New gBETA Bloomington-Columbus Accelerator Program

by Dec 7, 2020

If you read our post about The Mill’s Formula for Startup Success, you know that we’ve seen the incredible impact gBETA has had on The Mill’s most successful startups. gBETA is nationally ranked accelerator gener8tor’s free, seven-week accelerator program for early-stage startups with local roots. We think every startup should go through it! That’s why we’re so excited that they’ve announced a new gBETA Bloomington-Columbus accelerator program, in partnership with Velocities, The Mill, and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.  This new cohort is an expansion of gBETA’s programming in Indiana, with previous expansions to Terre Haute and Fort Wayne in 2020. 

The new gBETA Bloomington-Columbus accelerator program kicks off in early March 2021. It will be industry and vertical agnostic. Geoff Zentz, who ran the gBETA Indy, Terre Haute, and AgBioScience programs in 2019 and 2020, will serve as the gBETA Bloomington-Columbus Director. The program will work with five startups from the Velocities region that runs from Bloomington to Columbus, helping them refine their business models, connect with mentors, gain more customer traction, and prepare their pitches. The companies will also pitch to a minimum of 25 investors. 

The program will culminate with a Pitch Night in late April. The participating gBETA companies will give a five-minute pitch to entrepreneurs, mentors, investors and community members. This event will be free and open to the public. 

“gBETA’s entry into Columbus and Bloomington presents a tremendous opportunity for area entrepreneurs to accelerate their startups, by opening doors to  top-notch expertise and a powerful network of investors,” says Cindy Frey, President of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. “I’ve witnessed, first-hand, how gBETA can transform entrepreneurs with a big idea into leaders of a focused, fast-growing company.”

The gBETA program is offered in Bloomington-Columbus thanks to the support of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and Velocities. Interested startup founders looking to accelerate the growth for their business and/or also potentially raising venture capital, mentors, or investors should contact gBETA Indiana Director Geoff Zentz ( For more information, visit