Every great business starts with a great idea. Before there’s a minimum viable product, before customers and revenue, before investors, there’s a spark of innovation, a flash of insight, a moment of inspiration.
The Crossroads Idea Competition is your chance to showcase that idea and get feedback from expert judges. After that, you can take your idea into a pre-accelerator like B-Start, then into Mill Cohorts, then on to gBETA! Who knows, maybe you’ll even find yourself pitching at Crossroads Pitch Competition someday.
And if you win the Crossroads Idea Competition, you’ll take home $2,500 from Flywheel Fund! (Psst: you’ll need to set up a business entity, but no worries, we’ll help.)
This year we also have a $1,000 cash prize for the Climate Resiliency Award, courtesy of Duke Energy Foundation. All contestants will be considered for both awards, and yes, it’s possible someone could win both!
Need some inspiration on what makes a great idea? Check out this blog post. Then take the plunge and apply!
deadline to apply–NO EXTENSIONS!
finals live over Zoom
Fueling early-stage innovation is especially important for increasing access to entrepreneurial opportunity. Your sponsorship of the Crossroads Idea Competition opens the door to opportunity a little wider!
Entries were reviewed by a respected panel of Indiana entrepreneurs and investors.
IU Ventures | Venture Analyst
West Central Indiana Small Business Development Center | Rural Business Advisor
Liz Cook Irwin
Duke Energy | Government & Community Relations Manager
Tomato Fish Marketing / redMAP | CEO & Founder
Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce | Director of Advocacy & Public Policy
IU Ventures | Associate Director of the IU Angel Network & Senior Venture Analyst
High Alpha | Associate
Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington | Vice Chancellor
Indiana University, Kelley School of Business | Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship
BC Forward | Business Consultant
Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship| Asst to the Chancellor
Data Enablement Leader | Crush Corporation
The Bee Corp | CEO
Ivy Tech Community College | Talent Connection Manager & Adjunct Faculty
Gutwein Law | Attorney
gener8tor | Program Manager