The Crossroads Mission

helping indiana startups thrive

A Statewide Search for Innovation

The flagship Crossroads Pitch Competition showcases Indiana’s best and brightest entrepreneurs. It’s about building up Indiana’s entrepreneurial scene by creating a path to success for early stage startups.

Crossroads Collegiate now brings this experience exclusively to Hoosier college and university students.

Competitors have a chance to win thousands in cash & in-kind prizes, and perhaps more importantly, they also gain exposure to potential talent, mentors, investors, and customers.

Crossroads attracts competitors from across the entire state of Indiana—and we’re intentional about that. Partner organizations across Indiana and friends like Elevate Ventures and Flywheel Fund refer startups to Crossroads, and we hope you will, too.

We are committed to diversity in our contestants and judges. Crossroads is for all innovators!

Event History



pre-qual launch

The Mill hosts a regional pre-qualification event for a statewide competition in Indianapolis called inX3.



regional expansion

The pre-qual for inX3 attracts 12 regional startups; The Mill opens the doors on its new facility in November.



state expansion
rebrand to Crossroads

The Mill expands its event into a statewide pitch competition, now known as Crossroads.



virtual event fuels growth

Crossroads goes virtual and attracts nearly 50 applicants from all over the state.


Crossroads Platform launches

The Mill offers new service to help regions and cities create and execute their own pitch competitions.



Crossroads Collegiate launches

The Mill creates a state-wide competition to showcase rising star entrepreneurial talent from Indiana’s colleges and universities.



Crossroads Idea Competition rebrands

The Mill rebrands Spark Competition as Crossroads Idea Competition.



Crossroads expands to twice a year

The Mill adds a second competition in spring to increase opportunity to Hoosier founders.