Pat East is an entrepreneur himself whose company, Hanapin Marketing, sold in 2020 to its largest UK competitor. He has served as president of the Bloomington chapter of the VisionTech angel investment fund since 2014 and is Executive Director of The Mill, the nonprofit center for entrepreneurship that manages Flywheel Fund.
Martina is a graduate of Notre Dame, where she served as Insights Analyst on the De-risking Team at the IDEA Center, Notre Dame’s entrepreneurial and commercialization hub. She’s also worked at SOSV MOX, a mobile-only accelerator, and Antler VC in Singapore.
Melissa Ward is the Innovation Impact Catalyst Manager at Oregon State University’s Advantage Accelerator, where she supports faculty innovation and OSU startups. Previously she served as Head of Initiatives and Partnerships for The Mill.
Scott began his legal career at large firms in New York and California before relocating to Bloomington. He worked with The Mill to get Flywheel off the ground and has since joined the team. An entrepreneur himself, Scott enjoys enabling founders to innovate and execute.
Entrepreneur, founder, and advisor for two decades, Cy is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence and a full-time mentor to entrepreneurs across the Velocities region that includes Bloomington, Columbus, and surrounds.
Jason Whitney serves as Vice President of Venture Development and Executive Director for the Indiana University Angel Network, supporting and developing Indiana University affiliated entrepreneurial ecosystems nationwide.
Flywheel offers rotating internships throughout the year and welcomes applications on an ongoing basis.
The Underrepresented Investor Fellowship (UIF) is an initiative from Flywheel’s commitment to support investor diversity in venture capital. According to a 2022 Survey conducted by Deloitte & NVCA, only a quarter of investment professionals in the VC industry are women, and only 19% of investment partners are women. From the same survey, VC firms reported 5% Black investment professionals and 6% Hispanic/Latino investment professionals. Furthermore, the combined percentage of investment partner positions held by Black employees and Hispanic/Latino employees was less than 10%.
Our fellowship’s objective is to increase diversity in the VC hiring funnel and act as a model for others by giving students and young professionals from underrepresented backgrounds the opportunity to gain early experience and exposure in VC with our firm as interns.
Interested in interning with us? Please send us a cover letter and resume.
President & COO | Solution Tree
Director of Project Management | LHP Engineering Solutions
Director, Entrepreneurship & Career Development | Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
CEO | Specialty Coating Systems, Inc.
CEO | Folia
Government & Community Relations Manager | Duke Energy
Vice President | Cassady Electric
Owner | Arbutus Properties
Cofounder | Content Cucumber
Realtor/Broker | Century 21 Sheetz
ENtrepreneur & Investor
President | Indianapolis Fruit Company
COO | Branchfire
General Counsel | Miller Real Estate
VP Strategic Planning & Corporate Development | Schurz Communications
Managing Partner | Donovan CPAs
CEO | Pinnacle Asset Management
Executive Director | The Mill
Board CHair | Conversight.ai
Senior Vice President, Innovation & Strategic Partnerships | The Mill
CFO | Specialty Coating Systems
VP, Digital Products | ClearObject
CEO | Milestone Business Solutions
Director, Public Policy Institute | Indiana University
Project Director, Research Engagement | Indiana University
Assistant Professor | Indiana University
Assistant Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship | Kelley School of Business
CEO | TenantTracker
Director | BTFC Consulting
CEO | Blue Burro Technology
President | Mathias Family LLC
Executive Vice President | Smithville Communications
Software Architect | Salesforce
Manager | BAMco Enterprises
Vice President | Harrell-Fish
Co-Founder | Fortitude Fund
Associate Professor | Purdue University
Staff Machine Learning Engineer | Cruise
CEO | Drapery Street
CEO | Cornerstone Information Systems
CEO | MoonGeese
CEO | Circle Prosco
Assistant to the Chancellor | Ivy Tech
Owner | FASTSIGNS & Midwest Color Printing
CEO | Advise Health Holdings
LHP Engineering Solutions | Principal Embedded Controls Engineer
Founder | Ardeo
CEO | FormAssembly
Maurer School of Law
Region President | Old National Bank
Former Entrepreneurship Program Chair | Ivy Tech
Vice President, MedSurg | Cook Medical
Vice President, MedSurg | Cook Medical
CEO | Sterling 3
Entrepreneurship Faculty | Kelley School of Business
Former CEO | One Click Ventures
Gregg T. and Judith A. Summerville Chair of Finance | Indiana University
General Partner | Neal Avenue Partners
COO & Co-Founder | Secretly Group
CEO | Civic Champs
Innovation Impact Catalyst | Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator
President | Electric Plus
Former Executive | Rogers Group
Principal | Loren Wood Builders
Lecturer of Entrepreneurship | Purdue University
Flywheel Fund is operated by The Mill, the heart of southern Indiana’s startup ecosystem and its largest coworking space. Our mission is to help launch and accelerate startups, and our vision is to become Indiana’s center of gravity for entrepreneurship.
A 501c3 nonprofit, we are committed to being a center for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs. Two-thirds of our board members represent technology- and innovation-driven companies. Our other board members bring expertise in economic development, local government, higher education and venture capital.
Board of directors
Karin St. John, Chair | COO, St. John Associates
Ravi Bhatt, Vice Chair | Co-Founder and CEO, Folia
Cindy Kinnarney, Treasurer | Banking Executive
Beka Mech, Secretary | Product Leader, Acadis, Vector Solutions
Adam Gross | Executive Director Ivy+ Career Link, Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington
Anne McCombe, Past Chair | Technology Executive
Michelle Cole | Technology Executive
Jeana Finlinson | Senior Director, Global Learning & Talent Development, Cook Medical
John Hamilton | Mayor, City of Bloomington
Nate Lattimer | Vice President, Centralized Services, ShipSigma
Chelsea Linder | Vice President, Innovation & Enterpreneurship, TechPoint
Donald Lukes | University Treasurer, Indiana University
Jennifer Pearl | President, Bloomington Economic Development Corporation
Tina Peterson | President and CEO of Regional Opportunity Initiatives and the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County
Brooke Pyne | Vice President, Technology Engagement, IEDC
Rahul Shrivastav | Provost & Executive Vice President, Indiana University
Eli Serrano, Student Board Member | Founder & CEO, Airoma
Ben Swanson | Co-Founder, Secretly Group
Mike Trotzke | CEO, Cheddar
Derek Whitley | Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Flamel.ai
Jason Whitney | Vice President of Venture Development, IU Ventures, and Executive Director, IU Angel Network