The Crossroads Mission

helping indiana startups thrive

A Statewide Search for Innovation

The Crossroads Pitch Competition showcases Indiana’s best and brightest entrepreneurs. It’s about building up Indiana’s entrepreneurial scene by creating a path to success for early stage startups.

In addition, Crossroads Collegiate, a new event in 2021, now brings this experience exclusively to Hoosier college and university students.

Competitors have a chance to win thousands in cash & in-kind prizes, and perhaps more importantly, they also gain exposure to potential talent, mentors, investors, and customers.

Crossroads attracts competitors from across the entire state of Indiana‚ÄĒand we’re intentional about that. Partner organizations across Indiana and friends like Elevate Ventures and Flywheel Fund refer startups to Crossroads, and we hope you will, too.

We are committed to increasing diversity in our contestants and judges. In 2020, our final four included two women and two Black entrepreneurs. Crossroads is for all innovators!

startups

Judges

Finalists

Winner

The Impact of Crossroads

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 ‚ÄĒ professionally and personally.

Jennie Moser, CEO, Stagetime

Event History

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2017

pre-qual launch

The Mill hosts a regional pre-qualification event for a statewide competition in Indianapolis called inX3.

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2018

regional expansion

The pre-qual for inX3 attracts 12 regional startups; The Mill opens the doors on its new facility in November.

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2019

state expansion
rebrand to Crossroads

The Mill expands its event into a statewide pitch competition, now known as Crossroads.

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2020

virtual event fuels growth

Crossroads goes virtual and attracts nearly 50 applicants from all over the state.
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2021

Crossroads Platform launches

The Mill offers new service to help regions and cities create and execute their own pitch competitions.

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2021

Crossroads Collegiate launches

The Mill creates a state-wide collegiate competition to showcase rising star entrepreneurial talent from Indiana’s colleges and universities.

Host Your Own Pitch Competition!

YWith our Crossroads Platform, you can run a pitch competition without the headache and hassle of starting from scratch. Our dedicated and proven staff will handle the details, while the flexibility of the platform allows you to design a competition that aligns with your goals. Fuel and support your entrepreneurial ecosystem! 

Sponsors

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