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Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne/Warsaw

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.

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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. The Elevate Origins Pre-Seed Program is specifically for startups that have not yet generated revenue. Aspiring entrepreneurs who may not have a business idea yet, or instructors of entrepreneurship classes that are looking to supplement their classwork with institutional investor-designed programming, are also encouraged to participate and will find value in the content.

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Elevate Nexus

Elevate Nexus provides resources and thought leadership to Indiana higher-education institutions and the entrepreneurs they engage. Elevate Nexus Pitch Competitions offer promising startups, preferably engaged with Elevate Nexus partnered colleges and universities, the opportunity to secure foundational capital needed to launch their businesses. $2.3M is awarded each year through pitch competitions.

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Kiva Northeast Indiana

Kiva Northeast Indiana provides crowdfunded loans from $1,000 to $15,000.

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Aha is a platform powered by a global community of industry professionals in the creative sector. Through this platform, Aha provides virtual access to knowledge and resources for the next generation of filmmakers, animators, writers, creative entrepreneurs, and more.

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Traditional Funding

Beyond startup funding and venture capital, traditional lending sources can be a valuable and vital resource for startups and small businesses. FUSE NEI has compiled local, regional and national lending institutions serving Northeast Indiana to make the process of finding the right lender, convenient.

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Fort Wayne SOUP

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.

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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.

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CookSpring Shared Kitchen

The CookSpring Shared Kitchen at The Summit in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is a 4800 square foot commercial / commissary kitchen for rent to culinary entrepreneurs. Our mission is to operate this shared kitchen as a springboard for culinary entrepreneurs to launch their businesses and eventually grow into 46807 and the city of Fort Wayne. The Shared Kitchen is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is available hourly through an affordable monthly membership. We do not require long-term contracts and have helped launch successful culinary businesses throughout Fort Wayne!

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Indiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

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.

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Fort Wayne Electric Works

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.

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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.

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SEED Fort Wayne

SEED is a 501c(3) that supports new and scaling businesses with business planning education through the Build Institute, incubation space for manufacturing and B2B professionals at the SEED Enterprise Center, and tax benefits for businesses located within the Summit City Entrepreneur and Enterprise District (SEED).

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Build Institute Powered by SEED

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.

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Founders Spark

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

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Northeast Indiana Innovation Center

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.

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Believe in a Dream, Inc

Believe in a Dream’s vision is to empower the next generation to build a better tomorrow. Our annual Pave the Path Young Leaders Summit helps high school students grow their leadership and entrepreneurship skills – plus provides them mentorship. Our Young Visionaries Fellowship students conduct entrepreneurial projects to make their community or the world a better place. Our Young Entrepreneur Awards recognize outstanding student business owners.

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SCORE Northeast Indiana

The volunteer mentors of SCORE Northeast Indiana offer free expert, experienced one-to-one business mentoring and local workshops on important business topics. SCORE is a national organization with the mission of fostering vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education. Our vision is that every person has the support necessary to thrive as a small business owner.

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212 Creative Network

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.

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Elevate Northeast Indiana

The entrepreneurial journey is a journey filled with many twists and turns that have the potential to squash brilliant ideas. At Elevate Northeast Indiana, we give high-growth entrepreneurs a clear path to the potential investment they need to move toward extraordinary levels of growth.

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Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana

Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana (JANI) helps prepare today’s students for a bright future by promoting workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy through hands-on educational programs.

JANI’s expanding entrepreneurial initiatives include opportunities for grade school through college to participate in the Young Entrepreneur Marketplace, Lemonade Day, and Young Entrepreneur Summer Camp. To highlight area entrepreneurs that have already had a taste of business success, the ABC21 Young Entrepreneur Spotlight features share their story with the local TV viewing area. These spotlights air monthly on ABC21 WPTA.

Local entrepreneurs can engage in the JA 100+Entrepreneurs initiative, which places over 100 entrepreneurs in area high school classrooms for a one- hour class period to connect and share their story, advice and the importance of business creation within their community.

To find out more, go to www.jani.org or contact Karen Cooper at [email protected].

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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.

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1 Million Cups

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

Current Info: www.facebook.com/1millioncupsfwa
Apply to Present: 1millioncups.com/present

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Elevate Ventures

Elevate Ventures is a private venture development organization that nurtures and develops emerging and existing high-growth businesses into high-performing, Indiana-based companies. Elevate Ventures accomplishes this by providing access to capital, rigorous business analysis and robust advisory services that connect companies with the right mix of resources businesses need to succeed long term. To learn more about Elevate Ventures, visit elevateventures.com.

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Wunderkammer Company

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.

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The Penta Minority Entrepreneurial Center

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.

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Start Fort Wayne

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.

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