Startup Weekend Bloomington

    Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Startup Weekend Bloomington

Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016

Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

IU Cyberinfrastructure Building
2709 E 10th St
Bloomington, IN 47405

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Got an idea? Startup Weekend Bloomington will provide the kickstart you need to take your venture from concept to concrete in 54 hours.

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where designers, developers, and entrepreneurs unite to bring innovative ideas to life. During the weekend, participants collaborate to conceptualize, create, and present new ventures. Friday night begins with a pitch series where all participants with ideas give a brief pitch to everyone in attendance. The audience selects the top several ideas to advance by vote. Teams then form around the selected ideas, and the work/play/insanity begins. Over the following two days, participants develop a business model, work toward a minimum viable product, gather market validation, and prepare to present their progress in a winner-take-all final pitch competition. Prize packages to facilitate startup success are awarded to first, second, and third place.


Friday November 11th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday November 12th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 13th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm
Tech Check

5:00 pm

6:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Samuel Sveen
Founder of Uel Zing Coffee

Event Judges

Christy Page
President of the Bloomington VisionTech Chapter

Lynn Coyne
President of BEDC

Lynn Coyne is president  of the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) which is the lead economic development organization for Bloomington and Monroe County.  Prior to joining the BEDC, Mr. Coyne served as Assistant Vice President for Real Estate and Associate Counsel for Indiana University.  Before joining Indiana University, he practiced law in Bloomington, Indiana, primarily in business and land use planning.  He has been active in economic development throughout his career, including at Indiana University.  He has been an adjunct instructor at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and School of Public and Environmental Affairs.  He has received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana University President’s Distinguished Service Medal, and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Distinguished Service Award.  Throughout his career,  Mr. Coyne has been active in many professional and community service organizations.  He currently is Vice Chair of the Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital Board of Directors.

Travis Brown

As the Director of Strategic Initiatives & Entrepreneurship, Travis works closely with the dean to develop and manage partnerships and programs deemed important to bringing the strategic vision set for the SoIC to fruition. In addition, to teaching Design Strategy, Technology Entrepreneurship, and Technology Innovation, he directs the entrepreneurship programs for the school. Prior to returning to Indiana University to pursue his doctoral degree, Travis spent his career in business, focusing on performance management, entrepreneurship, corporate innovation, business analytics, and interaction design in corporate and small business settings.

Coaches and Mentors

Cedric Savarese

Cedric Savarese is the founder and CEO of Veer West / A French expat in the United States since 2002, he worked at DePauw University before moving to Bloomington, Indiana and starting his own software company. FormAssembly has since grown into a leading solution in its space, used by thousands of companies worldwide to collect data and power business processes. He holds a post-graduate degree (D.E.A) in Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence from the University Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris VI, France.

Terri Brown

Terri Brown is a Business Advisor for the South Central ISBDC in Bloomington.  She has over 14 years’ experience working with the ISBDC in various capacities.  Terri has extensive knowledge of the accounting, human resources, and payroll functions and has worked in the lending, micro-loan, manufacturing, and service industries. In the past, she has started her own business and understands the challenges small business owners face every day.  Terri wrote and designed The Business Guide publication that is used today throughout the region, and has certification in Quickbooks.  

Norm Hedges
Director of the Intellectual Property Clinic at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Norman J. Hedges is Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Intellectual Property Clinic at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Professor Hedges joined the law school in January 2015. Professor Hedges came to Bloomington with over 16 years of experience in patent practice in Indianapolis, including 10 years in the Indianapolis office of Faegre Baker Daniels, where he was named partner in 2007. At Faegre Baker Daniels, Hedges focused his intellectual property practice on the mechanical and electro-mechanical arts, including health and life sciences. In addition, he has substantial experience in the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications, post-issuance challenges and defense, consultation with clients to avoid patent infringement, preparation of patent invalidity and non-infringement opinions, and intellectual property due diligence for mergers and acquisitions.

Dave Ferguson

Matthew Anderson
CEO of Adproval

Ron Bronson

Shawna Eikenberry

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Bloomington team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Bloomington is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Meghan
  • Chris
  • Alex
  • Jason
  • Askar
  • Grant


Grant Carlile
Community Organizer

Grant thrives on curiosity, coffee, and office supplies.
#Philanthropy #STEM #Startup #Run | Founder of Run for Phil @RunforPhil #runforphil

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Grant Carlile
Community Organizer

Grant thrives on curiosity, coffee, and office supplies.
#Philanthropy #STEM #Startup #Run | Founder of Run for Phil @RunforPhil #runforphil

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