NIIC is piloting a new program in four designated communities, expanding access to entrepreneurs in their “own backyards”. Three imperative components of our program include:

Community-Based and Led

A Champion within each region will lead the Catalyze Program in collaboration with the NIIC Collective.

Startups Access

Through a partnership with NEXT Studios, startups and small businesses will have access to events, workshops, and tactics for innovative entrepreneurship.

Customized to Community

NIIC will host listening sessions in each region to identify its specific innovation and entrepreneurial needs. NIIC will use those learnings to develop tailored tools and support for each community as part of NIIC’s Entrepreneurship for ALL Initiative.

4 Community Champions

Our four Catalyze Northeast Indiana Champions are piloting the program in their communities. If you live in these communities, contact them today.


Isaac Lee
Executive Director
Steuben County EDC


Heather Cruz
Executive Director
Manchester Alive


Alan Tio
Kosciusko EDC

Southeast Allen County

Dr. Andrea Robinson
Director – Community Development
City of Fort Wayne

The Don Wood Foundation, Summit City Entrepreneur and Enterprise District (SEED), and NIIC fund the Catalyze Northeast Indiana Pilot Program.


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