B-Start will kick off 2019 Program with Applications Opening on August 26
B-Start, a 5-month startup pre-accelerator program for high-growth startups in Bloomington, will open applications for its program on Monday, August 26. Designed to help launch innovation-driven enterprises and create new jobs in the community, B-Start will again open its program to all Bloomington residents, along with students. The 5-month program includes mentorship, consultations with local experts, business development workshops, and a pitch competition.
B-Start has graduated 27 companies through the program since it launched as an initiative of the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) in 2015. Several of the graduating companies have participated in other business pitch competitions, formal accelerator programs, and raised additional capital. In addition to expanding the program to non-students, B-Start will also have a renewed focus on customer building and lean business models. The program will also add programming and the opportunity for financial assistance after the conclusion of the program to encourage continued development of the business after the program ends.
“B-Start gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to engage with the local business community and learn first-hand about how to build the foundation for a successful business in Bloomington,” said Anne McCombe, former Project Manager of the BEDC. “We have great momentum in our entrepreneurial ecosystem. It’s an exciting time to be a startup in Bloomington.”
In 2016, B-Start was named a finalist for the University Economic Development Association (UEDA)’s Award of Excellence in the category of Innovation + Talent. To learn more about B-Start or to apply visit www.b-start.org.
The Bloomington Economic Development Corp. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the retention, development and attraction of quality jobs in Monroe County. It is led by a partnership of private industry leaders, the City of Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington.
Ellyn Sallee, Project/Development Manager, BEDC