SOURCE River West (SOURCE) officially opened its doors on the Near West side of Indianapolis on May 23rd, 2017. SOURCE is an entrepreneurial education and resource center that emerged from the Near West Great Places 2020 Quality of Life Plan. IUPUI serves as fiscal agent for the first two years to ensure a smooth launch and scale-up. SOURCE strives to be a hub for entrepreneurs interested in developing businesses in and near the Near West neighborhoods, particularly in the River West Michigan Street corridor.

The launch event welcomed neighbors and partners into the new center, located at 2230 W. Michigan Street, adjacent to the West Side Community Development Corporation offices. During the event SOURCE welcomed guests and thanked funders: IUPUI, JPMorgan Chase FoundationCentral Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), Local Initiative Support Coalition (LISC), OfficeWorks, and the Interactive Intelligence Foundation



Our education and economic initiatives promote and encourage business ownership by assisting in the launch of entrepreneurial ventures and support start-up to scale-up businesses that create jobs, improve the quality of life, and strengthen the community in Indianapolis’ Great Places and central Indiana.

In 2016, Local Initiatives Support Corporate (LISC) designated the Near West/River West a Great Place 2020 neighborhood. The Near West Quality of Life Plan was created by residents and neighborhood stakeholders in response to declining employment and business vacancies in Near West. The Steering Committee identified the need for an entrepreneurship center to serve as a catalyst for economic growth, and SOURCE was created to fill that need. 

The IUPUI Office of Community Engagement supports the Near West Quality of Life Plan and River West Great Place on behalf of Indiana University by serving as fiscal agent to support SOURCE . IUPUI provides staffing, planning support, grant management, and funding assistance.


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Bd. President

Name: Tom O’Neil

Company: OfficeWorks

Title: President

Name: Dr. Toya Crain

Company: Near West

Title: Haughville Resident

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Name: Saidah Pearsall

Company: Shea Bodyworks

Title: Founder

Vice President

Name: Matt Warner

Company: Kemper CPA Group

Title: CPA/Auditor

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Name: Jennifer Lawrence

Company: IU Foundations Relations

Title: Executive Director

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Name: Phil Powell

Company: Kelley School of Business, IUPUI

Title: Associate Dean



Name: Teresa Bennett

Company: Office of Community Engagement, IUPUI

Title: Assistant Vice Chancellor


Name: Khaula Murtadha

Company: Office of Community Engagement, IUPUI

Title: Associate Vice Chancellor

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Name: Emily Scott

Company: LISC

Title: Program Officer


JPMorgan Chase and Co. is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.7 trillion and operations worldwide. The firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase and Co. serves millions of customers in the United States and many of the world's most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands.

The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust seeks to help people in need, especially women, children, and families; to protect animals and nature; to enrich community life in the metropolitan areas of Indianapolis and Phoenix.

In keeping with the wishes of Mrs. Pulliam, the Trust accepts requests from only charitable organizations located in and serving Marion County, Indiana, and Maricopa County, Arizona, with the exception of environmental requests. For environmental requests, the Trust will consider applications from charitable organizations throughout Arizona and Indiana.

As the steward of over $800 million in charitable assets, CICF connects donors with causes they care about, serving as a catalyst for community change. CICF also makes smart, strategic investments in Central Indiana by granting funds to the area’s most effective not-for-profits.

In addition to their work with philanthropists and not-for-profits, CICF leads three community leadership initiatives designed to lift families out of poverty, help kids succeed in college, and create inspiring, beautiful public spaces.

Through these initiatives, CICF is actively involved in making Central Indiana a place where art, nature and beauty are accessible every day for everybody.




Name: Teresa Bennett

Title: Assistant Vice Chancellor, Office of Community Engagement

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Name: Steve Thrash

Title: Executive Director

Email: sgthrash@iupui.edu

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Name: Elizabeth Davis

Title: Operations Manager

Email: elkdavis@iupui.edu

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Name: Riley Smith

Title: Program Assistant Intern