Fostering relationships, people, culture and resources supporting a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem across Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan.
Cultivating an ecosystem where entrepreneurs start, build, and grow their companies

Startup South Bend – Elkhart is a centering catalyst that ignites new business creation and prosperity by leveraging the unique and united assets of the region.

Our region is building a social fabric to facilitate personal and business relationships and networks among entrepreneurs and companies. We connect entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and mentors through a variety of engagement opportunities.

Find resources and funding to launch
your idea and grow your business.

Whether you are changing careers, moving to the region, graduating college or just thinking about launching a new company, we provide access to resources, education and guidance needed to make your startup successful.

Entrepreneurs / Founders

Engage with high potential startups and help build the community of doers

A robust group of professionals is tangibly supporting startups in our region by providing advice, mentoring and assistance. We know that when everyone helps everyone as much as possible, the individuals, the ecosystem and the region all benefit.

Service Providers

Meet like-minded founders and network with regional community and business leaders

Find out what’s going on! Across the region, continual activities and events ranging from networking meetups to pitch events offer engagement opportunities for the entire entrepreneurial stack.


The combination of capital, talent and education in this ecosystem provides a great opportunity to invest in companies of the future that start and grow right here in the South Bend-Elkhart Region. We know that entrepreneurship is a catalyst for the long-term success of the region and look forward to investing in more burgeoning companies going forward.

Amish Shah
President, KemKrest