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Trine among Elevate Ventures grant recipients

INDIANAPOLIS — Today, Dec. 20, Elevate Ventures announced the 2019 Elevate Nexus Higher-Education Grant recipients. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), University of Notre Dame, Purdue University and Trine University — each received $50,000 to launch and improve entrepreneurship programming within their university and community.

“We are excited to award our first set of higher-education grants and are eager to watch them amplify their entrepreneurial programming,” said Chris LaMothe, CEO of Elevate Ventures. “Universities play a vital role in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Indiana, and the more they focus on entrepreneurial programming, the more entrepreneurs we will see emerge.”

Grant proposals were due on Oct. 7 and were required to include language on how the higher-education institution will locate, cultivate and educate innovation-driven entrepreneurs; how the community will be engaged; and how the programming will continue beyond the life of the grant. Grant recipients were selected by Elevate Ventures and Elevate Nexus leadership.

Below are summaries of the proposals:

  • IUPUI: Establish a Center for Student Innovation. This central entity will market various efforts on campus to students and faculty and facilitate engagement.
  • Notre Dame: Amplify The Race to Revenue program, which is modeled after top accelerators, and provides startups with a mentor infrastructure, weekly coaching meetings and a concluding Demo Day.
  • Purdue University: Amplify Purdue Foundry’s Double Down program, which is designed to tackle a startup’s unique challenges and enable it to rapidly grow and scale through direct business consulting and mentorship.
  • Trine University: Establish an incubator of intellectual ideation and amplify student and community entrepreneurial programming.

Elevate Nexus Higher Education Grants are made possible through a partnership with the U.S. Economic Development Administration. A total of $200,000 will be granted annually over the next three years. The funding will enable higher-education institutions to launch or improve programming in order to grow startups across Indiana.

Moving forward Elevate Ventures will begin accepting applications from higher education institutions in April.

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About Elevate Ventures

Elevate Ventures is a private venture development organization that nurtures and develops emerging and existing high-growth businesses into high-performing, Indiana-based companies. Elevate Ventures accomplishes this by providing access to capital, rigorous business analysis and robust advisory services that connect companies with the right mix of resources businesses