Techstars Startup Weekend Bloomington | Nov 8-10, 2019

    Friday, November 8 - 10, 2019

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Techstars Startup Weekend Bloomington | Nov 8-10, 2019

Friday, November 8 - 10, 2019

Friday, November 8 - 10, 2019
Event starts at 5:00 pm

The Mill
642 N. Madison Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

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A Weekend of Entrepreneurship at The Mill | Startup Weekend Nov 2019

The Mill is excited to bring Startup Weekend to Bloomington for an inspiring weekend of entrepreneurship!

Join aspiring entrepreneurs and future founders at The Mill, Bloomington’s center for coworking and entrepreneurship, for 54-hours of startup magic. Come with a startup idea or ready to join a team. Receive coaching from experienced entrepreneurs. Compete for prizes on Demo Day!

You'll leave with hands-on entrepreneurial experience, valuable connections, and even a viable startup! Thanks to our sponsors, this event is FREE, you just have to RSVP!

Can't participate in the entire weekend, but want to see the final pitches? Get a 'Demo Day' ticket and join us at The Mill Sunday, Nov. 10!

WHAT: Startup Weekend Bloomington
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 8 - Sunday, Nov. 10
WHERE: The Mill (642 N. Madison St.)
WHO: Come one, come all! This event is for developers, designers, business-savvy professionals, students (high school & college), and.. YOU! No specific skills required. An interest in entrepreneurship is a plus. :)


Friday, Nov. 8
5:00 PM: Doors open! Check-in at The Mill
5:30 PM: Opening night speakers
6:00 PM: Dinner & networking
6:30 PM: Pitches start! Followed by voting & forming teams

Saturday, Nov. 9
9:00 AM: Breakfast + get rockin' & rollin'
9:15 AM: Tour of The Mill
12:00 PM: Lunch
2:30-4:30 PM: Coaching sessions
6:30 PM: Dinner

Sunday, Nov 10 - DEMO DAY
Demo Day presentations are open to the public! Get your Demo Day ticket & join us @ The Mill.
9:00 AM: Breakfast + final work time!
12:00 PM: Lunch
Judges announce top 3 winners & prizes awarded.
5:30-7:30 PM: After party at Switchyard Brewing
Startup Weekend after party is open to the public! Join in on the fun. Made possible by our sponsor, Switchyard Brewing.

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Friday November 8th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue (The Mill, 642 N. Madison, Bloomington, IN) and get checked in!

5:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your 60-second pitch.

7:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

7:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

7:30 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 in The Mill until 10:30 pm.

Saturday November 9th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:15 am
Tour of The Mill & Begin Work
Get a tour of The Mill, your Startup Weekend venue for the weekend! Begin working with your team by 9:30 am - get to know your teammates, find your workspace, and get to work!

12:00 pm

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

2:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches are at The Mill 2:30-4:30 pm to help teams one-on-one. Sign up sheets available to meet with coaches. Bring questions!

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 in The Mill until 10:30 pm.

Sunday November 10th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Check in with your Startup Weekend facilitator. Final opportunity to ask questions!

12:00 pm

1:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

3:00 pm
Final Presentations
Final presentations begin! Final pitches should be 5 minutes or less. Followed by 2-3 minutes for Q&A from the judges. Time limits are strictly enforced to keep the event on schedule!

5:00 pm
Judging & Awards
Judges deliberate, then announce the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams. Awards received.

5:30 pm
After Party at Switchyard Brewing
Time to celebrate! Move the party to our favorite neighborhood brewery (and Startup Weekend veteran!) Switchyard Brewery (419 N. Walnut). "Audience Favorite" award announced at the after party! Pizza will be served.

7:30 pm
Startup Weekend officially comes to a close. But, by all means, continue on! Switchyard Brewing is open until 10 pm.

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Bloomington is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Lauren
  • Pat
  • Sam


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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