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Higher Education Grants

In partnership with the U.S. Economic Development Administration, Elevate Nexus provided grants to higher education institutions for the development and improvement of entrepreneurship programming.

Grant recipients were evaluated on their…


Community engagement


Institutions who received funding

Ball State University (2021)

Develop an elective cross-disciplinary course connecting Computer Science and Entrepreneurship & Innovation majors, enabling student-led ventures to move from ideation into prototyping and end user-testing.

Indiana Institute of Technology (2021)

Expand entrepreneurial programs and initiatives through the Center for Creative Collaboration (C3), a multidisciplinary entrepreneurship center with focus on connecting business clients with the university.

Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine (2021)

Launch a web-based innovation platform to evaluate student and clinician business ideas.

University of Evansville (2021)

Create MakerspACE, a three-pronged entrepreneurial program providing access to innovation for K-16 students.

Butler University (2020)

Establish The Loop, a student and recent graduate-run innovation development program within the Innovation Lab. The Loop will offer an in-person and online Testplace designed to amplify student and community idea development through experimentation.

Ivy Tech – Bloomington (2020)

Develop and expand existing entrepreneurial services at the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship to the statewide Ivy Tech network of campuses to increase engagement in entrepreneurship ecosystems statewide.

Taylor University (2020)

Establish a competitive entrepreneurship fellowship which provides mentorship, custom training, spiritual and professional coaching, and follow-on support for selected students who commit to participate in extra-curricular fellowship activities.

University of Indianapolis (2020)

Support the existing DesignSpine engineering entrepreneurship program of the R.B. Annis School of Engineering, as well as promote innovation-driven entrepreneurs across the university by providing avenues and resources to take their ideas to the next level.

IUPUI (2019)

Establish a Center for Student Innovation. This central entity will market various efforts on campus to students and faculty, and facilitate engagement.

University of Notre Dame (2019)

Amplify The Race to Revenue program, which is modeled after top accelerators, and provides startups with a mentor infrastructure, weekly coaching meetings and a concluding Demo Day.

Purdue University (2019)

Amplify Purdue Foundry’s Double Down program, which is designed to tackle a startup’s unique challenges and enable it to rapidly grow and scale through direct business consulting and mentorship.

Trine University (2019)

Establish an incubator of intellectual ideation and amplify student and community entrepreneurial programming.