FACT SHEET for THE MILL

In addition to the fact sheet for The Mill below, we’ve created a packet of logos and photos for the media and our partners to use. If you need something else, please contact us.

FOUNDED

2017: entrepreneurial programming begins

Nov 2018: membership-based coworking facility opens in Bloomington, IN

MISSION & VISION

Our mission is to launch and accelerate startups.

Our vision is to become Indiana’s center of gravity for entrepreneurship.

FUNDING

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with operations funded by membership fees, event space rentals, and generous donations from corporate sponsors and angel investors from south-central Indiana.

SPONSORS

The Mill is possible due to the generous support of our cornerstone sponsors: the City of Bloomington, Cook Group, and Indiana University.

A complete list of sponsors appears here.

ACTIVITIES

The Mill is the heart of Bloomington’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and its largest coworking space, located downtown in the Trades District, in a renovated century-old factory building. We deliver programs that accelerate innovative ideas and technologies into business concepts and provide access to capacity-building resources and startup capital. Our programs and events serve members, the startup community, and the public.

MEMBERS

The Mill has over 300 members and is the home of dozens of companies. Our  members include innovators creating startups and small businesses as well as independent freelancers, creatives, and remote workers. Some choose The Mill for our coworking amenities; others join for specialized entrepreneurial support for accelerating their startups, pitching to investors, and securing capital. 

LEADERSHIP

Pat East, Executive Director

Previously, Pat founded and served as CEO of Hanapin Marketing, which was acquired by Brainlabs in February 2020.

For all staff, see here.

 

PARTNERS

The Mill is powered by Velocities, a partnership between Bloomington, The Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, and Elevate Ventures.  We are also proud to partner with IU Ventures, VisionTech, gener8tor, B-Start, and the Cook Center for Entrepreneurship. Learn more.

OUR BOARD

Jason Whitney, Chair, Voting Director | Vice President of Venture Development, IU Ventures, and Executive Director, IU Angel Network*

Jennifer Pearl, Vice Chair, Voting Director | President, Bloomington Economic Development Corporation*

Karin St. John, Secretary/Treasurer, Voting Director | COO, St. John Associates*

Ravi Bhatt | Co-Founder and CEO, folia

Michelle Cole | COO, Acadis/Vector Solutions

Bryony Gomez-Palacio | Co-Founder and Principal, UnderConsideration LLC

John Hamilton | Mayor, City of Bloomington

Cindy Kinnarney | North Region President, German American Bank

Anne McCombe | Director of Corporate Affairs, MetroStar*

Beka Mech | Director of Development, Major Gifts, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Tina Peterson | President and CEO of Regional Opportunity Initiatives and the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County

Ben Swanson | Co-Founder, Secretly Group

Mike Trotzke | CEO, Cheddar

Jennie Vaughan | Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington

Geng Wang | Co-Founder and CEO, Civic Champs*

Derek Whitley | CEO, Thinker Labs