UPCOMING EVENTS

McCloskey New Venture Competition 2022 Application Deadline

The IDEA Center 1400 East Angela Boulevard, South Bend, IN

COMPETE TO WIN MORE THAN $300,000 IN THE MCCLOSKEY NEW VENTURE COMPETITION Deadline October 25, 2021 Turn your ideas into profitable business solutions that make a difference! Do you have an idea for a new product, device or technology? Utilize the tremendous resources made available through the McCloskey Competition (mentors, networking, extensive feedback and business […]

Founder Factory: A Startup Summit for South Bend – Elkhart

Renaissance District 635 S Lafayette Blvd, South Bend, IN

Starting to hear rumblings about the Founder Factory event taking place here in the South Bend – Elkhart region on November 10th? Wishing you could attend this awesome startup summit at a discounted rate? Well, look no further! Click here to signup and be one of the first to receive an email when our Founder […]

$20

Startup Happy Hour

Renaissance District 635 S Lafayette Blvd, South Bend, IN

Greeting Entrepreneurs and Enthusiasts! Elevate Ventures & Startup South Bend – Elkhart would like to invite you to the last Happy Hour of the year, to celebrate, connect, learn and grow from one another. In addition to the food and beverages, we’ll be at a great new space in the Studebaker Building – Reborn Industrial […]

Crossroads Pitch Competition Application Deadline

Online

The Pitch Competition for Indiana’s Brightest Stars Here at The Mill, we’re on a mission to launch and accelerate startups. Crossroads attracts Indiana’s rising talent and charts a course to success for early stage startups. Join us—to pitch, judge, sponsor, or watch the finals—and see what the excitement is about! PRIZES The winner takes home […]

Innovate WithIN 2022 Pitch Competition Application Deadline

Online

Dream big. Win bigger. The Innovate WithIN Pitch Competition is open to everyone aged 14-18 that lives (or attends school) in Indiana. Applications are open now! After applying, you should receive an email from Instructure (STARTedUP Foundation Canvas) that will invite you to sign up for our submission portal. Submissions are due February 4th, 2022. […]

Choose the Best Fundraising Options for Your Startup

Virtual Event To be held online

Startup funding depends largely on the nature and type of the business, leaving entrepreneurs asking, “Where do I even start?” Join us as we discuss fundraising options for your startup and cover ways startups raise money, the different investment types that exist, how to start these conversations even if you’re early-stage without a lot of […]

How to Get Friends and Family Money without Ruining Relationships

Virtual Event To be held online

One common source of funding for startups involves borrowing money from friends and family. It can be a great way to avoid bank interest rates and reduce your overall debt level so you can put more cash back into your business. But when getting loans from friends and family, you must be aware that conflicts […]

Dept of Energy SBIR/STTR Deep Dive with Eileen Chant

Virtual Event To be held online

Known as “America’s Seed Fund,” the SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) programs provide competitive access to R&D funds to stimulate technological innovation by small businesses in the U.S. The program can help startups and existing small businesses, interested in or performing research, by providing access to nondilutive grants funds […]

Make Your Elevator Pitch Click

Virtual Event To be held online

A good elevator pitch can be the difference between landing your next opportunity or falling short of the competition. But the reality is, people want to have meaningful conversations without the forced sales pitch. In this event, we’ll explore what an elevator pitch is, how to craft one, provide good and bad examples, and dive […]

IDEA Week 2022

Embassy Suites by Hilton, South Bend at Notre Dame 1140 E. Angela Blvd, South Bend, Indiana

An innovation festival. Here in the South Bend – Elkhart. Come. Dive in. This April, a whole new kind of innovation festival hits the South Bend – Elkhart region that lets you LEARN, PLAY, MEET, and COMPETE. Geared towards EVERYONE – whether you’re already a successful entrepreneur, a new student, or simply live for local […]

IDEA Week 2022

Embassy Suites by Hilton, South Bend at Notre Dame 1140 E. Angela Blvd, South Bend, Indiana

An innovation festival. Here in the South Bend – Elkhart. Come. Dive in. This April, a whole new kind of innovation festival hits the South Bend – Elkhart region that lets you LEARN, PLAY, MEET, and COMPETE. Geared towards EVERYONE – whether you’re already a successful entrepreneur, a new student, or simply live for local […]

Evaluating Competition and Appropriately Positioning Your Company to Win

Virtual Event To be held online

What is one of the biggest red flags for an investor? Hearing an entrepreneur/startup say they don’t have competition. Every startup has competition, regardless of product, service, and/or industry. While acknowledging competition is the first step, startups must also find a way to stick out from the crowd – and simply declaring your startup is […]