Venture Hub Entrepreneur Grant Announced


Fort Wayne, March 1, 2024 — If you operate a small business or entrepreneurial start-up, consider yourself in the running for a $1,500 grant opportunity through the Fort Wayne-based Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC).

The application period for the NEIN Venture Hub $1,500 Entrepreneur Grant opens Friday, March 1, and will close at 11:59 pm on Friday, March 15. The applications can be found on the NIIC’s Venture Hub site at NEIN Venture Hub.

The NEIN Venture Hub opened last November in response to need expressed from across this part of Indiana for an online “entrepreneurial ecosystem” to serve needs of new and aspiring businesses. It has over 80 resources for entrepreneurs. The Venture Hub platform is designed to help start, launch, and develop businesses as a “one-stop shop” for developmental tools, knowledge, and support. It is powered by the Economic Impact Catalyst, a nationwide network that “focuses on data-driven insights and solutions drawn from the voices of small businesses.”

Venture Hub’s grant program is part of the NIIC’s “Entrepreneurship for All” initiative, which offers free developmental resources to new business ventures across this part of the state, through networking opportunities, workshops and other learning events, multi-media training offerings, and one-on-one mentoring Venture Hub is also seeking partnerships with established businesses to augment what it offers to entrepreneurs and new businesses.


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