Startup Weekend Evansville 8.0

    Friday, April 12 - 14, 2019

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Evansville 8.0

Friday, April 12 - 14, 2019

Friday, April 12 - 14, 2019
Event starts at 5:30 pm

USI Health Professions Building
8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN 47712

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"Better Health Through Innovation"


Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build ideas, and launch startups.

This year SWE 8.0 will have a thematic focus to address community and regional health care issues; “Better Health Through Innovation” - an SWE platform that will seek to combine healthcare professionals, business, engineering, IT, community, students, and healthcare customer perspectives in the service of co-creation contributing to community and regional healthcare innovation. Vanderburgh County, in Evansville Indiana, ranks 78th out of 92 counties for health outcomes.  The county is the 7th largest by population. Based on the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), Vanderburgh County, Indiana has several healthcare issues.  This is where we need your help?  We have created the following three "innovation buckets" which warrant the most needed attention for innovation:

  1. Behavioral Health (stigma, depression, suicide, dementia, substance abuse connection) 
  2. Exercise/Nutrition (lifestyle, obesity, activity spaces, education, food insecurity) 
  3. Information Technology/Data Analytics (need to improve local data, community feedback, information/communication options) 
This year, we want participants to choose an innovation bucket they are interested in, and focus on a problem within that bucket to work on during the weekend event.  It's OK if you have a problem you want to pursue that is not on our lists within buckets - this list is not exhaustive, but it does need to be relevant to Behavioral Health, Exercise/Nutrition, or Information Technology/Data Analytics within the healthcare industry. Just like a traditional startup weekend, these are your ideas to develop with a uniquely facilitated process to solve problems with healthcare in our community.  If your idea is one of the top two chosen to solve a healthcare problem in Vanderburgh County, we will help you get your idea developed, launched, and implemented.


On Sunday during final pitch Demo Day, there will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winning teams at the event (up to five team members). To receive the $6,000 in idea development funding for the top two most plausible ideas, they must be initially implemented in the Evansville, Indiana community and/or region; each of the two most plausible ideas will receive $3,000 in idea development funding and entry into the University of Southern Indiana Eagle Innovation Accelerator Program.  Funding provided by University of Southern Indiana Outreach and Engagement.  The top two most plausible ideas will also receive one year of secure web hosting from Lieberman Technologies and 6 months free membership at Cowork Evansville.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: If you are in need of accommodation literally just up the road from the event venue, the following are two good hotel options. They both provide a discount rate if you mention you are attending an event at USI. Fairfield Inn Evansville - West and Holiday Inn Express Evansville - West.   

No matter how you get here, you'll leave having learned a new skill, met a new friend, or discovered that you love being an entrepreneur. 

Your ticket supports local businesses providing yummy food all weekend from:

  • Bauerhause Catering
  • Culinary Innovations
  • Vescovi Catering
What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own healthcare problem, potential 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. If you do not have a team, no problem.  This is one of the unique dynamics of Start Weekends; teams organically develop around the best ideas to move forward.

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.
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The buy tickets button will take you to an Eventbrite page to register for this event. This year, all tickets for anyone are only $25.  That's right, $25 which includes all your materials, food, drinks, swag, and more for the entire weekend.  Just select the ticket that best describes your area of expertise.  Why are ticket prices so incredibly reasonable?  Due to our generous sponsors who understand that great ideas and amazing problem solvers come from everywhere and we want everyone to have accessibility to this incredible weekend.

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Friday April 12th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat a great meal from Bauerhaus Catering in the main gathering space, 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

8:00 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 in the venue until 10:00PM (CST).

Saturday April 13th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm
Eat a great meal from Culinary Innovations in the main gathering space; keynote speaker - Kim Spahn

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, coaches and mentors arrive, call for help

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

6:30 pm
Eat a great dinner from Bauerhaus Catering in the main gathering space

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

11:00 pm
Finished for the day. USI venue needs to close by 10:00PM (CST)

Sunday April 14th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
All teams meet with facilitator with any concerns. Opportunity to ask questions.

12:00 pm
Eat an incredible lunch from Bauerhaus Catering in the main gathering space

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

5:30 pm
Final Presentations
Ready or not, it's on!!!!

7:30 pm
Judging & Dinner
Have great dinner in main gathering space from Vescovi Catering

8:30 pm
Judging Comments & Awards Announced
Judges provide feedback to all teams and award our superb prizes

9:30 pm
Wrap Up & Go Home!


Kim Spahn
Certified Life and Health Coach and Creator of The Vitality Method

Kim has a background as a Family Nurse Practitioner with a focus in mental health.  Throughout her 13 –year career in healthcare, she has held various positions from administration and clinical to advanced practice, educational, and leadership roles.  She graduated with her Bachelors in Nursing in 2010 and Masters in Nursing 2013 from the University of Southern Indiana.  She completed further research on leadership, burn out, and mental health in 2016 for her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Educational Leadership at Case Western Reserve University.  Shortly after completing this research, Kim expanded her career and launched her own life and wellness coaching business, in addition to creating The Vitality Method: A research based program created to improve workplace and organizational wellness.  [The program is specifically designed to improve the quality of personal lives by promoting healthy habits and creating positive behavior change.]   Kim coaches other professionals, leaders, and entrepreneurs on an individual and group basis to create the change they crave in their personal and professional lives.  She is now expanding her coaching programs and ideas into various different populations and settings, including mentorship and community wellness.

Event Judges

Andy Perry
CEO & Co-Founder, Curvo Labs

Andy Perry is the CEO and Co-Founder of Curvo Labs, Inc., an enterprise software-as-a-service company for the healthcare supply chain.   A grateful beneficiary of the wisdom of many others, Andy's 20-year career in healthcare has been focused on reducing cost and improving quality through strategic supply chain management.  Andy holds an MBA and a BA in Economics, both from the University of Southern Indiana, and he has served as an adjunct Lecturer in Macroeconomics at the University of Evansville.

Linda White
Deaconess Foundation Executive Director

Linda joined Deaconess Hospital in 1985. Linda's prior Deaconess history includes president and CEO of Deaconess Hospital for two years, senior vice president and COO for eight years, and vice president for Patient Care Services. She also served a vice president of nursing, director of medical surgical nursing, administrative assistant, staff specialist and nurse management analyst in the nursing service department.  From 1984 to 1985, she was the assistant vice president of nursing at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois.

Jill Griffin
Executive Director, Center for Innovation and Change

Jill Griffin joined the University of Evansville Center for Innovation and Change as the director of the ChangeLab Program in August 2012. She brings practical experience as a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting as well as experience in brand management and business development at Dell Computer Corporation. Griffin’s academic training includes a Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin, an MBA and MS in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, a MA in Economics from Indiana University, and a BA in Mathematics and Russian from Trinity University. She has spent more than seven years living and working abroad in such countries as Germany, Austria, Russia, and Bulgaria. Her research on consumer behavior is published in the Journal of Marketing Researchand the Journal of Consumer Psychology. In addition to directing ChangeLab and coaching students on projects with industry partners, Griffin has taught courses in brand management, consumer behavior, marketing strategy, marketing research, microeconomics and macroeconomics. She is passionate about providing transformative educational experiences to students.

Coaches and Mentors

Kevin Valadares
Professor and Chair of Health Administration

Kevin Valadares is a Professor of Health Services and Chair of the Master of Health Administration program at the University of Southern Indiana.  Prior to coming to academia, he worked as a hospital administrator in St. Louis, MO. He is currently very involved in the regional healthcare community and presently is a member of the board of ECHO Community Healthcare, Inc. and serves on the Ethics and Mission committee at St. Vincent Evansville. His primary healthcare interests lay in promoting Advance Care Planning and End of Life conversations that supports individuals and families at any age or stage of health in understanding and sharing their personal values, life goals, and preferences regarding future medical care. 

Stephanie Diekmann
Data and Research Administrator

Stephanie is the Data and Research Administrator at the University of Southern Indiana. After working ten years as a social worker, she began working on her masters in information science and fell in love with all things data. Since earning her degree, she’s worked as a website manager, database developer and a web programmer. In her current position, she assists in the official data reporting for the University and facilitating the University’s data governance initiative. Stephanie is passionate about sharing her love of data with others. She teaches an undergraduate data visualization course at USI and a non-credit Tableau Training course with USI’s Office of Outreach and Engagement.  She is also one of the leaders of the Southwest Indiana Tableau Users Group, a network of data enthusiasts in the Southwest Indiana region who gather with the purpose of sharing experiences and improving their data skills using Tableau.

Edwin Cahill
Certified Business Coach & Trainer

Edwin Cahill is a Certified Business Coach and Trainer who partners with business owners, corporate leaders, professionals, and non-profits to achieve their goals. He specializes in business & strategic planning, marketing, sales, team building, time management, organizational assessments and intercultural competencies. He helps business leaders put proven systems in place, measure progress and remain accountable.  Before launching his business coaching practice, Edwin held a variety of leadership positions at organizations in a broad range of industries, including: Hospitality, Food/Beverage/Catering, Franchises, Health Care, International & Graduate Business in Higher Education, Logistics, and Martial Arts. He was a coach for Startup Weekend EVV 7.0. Most recently he has worked with the University of Southern Indiana, YMCA and consulting local business owners and non-profits. Prior to that Edwin served as Assistant Director of Global Programs at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. 

Josh McWilliams
Product Manager with MetroNet Fiber

Josh is a Product Manager with MetroNet Fiber, a 100% Fiber Telecommunications company headquartered in Evansville, IN. Josh is responsible for developing the strategy and bringing to market new offerings and platforms for the company’s video offering. Prior to joining MetroNet, Josh was the Technology Commercialization Manager at Uuniversity of Southern Indiana (USI) where he was charged with helping startups in the region in launching with the assistance of University resources including workshops, competitions, and access to USI faculty, students, and equipment. Josh came back to Evansville in 2010 to join ChronoTrack Systems, a technology startup that makes UHF RFID timing equipment for events like the NYC Marathon which was successfully launched, scaled, and acquired by Lifetime Fitness. Josh and his wife Brittney also own and manage McWilliams Vision Care - an eye healthcare facility on Evansville’s east side.

Swateja Nimkar
Assistant Professor of Health Services

Swateja Nimkar is an Assistant Professor of Health Services at the University of Southern Indiana (USI).  In an era favorable for interdisciplinary careers, she has an inter-professional educational background in pharmacy, public health, and wellness. She is passionate about chronic disease management in the older adult population as well as the use of e-health and mHealth technology in healthcare systems. Swateja has published several healthcare articles and presentation abstracts at the regional, national, and international levels. In addition to her teaching and research activities at USI, Swateja’s involvement in the Community Health Needs Assessment for Vanderburgh county and surrounding areas has allowed her to better understand the health needs of the local population. 

Drew Peyronnin
Entrepreneur in Residence

Drew is a graduate of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and worked 10 years in pharmaceutical and industrial toxicology, equine regulatory medicine and small animal practice. He has founded, co-founded and/or operated businesses in agriculture, banking, capital leasing, construction, proteomics, real estate and veterinary medicine. Has been an Angel investor since 2005 investing in Indiana innovation-based businesses. In 2012 he founded Evansville Tech-on-Tap which has hosted and/or promoted 400 events connecting our innovation ecosystem and in 2018 founded EVVangelist – The Evansville Regional Angel Investor Network to connect the region’s investors and entrepreneurs. Drew is passionate about coaching and connecting entrepreneurs and has served in that role at a dozen Startup Weekends and the Velocity Accelerator program. An unapologetic enthusiast for Evansville, our region and our state he currently serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence with the Purdue Foundry@WestGate.

Lisa Gish
Director of Clinic Operations, Tri state Community Clinics, LLC

Lisa is a graduate of University of Southern Indiana and has a 30 year background in all aspects of healthcare. Since the start of Tri State Community Clinics, LLC in 2009, Lisa has been responsible for operations and quality of all Tri State Community Clinics which span across three states and over seventy clients with more than 22,000 covered lives. Her extensive background in pharmacy benefits consulting is applied daily through the organization’s FitPharm® process of clinic formulary management. Prior to joining Tri State Community Clinics, she was Executive Director of Tri-State Business Group on Health (TSBGH) and also has her own consulting company that specializes in onsite/near site medical clinics and pharmacy benefits.  Her community involvement includes the Wellness Council of Indiana Board of Directors, Hope Central Board of Directors and she is also a volunteer for the American Red Cross. As an adult who experienced sudden hearing loss and received bilateral cochlear implants, she is an advocate for hearing health and preservation and serves as a mentor with Advanced Bionics® speaking with individuals who have had or considering having cochlear implant surgery.

Mark Elliott
Media and Marketing Consultant

Mark Elliott is a media and marketing veteran of the radio business, with 20+ years of experience in programming and marketing radio stations and other businesses.  In the early 90’s, Mark started a small agency specializing in audience acquisition and retention for radio stations, which quickly grew to over a million dollars in billing.  Mark’s experience as an entrepreneur was helpful as one of the co-organizers of the Startup Weekend Evansville 1.0 in 2012 and a mentor for “Pitch Practice” for GAGE.   Mark resides in Columbus Ohio, where he works as a consultant to media companies and entrepreneurs, teaching and coaching the art of storytelling. 

Rick Martin
Registered Patent Attorney

Mr. Martin's patent practice has the depth of skill and breadth of experience to respond to business needs and address technological matters in any dispute or transaction involving patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and unfair competition issues, known collectively as Intellectual Property. With 20 years of experience in the area of Intellectual Property, C. Richard “Rick” Martin can assist you or your company in acquiring and protecting your valuable ideas, products, trademarks, and other intellectual property. As a former patent examiner with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, Rick has a unique understanding of the patent prosecution process from an inside perspective. 

Edgar Hilton
Entrepreneur, Engineer

Edgar Hilton is the founder and President of Toto Pahyik Fitness, Inc which runs and operates a personal training studio in Tampa, Florida.  He recently co-founded JimBot Gym Technologies, a gym technology company, and is an alum of the USI Eagle Innovation Accelerator program, BizCom, and AppCom.  He is a graduate from MIT (mechanical engineering), and worked on his Masters and PhD at UVA's Rotating Machines and Controls Laboratory, where he designed and implemented the controls for a magnetically levitated, ventricular assist device (artificial heart).  Edgar has been directly involved in the success of two startups, where one received SBIR distinction awards, and the other one had a successful exit. Edgar's first passion continues to be engineering and technology. Edgar is presently a stakeholder and Principal Software Engineer for a big data & analytics company, Seeq Corporation, in Seattle, WA.  You can frequently find Edgar at Co-Work Evansville at Innovation Pointe downtown, where he constantly has his finger on the pulse of entrepreneurial energies in the region. On a sunny weekend, you will find Edgar on his road bike, working up a sweat.

Rick Culiver
Partner/Business Development

Rick is a partner and business development with Lieberman Technologies; which helps businesses and organizations prosper with the intelligent use of technology solutions. Our broad set of technology skills and our business experience give us a unique ability to craft solutions that drive businesses and organizations forward. We focus on solutions that give a competitive advantage, increase productivity, and lower operational costs. Rick has been a co-organizer of the past 6 Startup Weekend Evansville events.

Gabriela Wilson
Chair, Health Informatics and Information Management

Dr. Gabriela Mustata Wilson is an Associate Professor of Health Informatics and the Chair of the Health Informatics and Information Management Program in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Southern Indiana. With numerous years of experience in both industry and academia, she brings solid academic rigor and scientific expertise to the field of Pharmaco and Health Informatics. Dr. Mustata Wilson is committed to advancing the quality of care and betterment of the healthcare system by working collaboratively with academic institutions, healthcare organizations, and other community partners. Her career is one of caring and serving others by motivating and inspiring to help everyone achieve their goals.   Dr. Mustata Wilson earned a Ph.D. in Computational Biochemistry from the University of Houston and an M.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from the Free University of Brussels in Belgium.  

Eric Steele
Entrepreneur in Residence

Eric has founded and worked for a variety of startups in industries ranging from telecommunications to e commerce.  After graduating from Indiana University, he co founded ForePoint Networks, a wireless internet service provider that was acquired in 2009 and RareShare, a network for individuals with rare medical disorders that was acquired in 2014.  Subsequent positions included roles in mergers and acquisitions, and strategic initiatives/partnerships, and most recently CFO of Nadine West, an e commerce startup based in Austin, TX.  Eric is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence with Elevate Ventures located in Southwest Indiana.

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The Startup Weekend Evansville 8.0 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 Evansville is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Mouna Mahouachi
Product Management Consultant | Innovation Leader | Author

Mouna is a product management consultant, innovation leader and author. She is an active member of Startup Weekend New York. She previously organised Startup Weekend events in Zurich, Switzerland.

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