gBETA Bloomington-Columbus Announces Its Inaugural Program

(BLOOMINGTON/COLUMBUS) – gBETA has announced its newest Indiana program Bloomington-Columbus in partnership with Velocities, The Mill, and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.

gBETA is a nationally ranked accelerator gener8tor’s free, seven-week accelerator program for early-stage startups with local roots. gBETA Bloomington-Columbus is an expansion of gBETA’s programming in Indiana, with previous expansions to Terre Haute and Ft. Wayne in 2020. 

The program is slated to kick off in early March, 2020, and will be industry and vertical agnostic. Geoff Zentz, who ran the gBETA Indy, Terre Haute, and AgBioScience programs in 2019 and 2020, will serve as the gBETA Bloomington-Columbus Director. The gBETA program will work with five startups from the Velocities region, helping them refine their business models, connect with mentors, gain more customer traction and prepare their pitches. The companies will also pitch to a minimum of 25 investors. 

The program will culminate with a Pitch Night in late April. The participating gBETA companies will give a five-minute pitch in front of a captive audience of entrepreneurs, mentors, investors and community members. The Velocities-region community will be invited to attend, the event will be free and open to the public. 

“gBETA’s entry into Columbus and Bloomington presents a tremendous opportunity for area entrepreneurs to accelerate their startups, by opening doors to  top-notch expertise and a powerful network of investors,” says Cindy Frey, President of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. “I’ve witnessed, first-hand, how gBETA can transform entrepreneurs with a big idea into leaders of a focused, fast-growing company.”

The gBETA program is offered in Bloomington-Columbus thanks to the support of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and Velocities. 

Interested Startup founders looking to accelerate the growth for their business and/or also potentially raising venture capital, mentors, or investors interested in learning more should contact gBETA Indiana Director Geoff Zentz ( For more information visit