The Leighton Elevate Angel Development (LEAD) Fund
Preparing startups in the South Bend-Elkhart region for exponential growth
Key information & criteria
Up to $200K
Access to additional funding and resources
Potential access to helpful connections in your community
Access to additional Elevate initiatives
Headquartered within Elkhart, St. Joseph, or Marshall counties
Minimum viable product (MVP) or pilot program established*
Must either be in discussions or already have angel investment
*Not required for Life Sciences companies
What to expect after applying
Meet with EIR
Connect with Nicholas Kuhn, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Elevate Ventures, and submit an application. Nicholas will execute the initial vetting process.
Present to committee
The LEAD Fund investment committee will evaluate if you are a fit and provide a recommendation for investment.
We will work with you to complete our due diligence process.
Final review & closing
The LEAD Fund investment committee will then review the recommendation and decide whether to approve it for closing.
Once finalized, you are responsible for providing quarterly reports to Elevate while receiving portfolio-company benefits.