Through our unique pitch-competitions and online marketplace, Commonwealth connects entrepreneurs with philanthropists to create businesses that strengthen communities.

Investor Updates

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Indianapolis Marketplace

The Commonwealth Marketplace profiles best practices in companies tackling some of the city’s most challenging problems.

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Affordable Solutions to Housing


Increasing Access to Health Care


Enterprise Solutions to Poverty


Affordable Solutions to Housing


Solutions to Hunger


Solutions to Hunger

Crossroads Education

Expanding Educational Opportunity

ROCK Initiative

Affordable Solutions to Housing


Eliminating Barriers to Opportunity

Indianapolis Pitch-Competitions

Commonwealth Pitch-competitions

APPLY to be Funded

Do you want to be in our next venture competition?

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?

2019 Competition

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.

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2018 Competition

On November 8, 2018 we hosted our inaugural Indianapolis competition at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.


Economic Story

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.

Public Good Index

Commonwealth advances market solutions to fix the parts of Indianapolis’ economy that are broken and to increase shared prosperity for all its citizens.  The Public Good Index measures progress toward these goals.

Social Innovation

Description of what we want to feature about social innovation and how it relates to Commonwealth.


We would be happy to give you more information about our marketplace and competitions. Just click here to email Program Manager, Jacob Baldwin. He will be be in touch quickly!