For students at Indiana University Bloomington and Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington who have an idea for a technology-related business — and want to take it to the next level — there is now B-Start.
Launched by the Bloomington Economic Development Corp. and supported in part by Innovate Indiana, it involves a four-week program in which six to 10 startup businesses will be selected for a series of mentorship and coaching sessions, consultations, informational programs and a pitch day in which startups will compete for prizes based on various scoring criteria.
“B-Start will give students a space to get serious about their startup idea and begin to test its viability in the marketplace,” said BEDC Project Manager Dana Palazzo. “As these students grow with their business, they’ll gain the knowledge and connections to the resources here in Bloomington, and hopefully be inspired to stay in the area and continue their development.”
The program will accept applications from Aug. 1 to Aug. 28, followed by a round of interviews with B-Start staff. The first B-Start session begins Sept. 14, with six to 10 startup ideas ultimately selected.
Additional information about B-Start is available here: