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2017: entrepreneurial programming begins

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


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 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.


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 350 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. 


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.



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.


Anne McCombe, Chair | Technology Executive*

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

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

Ravi Bhatt | Co-Founder and CEO, Folia*

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

Ben Swanson | Co-Founder, Secretly Group*

Michelle Cole | Technology Executive

John Hamilton | Mayor, City of Bloomington

Cindy Kinnarney | North Region President, German American Bank

Beka Mech | Product Director, Acadis/Vector Solutions

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

Brooke Pyne | Vice President, Technology Engagement, IEDC

Mike Trotzke | CEO, Cheddar

Adam Gross | Executive Director Ivy+ Career Link, Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington

Derek Whitley | Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer, Flamel.ai

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

Reagan Frank, Student Board Member | President of Epsilon Nu Tau Fraternity, and Director of Communications for Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization at IU