Located downtown, Start Fort Wayne is building a thriving entrepreneur and high-growth tech community in northeast Indiana. Start Fort Wayne fosters startups by providing collaborative workspace (The Atrium) and educational programming.
Located at IPFW, the NIIC is one of the country’s top entrepreneurial resource centers and business incubators. The Innovation Center is the region’s “one-stop shop” for all entrepreneurial services: business development, access to capital, product innovation and commercialization services, marketing, research, training, mentoring, and coaching.
Brightpoint is a non-profit organization that helps communities, families, and individuals remove the causes and conditions of poverty. Serving the Northeast Indiana region, Brightpoint offers a variety of small business loan programs as well as business development services.
A program of Indiana Tech, C3 project teams help entrepreneurs, inventors, and innovators create successful companies. The Center links clients together with a team of experts for each project, including expert mentors from around the community and experienced faculty from its schools of Business, Engineering and Law.
The Community Development Corporation of Northeast Indiana (CDC) is a City of Fort Wayne sponsored non-profit that provides alternative financing options to new and existing small business owners.
Part venture capital fund and part entrepreneurial development partner, Elevate Ventures works to create sustainable cultures and infrastructure across Indiana that support the success of entrepreneurs.
Junior Achievement empowers young people to own their future economic success by enhancing the relevancy of education, including entrepreneurship skill development. JA programs expose students to basic business concepts and the skills that enable them to understand real-life economics.
Serving the east Allen County communities of Grabill, Harlan, Hoagland, Leo-Cedarville, Monroeville, New Haven, and Woodburn, NewAllen Alliance provides low interest business loans, facade grants, and business education grants for local employers and entrepreneurs.
Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides entrepreneurs expert guidance in a variety of areas including planning, government registration, market analysis, advertising, exports, government contracting, and more.
Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups is a free, national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Our local chapter hosts monthly coffee meet-ups for local entrepreneurs to present their startups to a thriving peer network of founders.
Our local chapter is platinum certified and has 50+ active mentors. SCORE offers free business mentoring, workshops, and numerous templates and tools for stating or growing a business.
The Women’s Economic Opportunity Center (WEOC) for Indiana is an Official Small Business Association (SBA) Women’s Business Center. WEOC offers timely and immediate assistance to women entrepreneurs at any stage in their venture path, from business idea and start-up through growth and expansion. WEOC was designed to understand and respond to the unique needs of women entrepreneurs.