Elevate Nexus

Programming and funding for higher education institutions, communities and the entrepreneurs they engage.
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Creating a stronger bond between all three audiences

This robust, unified, smarter network leads to more high-quality startups launching and growing in Indiana.

HIGHER EDUCATION + COMMUNITIES + ENTREPRENEURS

Indiana Higher Education Index

Through its partnerships and continued engagement with higher education institutions and entrepreneurial support organizations across the state, Elevate Nexus compiled a statewide inventory of entrepreneurship and innovation activities on Indiana campuses. The publication is digitally updated on a quarterly basis and printed annually.

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Elevate Nexus Programs

Elevate Origins

An entrepreneurship training program for growth-minded individuals, founders, and early-stage startups, Elevate Origins is a no-cost, virtual, group learning environment that ultimately prepares participants to apply for the Elevate Nexus Pitch Competitions.

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Nexus Pitch Competitions

The Nexus Pitch Competition is comprised of regional Pre-Seed and Seed competitions held twice throughout the year, followed by a statewide competition comprised of regional Nexus winners.

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Nexus Conference

The Elevate Nexus Conference brings together faculty, department heads, and other entrepreneurial support organizations from across Indiana to explore new and leading ways higher education institutions can engage entrepreneurs as well as share best practices, resources, and entrepreneurial-focused initiatives.

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GRANTS

Higher Education Grants

Higher Ed Grants are centered around faculty and department heads working to develop entrepreneurship programming on their campus by providing $50K grants for the development and improvement of entrepreneurship programming.

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Matching Grants

Higher Education Matching Grants provide funding to higher education institutions and community partners when startups receive investments from the Elevate Nexus program. Grants total 10% of the amount invested. The grant will be earmarked toward entrepreneurship programming to help continue to build on existing successes.

Nexus Metrics

12 higher education institutions received

$600K

in grants for further develop entrepreneurship and innovation education

500

participants have engaged in Elevate Origins

$250K

has been granted to higher education institutions and community organizations for their role in supporting entrepreneurs.

$2.9M

has been invested through Nexus Pitch Competitions