FACT SHEET for THE MILL
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 and Founder, Exonus