Through our unique pitch competitions and online marketplace, Commonwealth connects entrepreneurs with impact investors to create businesses that strengthen communities in Indiana.

Investor Updates

Pitch Competitions

Commonwealth pitch competitions bring entrepreneurs and impact investors together to create businesses that strengthen communities.

PITCH Your Idea

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.

Click here for a recap of the event!

Hurry Home



2018 Competition

On November 8, 2018 we hosted our inaugural Indianapolis competition at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Click here for more information about this great event.


The Commonwealth Marketplace showcases companies that produce impressive economic and social ROI.

Latest Updates:


Affordable Solutions to Housing


Increasing Access to Health Care


Enterprise Solutions to Poverty


Solutions to Hunger


Solutions to Hunger

Crossroads Education

Expanding Educational Opportunity

ROCK Initiative

Affordable Solutions to Housing


Eliminating Barriers to Opportunity

Presnell Educational Plantation

Investing in Rural America

River West Coffee

Community & Youth Development Through Coffee


Commonwealth is a direct equity or debt investor in the following companies:


Affordable Solutions to Housing

Hurry Home

Increasing Ownership of Low-Cost Homes


Holistic Training of Athletes


Safer Shopping

Sagamore Solutions

Sagamore Institute is Commonwealth’s think tank partner providing research and consulting to strengthen the Indianapolis market. Please see some of these stories below.

Indianapolis: Super City

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Click here to read the American Outlook magazine article about How Indianapolis used sports to grow its economy and turn the city around.

Jeff Sparks Seeks Renewal for SE Indy


From Bright Ideas Indiana. Read the full post here. Jeff Sparks is a Fellow at the Sagamore Institute and a board member of the Southeast Neighborhood Development Corporation (SEND) where he serves as Chairman of the Twin Aire Ad Hoc Committee focusing on renewing that neighborhood of Indianapolis. The decision to do this type of […]

Indiana Conference on Citizenship: Full Speeches


On November 8, 2018, Sagamore Institute hosted the 4th Annual Indiana Conference on Citizenship and inaugural Venture Competition at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Here are some of the speeches given from the event:

Indy Uses Sports to Rebuild the City

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA skyline over Monument Circle.

Indianapolis experienced the same flight to the suburbs that plagued many Midwestern cities in the 1960s- 70s. In response, civic leaders conceived a big idea: to rebuild the downtown by making it the amateur sports capital of the world. Never mind that it lacked any notable amateur sports assets at the time or that the […]

Indiana Compassion Map


The Indiana Compassion Map allows users to explore the richness and diversity of over 11,000 of the state’s community healing organizations, learning more about what they do and where they are located. Indiana’s nonprofit sector is robust and large. The Indiana Compassion Map allows users to explore the richness and diversity of over 11,000 of the state’s […]

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.



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!