Here are some other resources.
Here are great folks to talk to. There are many more groups, as well, though these are the largest we're aware of. To find another group, we recommend the Angel Capital Association and their membership directory.
- Angel Investors of Chicago
- Ann Arbor Angels
- Arch Angels (St. Louis)
- Bluegrass Angels (Lexington)
- Blue Tree Allied Angels (Pittsburgh)
- CORE Network (Toledo)
- Cornerstone Angels (Chicago)
- Grand Angels (Grand Rapids)
- Gravity Ventures (Indianapolis and Little Rock, AR)
- Great Lakes Angels (Detroit)
- HALO (Indianapolis)
- Hyde Park Angels (Chicago)
- Nashville Capital Network
- North Coast Angels (Cleveland)
- Ohio Tech Angels (Columbus)
- Queen City Angels (Cincinnati)
Looking for a place to call home? These facilities offer a variety of general business and startup-specific amenities and knowledge to help you get started.
- Cintrifuse - a downtown Cincinnati incubator/co-working space and community-building organization
- Hammon Innovation Center - supports technology focused businesses in northwest Indiana and the Chicago Southland area
- Indiana University Emerging Technologies Center - an Indianapolis incubator for healthcare companies
- Kentucky incubators - Kentucky supports a network of 11 incubators
- Purdue Research Parks - operates four incubators across Indiana
- Tech Nexus - technology collaboration incubator located in downtown Chicago
- Youngstown Business Incubator - Provides services to support technology-based economic development
While some have working space, these folks are more focused on providing specific sets of services (and in some case investments) to help brand, spanking new startups get off the ground.
- 10x Xelerator - 10-week program in Columbus that includes seed financing, mentors, and access to investors
- AlphaLab - Bi-annual, 20-week program that provides software companies with access to seed financing, mentors, and investors
- AlphaLab Gear - See AlphaLab, but for hardware and robotics
- Awesome, Inc - Not only offers a three-month accelerator program every summer, but also provides co-working space by day
- The Brandery - a Cincinnati-based, TechStars affiliated, 12-week program that includes seed financing, mentors, and access to investors (recently ranked as a top-10 seed accelerator nationally)
- Differential - Not really an accelerator, but they offer resources to help Cincinnati companies build their first product, sign their first customer, and more, extremely efficiently
- Excelerate Labs - Now TechStars Chicago, a top-tier accelerator based in Chicago
- Idea Foundry - Operates four separate accelerator programs in Pittsburgh, for healthcare/life sciences, entertainment/education, water technology, and social enterprise
- LaunchHouse - a public-private partnership that fosters entrepreneurial success and job creation through seed capital, education and innovation in the Cleveland area
- SproutBox - Bloomington-based accelerator offering product development, creative, and business expertise invested in startups in exchange for equity
Starting a SaaS/mobile company? There are tons of great development resources in the region, but here are some who love working with startups and work cheap (just don't tell them we said that).
- Developer Town - An Indianpolis-based development firm offering everything from engineering, design, application development, mobile, and tablet application development to venture coaching on topics ranging from agile software development, business strategy, and venture financing.
- Differential - This Cincinnati-based venture studio helps startups to fill any and all of the typical gaps in their teams, including web design, development, customer acquisition, and coaching around Lean Startup and customer validation.
- MindBox Studios - A design and development company in Cincinnati, specializing in social web applications, rapid prototyping, web-based software, mobile, and user experience design.
An alternative to incubators for those seeking lower service levels (and even lower costs), co-working locations are a great alternative for 1- and 2-person startups who want to get out of their basement. These folks fly a little under the radar, so let us know if we're missing any.
- 1871 (Chicago)
- Awesome, Inc (Lexington)
- The Bureau (Indianapolis)
- CoLab (Nashville)
- hub83 (Chicago)
- Launch Fishers (Fishers)
- MatchBOX (Lafayette, IN)
- Platform 53 (Cincinnati)
- Quirk (Columbus)
- The Salt Mines (Columbus)
- Seed (Toledo)
- The Speak Easy (Indianapolis)
- Tech Brewery (Ann Arbor)
State and regional innovation and entrepreneurship programs
Across the midwest, state and local governments and non-profit organizations have created a programs to support entrepreneurs with both funding and a variety of services. For the most up-to-date descriptions of their offerings, check out their websites.
- Accelerant (West Central Ohio)
- Ann Arbor SPARK (Southern Michigan)
- CincyTech (Southwest Ohio)
- Indiana Economic Development Corporation
- Jumpstart and Nortech (Northeast Ohio)
- Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
- Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation
- Ohio Department of Economic Development
- Ohio Third Frontier
- Regional Growth Partnership and Rocket Ventures (Northwest Ohio)
- Tech Town (Detroit)
- rev1 Ventures (Central Ohio)
- TechGROWTH Ohio (Southeast Ohio)
Regional Venture Fairs
These can be a great place to meet investors and other entrepreneurs. Two of our favorites are
Other Industry Information Resources
Here's a collection of random other places you might find some helpful info.
- Biz Journals - provides business information on various local markets via daily emails and online resources
- Comparably Equity Calculator - see how much equity you should be giving your employees
- Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation - a foundation devoted to increasing innovation and entrepreneurship
- Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Northern Kentucky University - offers graduate and undergraduate academic and outreach programs in entrepreneurship
- Fisher College of Business (Ohio State) Center for Entrepreneurship - supports academic research, education, and community engagement in entrepreneurship
- Michigan Venture Capital Association - The MVCA works to bring together venture capital industry participants in the state of Michigan, including venture firms, angel investors, and entrepreneurial infrastructure participants
- National Venture Capital Association - NVCA is the venture capital industry's source for advocacy, networking, professional development, and reliable and timely information; they also have some Frequently Asked Questions
- Startup Economics Calculator from SmartAsset - lets you see how various events throughout the life of your company impact your ultimate economics