Bloomington, IN (September 26, 2016) – The Bloomington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is welcoming its second group of participants for B-Start, a pre-accelerator program for Indiana University-Bloomington and Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington student startups. The program will guide early stage startups through their development with the help of local business and networking services.

Each of the B-Start participants will be paired with a local tech entrepreneur with related expertise who will serve as a mentor. The cohort will also attend workshops in pitch development, customer discovery, funding and the business modeling.

The newest group of B-Start participants focuses on a wide variety of industries. The nine participants include:

  • Classify: a cloud-based platform that will facilitate collaboration and real-time messaging among students of all ages, from elementary school to higher education
  • Power Speaker: provides expert presentation analysis and feedback to both students and adults within 24 hours
  • Plant Software: Automated, web-based, intelligent, scheduling platform.
  • Donatio: an interactive charitable giving platform that will be the new wave in crowdfunding and philanthropy
  • Showcase U: website specifically designed to target students studying the arts providing affordable options for professional headshots and videos showcasing their talents for agents
  • Business Builders Digital Marketing: marketing company to design lower cost but highly effective websites for startups or small businesses
  • Intask: Through a modern student management platform and marketplace, companies can use Intask to find, manage, and use student freelancers to accomplish intern-like tasks
  • Tydee: Subscription and on demand laundry and dry cleaning service for Bloomington residents.
  • B-CRD-I: An efficient way for users to exchange business contact information

Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a graduation stipend and will have the opportunity to compete for additional cash prizes at a Demo Day. Cook Group, Inc., Indiana University Office of the Vice President for Engagement, and The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington have provided the financial support for the B-Start Program.

“Building on last year’s success, this new cohort will benefit from B-Start’s network, support, and resources and help them take the fast track in creating new enterprises in Bloomington,” said Dana Palazzo, Vice President of the BEDC. “New business creation is crucial to developing a strong local economy.”

B-Start’s kickoff reception will introduce the group to the mentors and the business community on Wednesday, September 28.


About B-Start

B-Start is a pre-accelerator program of the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) designed for Indiana University and Ivy Tech student technology startups. B-Start participants are at the earliest stage of their business development and are coached through a rigorous comprehensive process of cohort activities and individualized mentorship over the course of the program to build a foundation for accelerating the growth of their startups. B-Start was recently named a finalist for the University Economic Development Association (UEDA)’s Award of Excellence in the category of Innovation and Talent. For more information, visit


About the BEDC

The BEDC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the retention, development and attraction of quality jobs in Monroe County. The BEDC is led by a partnership of private industry leaders, the City of Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College–Bloomington. For more information, visit