Programs & Resources

We offer programs, resources, and funding to entrepreneurs in Northeast Indiana focused on high-potential ventures to catapult their business toward investment and growth.

Our Programs

The Fortitude Fund

This fund supports bold, innovative entrepreneurs in the early stages of business development through a $1,000 grant. In order to qualify for the Fortitude Fund, entrepreneurs should Think Big, Think Local, and Think Beyond.

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The Community Ideation Fund

The Community Ideation Fund is made possible through our partnership with Elevate Ventures and enables ideation-stage high-potential companies to move closer to a specific, measurable technology or product development milestones through an investment between $5,000 and $20,000.

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Elevate Origins

Elevate Origins Pre-Seed and Seed Programs provide virtual group learning, one-on-one coaching and live pitch practice to startups at no cost to the entrepreneur. Both programs will take participants through the process of refining their business idea and developing a pitch deck ready for investors. Participants will also have all the tools needed to compete in Elevate Nexus Pitch Competitions.

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Elevate Nexus

Each year, Elevate Nexus hosts seven pitch competitions, including six regional and one statewide, with a total of $1,640,000 in investments awarded to startups, preferably those engaged with Elevate Nexus partnered colleges and universities. 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.

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Overqualified for ENI’s programming? Try Elevate Ventures!

Elevate Ventures has a rich history of investing millions in high-growth entrepreneurs. Their contributions include investments in local businesses, portfolio services, a dedicated Entrepreneur-in-Residence, events for entrepreneurs and investors, marketing support, business coaching, access to professional resources and more.

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