Elevate Origins Featured Graduate: Brian Exner
Name of Business: PWR UP GG, LLC
Describe your company: PWR UP GG is a community organization committed to bringing gamers together and celebrating the positive impact games can have on our communities. Through events and online activities, we help people navigate the gaming space to find places they feel like they belong.
What have you learned from the program?: “Elevate Origins helped me dig deeper into what value I was providing. While I had an idea of the quality of programs I wanted to offer, Elevate Origins helped me rethink the backend of what I was doing. It will help me be an even better steward of people’s time and money as they pay for tickets to our in-person events.”
About Elevate Origins Pre-Seed and Seed Programs
Elevate Origins Pre-Seed and Seed Programs provide virtual group learning, one-on-one coaching and live pitch practice to startups. The Elevate Origins Pre-Seed Program is specifically for startups that have not yet generated revenue. Aspiring entrepreneurs who may not have a business idea yet, or instructors of entrepreneurship classes that are looking to supplement their classwork with institutional investor-designed programming, are also encouraged to participate and will find value in the content.
The Elevate Origins Seed Program is reserved for revenue-generating startups and for life science companies that have completed pre-clinical trials. This training places a greater emphasis on developing business models, pitch decks, and executive summaries from lessons learned and data collected.
For both programs, participants will develop investor-ready pitch decks and executive summaries appropriate for their business stage. Ultimately, they will have all the tools needed to compete for an Elevate Nexus Pre-Seed or Seed Pitch Competition Award, where every year 35 investments ranging from $20,000-$100,000 are made in Indiana-based startups.
Elevate Origins is offered at no cost to the entrepreneurs. Funding to operate Elevate Origins comes from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and U.S. Economic Development Agency.