Annual Conference

Exploring new ways higher education institutions can engage entrepreneurs as well as share best practices, resources, and entrepreneurial-focused initiatives
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Save The Date! Join us in Indianapolis on June 9, 2022 for the Elevate Nexus Conference!

2021 Conference Schedule

Morning Agenda

8:00 AM – Registration Opens
9:00 AM – Welcome

Landon Young, Executive Director of University Initiatives & Entrepreneur-in-Residence

9:10 AM – Future of Entrepreneurship Education

Entrepreneurship education is changing – moving from an academic study to practice, from small business education to innovation-driven startup, and students transitioning from classroom exercises to a robust ecosystem of accelerators, co-working spaces, and other startup programs. Entrepreneurship is now a career, so what will that career path become?

9:50 AM – Announcement

Join us to learn more about the EdVenture Network and the upcoming opportunities and collaborations that will be available for our higher ed partners.

10:00 AM – Solving for the Early-Stage Funding Gap

Indiana lags behind peer states when it comes to early-stage venture capital, but several innovative new funds are looking to close this gap. Hear from new VC’s, angel networks, and others who are ensuring Indiana capital is more available and more equitable.

11:00 AM – Startup Growth & Acceleration

Indiana has dramatically increased the number of new companies starting across the state. However, a lack of talent, capital, and experience keeps these new founders from quickly scaling their ventures. Hear from panelists about new models of startup acceleration aimed at increasing the number of successful growth-stage companies.

Afternoon Agenda

11:45 AM – Lunch Begins
12:00 PM  – Best of Nexus

Best of Nexus features three seed-stage companies who have all benefited from Nexus programming and were awarded investment at a regional competition.

12:35 PM – Nexus 2021 Update

Learn about new Elevate Nexus programming and resources launching in Fall 2021 to support startup-ecosystem builders.

1:00 PM – Nexus Higher Ed Grantee Update

Join us as we sit down with all eight of the 2019 and 2020 Elevate Nexus Higher Education grant recipients to learn how each university is using the $50,000 award to innovate its entrepreneurial education offering.

2:00 PM – Announcement of 2021 Nexus Higher Ed Grant Recipients

The Elevate Nexus team will announce the 2021 Higher Education Grant Award winners.

2:30 PM – Elevate Origins 2.0

Elevate Ventures team members will walk through the nuts and bolts of what a winning Nexus pitch looks like. Attendees will see concrete examples and receive templates for student-led companies in their programs to use.

4:00 PM – Nexus Networking Happy Hour
Made possible through donations from Bier Brewery, Cardinal Spirits, and Mallow Run Winery.

2021 Conference Speakers

Bill Arnold
Purdue Foundry
Jason Blume
Trine University
Steve Bryant
Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington
Huseyin Ergin
Ball State University
Andrew Fennig
Taylor University
Matt Gardner
Notre Dame IDEA Center
John Henry
Notre Dame
Kelli N. Jones
Sixty8 Capital
Chris LaMothe
Elevate Ventures
Andy Lehman
The Mill
Chelsea Marburger
Elevate Ventures
Jennifer Merrell
Egan Montgomery
High Alpha
David Olawale
RB Annis School of Engineering, University of Indianapolis
Benjamin Pidgeon
VisionTech Partners
Jeanette Renshaw
Smart Scale Consulting LLC
Christian Rogers
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Jacob Schpok
Elevate Ventures
Simran Trana
Indiana University
Jason Whitney
IU Angel Network
Landon Young, Ph.D.
Elevate Ventures
Brock Zehr
Huntington University

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