B-Start is a pre-accelerator program designed for high-growth startups that want to launch in Bloomington, Indiana.

B-Start participants are at the earliest stage of their business development and are coached through a 5-month process of mentorship and group activities to build a foundation for accelerating the growth of their startups.
For the 2018-2019 B-Start cohort, all group workshops will take place on Tuesdays, from 5:30-6:30pm. 
Each startup that is accepted into the B-Start program will be paired with a mentor who is a local successful entrepreneur or investor. The mentorship is one of the most important facets of the program. Since the mentor will work closely with the startup throughout the duration of the program, mentors are the selection committee to determine who is accepted into the program


Pat East- Hanapin Marketing

CEO of Hanapin Marketing since 2013, also the founder of Hero Conf and PPC Hero.

Chris Martoglio- Blue Burro

Co founder & COO of Blue Burro since 2010 and was previously the President of The Contract Management Company from 1997-2010.

Shaun McDermott- Cornerstone

 Chief Financial Officer at Cornerstone since 2006 and the Chief Commercial Officer at Cornerstone since 2015. Was the member/president of Chocolate Moose from 2012-2013.

Brad Wisler- Periodic

Co founder/CEO of Periodic since 2013, co founder and managing member of SproutBox since 2008, co founder and board member of Visible since 2012, and the co founder and designer of Wolfsen Apparel since 2012.

Teri Willey- VC

Executive Director of the IU Philanthropic Venture Fund since March 2018, Advisor for OnCode International since March 2018, Advisor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory since March 2018, and Vice President for Business Development and Technology Transfer since 2013.



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Anne McCombe

Project Manager, BEDC