Our History

We’ve built the foundation of our model in our home city of South Bend, IN. Through our strong partnerships with the city and with key institutions like Great Lakes Capital and Bradley Co., we have been able to make tremendous progress in the development of the region.

South Bend is a microcosm of what the entire Midwest has to offer. With a top-tier university, South Bend pulls some of the best and brightest into the city. Thus, creating the best cost of living to talent ratio in the country. Notre Dame has capitalized on the momentum with the IDEA Center, which is playing a big part in building a foundation for future entrepreneurs to build on.

This culture is not unique to South Bend. It is, in fact, present throughout the Midwest.

Our early success in South Bend, IN and Fort Wayne, IN proved our model is truly scalable. Connecting budding technology companies with established, yet forward-thinking, corporations has consistently sparked growth and new opportunities for both. The decision to expand into other major Midwestern markets, ultimately, was an easy one.

After many hours of research, several trips and dozens of meetings, we decided to expand to the thriving Midwestern cities of Indianapolis and Columbus. These two cities, although vastly different, share a collaborative culture, an appetite for risk and an understanding of how the innovation coming from early-stage startups could impact their communities.

The Heartland Ventures team believes we can play an integral role in leading this transformation and bridging the gap between Silicon Valley and the Midwest.