NEXT UP

Advancing Indiana’s Rising Startups

According to the Kauffman Foundation, all new job roles are created by startup companies less than 5 years old. That’s why a healthy startup community is vital to the future of our State.

NEXT Studios is all about advancing startup companies. That’s why we’ve created the NEXT UP Discovery Week: an intense week of activities focused on helping founders start their entrepreneurial journey.

Every month we focus on a different community of underserved entrepreneurs: communities where the traditional venture capital system has not delivered.

As a founder, you’ll get a once-in-a-lifetime experience in launching an idea into a company. As sponsor, you’ll get the chance to associate your brand with the creation of new startups.

The future is all about innovation and entrepreneurship. That’s the community you want to be in, and the place for you to be.


“Passion gets an entrepreneur through the startup days and the enormous efforts it takes to build a business..”

Peter Diamondis

The NEXT UP Discovery Week focus:

Ensuring the idea solves a real problem for real customers

Identifying the markets the company serves

Discovering the personality profile of
the founders

Creating lasting mentor relationships

Defining the scope of the prototype

Sponsorship Benefits

Statewide press announcement of your support
Potential for additional media opportunities
Featured on NEXT Studios social media and newsletter
Participation throughout the week per your availability
Listing on the NEXT Studios website as a supporter
Assistance for your communications team
Have any further questions? Check out our FAQ here.

September 13th-17th cohort is now open – Apply here.

October 4th-8th cohort is now open – Apply here.

November 1st-5th cohort is now open – Apply here.

December 6th-10th cohort is now open – Apply here.

Open application. Apply here.