All participants in the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) B-Start pre-accelerator program are subject to these terms and conditions, and by participating agree to these terms and conditions:

  1. The B-Start program is a voluntary program to assist Indiana University students and Ivy Tech students learn about the Bloomington entrepreneurial ecosystem and to develop ideas for startups.  As a participant, you agree to discuss your ideas voluntarily and you understand and agree that BEDC assumes no responsibility to ensure confidentiality of any information disclosed during the program.

  2. You understand that on occasion photos and videos may be taken and you release and agree to the use of your image in these photos or videos by BEDC.

  3. You agree that your will hold BEDC and its employees, members, officers, directors, contractors, mentors, volunteers, sponsors, judges, speakers and others involved in the B-Start program harmless from any liability that might arise out of your participation in the program, including costs, expenses and attorney fees, and you waive and release them from any loss, injury or damage liability of any nature.

  4. BEDC will be the final authority in interpreting any terms and conditions.

  5. BEDC may terminate, cancel, suspend or modify the B-Start program in any way or any participant’s participation in the program at any time without notice or explanation.

  6. If more that one participant participates in B-Start and is awarded a prize or honorarium, it will be divided equally among the participants in the project.

Program participation requirements:

  1. The 2017-2018 B-Start Program will run for approximately 22 weeks starting with the on-boarding meeting taking place the week of October 9 and concluding with Demo Day the week of March 5.

  2. Participants are required to live in Bloomington/Monroe County throughout the duration of the program.

  3. Participants are required to attend six of the eight workshops. Four out of the six mandatory workshops must be attended in person. Two of the six mandatory workshops may be attended via Skype.

  4. Participants are required to meet with their mentor throughout the duration of the program as arranged by the mentor and participant. 

  5. It is also strongly recommended that participants attend the cohort pizza nights.