Startup Weekend Evansville 5.0 (past event, see link below for 6.0)

    Friday, February 19 - 21, 2016

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Startup Weekend Evansville 5.0 (past event, see link below for 6.0)

Friday, February 19 - 21, 2016

Friday, February 19 - 21, 2016
Event starts at 5:30 pm

University Of Southern Indiana
Business and Engineering Center
8600 University Blvd
Evansville, IN 47712

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Changing lives. Changing communities. Changing our future, one idea at a time!

Startup Weekend Evansville 6.0 is coming February 17-19, 2017

2016 was a great startup weekend, but now we want to get ready for new ideas and a new format in February of 2017. Click here to visit the event page. 

Prizes include: Four hours of marketing consulting from Thrive Marketing Strategies; two years of secure website hosting and $500 of software services from Lieberman Technologies; exclusive interview podcast from Evansville Podcast; free co-work space at the Innovation Station from Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville; four hours of legal services consulting from the Law Office of Doug Briody; priority consideration for the Indiana University Maurer Intellectual Property Clinic; exclusive pitch opportunity at Evansville Tech-On-Tap; four hours of financial consulting from Solomon CFO Solutions; up to 60 persons for gathering event including non-alcoholic drinks with hors d'oeurvres from Toast

Hotel Accommodations: We have participants from outside the Evansville area.  Very near to the USI campus 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.   

Startup Weekend Evansville is an excellent way to find someone you can actually launch a startup with that shares a common mission: to change the world.  Our goal is to continue to create an environment where passionate people can come together to get things done; to learn, network, bridge the gap between trades, expose potential and see actual results.  We are proud to be a part of this type of innovative collaboration and we hope you will help us reach our goals by once again supporting this global movement on a local level.  Moving into our fifth year, Startup Weekend Evansville 5.0 remains the largest event of its kind in Indiana.  Open regionally to all students and community, Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups. 


Friday February 19th

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

5:45 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders - Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke to officially kick-off event.

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 (11:00 p.m. CST)

Saturday February 20th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:15 am
Business Model Canvas
Demo of the canvas with Coach K.

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

12:00 pm
Guest speakers: Founders of ""

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 (11:00 p.m. CST)

Sunday February 21st

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Dinner

8:30 pm
Winners announced and awards given

9:00 pm
Wrap up and Go Home!


Bradley Davis
Co-founder of Dough Deals

Bradley, along with his co-founding partner, Cole, will discuss the trials, tribulations, and considerations of their experiences launching a new startup.

Cole Raven
Co-founder of Dough Deals

Cole, along with his co-founding partner, Bradley, will discuss the trials, tribulations, and considerations of their experiences launching a new startup.

Event Judges

Jack Smothers
USI Assistant Professor of Management

Jack Smothers is an Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Southern Indiana. Before working at USI, he obtained a Ph.D. in Management at the University of Mississippi, an MBA from the University of Tennessee, and a BSBA from Union University. Jack co-founded Revisus which specializes in personnel selection services and is currently expanding globally. He has won, judged, and coached several business start-up competitions and teaches two of the three courses in the entrepreneurship minor at USI. His research interests include innovation, leadership, entrepreneurship, personnel selection, and business education. Jack has published in various peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Human Relations, Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Journal of Management History, Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, and the Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching.

Ruth Jenkins
President and CEO, Heritage Federal Credit Union

Ruth Jenkins has over 28 years of executive level experience in credit union leadership covering all areas of the credit union operation including positions of Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice President, and Regional Vice President.  Since 1987, she has managed credit unions in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Arkansas, and Indiana.  Her senior-level leadership experience extends from small, single-office rural credit unions to a large cooperative of over $1.4 billion in assets.  Mrs. Jenkins is a graduate of the Credit Union National Association Management School and has received her Credit Union Enterprise Risk Management Expert designation.  She has completed the CUES CEO Institute and received her Certified Chief Executive designation and also holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University.  

Brad Warthan
Principal Lead for KPI Factory

Currently Brad serves as the principal lead for KPI Factory LLC, a digital analytics & strategy consultancy newly formed in Evansville.   Brad specializes in working directly with and through agency partners serving B-to-C and B-to-B customers in the government, CE tech, digital advertising, CPG, retail, and healthcare spaces.   Prior to founding the KPI Factory, Brad held various positions in Wunderman in the US and in the UK agency-headquarters managing digital marketing analytics and consumer insights with a strategic focus on Nokia Global and the US.Brad also held an agency role at Targetbase, a premiere data driven marketing agency, and played a critical role in developing digital marketing analytics.  Within a year, he helped bring global recognition to the organization through a DAA award and played an important role in the development of key analytics products.Brad holds a B.S. in Marketing and a M.B.A. from the University of Southern Indiana.  He has published research in the Journal of Marketing Education and proceedings from the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines.   His work in analytics has received global recognition in awards through a Digital Analytics Association Award given to his former company, Targetbase, in 2008.

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.

Pat Heck
Partner, Director of Development, Lieberman Technologies

As one of the principal partners at Lieberman Technologies, Pat Heck oversees technical operations as well as directly managing the application development group. Prior to joining Lieberman, Pat served as the General Manager for Norlight, Inc., a $50 million telecommunications and technology company that was acquired by Windstream in 2010. He also served in a variety of roles for Q-Comm Corporation, the parent company of Norlight, before taking over the management of Norlight following Q-Comm’s acquisition in 2007.Pat is best known as the person who first brought Internet service to the tri-state. In 1994, he founded World Connection Services/Evansville Online, which was acquired by Q-Comm in 1998. He has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Evansville and a MS in Computer Science from the University of Virginia. He also served as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Evansville from 1991 to 1996.

Mary R Howell Miller
Owner of MRM Custom Embroidery & Designs

Mary Miller has been surrounded by an entrepreneurial spirit for many years. Her father and his family were small business owners in Perry County, and she was exposed to a problem-solving environment on a daily basis alongside her father and other relatives. Over 20 years at Whirlpool Corporation provided Mary with the opportunity to experience and grow in many roles, encompassing Manufacturing, Design, Marketing & Product Development, Competitive Intelligence, Cost Management and Project Management. Her most recent roles at Manitowoc Foodservice allowed her to grow in another exciting area of Product Sales and Business Development. She is also the owner of MRM Custom Embroidery & Designs, which can personalize just about anything for that special, one-of-a-kind gift. She is a graduate of the University of Evansville College of Engineering & Computer Science, with a Summa Cum Laude Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. She is one of the founding mentors for the UE OPTIONS summer program for young girls (and now boys) that have an interest in engineering. She is active as an alumna of Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity, having served as a local and National officer as well as a former advisor to the UE collegiate chapter. She also is a member of twiSTEM (Tri-State Women in STEM) and volunteers extensively to support the National Archery in the Schools Program at Castle North Middle School.  

Andrea Lendy
Business Services Coordinator for G.A.G.E.

Always willing to lend a helping hand, Andrea provides business assistance to the Growth Alliance staff and Innovation Pointe tenants on a daily basis.  A true jack-of-all-trades, Andrea is social media savvy; she is an excellent researcher and enjoys keeping up with the latest trends in technology.  Andrea participated in Startup Weekend Evansville 1.0, and her team earned second place. Their business idea, ICUC (as in “I see, you see”), would give someone in need a pair of glasses, for each pair someone bought in the U.S. (the “one for one” business model).  After being through the Startup Weekend Evansville idea development gauntlet, Andrea knows what to look for in team final pitches.

Coaches and Mentors

Kevin Celuch
USI Blair Chair of Business Science and Professor of Marketing

Kevin Celuch is a Professor in the Department of Marketing and Business Communications and holder of the Blair Chair of Business Science at the University of Southern Indiana.  Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., he worked in program evaluation/applied research for the State of New York.  His active engagement approach to teaching has been recognized for innovation in business graduate education.  He is the co-creator of the Entrepreneurship Minor at the University of Southern Indiana which has been internationally recognized as an outstanding emerging undergraduate program.  He is a presenter on such topics as critical and creative thinking, collaborative learning, change, and innovation.  Kevin has been actively involved in marketing communication, market information, customer engagement, and organizational partnering-related research.  He has worked with numerous profit and nonprofit organizations.

Charles Kelly
USI Instructor in Finance and Management

Charles Kelly is an instructor in Finance and Management at the University of Southern Indiana.  He has over 30 years of experience in banking and finance.  At Citicorp Industrial Credit (a Citigroup company) he was a member of the equipment financing group. At PNC Financial Corp he introduced the leveraged leasing, facility leasing and lease advisory products. He introduced and developed the leasing products at National City Bank of Evansville and German American Bank in Southern Indiana.  At the University of Southern Indiana he teaches entrepreneurial finance, real-estate finance, personal financial management, and strategic planning. Mr. Kelly sits on pitch panels for Romain College of Business entrepreneurship courses. He recently presented a paper on equipment finance at the Federal Reserve System Community Banking Research Conference.  Mr. Kelly received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Arthur Chlebowski
USI Assistant Professor of Engineering

Gongjun Yan
USI Assistant Professor in Computer Science

Gongjun Yan, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science in University of Southern Indiana. He has worked for years in the areas of smart phone design/development, Internet technologies, Business Intelligence, and Machine Learning. He has published Android games currently on the market and partially owns a machining/prototyping plant in China. 

Doug Wurmnest
President, Solomon Business Solutions

Since 2008, I have worked with over 50 businesses ranging in size from $500,000 to $250,000,000 in annual revenues. I helped them create strategic plans, buy businesses, sell divisions and whole companies, improve sales, reduce costs, improve cash flow resulting in increased business value, greater liquidity, reduced stress and reaching their goals. I help small and mid-sized businesses and owners in the greater Evansville area free themselves from being slaves to their business. Owners become slaves when they worry over making payroll, employee conflict, or are unable to retire from their business. Benefits to owners include improved cash flow, working out of troubled debt situations, reduced stress and worries, establishing clear direction and implementation of a proven plan for the eventual exit from the business. In addition, I help owners create and implement plans to transition their business to family members, employees or third parties.  Specialties: Cash flow improvement, bank loan financing, strategic planning, exit planning and execution, family succession planning, business brokerage.

Doug Briody
Attorney at Law Office of Doug Briody

Doug Briody is a graduate of Harvard College and the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University-Bloomington. He is a native of Evansville, Indiana, and has practiced law there since 1994. In 2008, he opened the Law Office of Doug Briody, where he helps entrepreneurs produce, protect, and pass on their wealth. Doug is a previous organizer of Startup Weekend Evansville and a past President of the Evansville Bar Association. He attends Crossroads Christian Church with his family and serves or has served on the boards of various area non-profit organizations, including Community One, the Evansville Bar Association, the Social Media Club of Evansville, and the Evansville-Area Trails Coalition. 

Andrew Epperson
Partner, Director of Web Services at Lieberman Technologies

As a Partner | Director of Web Services at Lieberman Technologies, I manage a team of Internet professionals that work with our clients to create maximum impact of their online presence. My management responsibilities include: project management, customer relationship management, workflow, WordPress Development, SEO, and front-end development.

Steve Doyle
Chair Elect, Evansville SCORE

Steve Doyle is currently a founding member of iPICKHERE - a local startup company focused on improving access to and production of locally produced goods.  As a volunteer, he is Chair Elect and Mentor at the Evansville SCORE organization.  SCORE is a federally funded non-profit organization whose mission is to provide highly experienced assistance to start up and existing businesses.  He is also currently an independent consultant to business and manufacturing.  He has previously held management and director positions in the Automotive and Motorcycle Industries with a focus on Supply Chain, Logistics and Program Management.  He was part of the startup team of Saturn Corp. serving as Supplier Manager.  He served as Director of Purchasing and Supplier Quality at Indian Motorcycle and Manager of Purchasing and Supplier Quality at Automotive Tier I North American Lighting.  He was head of Purchasing and Sales at TISA - a sequence supplier to Toyota.   He has been lead Program Manager for Tier I automotive projects including Lexus, Toyota, HINO and Nissan.  Mr. Doyle has a bachelors of science degree in finance from Indiana University.  

Rick Martin
Intellectual Property 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. 

Stephanie Koch
President, SK Marketing Strategies

Stephanie Koch has worked with small to mid-size businesses on sales & marketing for 10 years. Her business, SK Marketing Strategies, is a strategy company that specializes in Sales & Marketing. She focuses on how products & services are sold. Stephanie volunteers in the community as a Marketing Mentor for the Evansville Chapter of SCORE and the ISBDC. Specialties: Product/Service strategy, market positioning, value proposition development, brand strategy, customer relationships, creating and streamlining marketing & sales processes, identification and management of sales/marketing/digital funnels, customer experience.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Evansville 5.0 (past event, see link below for 6.0) 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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  • Bryan
  • Rick
  • Bobbie
  • Janet


Dana Nelson

Dana Nelson is a social media digital strategist, the Marketing Coordinator at Signarama Evansville, a Local Authorized Expert and Local Product Trainer for Constant Contact, and a Startup Weekend facilitator. She is a noted speaker, co-chair of Evansville Girl Geek Dinners, freelance writer for the Evansville Business Journal, Purdue master gardener, and 4-H Technology Club leader.

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