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ShuffleMe accepted to 2021 Rice Business Plan Competition RICE UNIVERSITY

IU Student Develops App to Combat Social Media Burnout INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS 

Bloomington Predictive Mood Software Wins Competition INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS  NEWSBREAK   IU ENGINEERING NEWS

15 Startups Receive $660K from Nexus Pitch Competitions  ELEVATE VENTURES

Civic Champs Finalist in Reimagine Charitable Giving Challenge BETTER GIVING STUDIO

Civic Champs Receives Elevate Ventures Investment INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS

City Announces Sixth PGH Lab Cohort  CITY OF PITTSBURGH

Startups Win Funding from Bloomington Nonprofit  INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS    INTRODUCESTARTUPS

Volunteer Management Startup Growing in Bloomington INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS

MassChallenge Texas Names Top 12 Startup Finalists MASS CHALLENGE

Techstars Iowa announces the 10 startups in its first cohort CLAY AND MILK

Civic Champs app gives nonprofits the tech tools to manage volunteers TECH CRUNCH

IU Angel Network Invests in Blueprint Stats Startup  INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS

15 Startups Receive $660K from Nexus Pitch Competitions  ELEVATE VENTURES

Bloomington Startup Inks Deal with DC Athletics INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS

Mill Launches New Pitch Competition for Indiana College Students WBIW.COM   INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS

Academy Students Pitch Ideas HERALD TIMES

IU Student Develops App to Combat Social Media Burnout INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS 

Startups Win Funding from Bloomington Nonprofit  INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS BLOOM  INTRODUCESTARTUPS

Students Compete in Annual Maker Challenge HERALD TIMES

Fast 15 Business Awards Recognize Growth, MVP Employees  INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS    WBIW.COM   NEWSBREAK 

The Mill Names Business Innovation Award Winners INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS    WBIW.COM

Bloomington Predictive Mood Software Wins Competition INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS  NEWSBREAK

Bloomington Code School Pilot Graduates First Cohort INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS   WISHTV    NEWSBREAK

15 Startups Receive $660K from Nexus Pitch Competitions (includes 4 Mill member companies) ELEVATE VENTURES

The Mill Partners on New Coding School INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS

15 Startups Receive $660K from Nexus Pitch Competitions  ELEVATE VENTURES

19 Performing Arts Startups Positioned to Dominate in 2021  WELP MAGAZINE

Startups Win Funding from Bloomington Nonprofit  INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS BLOOM  INTRODUCESTARTUPS

15 Startups Receive $660K from Nexus Pitch Competitions  ELEVATE VENTURES

IU Angel Network Invests in Showcase Platform WISHTV.COM

Bloomington Performing Arts Startup Receives Funding INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS

Inc. 5000 2020: Introducing the 5,000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America  INC

IndyStar Top Workplaces 2020  INDY STAR

Enterprise data collection startup FormAssembly bags $10 million Series A funding to enable businesses to securely collect and process data TECH STARTUPS

Blue Burro Partners with LegalSifter to Deliver an Artificial Intelligence Procurement Contract Review Solution 

LEGAL SIFTER

PRESS RELEASES FROM The mill

New Pitch Competition for Indiana College Students

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February 23, 2021

For more information, please contact:

Andy Lehman, Head of Accelerator Programming, The Mill, [email protected] 

The Mill Launches New Pitch Competition for Indiana College Students

Bloomington, Ind.—The Mill, Bloomington’s center for entrepreneurship, announced the launch of a collegiate version of its flagship pitch competition, Crossroads. The new spinoff event, called Crossroads Collegiate Pitch Competition, is open to any student currently enrolled at any Indiana university or college with a startup based in Indiana. The winner will take home a cash prize of $5,000.

The collegiate competition was inspired by the success of going virtual with the signature event last fall, explained Andy Lehman, Head of Accelerator Programming for The Mill. “Going virtual allowed us to expand our reach considerably,” Lehman said. “We were able to attract not only more startups, but also more judges, and more diverse participation from every corner of Indiana.” The Mill saw a surge in student interest in 2020, in Crossroads and its other programs, including its Spark Business Plan competition and boot-camp startup classes offered through Indiana University. “We already work with some incredibly talented college students, and we know there are many more across the state. This new event will showcase their innovation and drive. Crossroads Collegiate gives student entrepreneurs the chance to not only win some money, but also to get out in front of judges, entrepreneurs, and investors from all over the state, from South Bend to Evansville.”

To apply to Crossroads Collegiate, students will submit an executive summary, a pitch deck, and a 10-minute pitch video by April 12. “The video takes some of the pressure off of pitching,” Lehman explains. “You can re-record it a dozen times, as many as needed to get it just right. New entrepreneurs really benefit from the practice and the opportunity to get feedback.” A judging panel of respected Indiana entrepreneurs and angel investors will view the recorded pitches at the semi-finals and select finalists, who will pitch live over Zoom on April 29.

“Students are thinking about becoming entrepreneurs earlier and earlier,” Lehman commented. “It’s the right time to feed their interest and build on the current momentum in our startup ecosystem.” Indiana has seen a surge in investment in early stage startups. Elevate Ventures recently reported that despite COVID, in 2020, pre-seed investments in Indiana more than doubled to 100 from 46 in the prior year.

The Mill’s mission is to spark Bloomington’s innovation economy by launching and accelerating startups, and its vision is to become Indiana’s center of gravity for entrepreneurship. For more information on the new Crossroads Collegiate Pitch Competition, visit https://crossroadscollegiate.com/ For more information on the flagship Crossroads event, visit https://crossroadspitch.com/

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Startup Develops Tool for Social Media Burnout

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February 3, 2021 

For more information, please contact:

Gretchen Knapp, Head of Marketing and Communications, The Mill, [email protected] 

or Britain Taylor, CEO, ShuffleMe, [email protected]

Photos available at https://dimensionmill.org/britain-taylor-shuffleme/ 

Startup Develops Tool for Managing Social Media Burnout 

Bloomington, Ind.— “I just want to help people to have a healthy relationship with social media,” says CEO and Cofounder Dr. Britain Taylor about ShuffleMe, a predictive software app that helps people track the impact of social media on their mental health.

Taylor has been working toward this mission since long before Twitter wars, the pandemic, and doomscrolling. She’s invested eleven years in preparing herself: she holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and neuroscience, an MBA in behavior and marketing, a masters in industrial and systems engineering, and now, at Indiana University, is completing a PhD in intelligent systems engineering. Taylor is a member of The Mill, a nonprofit startup accelerator in Bloomington, and won The Mill’s 2020 Spark Business Plan Competition.

An early adopter of the first social media platforms­—in 2004 she was the 16th user on MySpace, where she had over a million followers—Taylor grew up hacking and coding. In those days, social media was very different, Taylor says, without much cyberbullying.

By 2011, Facebook had exploded. “Facebook gave you more options to actually talk to each other,” Taylor says. “So a lot of my friends started using Facebook to express their emotions. And now that I’m older, I realize some of them were reaching out for help.” By the time Taylor was 18, she had lost three friends by suicide. In fact, the CDC has reported that between 2007 and 2016 (years of tremendous growth in social media usage) rates of suicide among young people jumped 56 percent.    

“I told myself, there has to be a way around this. I told myself that I was going to college, and I was going to stay in college as long as possible to build some sort of solution,” says Taylor. 

Her solution, an app called ShuffleMe, is still in beta testing. Users download the app and give it access to their webcams. From there the app runs in the background, tracking social media activity against facial expressions, and recording patterns in emotional responses. A dashboard then shows users which social media channels and specific content have impacted their mood, thus empowering them to make specific, effective changes to their social feeds, their behavior, and ultimately, Taylor hopes, their happiness. 

ShuffleMe addresses privacy concerns head-on. User data is only used to create the dashboard report, then deleted from the server immediately. “The beautiful thing is that our younger generation is so obsessed with data,” Taylor says.  “They’re like, ‘What are you doing with my data, with my phone?’ That’s a plus. You want to know what that data means. And you want to see if some data can actually help you.” 

The app uses algorithms and a face classifier, based on research on universal facial expressions and trained on over a million people, to connect your facial reactions to social media to specific emotions. It achieves 98.9% accuracy in classifying emotional responses, an impressive accuracy for software. 

ShuffleMe is currently pre-revenue and running a closed beta program for practitioners. They recently completed an NSF I-Corps program and noticed a different niche market, where the data from the end users can be shared in one-on-one sessions with their practitioners. In February ShuffleMe will launch a second closed beta for end users. About 2,000 students from Indiana University, Purdue University, and Ball State have signed up, and Taylor and her team are thinking about expanding to other students in the Midwest. Possible next steps include entering an accelerator program and opening up a pre-seed funding round for angel investors. Eventually, Taylor expects to release a viable product in a public launch.

For all the promise ShuffleMe shows for its research and market potential, neither of those is what excites Britain Taylor the most.

“What I want to see is whether something that I spent 11 years building is going to benefit people in the long run. Not just, ‘Your software helps me to understand that when I spend this amount of time on social media or use it this way, it impacts my mood,’ but ‘Hey, here are the changes I can make because of it.’ That’s something that motivates me every single day.”

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Five Startups Win Funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 20, 2021

For more information, please contact:

Melissa Ward, Head of Partnerships and Initiatives, The Mill, [email protected]  

Bloomington, Ind.—Over the last six months, five startups have received investment from a new member-managed capital fund run by The Mill, a nonprofit center for entrepreneurship. The Flywheel Fund launched in the summer of 2020 and planned to make 4 investments of $25,000 each over the course of a year. By January, the fund had exceeded expectations, investing $120,000 in five companies in less than six months.

Flywheel is a member-managed fund that invests in early stage and high-potential companies. Rotating cohorts of members join, each contributing $10,000 to the fund upon joining. The group meets every other month to listen to one pitch, and each member then votes on whether to invest. When a majority votes “yes,” the company receives an investment of $25,000.

“Our first cohort was really excited about this opportunity to support startups in southern Indiana,” said Pat East, the Executive Director of The Mill. “So we started with a bigger pool to invest than we expected—$120,000—and we were able to invest quickly in some very promising startups.” Flywheel Fund is open to first-time investors and includes an educational component to support them in learning how the investment process works, what to look for in a pitch, and what to expect in terms of a return on the investment. 

“Flywheel Fund is committed to providing equitable access to critical startup capital,” East noted. “We’ve promised that at least 13% of our investments will be in companies with Black founding teams, and I’m proud that in our first year we exceeded that promise and invested 20%. Diversity is a matter of ethics, and it’s also a matter of economics. It’s simply better for our fund to invest in all the great ideas that could fuel our community’s future economy. When we’re inclusive about our approach, the possibilities for everyone are really limitless.”

The five companies who received investment are:

  • Stagetime, an online professional network for the performing arts
  • Civic Champs, an app for nonprofits that automates volunteer management
  • Boost, an app that helps students manage and meet assignment deadlines
  • Qualifi’s technology allows HR professionals to conduct very high volumes of phone interviews quickly
  • Flowaste’s data analytics provide cafeterias, restaurants, and individuals actionable insights on food waste patterns

The second cohort of Flywheel Fund starts April 1, 2021. Given the success of the first cohort, East expects the second cohort to be significantly larger in terms of members and the total investment pool. “Word is getting out about the high-quality startups we have in our region, and investors want to get in on that opportunity,” East said. “The Mill is thrilled to help grow resources for startups and a new pool of angels and investors.”

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Fast 15 Award Winners Share Stories of Success, pErseverance

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December 22, 2020

For more information, please contact:

Gretchen Knapp, Head of Marketing and Communications, The Mill, [email protected]

Bloomington, Ind.—

The Mill, Bloomington’s nonprofit center for entrepreneurship, announced the 2020 Fast 15 MVP award winners today, December 22.

“In a typical year, the Fast 15 Awards highlight businesses with exceptional revenue growth,” Executive Director Pat East explains. “But 2020 was anything but typical, so we decided to do things a little differently.” The Mill paused the business awards program. Instead, it added a new category for MVP individuals and solicited nominations from throughout the community. The 15 winners hold a variety of positions across very different businesses and organizations. All were nominated for their ingenuity, drive, and leadership in making things happen, no matter what the obstacles. “Especially in challenging times, these folks inspire us with their energy and their achievements,” East says. “And we need a little inspiration this year.”

The 2020 Fast 15 MVP award winners are:

  • Jennifer Borland, Director of Research Programs, Rockman et al
  • Kyle Caird, Global Visual Brand Manager, Cook Medical
  • Megan Cox, CEO, Genie Supply
  • Stephen Crane, Editor, Herald-Times
  • Kurtis Cummings, Founder & President, Switchyard Brewing Company
  • Cory Hawkins, Program Specialist, Banneker Center, City of Bloomington
  • Anne McCombe, Business Relationship Manager, MetroStar Systems
  • Jennie Moser, Opera Singer, Founder & CEO, Stagetime
  • Molly Nagy, Director of People Operations, Brainlabs
  • Dana Palazzo, Engineer, Chexology
  • Ben Swanson, Cofounder, Secretly Group
  • Becky Throckmorton, HR Manager and EEO Officer at Weddle Bros. Construction
  • Geng Wang, CEO and Cofounder, Civic Champs
  • Jason Whitney, Associate Vice President, IU Ventures, & Executive Director, IU Angel Network
  • Markay Winston, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, MCCSC

Each winner was asked to share how they personally found success in 2020. A common theme emerged of making a team or community impact. Tech CEO Geng Wang found great success for his business, but also found time to create a separate nonprofit. “The Helping Hands project was formed to assist seniors and immunocompromised individuals with everyday tasks that have become difficult due to the pandemic,” he says. “Although this project was not intended to generate revenues, I believed the project was crucial to stand in solidarity with the community and further form a tighter bond among employees wanting to make an impact. To date this philanthropic initiative has helped over 700 individuals across the Bloomington community.”

Winner Markay Winston of MCCSC notes, “There is no road map for this type of crisis. Our schools teach children with varying abilities and needs, and we had to quickly figure out how to provide meaningful learning opportunities over a computer for all students. . . The fact that we have given each other and ourselves just a little grace during this unpredictable journey is the real success of 2020!”

Cory Hawkins summed up her work simply: “I want to have an impact that my daughter and her generation can be proud of.”

To read all the stories from the winners, visit https://dimensionmill.org/fast15-awards/

The Mill’s mission is to spark Bloomington’s innovation economy by launching and accelerating startups, and its vision is to become Indiana’s center of gravity for entrepreneurship.

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2020 FUSE Business Innovation Award Winners Announced

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December 17, 2020

For more information, please contact:

Gretchen Knapp, Head of Marketing and Communications, The Mill, [email protected]  

Bloomington, Ind.—The Mill, Bloomington’s nonprofit center for entrepreneurship, announced the 2020 FUSE Business Innovation Awards today, December 17. The FUSE Awards recognize the accomplishments of both companies and individuals in Bloomington’s thriving technology and innovation scene.

“These innovation leaders drive growth in our entrepreneurial ecosystem and our local economy,” said Pat East, The Mill’s Executive Director. “Some of the 2020 winners, like Jeff Mease of One World Enterprises, have been bringing creative ideas to life for years. Others, like Megan Cox’s company Genie Supply, are bringing new energy, new talent, and whole new industries to south central Indiana. The Bloomington metro area is rich in experience and ingenuity, and we’re going to need both to fully recover from the economic repercussions of the pandemic.”

The 2020 winners are:

  • Bill & Gayle Cook Entrepreneur of the Year: Jeff Mease, One World Enterprises
  • Mentor of the Year (awarded to an outstanding role model who has advised and encouraged best practices in an early stage company’s growth): Cy Megnin, Velocities
  • Company of the Year (awarded to a company who exemplifies Bloomington’s values while achieving revenue and job growth): Catalent
  • Rising Star of the Year (awarded to a company with less than ten employees that has laid the foundation for future revenue and job growth): Genie Supply
  • Partner of the Year (awarded to an organization who directly impacts the success of The Mill and its members): Cook Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Community Leader Supporting Entrepreneurship & Innovation (awarded to an individual who proudly and unapologetically supports The Mill and its members with time, energy, and talent): Lynn Coyne
  • Newsworthy Event of the Year (voted by Mill members and awarded to an individual, corporation, or organization who best demonstrates through public relations that great things are happening in Bloomington: Catalent invests $50mm and hires 300 additional employees to support a COVID-19 vaccine

The Mill’s mission is to spark Bloomington’s innovation economy by launching and accelerating startups, and its vision is to become Indiana’s center of gravity for entrepreneurship. The FUSE Awards were founded by the Indiana SBDC (Small Business Development Center) in 2004. The Mill rebooted the awards and has been celebrating the community’s successes since 2017.

For a full list of all nominees and winners, visit https://dimensionmill.org/fuse-business-innovation-awards/

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Predictive Mood Software ShuffleMe Wins Business plan Competition

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December 15, 2020

For more information, please contact:

Gretchen Knapp, Head of Marketing and Communications, The Mill, [email protected] or 812-369-1399

Bloomington, Ind.—The Mill, Bloomington’s nonprofit center for entrepreneurship, announced that ShuffleMe was the winner of the inaugural Spark Business Plan Competition today, December 15. ShuffleMe is predictive mood software to help social media users monitor the impact of social media on their mood. The SaaS solution runs in the background, using facial recognition and emotional AI to gather data for users and their mental health providers. Founder Britain Taylor took home $2,500, which she says will be used to help make sure the software is multiplatform. Test pilots are already running now with several medical institutions.

The competition was open to entrepreneurs in the Bloomington-Columbus area, and sponsored by Duke Energy. Entries were scored by a panel of judges including investors and experts representing Elevate Ventures, IU Ventures, the Kelley School of Business, the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, Velocities, and Ivy Tech Community College.

Additional high scores were earned by: OurSafeQ, a virtual system to manage lines of waiting; Reezy, an app to help consumers easily save all digital and print receipts from any store; and WayZada, which creates custom 3-D works of art to memorialize outdoor achievements such as long distance runs.

The Mill’s mission is to spark Bloomington’s innovation economy by launching and accelerating startups, and its vision is to become Indiana’s center of gravity for entrepreneurship. For more information on the Spark competition, visit https://dimensionmill.org/business-plan-competition/

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The Mill Graduates First Cohort of Code School

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December 11, 2020

For more information, please contact:

Melissa Ward, Head of Partnerships and Initiatives, [email protected]

Bloomington, Indiana (December 11, 2020)—On Friday, December 11, the first cohort of The Mill Code School, powered by gener8tor, graduated in a virtual ceremony. Featured speakers include Mayor John Hamilton and Secretary Blair Milo, the State of Indiana’s first Secretary for Career Connections and Talent.

Funded in part through a $100,000 investment by the City of Bloomington, The Mill Code School was a 10-week free pilot program for Bloomington residents to gain entry-level coding skills, in order to access better employment options.  No prior experience or degrees were required. Participants could complete the program while also working full-time.

The Mill started brainstorming about the program June of 2020, in response to the economic challenges of COVID, and partnered with nationally ranked startup accelerator gener8tor to bring their ground-breaking upskilling programs to Bloomington. To find Code School students, The Mill and gener8tor worked together to spread the word, collaborate with local organizations, and conduct outreach. The pilot program quickly received about 140 applications for 40 slots, which were prioritized for participants who were unemployed or underemployed and not typically represented in tech jobs. Almost 30% of applicants were minorities, 20 applicants identified as immigrants, and 20 identified as LGBTQ+. Half the participants selected were women.

Over the course of the program, gener8tor team members guided participants through LinkedIn Learning Platform’s Software Developer modules related to core technologies for web development, software development, and databases.  In addition, Code School participants received technical, resume, and interview coaching; gained virtual access to a network of peers for support and community; attended lunch and learns; and received interview placement with companies ready to hire candidates with these skills. Gener8tor even went above and beyond the partnership contract and generously donated a Chromebook to a student in need. Secretary Milo praised the program for being “trailblazing” and commented, “This is such a perfect example of another way that Bloomington is continuing to lead the way in the world, with the collaboration you’ve brought together, and the skill set that graduates have learned to become  part of an emerging economy.”

Ivy Tech Community College also supported the program. Their Workforce Alignment Office volunteered for The Mill Code School Lunch & Learn series, and computer science instructors in the School of Information Technology donated hours of technical coaching.

Many of the participants finished the self-paced curriculum early. The program had an 80% retention rate (compared to the average 50% rate). Of the 40 original participants, 32 will graduate on Friday. Moreover, the program is reaching beyond those students. The Mill surveyed applicants who weren’t selected to join the program, and of those who responded, 20% have started the software development career track on their own; another 30% said they hadn’t started yet, but plan to.

The Mill and its partners supported participants in and outside of the program, addressing life obstacles and working on job placement. “Even once the curriculum is done and the participants have graduated, there’s still work to be done,” said Executive Director Pat East, “including the important work of finding funding and preparing for additional cohorts in 2021. We want to build on this success, grow Bloomington’s tech talent pool, and create more opportunities for more citizens to enter the digital economy.”

“We’re your long-term advocates,” gener8tor’s Cole Shearer told graduates during the virtual ceremony. Graduates will receive ongoing job postings; several graduates have already received offers or interviews.  “Each one of you is in a position to turn a page and start a new chapter in your life,” Mayor Hamilton noted.

The City of Bloomington’s investment in the pilot program of The Mill Code School is part of Recover Forward, Mayor John Hamilton’s initiative to rebuild Bloomington from the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic collapse in a way that more thoroughly embodies the community’s goals for racial equity, a sustainable and resilient economy, and climate action.

“We’re so proud of the first cohort of Code School graduates,” East said, “for their persistence, bravery, and engagement. We’re excited to see where they go from here.”

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gBETA Bloomington-Columbus Announces Its Inaugural Program

BLOOMINGTON/COLUMBUS, INDIANA – gBETA has announced its newest Indiana program Bloomington-Columbus in partnership with Velocities, The Mill and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. gBETA is nationally ranked accelerator gener8tor’s free, seven-week accelerator program for early stage startups with local roots. gBETA Bloomington-Columbus is an expansion of gBETA’s programming in Indiana, with previous expansions to Terre Haute and Ft. Wayne in 2020.

The program is slated to kick off in early March, 2021, and 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 gBETA program will work with five startups from the Velocities region, 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 in front of a captive audience of entrepreneurs, mentors, investors and community members. The Velocities-region community will be invited to attend, and the 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 interested in learning more should contact gBETA Indiana Director Geoff Zentz ([email protected]). For more information, visit https://www.gbetastartups.com/bloomington-columbus.

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About gener8tor
www.gener8tor.com

gener8tor’s turnkey platform for the creative economy connects startup founders, musicians, artists, investors, universities and corporations. The gener8tor platform includes pre-accelerators, accelerators, corporate programming, conferences and fellowships.

About gBETA
www.gBETAstartups.com

gBETA accelerates the growth of early-stage companies through its network-driven program. gBETA supports five teams per cohort and requires no fees and no equity. Since launching in 2015, gBETA program alumni have raised $111M+ in capital and created 1,000+ jobs across the U.S. and Canada.

About Velocities
https://velocitiesin.com/

Velocities is a partnership between The Mill of Bloomington, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, and Elevate Ventures. This partnership provides a wealth of resources to entrepreneurs and early stage companies. Starting and growing a business takes more than passion. It takes the support and resources that two of Indiana’s most inspiring and vibrant cities can offer. Let passion fuel your dreams. The partners of Velocities can provide funding, marketing support, business coaching, and professional resources to accelerate your success.

FAST 15 BUSINESS AWARD APPLICATIONS OPEN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 29, 2020

For more information, please contact:

Gretchen Knapp, Head of Marketing & Communications, The Mill, [email protected] or 812-369-1399.

Fast 15 Awards Recognize Business Growth, Outstanding Employees

Bloomington, Ind. – Applications have opened for the 2020 Fast 15 Business Awards. Now in their second year, the Fast 15 Business Awards showcase Monroe County’s 15 fastest-growing companies. New this year, the Fast 15 MVP Awards will celebrate 15 exceptional employees who help accelerate growth through unusual ability to get things done.

The Fast 15 Awards program is part of The Mill’s commitment to showcasing Bloomington’s thriving startup and business ecosystem. “There’s a symbiotic relationship between talent and business growth,” said Executive Director Pat East.  “Fast growth require access to a skilled workforce, and talented people look for exceptional opportunities. When we publicize our community’s success, we position Bloomington as a great place to grow businesses and careers. Growth attracts the investment and opportunity we’ll need to make a full economic recovery from COVID and lay the foundation for a prosperous future.”

More information and application links are available at The Fast 15 Awards. The deadline to apply is October 9. Winners will be announced and publicized through local media in late October.

Online applications for the awards take just a few minutes. Business owners apply for the Fast 15 Awards by submitting simple growth metrics (all financial details are kept confidential). For the MVP Award for exceptional employees, The Mill accepts employer, peer, and self-nominations. Employee nominees can be affiliated with any company, not just those applying for the business awards.

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The Mill Code School Currently Seeking Applications for Free Digital Skills Training

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 15, 2020

For more information, please contact:

Jane Kupersmith, Assistant Director for Small Business Development, City of Bloomington, [email protected] or 812-349-2418; or Melissa Ward,  Head of Initiatives and Partnerships, The Mill, [email protected] or 810-569-6502.

The Mill Code School Currently Seeking Applications for Free Digital Skills Training  

Bloomington, Ind. – Funded in part through a $100,000 investment by the City of Bloomington, The Mill Code School will begin instruction for its first cohort of up to 40 participants on October 5.  The 10-week pilot program will provide an opportunity for Bloomington residents to improve their digital skills, specifically in software development, to access better employment options.  No prior experience or degrees are required for participation. The deadline to apply for participation in the first cohort is September 20.  Subsequent sessions will be offered throughout 2021.  More information and registration are available at Mill Code School — gener8tor Upskilling

The City’s investment in The Mill Code School is part of Recover Forward, Mayor John Hamilton’s initiative to rebuild Bloomington from the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic collapse in a way that more thoroughly embodies our community’s goals for racial equity, a sustainable and resilient economy, and climate action.

“I’m thrilled that this partnership has come together so quickly during this critical period to equip our residents — particularly those unemployed or under-employed — with relevant skills for the new economy,” said Mayor John Hamilton.  “I encourage anyone to apply who wants to refresh their skill set to work toward a better paying job in the fast-growing local and national tech sector.”

With instruction offered through the nationally ranked startup accelerator gener8tor, The Mill Code School is a free 10-week program that can be completed while also working full-time. Over the course of the program, gener8tor team members will guide participants through the Software Developer learning modules related to core technologies for web development, software development, and databases.  In addition, The Mill Code School participants will receive coaching on resume and cover letter writing and interviewing; gain virtual access to a network of peers for support and community; and receive interview placement with companies ready to hire candidates with these skills.

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