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Emerging Entrepreneur Launch Night

October 16, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Community Ideation Fund
Launch Night

+ Fortitude Fund Social

Community Ideation Fund Powered by Elevate Ventures

See the announcement of our first three Emerging Entrepreneurs while helping them launch into their next stage of business! The Community Ideation Fund invests in entrepreneurs to the tune of $5,000 to $20,000; this particular announcement includes three Fortitude Founders, who earlier this year, received community, mentors, and money to launch and grow their business.

Fortitude Fund Social

The Emerging Entrepreneur Launch Night coincides with the next Fortitude Fund Social which means you get to connect and collaborate with other Northeast Indiana entrepreneurs while enjoying drinks and appetizers.

Whether you are brand new or a seasoned business veteran, you will find yourself surrounded by a supportive community of peers who want to see you achieve your vision.

Join on Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30 PM at Wunderkammer Company.


  • Community with Northeast Indiana Entrepreneurs
  • Tasty Appetizers from Local Caterers
  • Beer & Wine + Soft Drinks (we are family friendly)
  • Delicious Cookies by Cookie Cottage

See the Emerging Entrepreneurs Launch!

Learn who the first three Emerging Entrepreneurs are, hear their stories, and see how you can take their businesses to the next level. And who knows, maybe you'll be the next Emerging Entrepreneur!

Connect & Be in Community

Connect with your peer entrepreneurs and mentors in the Fortitude Fund community. Share stories, network, and collaborate!

Learn About Regional Entrepreneurial Programs

Learn about the Fortitude Fund grant program for bold, inventive entrepreneurs as well as the Emerging Entrepreneur fund, both brought to you elevate northeast indiana.

What is the Community Ideation Fund?

Fueled by Elevate Ventures, the Community Ideation Fund is a statewide fund specifically created to help ideation-stage high-potential companies move closer to a specific, measurable technology or product development milestone through an investment between $5,000 and $20,000. Eligible applicants include Indiana-based companies with headquarters in communities/regions under a partnership with Elevate Ventures and with no more than $50,000 in trailing revenue over the past 12-month period. Elevate has designated up to $200,000 per community over the next three years. The funding is sourced through the Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s 21st Century Technology and Research Fund.


Additional Information*

  • The funding is provided by Elevate Ventures as an investment from their $200,000 Community Ideation Fund set aside for northeast indiana start-up/early-stage investment to feed entrepreneurial momentum.
  • The original source is the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC)’s 21st Century Technology and Research Fund.
  • elevate northeast indiana is calling the recipients of the fund, Emerging Entrepreneurs.

Fortitude Founder Stories

Who Could be the Next Emerging Entrepreneur?

As a self-published author of two books and a long-time blogger, Ciara Jiminez is familiar with the process of writing and publishing a book. She wants to help people in their writing ventures by providing the editing, publishing, and marketing an up and coming author needs. With a micro-grant from Fortitude, Ciara can begin to launch the publishing process and help others achieve their writing dreams.

Ciara Jiminez

For the past year and a half, Raul (32) has been working to build his inspirational clothing brand called Change Your Fate. With a background in graphic design, Raul creates designs for his tshirts that share a simple message: take a risk, do your best work, and change your fate. A micro-grant through Fortitude will enable this new company to invest in social media marketing that will grow their exposure and increase sales.

Raul PerezChange Your Fate

Dylan Caldwell, through virtual reality, is turning everyday objects into your personal music studio! Percussion Lab has applications from gaming to music therapy. Dylan is using the Fortitude Fund grant to acquire 3D models to implement as Percussion Lab objects. Dylan is eager to tap into the Fortitude Fund community for greater experience.

Dylan CaldwellPercussion Lab

Lauren started her business New Heights Fitness to help people become healthier versions of themselves by creating a positive relationship with exercise. She wants to create an environment that motivates her clients to exercise in a way that works for them, no matter where they are on a fitness level. With a micro-grant, Lauren can meet in a semi-private space with clients, making fitness attainable and accessible for everyone.

Lauren CaggianoNew Heights Fitness
RSVPSee More Stories

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Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30 PM at Wunderkammer Company.

The Fortitude Fund is powered by elevate northeast indiana.


October 16, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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Wunderkammer Company
3402 Fairfield Ave.
Fort Wayne, IN 46807 United States
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