New gBETA program coming to Bloomington-Columbus space

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COLUMBUS, Ind. – The Bloomington-Columbus area will be a new location in March in a nationwide program to help startups accelerate their growth.

The Columbus Chamber of Commerce announced earlier this year that the Bloomington-Columbus region will be added to gBETA’s Indiana programs in partnership with Velocities, The Mill and the Chamber. Indiana Economic Development Corp. and Barnes & Thornburg LLP are also program sponsors.

GBETA is the “free, seven-week accelerator for early-stage companies with local roots”. The programs take place several times a year in cities in the United States and Canada.

The gBETA Bloomington-Columbus is an extension of the Indiana program, with previous additions to Terre Haute and Fort Wayne last year. Indiana Director Geoff Zentz, who led the gBETA Indy, Terre Haute and AgBioScience programs in 2019 and 2020, will serve as director of gBETA Bloomington-Columbus.

The program will work with a cohort of five startups from the Velocities region and help them “refine their business models, connect with mentors, gain more customer loyalty and prepare their pitches”. Companies will target at least 25 investors.

For more information on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.