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Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs


Young Entrepreneur Program

What does it take to found the next Facebook, Google, or Microsoft; or Ford, General Motors, or Chrysler?

What if the next big thing started in your own back yard?

These are just two of the questions to ponder when considering the possibilities of the Young Entrepreneur Program (YEP).

YEP assists college students and recent graduates in making their business plans become a reality in Indiana.

OCRA, in partnership with the Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC), works with local and regional communities to connect college-aged entrepreneurs who are motivated to start new businesses and grow the economy.

The first major networking opportunity for communities and entrepreneurs is the Young Entrepreneurs Expo.

Young Entrepreneurs Improving their Communities

Take a moment to view these two videos which show how young entrepreneurs are changing their communities for the better.

Fountain Square - Indianapolis

Fort Wayne - Who Needs an Ocean?

Young Entrepreneurs Expo

The Young Entrepreneurs Expo was held Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the University of Indianapolis

At the Expo, 16 Young Entrepreneurs, with valid business plans, were connected with communities across Indiana.

Executive Summaries of the 16 business plans

In exchange for the entrepreneur agreeing to locate in a community for at least three years the local town, county, or city agrees to support the entrepreneur through reduced/free rent, grants, loans, or utility support.

Hopefully, many new businesses will get the start they need through the YEP program and become significant drivers of economic development throughout Indiana.

Click for the Community Liaison District Map and their contact information.

More Resources

Slides from the February 28, 2013 Webinar on the Young Entrepreneur Program

Sample Entrepreneur Incentive Package