Our Partners

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 Ventures


IU Ventures provides a compelling way for IU alumni, faculty, students and friends of IU to help write the next chapter of the IU success story via their investment and involvement with IU-affiliated ventures. The IU Philanthropic Venture Fund is an evergreen fund that invests in high-potential, early stage companies founded or led by IU alumni or faculty members. The IU Angel Network is comprised of high net worth individuals who are affiliated with IU and who have a shared interest in making investments in and supporting IU-affiliated startup companies.

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B-Start LogoB-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.

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Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship

First Financial Bancorp and Ivy Tech’s Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship have partnered to create a micro-lending program benefiting small businesses.

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.

For more information, please contact the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship.

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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.

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Velocities is a joint partnership between The Mill, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, and Elevate Ventures.

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