2021 Pitch Process

Twenty of Indiana’s best startups have been nominated by local investors and will compete in a preliminary judging to bring the top ten finalists to the Showcase Stage! 

Startups were nominated using the following criteria:

  • Based in Indiana
  • Have raised no more than $5mm in outside dilutive capital since formation (either through issuance of debt or equity securities; grants and the like do not count)
  • Must have a bona fide expectation of raising follow on capital within the next 12 months
  • Must have received an investment (cash or growth resources) from the nominating Investor (preferably the Investor should be on the cap table) 
  • Cannot have placed in the top 3 at any prior Innovation Showcase

Plan to attend Indiana’s premier event for investors and capital sources to connect with fundable “game changing” companies.  Companies, business executives, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs from the Midwest will attend the event to celebrate Indiana’s brightest and best startups!   Will YOU be there?

20 Companies competing – 10 Finalists pitching on the Innovation Showcase Stage!

2021 Nominated Companies

Adipo Therapeutics
Atlas Solutions
Civic Champs
Digital Leader Academy
EZ Chow
Gitta Sitta
Krishi Diagnostics
Menstrual Mates
Smart Guided Systems
Stamus Networks
The Juice
What Friends Do

Nominating Indiana Investors

IU (IU Ventures)
Purdue (Foundry, Purdue Ventures)
High Alpha

“How do you build a Game Changing Company that Revolutionized an Entire Industry?”

2020 Innovation Showcase Pitch Winner
Mito Materials

Looking for inspiration for your pitch? Trying to see what the competition might be like? Interested in up and coming businesses? 

The Innovation Showcase Judging Rubric