The Columbus Chamber works diligently to create and foster a regional business climate in which entrepreneurship thrive. They serve as Columbus’ primary resource for business and entrepreneurial success by fostering a community for Business Growth, Talent Attraction and Retention, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation
The Mill is the center for entrepreneurship in Bloomington. It features 19,000 square feet of beautifully renovated, century-year-old factory space and is home to hundreds of members and dozens of companies. The Mill provides specialized entrepreneurial support for accelerating startups, pitching to investors, and securing capital.
Founded in 2011, Elevate Ventures believes that communities and regions across Indiana can achieve more when they make entrepreneurism part of their DNA. Elevate’s hybrid approach to business challenges is to be part venture capital fund, and part entrepreneurial partner, resulting in more successful outcomes.
Our mission is to accelerate and promote entrepreneurship and innovation in south-central Indiana
Our vision is to create a diverse and skilled ecosystem to support our startups and develop a sustainable entrepreneurial culture in our region
Entrepreneur In Residence
Position Title: Director of Corporate Innovation + Entrepreneurship
We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and we have a standing policy of nondiscrimination. We respect the unique and diverse perspectives of all employees. We accord all qualified persons an equal opportunity for employment or promotion without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other status or condition protected by federal, state, or local law.
Board of Directors
Cindy Frey | President of the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce
Pat East | Executive Director of The Mill
Rick Johnson | President and CEO of Johnson Ventures, Inc
David Glass | CEO of LHP Engineering Solutions
Jane Martin | Retired Venture Capitalist
Tom Guevara | Director of the Indiana University Public Policy Institute
Cy Megnin | Entrepreneur In Residence Elevate Ventures
Since the launch of the Velocities partnership in July 2019, our startups have received over $1.5M in investments. We’ve held monthly ecosystem events, connected entrepreneurs and stakeholders and coached entrepreneurs through pitching to investors. Will your startup be the company we help succeed next?