Accessing South Bend – Elkhart Regional Capital


Whether you are starting a new business or scaling your business to new heights, you need access to capital.  Click below for information on a variety of funding types and sources available for tech-enabled startups and entrepreneurs at each stage of evolution. For additional capital resources, please click here.

Proof of Concept Funds

In the early stages of the startup life cycle, entrepreneurs often struggle to obtain funding. The Startup South Bend – Elkhart Proof of Concept fund helps to bridge this funding gap by providing equity-free grants of up to $2,000 to early-stage entrepreneurs. These funds can be used toward market validation activities, such as product development and prototyping, tradeshow attendance, crowdfunding preparation, A/B testing, and other market testing strategies.

Community Ideation Funds

Elevate Ventures’ Community Ideation Fund enables ideation-stage innovation-led, tech-enabled companies to move closer to a specific, measurable technology or product development milestone through an investment up to $20,000 per company. Eligible applicants are Indiana-based companies headquartered in the South Bend – Elkhart Region (Elkhart, Marshall and St. Joseph Counties in Indiana).