Act. Learn. Build.

Startup Moxie encourages program participants to act first, using the tools at hand, pivot their perspective, and continue to build on what they learn. Startup Moxie is built around embracing failures, whether it’s proving a business concept or discovering more about oneself.

Startup Moxie practices empathy, creation, experimentation, play, and reflection to better develop entrepreneurial thinking around all activities in participants lives. We ask the question of “How might we…?” to encourage new approaches and angles to everyday challenges and experiences.

Students get the opportunity to hear from the leaders in our community about their business ventures, life experiences, and their perspective on the South Bend Elkhart region.

Applications are now open!

The Facts


The program is a full year commitment. Class meets every weekday, Monday - Friday, 7:30 - 9:00am at various locations throughout Elkhart County.


Students will tour more than 35 local businesses and network with over 75 guest speakers and community members.

Credit & Critera

Startup Moxie students earn four credit high school credits. In addition, 16 college credits can be earned through Ivy Tech for those meeting the Ivy Tech requirements. ( GPA of 2.6 or higher or qualifying scores on the PSAT, SAT, ACT or Knowledge Assessment)

Our Brand

We embrace failure, change, and the entrepreneurial spirit. Startup Moxie students and staff learn from failure, build on it, express ideas for change, and make an impact on our community.

We believe that everyone should strive for excellence and that no one should settle for mediocrity. We are a team that trusts each other and takes ownership for our work.

We respect one another and the different perspectives and personalities coming together to accomplish a common goal - or identify new ones! At Startup Moxie we are all responsible for being our own engine for growth and development, something that is impossible without drive.