About Us

Building sustainable entrepreneurship cultures in Indiana, and fostering and developing high-potential, high-growth businesses for investment and returns for our stakeholders.

Our hybrid approach

Part venture
capital firm

Programs & investment capital

for early-stage startups

Resources & guidance

for Indiana entrepreneurs

Robust opportunities

for investors

Early access

to top deals

Part entrepreneurial development partner


with universities and organizations across the state

Regional partnerships

that nurture local innovation

Events & workshops

providing education, resources, and networking

Pitch competitions

that increase the quality and quantity of startups


Our annual reports

Meet the Elevate team

Together, we are unleashing value for public-private entrepreneurial initiatives in communities across Indiana.

Statewide Staff

Alisha Estabrook

Senior Manager of Conferences & Events

Julia French


Ting Gootee, CFA, CAIA

Chief Investment Officer

Mark Gramelspacher

Executive Director of SAM Fund & Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Emali Grose

Data Analyst Intern

La’Toya Howard

Staff Accountant

Chris LaMothe

Chief Executive Officer

Phil Lodato

General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

Chelsea Marburger

Senior Manager of Entrepreneurial Programming

Jacob Schpok

Vice President of Entrepreneurial Services & Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Erica Schweyer

Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Rachel Smith

Marketing & Communications Manager

Barbara Uggen-Davis, CPA, CMA

Chief Financial Officer

Landon Young, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Entrepreneurial Programming & Entrepreneur-in-Residence


Kyle Keeney, Ph.D.

Southeast Indiana

Nicholas Kuhn

North Central Indiana

Dan Meek

Northeast Indiana

Cy Megnin

South Central Indiana

Mike Shepard

Central Indiana

Eric Steele

Southwest Indiana

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC)

The IEDC is the State of Indiana’s lead economic development agency, focused on growing and retaining businesses in Indiana and attracting new business to the state. As the state of Indiana’s venture development organization/partner, Elevate invests capital into early-stage startups that are high-growth, high-potential.