Through our unique pitch-competitions and online marketplace, Commonwealth connects entrepreneurs with philanthropists to create businesses that strengthen communities.
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Companies that deliver both economic and social returns are encouraged to apply. The competition focuses on three questions:
- What socio-economic problem are you addressing?
- What is your company’s solution?
- How do you deliver profit to investors?
Below are the three winners selected for investment at the inaugural Jaylon Smith Minority Entrepreneurship Institute pitch competition that took place on July 12, 2019.
Click on the images to learn more about each business.
In the 1970s, downtown Indianapolis had two hotels and a hog-processing plant alongside the White River. Mayor Richard Lugar and a group of business leaders determined the city’s future by declaring it the “amateur sports capital of the world.” This vision transformed downtown into today’s world-class sports and entertainment district. Click here for more on the downtown turnaround.
We are committed to seeing more than just downtown Indianapolis improved. Because there are no great cities without great neighborhoods, Commonwealth is building impact-investing deals to bring improvement to the entire city.