Startup Weekend Bloomington

    Friday, March 29 - 31, 2019


  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Bloomington

Friday, March 29 - 31, 2019



Friday, March 29 - 31, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Dimension Mill
642 N Madison Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47404

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? 

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:

  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at “bloomington@startupweekend.org”.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday March 29th


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


6:30 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


7:15 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


8:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


8:20 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


8:45 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


10:45 pm
Wrap-Up
You don't have to go home but you can't stay here.

Saturday March 30th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


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


10:45 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You don't have to go home but you can't stay here.

Sunday March 31st


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!


Event Judges


Ellie Symes
CEO, The Bee Corp

From winning a grant to start the first student-run beehives at IU to launching a startup to address the dire need for data in the beekeeping industry, Ellie Symes is driven by passion and is determined to drive change. Her startup, The Bee Corp, was born of a $100K grant prize investment awarded to Ellie and her vision. Two years later and Ellie is still charging ahead, and recently pitched The Bee Corp at SXSW 2019.


Gerry Hays
Founder, Doriot & Principal, Slane Capital

Professor of Venture Capital, 5x Founder (3 Exits), Currently Founder and CEO of Doriot, platform to democratize Venture Capital.


Coaches and Mentors


Kurtis Cummings
Co-Founder at Switchyard Brewing Company

Startup Weekend 2013 Alumni, and Co-Founder at Switchyard Brewing Company!


Mike Trotzke
Cofounder of SproutBox



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.


Signature Sponsors

Innovate Indiana engages strategic partners to leverage and advance IU’s vast intellectual resources and expertise, enhancing Indiana’s economic growth and contributing to the quality of life for Hoosiers.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Meghan
    Turner
  • Pat
    East
  • Sam
    Sveen
  • Lauren
    Weatherall

Facilitators


Grant Carlile
Managing Director, The Mountains

Grant thrives on curiosity, coffee, and office supplies.
Drawing on my experience growing three businesses, building out content strategies, coaching teams in multiple capacities across multiple industries for 12+ years, and creating relationships with personnel of many walks of life, I thrive on curiosity, coffee, and office supplies.

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Grant Carlile
Managing Director, The Mountains

Grant thrives on curiosity, coffee, and office supplies.
Drawing on my experience growing three businesses, building out content strategies, coaching teams in multiple capacities across multiple industries for 12+ years, and creating relationships with personnel of many walks of life, I thrive on curiosity, coffee, and office supplies.


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