The epicenter of hacker, startup, and creative culture at Purdue and West Lafayette.
Now open at 320 North Street in West Lafayette.



In February, 2013, a group of student entrepreneurs met with a successful alumnus to talk about gaps in their entrepreneurial ecosystem. It was determined that they needed a place for founders and teams to spend less time talking, and more time doing. The vision was for a place where like-minded entrepreneurs could gather, form a community, and access resources that their current bootstrapped budgets wouldn't otherwise allow.

A plan was developed, designed with mentors, programming, events, training, legal, accounting, and banking to equip a new generation of businesses and make them truly viable. Pitches were made, major Purdue University and West Lafayette stakeholders were brought in, and less than six months later, The Anvil was created to be the place where Purdue entrepreneurs bring down the hammer and forge the future of startups.

Ready to add your team to the mix?




Becoming a member of The Anvil gives founders and teams access to a plethora of awesome resources and services that will equip them to take their startup to the next level. Members must apply online or in person, and are accepted for four months at a time. 

+ Open and dedicated work spaces, open 24/7
+ Mentors and business service providers
+ Programming, networking, and resources
+ On-site coffee and kitchenette

At the end of four months, members must re-apply to renew their membership. We ask members to re-apply not because we are anxious to kick people out, but because we take it upon ourselves to hold our founders and teams accountable, helping them make progress and reach their goals.

+ High-density broadband wireless Internet
+ Complete event access
+ Video-ready conference rooms




The Anvil is a non-profit entity with 501(c)3. We take no interest in intellectual property or equity. Our sole purpose is to empower our founders and teams to start up companies and change the world by taking their ideas further.

Any donations in support of The Anvil go towards providing the best programming possible for our members and subsidizing the costs that get passed on to them. If you find alignment with our cause, we invite you to make a contribution via the portal below. No contribution is too small, and all contributions are greatly appreciated.

Support education and the future of job creation at the same time.



VOICE: (765) 761-2050