Innovation can help you increase efficiency, develop new products, and reach new clients. The Indiana SBDC is here to help you think strategically through innovative ideas and bring them to fruition to support your business success.


Seed/Angel Investors

Seed and angel investments are usually the first investment in a business. Your Indiana SBDC advisor can provide you with a list of potential investors and help you prepare your pitch.


Venture capital firms typically invest in early-stage businesses with a proven revenue model or a rapidly growing customer base. In partnership with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), Elevate Ventures provides capital and support to early stage, high growth startups in Indiana. SBDC advisors can connect you with Elevate Ventures and other venture firms to seek investment.

Private Equity

Private equity firms invest in established businesses with profitable margins and stable cash flow. These are typically larger deals and can include acquisitions and restructuring.


Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs are the largest source of early-stage technology financing in the U.S. Work with your SBDC advisor to determine if SBIR/STTR is right for your business and take advantage of Indiana’s matching program.



Securing investors requires a good pitch. Work with your Indiana SBDC advisor to develop and refine your pitch to clearly communicate your value proposition.

Research & Development

Have an idea and don’t know where to start? Your Indiana SBDC advisor can connect you with prototyping, development, and research partners to take your idea to the next level.


Private label, new markets, product development, and more. The scaling opportunities for small businesses are endless! Your SBDC advisor can help you develop a strategic plan to scale your business.

Interested in learning more?

Contact the Indiana SBDC office nearest to you!
The work isn’t over after you have launched your business and neither is ours. The Indiana SBDC is here to help you on every step of your business journey through our statewide network of experience small business advisors.