Startup Weekend Bloomington

    Friday, November 15, 2013

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Startup Weekend Bloomington

Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday, November 15, 2013

Bloomington, IN

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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

Steve Bryant
Executive Director - Cook Center for Entrepreneurship

Steve Bryant serves as the Executive Director of the Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington where he is developing and implementing a strategic plan for an entrepreneurial studies program to assist students and individuals looking to start entrepreneurial ventures. Steve has held a wide array of positions within the government, not-for-profit, life sciences industry and higher education, but most recently as Business Development & Marketing Manager for BioConvergence, a small, growing life sciences company in Bloomington, Indiana. 

Katie Birge
Director at Bloomington Technology Partnership

Danise Alano-Martin
Economic & Sustainable Development Director

Danise Alano-Martin joined the City of Bloomington in 2005 and was appointed Director of the Department of Economic & Sustainable Development in 2008. In this post, she oversees the integration of the City’s economic and business development initiatives with environmental stewardship, social equity concerns, and arts and cultural destination development. Prior to her role at the City, she was a senior officer and marketing director for an Indiana community bank in Bloomington. She is past president and a current board member of Downtown Bloomington Inc., and serves on several boards which support Bloomington’s small businesses, drive technology and life sciences sector growth, and facilitate industrial and entrepreneurial development. Danise is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional through the National Development Council, an Indiana University graduate and an advisory board member of the IU Hutton Honors College Alumni Association.

Rick Dietz
IT Director at City of Bloomington, IN

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.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Bloomington is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Jessica
  • Sola
  • Meghan
  • Raymon


Jamie Bass

CEO/President of GRAVICOM LLC. Jamie is a cyber security specialist, but also has an extensive background in robotics, automation, plastics, electronics, mechanics, and systems engineering. He holds 5 patents, and is 1 of 800 CISSP-ISSEPs worldwide. 

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