Startup Weekend Bloomington

    Friday, November 3 - 5, 2017

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Startup Weekend Bloomington

Friday, November 3 - 5, 2017

Friday, November 3 - 5, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

The IU Media School
Franklin Hall
601 E Kirkwood Ave
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.

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Friday November 3rd

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:15 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 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 4th

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 5th

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Coaches and Mentors

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.

Chris Cockerham

Chris is a commercial broker manager for F.C. Tucker Bloomington and has experience running small businesses.

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.
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