Giving entrepreneurs in North Central Indiana the support and resources they need to thrive


Giving entrepreneurs in North Central Indiana the support and resources they need to thrive


Startup South Bend-Elkhart is here to provide coaching and resources so you can:

Develop an investor-ready pitch deck

Find and build talent on your team

Dive deep into your target market

Create strategies that work

Understand financials and keep them in good standing

Clarify important legal information

Discover crucial connections in your area

Who is this for?

  • Entrepreneurs in North Central Indiana looking for resources

  • High-growth startups seeking investment

Where we serve

Our 3-county region includes Elkhart, St. Joseph, and Marshall counties.

A note from Nicholas Kuhn

Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Startup South Bend-Elkhart

The entrepreneur ecosystem in the South Bend-Elkhart region is extraordinary. There are not only resources such as ideation labs, educational opportunities, and collaboration efforts, but we have very passionate super connectors that truly desire success for each other and the region as a whole. There is a bit of grit and underdog mentality that we have (the legacy of Rudy lives on!), and when applied to a technological revolution we have a recipe for success. As an EIR, I’m happy to meet with any and all founders and entrepreneurs, regardless of company stage. We’ll take a look at what the next steps are and how we can assist in getting you to your next milestone.

Our team

Regional Partners

Gartoni-Smith Family Foundation

Board of Directors

Shane Fimbel

Susan Ford
Semma Health

Larry Garatoni
HQ Investments

Iris Hammel

Nicholas Kuhn
Elevate Ventures

John Miller

Bryan Ritchie
University of Notre Dame

Gary Neidig

Phil Smoker
Smoker Craft, Inc.

Regina Emberton
South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership


Connect with Nicholas to get started!

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