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Jay Harmas

Director of Portfolio Success

Jay is the Director of Portfolio Success at Elevate Ventures. In this role, he will focus on ensuring all portfolio companies have access to the people and resources they need to be successful.  Born in Indianapolis, Jay is a proud North Central High School and IU alum. Following his time at Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!), he embarked on a six-year adventure in Las Vegas, diving into the world of live production with David Copperfield.

In 2016, Jay moved home to Indianapolis to pursue a career in technology and people management at a behavioral marketing firm for six years. In his free time, you can find Jay on a bicycle, at a concert, playing basketball, or out on the golf course. He and his wife share a love for documentaries and raising our two daughters. Together, they own a small Indianapolis-based business that enjoys giving back to the community.

  • What is the one critical think you want people to know about you? I am a believer of “getting out what you put in.” Whether we are talking business or life, if you put the work in, the fruits will follow.
  • What motivates you? Creating something to be proud of. I’m a firm believer in doing things with passion. I believe there is no greater motivator than discomfort. I view challenges as an opportunity to get better and love seeing the end results once we reach the summit
  • What is your claim to fame? Kobe Bryant or LeBron James? Without hesitation, my answer was always Kobe. In 2013, I had the pleasure of having dinner with Kobe, a memory that will last forever.