Crossroads Pitch

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Put Your Startup on the Map!

Compete at Crossroads, and you join an illustrious roster of alumni founders. Investors, mentors, and talent take notice. Innovation meets opportunity at Crossroads.

The highest-scoring contestant will win a $10,000 investment from Flywheel Fund.

You don’t have to win Crossroads to gain from the experience and exposure. Your story starts here.

The Pitch Competition for Indiana’s Brightest Stars

Here at The Mill, we’re on a mission to launch and accelerate startups. Crossroads attracts Indiana’s rising talent and charts a course to success for early-stage startups. Join us—to pitch, judge, sponsor, or watch the finals—and see what the excitement is about!

ELIGIBILITY

Crossroads is open to any Indiana-based pre-seed or seed startup with less than $250K in ARR. If you are a tech or tech-enabled startup, be bold and apply.

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PROCESS

Contestants are judged by a panel of experts in entrepreneurship, investment, and business. Check out the judging criteria, and be sure to read our tips & tricks on how to prepare!

PRIZES

The winner will receive a $10K  investment (SAFE Note) from Flywheel Fund. To be eligible for this prize all startups must have a Qualified Indiana Business (QIB) Certification.

CONNECTION

Crossroads puts your startup on the map! Get in front of potential investors, mentors, talent, and customers! The journey starts here.

Countdown to Spring 2024 Finals!

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SPRING 2024 TIMELINE

January 15: Applications open

February 14: Applications close

February 16: Crossroads QIB Workshop / Flywheel Q&A

March 4-8: Semifinalists pitch on Zoom

March 22: Finalists pitch live at The Mill in Bloomington

March 23: Final day for QIB application submissions

The Impact of Crossroads

CHARLIE EDMONDS, CEO, POCKET

It was an absolute honor to participate in and win the pre-seed finals of the Crossroads Pitch Competition. The process gifted me the ability to learn from amazing judges and participants, immerse myself in the thriving entrepreneurship community in Southern Indiana, and share my world of Pocket Methods, LLC with a wide audience. With the pre-seed funding from Crossroads, I am now accelerating my goals for development, piloting in schools, and gaining much needed legal access. I am filled with gratitude for this opportunity.

KEVIN CELISCA, CEO & COFOUNDER, INTEGRATE SCHOOL

I am deeply honored and incredibly grateful to accept the prestigious Crossroads seed award. The unwavering support extended to us by the Mill and Flywheel Fund for Indiana startups is truly unparalleled and unlike anything I have ever experienced in any other state. My team and I now have the fuel we need to propel our company to new heights. The level of dedication and encouragement we have received from this community is nothing short of inspiring. Their belief in our vision and their willingness to invest in our potential is a testament to the transformative impact our company aims to make.

JAMES DONAHUE, CEO & FOUNDER, REPROHEALTH TECHNOLOGIES

The team at ReproHealth Technologies is proud to have been selected as winners of the Crossroads competition. We are honored to be part of a diverse group of startup companies, all bringing novel innovation to the state of Indiana. We are especially happy that The Mill will be part of our company going forward with its investment. 

ANNA DORRIS, CEO, EVEREWEAR

The support from The Mill and Flywheel Fund for Indiana startups has been incredible to witness, and I am so glad to now be a part of the ecosystem. The cash prize allows for Everewear to further our pre-seed raise and gets us one step closer to moving sustainable fashion forward. 

JESSICA BUSSERT, CEO, WAVE THERAPEUTICS

The Crossroads competition brings in great companies from across the state, and I’m honored to be selected as the winner. We’re working on a life-saving technology to prevent bedsores, and it’s gratifying to know that the judges understand and support the work we’re doing. We’ve been a part of The Mill for several years, and we appreciate the support we get there and from the Indiana business community.

RILEY ELLINGSEN, CEO, HEARSIGHT

We’re proud to have been selected as the winners of the Crossroads pre-seed track, amongst an impressive and diverse group of startups. The feedback we received from each round of the competition was invaluable, and the cash award gets us closer to our target for unlocking our next product development milestone. We’re excited to be one step closer to creating a more accessible world for people who are hard of hearing and/or d/Deaf and incredibly grateful for Crossroads’ support of this mission.

STUART LOWRY, COFOUNDER, ARCTICRX

We are beyond grateful for the opportunity this affords ArcticRx. It’s really satisfying for others to understand the change this product can bring across the globe, and we can’t thank The Mill enough for their part in the future of #VaccineEquity. The Mill has done a tremendous job fostering a spirit of camaraderie in the Hoosier community of entrepreneurs and change makers. We hope all the participants find paths for success.

ELLIE SYMES, CO-FOUNDER, THE BEE CORP

Crossroads Pitch Competition came at a great time. We had just finished our first season deploying the product, and it was great to have this win on the tail end of our product launch. Every company hits an inflection point where they transition from competing in competitions to competing for customers for big checks. Crossroads ended up being the last competition we needed to rocket our company into the competing for customers phase!

JENNIE MOSER, CEO, STAGETIME

I can’t overstate how positively Crossroads changed the trajectory of the end of the year (and the first full year of Stagetime!). The non-dilutive prize money allowed me to move to Stagetime full-time before I had originally planned, and even more importantly, it gave me the confidence and ability to seize the opportunity to bring one of my most valuable contractors onto Stagetime full-time. These two items have changed my day-to-day dramatically — professionally and personally.

JACKSON BOLEK, CEO, UTILIZ

We’re absolutely thrilled, and our team is excited to be developing software that will change how utilities look at their infrastructure. Utilities of all sizes need access to cutting-edge tools at a price point they can afford, and we believe that we’re equipped to deliver those tools later this spring.

 

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