Indiana claims first comprehensive portal for entrepreneurs
ConnectIND was launched last week to support founders and small business owners throughout their entrepreneurial journey, from ideation to growth and maturation.
ConnectIND is billed as the first portal of its kind to provide comprehensive, statewide resources designed to connect current and aspiring entrepreneurs to the right resources at the right time.
Announced last week by Indiana Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers, the site was built in partnership with Baltimore-based company EcoMap and is designed to support founders and small business owners throughout their entrepreneurial journey, from ideation to growth and maturation. The portal, which was developed and will be maintained by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), is the first of its kind statewide listing of resources, programs, and services for entrepreneurs, providing visitors with curated connections to Indiana’s robust network of support organizations, mentors, accelerators, capital opportunities, space, licensing and permitting, community connection and more.
ConnectIND also offers a matching tool and a dedicated, statewide team of ecosystem navigators through the Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to help entrepreneurs narrow in on the right tools for them.
Indiana was recently ranked as the #1 State to Start a Business by Forbes and as a Global Top 40 Emerging Ecosystem by Startup Genome, while six of the state’s cities were named among the 2022 Best Startup Cities in the Midwest with Indianapolis ranking #3.