And That’s a Wrap for the 2023 Winter Session of ReBoot!

by Feb 13, 2023

Our inclusive entrepreneurial development program ReBoot is designed to help people transform business ideas into business plans. This winter’s cohort for women and non-binary folx was our biggest ever—maybe because we changed the format? We turned a six-week program that met once a week into one jam-packed week of mostly online sessions. You might say ReBoot got a ReBoot (wink). 

Eighteen participants completed all the sessions. These new entrepreneurs learned how to focus their business ideas, seek customer validation, and present their businesses to potential investors. And they got a three-month free full-time membership to The Mill, so they can keep working on their unique business ideas. 

One person brought an idea for 3D-printed anatomical medical models, with augmented reality support. Placed in doctors’ offices, these interactive displays would be quickly personalized for patient evaluations.

Another group of participants went through the ReBoot program together, with the goal of creating a coalition of practitioner wellness services they can package together into a subscription hub. Whoa!! How cool–and how Bloomington–is that?

Many thanks to some amazing speakers who shared their time and expertise with the group. Mande Miskewycz from the Indiana Small Business Development Center shared advice and insights regarding marketing and selling a business idea. Michelle Casady of Northwest Bank provided a thorough financial planning workshop for entrepreneurs. And our own Karen Oeding, entrepreneur and Mill Member, spoke at great lengths about all the resource opportunities available to ReBoot participants at The Mill and in Bloomington.

“This has been a fantastic cohort of participants,” said Andy Lehman, Head of Accelerator Programming for The Mill. “This group has already committed to meeting again in a month to hold themselves and each other accountable to their business goals, and we have several one-on-one mentorship sessions scheduled already.”

ReBoot is made possible by funding from the City of Bloomington. To get involved with ReBoot as a mentor or sponsor, please contact Andy Lehman, Head of Accelerator Programming at The Mill.

Learn more, and subscribe to updates on future ReBoot sessions here.