Becoming an entrepreneur takes guts, ideas, and money.
We see dreamers, builders, and doers like you who need the right resources to bring your ideas to life. The Farnsworth Fund was created so we could start investing in people like you. Our goal is to create a entrepreneurial culture in northeast Indiana that welcomes new ideas and encourages you to dream bigger. Our soil is ready for growth, and we think you can make it happen.
You bring your guts and your ideas, and we’ll make a $1,000 bet to help you make it a reality.
Welcome to the Farnsworth Fund, where your idea could be the best idea yet.
“The first $1,000 I received when I was 18 not only helped me accomplish the Twelve Cities project but also gave me a huge boost in confidence and propelled me to the success I have today.”
– Nick Arnett
Venture Capitalist with the 1517 Fund
What is the Farnsworth Fund?
Meet and connect with peers online and at events throughout the Northeast Indiana region, including quarterly Farnsworth Fund Socials. Make new friends with people who, just like you, are bringing something new to the world.
Connect with experienced entrepreneurs who have volunteered to share their experience with you. We’ll make the right introduction based on just what you need, and you can also network with them yourself at our events.
You can apply for a no-strings-attached $1,000 grant. All we ask is that you stay in touch. It’s not a huge amount, but could help you with a key growth initiative or start you on the pathway to a pre-seed or seed investment.
Take the Quiz
Have some fun and take the Farnsworth quiz to see what kind of entrepreneur you are. We promise that it’s not a school kind of quiz!
Meet People Like You
It’s like magic when the room fills with bold innovators who are all used to fighting off the unbelievers and haters. Ideas flow, collaborations form, and energy pops.
Get Money and Support
$1,000 may not seem like much, but it can get you started – or propel you on the path to a pre-seed or even a seed investment.
50 Grants to be awarded in 2018
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