Jul 14, 2023

Entrepreneurs Make Connections with ConnectIND

Introducing ConnectIND, a brand new entrepreneur portal designed to offer specialized resources, networking opportunities and pertinent business information.

The IEDC recently launched ConnectIND, the first interactive portal of its kind, to support entrepreneurs and provide necessary resources and appropriate business connections along their journey. The online hub serves as a valuable source of networking, advising, mentorship, training, licensing and more. Indiana entrepreneurs are matched with Ecosystem Navigators who will provide curated resources to best suit them and their individualized needs.


“The portal aligns with Secretary Chamber’s 5E focus, inviting current and aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators to leverage this new tool to power growth. “Hoosier entrepreneurs are drivers of Indiana’s economic growth, leaders of innovation, and builders of Indiana communities,” said Sec. Chambers. “An essential piece of our 5E strategy is entrepreneurship, and we’re committed to giving entrepreneurs the tools needed to succeed. ConnectIND is a result of Indiana’s focus on entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and it represents a critical step forward in fostering connectivity across the state.”



ConnectIND is designed to support founders and small business owners throughout their entrepreneurial journey, from ideation to growth and maturation. The portal provides a statewide listing of resources, programs and services for entrepreneurs, curated connections to Indiana’s robust network of support organizations, mentors, accelerators, capital opportunities, space, licensing and permitting, community connection and more. ConnectIND also offers a matching tool and dedicated, statewide team of ecosystem navigators through the Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to help entrepreneurs narrow in on the right tools for them.

The ConnectIND platform connects entrepreneur support organizations to other entrepreneurial ecosystem stakeholders and access a directory of entrepreneurs across Indiana to fuel initiatives. The platform helps entrepreneurs connect with ecosystem navigators who can provide information and resources. ConnectIND also is for aspiring entrepreneurs, who can explore the portal to learn more about Indiana’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem and find the people, organizations and resources throughout their journey. 

Indiana is committed to investing in the growth and success of the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, which continues to inspire entrepreneurs and fuel new innovations, create quality jobs for Hoosiers, and attract record levels of capital investment. The state's entrepreneurial ecosystem has a significant impact on the state's economy and its communities, and ConnectIND promises to be a comprehensive resource to fuel further entrepreneurial growth.