Crossroads Pitch

Competition

New! Two tracks for seed and pre-seed.

Two sets of finalists. Two winners!

Win a $10,000 or $20,000 investment from Flywheel Fund, plus insider access to mentors, in-kind services, and priority consideration to pitch for $20,000 or $80,000 more at Nexus Regional Pitch Competition!

Put Your Startup on the Map!

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

This year we’ve got separate tracks for pre-seed and seed, to level the playing field and create more winners. The highest-scoring pre-seed and seed contestants win $10,000 or $20,000 investment from Flywheel Fund, plus priority consideration to pitch at the prestigious Nexus Regional Pitch Competition for $20,000 or $80,000 more.

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

Want to apply but need to fix up your pitch deck? Pre-register! We’ll remind you before the deadline.

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 startup with less than $250K in ARR. Apply to the seed track if you have a product or MVP, apply to the pre-seed track if you don’t. Be bold!

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PROCESS

Contestants are judged by a panel of experts in entrepreneurship, investment, and busines. Be sure to read our tips & tricks on how to prepare!

PRIZES

The pre-seed winner takes home a $10,000 investment from Flywheel Fund, plus a suite of in-kind startup services, and priority consideration to pitch at Nexus Regional Pitch for up to $80,000 more!

CONNECTION

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

Deadline to Apply

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TIMELINE

August 1: applications open

September 2, midnight: deadline to apply

September 12-16: round 1 scoring

September 16: semifinalists notified

Week of September 26: semifinalists pitch live on Zoom

October 12: finalists pitch live at The Mill

The Impact of Crossroads

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.

 

Thank you to Indiana’s startup champions!

Supporting Sponsors

Elevate Ventures
Old National Bank
Old National Bank
Elevate Ventures
Old National Bank
Old National Bank
Old National Bank
Old National Bank

Congratulations to Utiliz, the Crossroads Spring 2022 winner!

Spring 2022 finalists: NanoBio Designs | Paradise Spreads | Utiliz | WayZada