The Entrepreneurship Program at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne offers students practical lessons in business start-up and management with interactive business plans, marketing strategies and community mentorship. Through the New Venture Competition, the campus awards up to $40,000 to the best entrepreneur to bring their dreams to reality. To date, the entrepreneurship program and New Venture Competition have assisted in the launch of many business ventures across northeast Indiana in industries from automotive, to culinary, to fashion, to manufacturing.
Fort Wayne SOUP is a micro-grant dinner that fosters community & raises funds for creative projects that enhance Fort Wayne living. Its mission is to promote community-based development through crowdfunding, creativity, collaboration, democracy, trust, and fun.
gBETA is a program of nationally ranked startup accelerator gener8tor. gBETA is a free, seven-week accelerator for early-stage companies with local roots. Each program is capped at five teams, and requires no fees and no equity.
Indiana PTAC works directly with Indiana small businesses in obtaining and performing under federal, state, and local government contracts. We provide procurement technical assistance to help you sell your products or services to the appropriate government agency by offering confidential counseling services and workshops at no cost. The core of our procurement assistance program is counseling and education.
Electric Works is the future innovation district in downtown Fort Wayne. It offers housing, retail, office, community open space and events, and in future phases, hospitality. It will also be home to a 90k sf innovation center. Operating on a coworking model, the innovation center will have everything a founder needs to startup a business. It will be filled with startups, higher education, nonprofit, and industry partners–everyone focused on building the innovation and startup community in northeast Indiana.
Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center provides no cost consulting services to potential business owners that want to start a business and to existing business owners that want to expand their businesses.
The Build Institute Fort Wayne is a nine-week basic business education program for early-stage startups. The Institute helps you identify and hone strengths and develop meaningful connections with like-minded individuals and organizations.
Founders Spark is an organization dedicated to introducing new and aspiring entrepreneurs, hustlers, and go-getters into the startup community as well as providing them the tools they need to succeed. We are committed to helping anyone who is at the beginning stages of their business or simply has an interest in becoming an entrepreneur
The NIIC’s mission is to fuel great ideas, people and companies. Our vision is to grow and inspire global business builders. We move business builders confidently in the direction of achieving their dreams.
Mission: To create economic opportunities for communities, families, and individuals who lack access to affordable capital and financial services.
212 is a creative network, connecting creatives to the resources and knowledge they need to turn ideas into opportunities regardless of geographic or economic limitations. We believe that everyone has the right to create and pursue their creative work professionally. Through the creative network that powers 212, we provide access to the resources, knowledge and industry connectivity needed to take your creative work to the next level. From ideation to development and production, 212 is art made possible through a more open and equitable creative world.
WEOC’s mission is to help women-owned and led founders to start, grow and scale their businesses and ventures. Our vision is to be known as the most trusted business building resource in Northeast Indiana for women-owned businesses.
Based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and engage with their communities over a million cups of coffee, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation developed 1 Million Cups in 2012—a free program designed to educate, engage and inspire entrepreneurs around the country. Through the power of volunteers, 1 Million Cups has grown to more than 180 communities.
As a program of the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups works with entrepreneurs, empowering them with the tools and resources to break down barriers that stand in the way of starting and growing their businesses. Mr. Kauffman believed it was a fundamental right for anyone who had a big idea to be able to bring it to life—and we’re here to fulfill that mission.
Our Northeast Indiana chapter will resume meetings in the fall of 2019.
1 Million Cups meeting schedule:
TIME: Every Wednesday at 9am
PLACE: Junior Achievement, 550 E Wallen Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825
Wunderkammer Company’s mission is to revitalize communities through contemporary art. We do this by working with neighborhoods, community oriented organizations and businesses, and creative entrepreneurs.
The Mission is to implement programs, and procedures that maximize the inclusion of minority owned businesses as part of the community. The Vision is to maximize opportunities to identify, educate, and develop minorities.
The mission of Own Your Success is to provide supportive community for women entrepreneurs in Northeast Indiana.
Providing tools and workspace for entrepreneurs, artists, woodworkers, welders, blacksmiths.
Start Fort Wayne helps entrepreneurs turn ideas into growth- oriented businesses. Our vision is that northeast Indiana offers a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem that attracts and retains innovators and investors. We do this to help people create and grow their businesses so that we can all enjoy a vibrant, diverse, and growing economy and higher quality of life.