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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
  • Entrepreneur-in-Residence services


  • 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.

Due diligence

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.

Ongoing reporting

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

Apply for the LEAD Fund