seed ($80,000 investment)
    • The Learning Alliance; Bloomington; Indiana University-Bloomington
    • Sintact Medical Systems; Bloomington; Purdue University

In addition to receiving funding, each company is considered an Elevate Ventures’ portfolio business and gains access to Elevate’s network of advisors and resources.

Each company also earns the opportunity to pitch during the statewide competition where an additional $320,000 will be awarded. The statewide competition will be held virtually on May 19.

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