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Community Ideation Fund

Move closer to your next big milestone

Key information & criteria


Up to $20K


  • Access to additional funding and resources
  • Potential access to helpful connections in your community
  • Access to additional Elevate initiatives
  • Entrepreneur-in-Residence services


  • Addressable market over $500M + clear competitive advantage
  • Strong + coachable team
  • Identified target persona + market strategy
  • Clearly identified use of funds to support next milestone achievement
  • Companies with no more than $50K in revenue over the past 12 months
  • Must be located in 1 of the 5 regional partnership locations

Eligible Counties

Adams, Allen, Bartholomew, Brown, Clark, DeKalb, Dubois, Elkhart, Floyd, Gibson, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall, Monroe, Noble, Pike, Posey, St. Joseph, Steuben, Vanderburgh, Wabash, Warrick, Wells, Whitley

What to expect after applying

Meet with an EIR

The Entrepreneur-in-Residence in your region will coach you through what it takes to create a compelling pitch deck.

Present to committee

A regional committee will evaluate if you are a fit and provide a recommendation for investment.

Final review and closing

The Elevate team will then review the recommendation and decide whether to approve it for closing.

Ongoing reporting

Once finalized, you are responsible for providing quarterly reports to Elevate while receiving portfolio-company benefits.

Apply for the Community Ideation Fund