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October 7th, 2019

Elevate Nexus Now Accepting Regional Pitch Competition Applications

Startups will compete for multiple pre-seed and seed investments

Indianapolis, Ind. — Starting today Elevate Ventures is accepting applications for the first Elevate Nexus Regional Pitch Competitions. The pitch competitions will be held biannually in February and October and will offer startups, preferably those engaged with Elevate Nexus partnered colleges and universities, the opportunity to secure foundational capital needed to launch their businesses.

Launched in July 2019, Elevate Nexus provides programming and funding to higher education institutions, communities and the entrepreneurs they engage.

Elevate Nexus Pitch Competitions will be organized into pre-seed and seed classes. Each region will be eligible for three pre-seed ($20,000 investment) and two seed ($80,000 investment) winners. Finalists will have 10 minutes each to pitch to their respective regional judging panel, consisting of Elevate Ventures officials. Each winner will be considered an Elevate Ventures’ portfolio business and will have access to Elevate’s network of advisors and resources.

The first Regional Pitch Competitions are set for the last week of October 2019. Applications will be accepted from October 7-18. Finalists will be selected on October 21 and invited to attend the Pitch Competition in their region. Regions are defined as Northern, Central and Southern Indiana.

Regional Pitch Competition dates and locations:

More details and eligibility requirements can be found here. To apply, go to and select “Elevate Nexus Pre-Seed and Seed Awards” from the topic dropdown. The deadline to apply is 11:59 PM EST on Friday, October 18, 2019.

Winners of regional awards will be invited to pitch during an annual statewide Pitch Competition within the same category of the regional award they won. To stay up-to-date on future competitions, deadline reminders, and program updates, sign up for the Elevate Nexus newsletter.

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