FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Fort Wayne City Councilwoman Sharon Tucker announced the upcoming Activate SouthEast (PASE) Fort Wayne project, an innovative program designed to engage and enable entrepreneurs to locate their service businesses in the southeast quadrant of Fort Wayne. town.
The PASE Fort Wayne program has two components: workshops and training preparation, and then a formal business pitch. Entrepreneurs interested in applying to PASE must complete an entrepreneurial training program such as The BUILD Institute, a SEED program, Kauffman FastTrac, or the Breakthrough program offered by NIIC, or have proof of having completed such a program. In addition to these programs, there will be workshops throughout the summer designed to provide additional assistance in writing business plans.
The City released the following:
For the pitch competition, PASE is partnering with Bloomington-based Crossroads at The Mill to develop a custom program; Crossroads is Indiana’s largest annual business presentation contest.
The PASE pitch competition will allow qualified entrepreneurs to pitch their business plans to local judges. The selected company will receive a reward of up to $150,000 in support services. These services will be provided in-kind or at reduced cost by local businesses invested in training new talent in Southeast Fort Wayne. The only requirement to enter the competition is that the selected party must locate their brick and mortar business in the southeast quadrant of the city and commit to that location for three years.
The application to apply opens to the public on June 1 and is available online.
Winner of the 2021 competition, Marquessa Ewing of The Backyard, said, “Participating in the PASE competition has opened doors for my business and introduced me to people I would never have met. I encourage entrepreneurs to apply.
In addition to seeking candidates for the program, Advisor Tucker continues to seek business partners for the program who would like to help help PASE entrepreneurs succeed. If a business is interested in partnering with PASE, they should contact Advisor Tucker at [email protected]