Bridging the Gap between Startup and Success

Innovation and hard work are in our community’s DNA.

Sweetwater originated in a Volkswagen Bus. Vera Bradley was founded in a basement. Do it Best Corp. sprang from a Fort Wayne resident’s vision and hustle. Now, all three are multi-million-dollar companies and are among Allen County’s top employers.

The Bridge Program creates a unique support system to help founders flourish. It’s the business community banding together to build the next generation of homegrown success stories.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Established companies (Bridge Investors) sponsor entrepreneurs’ GFW Inc. membership dues for five years
  2. Entrepreneurs receive all the benefits of a GFW Inc. investor, including:
    • Networking events for vital business community collisions and leads
    • Investor-only discounts to save cash
    • Free access to our conference rooms for brainstorming sessions and key meetings
    • Plus special business- and skill-focused coaching, tailored just for founders
  3. Allen County’s entrepreneurial ecosystem gets stronger, spurred by connections between startups and established companies

Thanks to our founding Bridge Investor companies:

First Source Bank. Logo.
Ambassador Enterprises. Logo.
Carson L. L. P. Logo.
Deister. Logo.
Elevatus Architecture. Logo.
Mad Ants of Fort Wayne. Logo.
Hagerman. Logo.
J. P. Morgan Chase and Company. Logo.
Ortho Northeast. Logo.
Parkview Health. Logo.
Ridge NAPA. Logo.
STAR Bank, Insurance, and Private Advisory. Logo.
Summit City Chevrolet. Logo.
Sweetwater. Logo.
Wells Fargo. Logo.