The Mill isn’t just a singular vision. It’s a project that’s been over ten years in the making. The Mill is supported through a variety of funders, individuals, entrepreneurs, and organizations all working together in order to make The Mill the center of innovation for Bloomington and Greater Indiana. Here are some of the organizations that we’re proud to have partnered with in order to make The Mill a reality:
IU Philanthropic Venture Fund
The Philanthropic Venture Fund was established in 2017 by the IU Research and Technology Corporation (IURTC) and the IU Foundation to help achieve one of the university’s Bicentennial Priorities, Building a Prosperous and Innovative Indiana. Managed by IURTC, the fund aims to bridge the gap in the startup funding continuum by making equity investments in high-potential early-stage companies with IU ties. IU has committed $15 million to the fund, with the goal of raising another $35 million from alumni and supporters of the university. The proceeds from successful investments will be returned to the fund, where they will be used to support more new companies.
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.
Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship
This micro-lending program can provide up to $10,000 to help businesses start, grow and expand. The Cook Center for Entrepreneurship will assist prospective startups with business and financial plan developments in order to prepare them to apply for these micro-loans at First Financial Bank.
VisionTech Partners & VisionTech Angels
VisionTech Partners and VisionTech Angels are committed to advancing Indiana’s innovation ecosystem by mentoring and investing in promising startup companies and technologies with the potential of delivering significant return to our investors and the marketplace at large. Our goal is to bridge the gap between early stage funding and other investment rounds.