Indianapolis is an attractive place to do business – affordability, livability, a collaborative commercial sector, and a strong and stable infrastructure. However, the metropolitan area ranks low as a place for small business success. Poor small business performance hurts regional innovation, talent retention, and economic mobility. For Indianapolis to prosper, the region must increase the birth rate of new enterprises and enable more small businesses to elevate profit, expand employment, and enter new markets.
In partnership, the Indy Chamber, Business Ownership Initiative, and IU Kelley School of Business at IUPUI formed Enterprise Corps to help small businesses and founders increase:
With an emphasis on historically underserved businesses, but open to all, this program grows the enterprise and the entrepreneur. It offers the enterprise access to small business support resources, coaching, capital, and programs supporting growth and scale. It offers the entrepreneur professional development, executive leadership training, and connection to larger networks. Our goal is to produce thriving businesses and entrepreneurial leaders deeply invested in the Indianapolis community.
Enterprise Corps is currently recruiting small businesses for the MBA Business Solutions Program. This program pairs local small businesses with faculty-supervised MBA consulting teams. Each team will study a business challenge or opportunity and recommend a well-researched path forward. Business founders with a growth mindset and a business capable of scale are encouraged to apply for the next session. Currently applications are closed.