Crossroads Pitch

Competition

Congratulations to heARsight and Wave Therapeutics, the winners of Crossroads Fall 2022!

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Congratulations to heARsight, the Crossroads Fall 2022 pre-seed winner!

Fall 2022 pre-seed finalists: BeautyAround | Dynamic House | heARsight | Soloist

Congratulations to Wave Therapeutics, the Crossroads Fall 2022 seed winner!

Fall 2022 seed finalists: Juke | Plantennas | Quiptu | Wave Therapeutics

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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.

Countdown to Apply to the Spring 2023 Competition!

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TENTATIVE SPRING 2023 TIMELINE

February 10, 2023: applications open

March 15: applications close

May 15: finals live at The Mill

The Impact of Crossroads

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. We’ve seen a noticeable uptick in traction since winning. We’ve had increased interest from angels (some of whom we met at Crossroads) and are receiving inbound leads and opportunities from the Crossroads PR. 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.

 

Thank you to Indiana’s startup champions!

Supporting Sponsors

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

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!