About

BLOOMINGTON/Columbus

Columbus Chamber

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

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.

Dimension Mill Bloomington, IN
Elevate Ventures

Elevate Ventures

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

Staff

Cy Megnin

Cy Megnin

Entrepreneur In Residence

CAREERS

Director of Corporate Innovation + Entrepreneurship

Reports to: Entrepreneur-in-Residence

POSITION PURPOSE

The primary purpose of the Director of Corporate Innovation is to create companies in the Velocities region. The secondary purpose is to support the startup ecosystem through events, mentorship, coaching, and other activities for entrepreneurs.

ABOUT VELOCITIES

Velocities is a $2.5mm regional partnership with Elevate Ventures, Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, and The Mill to foster entrepreneurship and innovation in this region.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 40% business model innovation – work with existing businesses to identify new business models and innovations they could spin out; help them found/fund a skunkworks team housed at Propeller or The Mill
  • 40% sprint week – business design process to validate ideas, conduct initial customer interviews, create the brand identity, and pair co-founders; ideas could come from Velocities staff, Columbus or Bloomington residents, or use IP from Cummins, Crane, IU,  etc.
  • 20% matchmaking – some startups have a great product person who is serving as a founder and CEO; they understand the technology, the customers, the pain points, etc.m but to make more material progress, they need a complementary co-founder who can act as CEO and head salesperson

This position requires residency in Columbus, Indiana, while working out of Columbus and Bloomington.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE

  • Corporate innovation or business model innovation experience
  • Or senior management/leadership role

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE

  • Founded and exited a company
  • Experience serving on a board of directors or advisors
  • Angel investing experience

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES

  • Project management
  • Executive presence
  • Build consensus
  • Simplify ideas
  • Execute vision
  • Thrive in ambiguity
  • Identify trends & opportunities
  • Build rapport
  • Woo
  • Connector, resourceful

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

  • Annual salary is $70,000
  • Paid twice monthly via direct deposit
  • 3 weeks of PTO in year 1, 4 weeks in year 2 and beyond
  • Health, life, vision, and dental insurance
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Use of company MacBook Pro
  • Performance reviews twice annually
  • Opportunity for raises twice annually
  • No bureaucracy – direct and regular contact with Velocities leadership

HOW TO APPLY

Email a cover letter and resume as PDFs to Pat East. This is your chance to describe why working for Velocities would be a great fit for you. Include the information below:

  1. A short bio / introduction
  2. Why this position interests you
  3. Why you love startups
  4. How you learned about Velocities and the position

Applicant review is ongoing, with a preference for candidates who apply by September 30.

Due to the expected number of applications, we cannot reply to every applicant. If you make it beyond the first round, though, you can expect regular communications from us.

Thank you for your interest in Velocities. Best of luck!

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

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? 

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