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Startup Offering Software for Writing Projects Secures Funding

May 25, 2021

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Slice, a startup offering cloud-based software for writers and writing teams, today announced a $20,000 investment from Elevate Ventures through Elevate’s Community Ideation Fund.

Slice was founded in 2019 by CEO Joe Bellavance. While starting a freelance writing service, Bellavance searched for software tools to help him serve clients. Realizing the tools he needed did not exist, Bellavance decided to build them himself.

Slice’s software can be used to manage multiple types of writing projects including reports, proposals, class essays, blog posts, scholarly articles, and novels. Within the platform, users can work individually or with a team to collect content, notes, and other files in one place. Users can collaborate in real-time by editing and managing workflow.

“Slice seeks to transform the way we author, edit, source and organize original content,” said Dan Meek, Elevate Ventures entrepreneur-in-residence serving Elevate Northeast Indiana, a partnership focused on startups in northeast Indiana. “This investment will assist the company with early adoption and technology enhancements.”

Bellavance said the funding from Elevate will allow Slice to improve the user experience, gain additional customers, and share the software with more people.

“Over two billion people rely on a workflow that’s forty years old. Both of those numbers are staggering, and we have an opportunity to help a lot of people,” Bellavance said. “Funding is life to a startup, and we’re very grateful for Elevate’s investment that will enable us to grow.”

Elevate’s Community Ideation Fund is made possible through its partnership with Elevate Northeast Indiana. The Community Ideation Fund is available through the state’s 21st Century Research and Technology Fund, which is overseen by the Indiana Economic Development Corp. and promotes economic growth and innovation-driven public-private partnerships in Indiana.