Startup Weekend Evansville 6.0

    Friday, February 17 - 19, 2017

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Startup Weekend Evansville 6.0

Friday, February 17 - 19, 2017

Friday, February 17 - 19, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

University Of Southern Indiana
8600 University Blvd
Evansville , IN 47712

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Learn. Network. Startup!

The growing prize package includes: Twelve hours of marketing consulting from Thrive Marketing Strategies; two years of secure website hosting and $500 of software services from Lieberman Technologies; four hours of intellectual property consulting from Martin IP Law Group; exclusive interview podcast from Evansville Podcast; six-month membership to the Station Coworking Space; priority consideration for the Indiana University Maurer Intellectual Property Clinic; four hours of financial consulting from Solomon Business Solutions; exclusive pitch opportunity for the top winning ideas at Evansville Tech-On-Tap; twelve hours of idea development consulting from the USI Eagle Innovation Accelerator; four hours of product development consulting from Maple Hill Engineering, LLC

Free Business Portrait for Attendees
As part of Startup Weekend Evansville 6.0, every attendee may receive a complementary professional high resolution retouched portrait from Better Image Photography & Video. Perfect for their social media profiles or business cards. You will have between 2 and 7 images to select from. A branded and watermark-free image will be emailed to the participants on Monday. The portraits will be offered from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (CST) on Friday evening at the event.

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 sixth year, Startup Weekend Evansville 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.  

Click here for What is Startup Weekend?

Who are we looking for?
  • Developers, designers, educators, and those with an interest in business/marketing/finance/strategy are welcome; no previous entrepreneurial experience is required! All are welcome: parents, students, educators, administrators, business professionals, designers, technical professionals, non-profit, policy makers, and community members. 
  • University students interested in hacking, the UX / UI design, undertake or improve education and who want to collaborate in the development of unique solutions. 
  • Teachers wanting to share their vision and experience! They are essential to the success of Startup Weekend Evansville 6.0! 
  • Educational community: Managers of schools, people of non-profit entities linked to education, professionals working on the development of services or educational materials.
  • Developers: From mobile applications (IOS, IOS SDK, Android), programmers (JAVA, Objective C, CSS3, etc.) and "Web developers" (front end and back end). 
  • Designers: UX / UI designers (Adobe Suite Applications, Axure, iRise, Omnigraffle, etc.). 
  • Entrepreneurs and people from the business world: Innovators, Thinkers, Business Strategists, Marketers, Finance Gurus, Project Managers, Philanthropists and others interested in contributing to the modeling of entreprenurial-based projects that may arise.    
We look forward to a wide range of perspectives, previous experiences, passion, talent, skills and individuals and teams to combine them and obtain solutions with high potential and interest.  

How does it work?
It is not just the idea, it is the team! Teams are formed around the most voted ideas on the first day, so you can contribute to the business idea that inspires you with your knowledge and experience. All are important in Startup Weekend. Starting on Friday with the turn of "open mic", attendees are invited to submit their best ideas live in one minute and entice other participants to join their team. After hearing all ideas a vote among the participants is to choose the most popular ideas, and people who have submitted these ideas will have the responsibility to team up with other participants depending on the needs of your idea. On Saturday and Sunday, the teams design and shape their startup with the help of mentors and facilitators to finally develop the business model. On Sunday evening the teams present their ideas/prototypes to a panel of judges and the top three ideas are selected as winners of the event.  Be a part of the empowered innovation movement.

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Friday February 17th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, 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: Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke to provide opening address.

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 18th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Business Model Canvas
Coach K demo on the business model canvas you will be utilizing during the weekend.

12:00 pm
Lunch & speaker; Andy Niemeier
Andy's topic: "If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Considerations for Your Idea Development"

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 19th

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
Awards & Wrap-Up

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Mohammed Khayum
Dean, USI Romain College of Business

Lloyd Winnecke
Mayor of Evansville

The Mayor will provide opening remarks regarding Startup Weekend Evansville and the relevance and importance within our entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Andy Niemeier
Director of HR and Finance for Azzip Pizza

Andy's topic: "If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Considerations for Your Idea Development"
Andy is from Evansville and went to Mater Dei High School.  He graduated from Purdue with a mechanical engineering degree in 2011.  After Purdue, he worked for General Mills in a manufacturing leadership rotational program.  After three years, he left to pursue an MBA at Vanderbilt.  Andy graduated from Vanderbilt in 2016 as the business school’s Founder’s Medalist, which is awarded to the top graduating student from each school, and moved back to Evansville to join his brother Brad and family with Azzip.  He currently runs the HR and finance functions at Azzip, serves on the Mater Dei Friends and Alumni board, and enjoys spending time with his wife, Elyse, and one-year old son, Rowan.

Event Judges

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.

Allen Patterson
Chief Operating Officer

Allen Patterson, Chief Operating Officer of FLANDERS, based in Evansville, Indiana.   Allen holds a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Evansville.    The FLANDERS Mission is to serve people so well they consider us a trusted partner.   FLANDERS has offices in Indiana, Wyoming, Texas, North Dakota and Illinois as well as Australia, Canada, South Africa and Chile with 660 employees worldwide.

Ashley Watson
Marketing Coordinator

Ashley graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Bachelor's of Science in Marketing. After graduation, she worked on the ground level of an upcoming tech startup, RoverTown.  Ashley transitioned to working for the company remotely when she moved to Evansville to pursue a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Southern Indiana. As a graduate assistant for University Communications, she employed her entrepreneurial mindset to contribute to the University's marketing strategy. One month before graduating with her MBA, she was hired as the marketing coordinator for USI's Outreach and Engagement. Today, she works with a diverse group of 15+ programs, supporting their strategy, social media, web design, content, PR and traditional marketing needs.

Tim Wilhelmus
Innovation, Curriculum and Technology Specialist at Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation

Time works with teachers at all grade levels to re-imagine teaching and learning for the digital age with a focus on creating student-centered, globally-connected, technologically enhanced, personally relevant and highly collaborative teaching and learning experiences. I am also a Sony Education Ambassador and GoEnnounce Digital Image Champion. My objective is to help others excel as learners, to change our education system so that it matters to the people it serves, and to make a difference to others.

Jarin Jaffee
Head of Evansville Day School

As Head of School at Evansville Day School, Jarin Jaffee is one of the youngest independent school leaders in America. Throughout his 15-year career, Jarin’s work in education has run the gamut, giving him a unique and comprehensive perspective on effective education practices.

Zac Parsons

Zac Parsons is the co-founder of the Honey Moon Coffee Co., which was a pivot that sprung out of a 2016 Startup Weekend entry (Collide Coffee Space). Zac has served as a mentor or judge in most of the previous Startup Weekends in Evansville. He’s also an organizer for Tech on Tap, as well as the licensee and lead organizer of TEDxEvansville.

Through the launch of the coffee shop and TEDxEvansville, Zac was identified as a social entrepreneur by the University of Evansville, and began teaching Social Entrepreneurship in the spring 2017 semester. In the spring 2018 semester, he also began teaching Strategic Entrepreneurship at the University of Southern Indiana. Zac speaks on social entrepreneurship
around the region and regularly advocates for mission-oriented, for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations with revenue models. Zac has 3 children and is engaged to be married in 2018 to his Honey Moon co-founder, Jessica, who has 3 children of her own.

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.

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.

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. 

Chris Johnson
Recruitment Specialist/Entrepreneurial Mentor

Christopher L. Johnson is a native of Evansville, Indiana who loves all things entrepreneurship! Academically, Christopher graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Public Relations/Advertising. His current professional background consist of a variety of professions ranging from being a dynamic Recruitment Specialist at Santa Fe College to helping launch the UF Online OneStop at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. He is also a mentor for local entrepreneurship and will be launching his talent promotion website spring 2017. With a strong passion for life, Christopher brings high energy, creativity, ideation methods, and a strong desire to see all entrepreneurs succeed not only in business but in life as well.   

Drew Peyronnin
Entrepreneur, Angel Investor

Dr. Peyronnin has been an active Angel investor since 2005. In the past eight years he has completed due diligence on over 25 early stage companies and has made investments in Indiana startup companies. His investment focus is on near revenue Indiana companies in Life Sciences and Information Technologies.  Dr. Peyronnin is an investor and director of Perfinity BioSciences, Inc., a West Lafayette company engaged in the development of automated systems for proteomics and large molecule research. He chairs the Perfinity BioSciences audit committee.  Dr Peyronnin’s other angel investments include Courseload, Localstake, and Curvo Labs. Dr. Peyronnin is the organizer of Evansville Tech on Tap ( , which seeks to support the development of innovation based companies in the Southwest Indiana region. He has participated as a mentor, judge and speaker at Startup Weekends in Evansville, Bloomington, Terre Haute and Crane.

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. 

Ryan Barkley
Founder of Kaizen Webworks

Ryan Barkley is a digital marketing consultant and customer experience designer based in Owensboro, KY. He works with business executives, marketing directors, and entrepreneurs to design and implement effective web strategies for their companies. His projects focus on sales growth and increased efficiency, whether the task at hand is a website and marketing funnel, social advertising campaign, or custom business software. He also dabbles in video production and photography, both for business and fun. Outside of work, he’s interested in health and fitness, especially as it relates to productivity.

Mike Eppler
CFO Kitera - Evansville

A serial entrepreneur and experienced scale-up manager, Mike has helped and guided 7 European and South American multinationals find roots and traction in the American experience (taking tech to scale up). He also has experience turning around failing companies.  Mike's current project is a tech startup headquartered in Southwest Indiana. His specialty is cost accounting, budgeting, strategic planning, KPIs, and business development. 

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Techstars Startup Weekend Evansville is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Daniel Johnsen
Founder, The Recovery Station

Founder, The Recovery Station (winner of Startup Weekend Lexington, Kentucky 2013)
From:KY (we love bourbon), live in Louisville, Kentucky, United States; currently residing in Longreach, Queensland, Australia.
Background: Founded a few companies, currently making a vending kiosk that dispenses pre/post workout drinks like protein shakes that are customizable and blended on-demand for everyday athletes in gyms (idea was the #1 placing idea at a Startup Weekend during a global startup battle).  I'm heavily active in Louisville & KY's startup scene where I help from basic mentoring with early stage ideas, organize Startup Weekends, throw happy hours for the startup & tech scene, the go-to person for pitch feedback before our area accelerator demo days, and random other items that I often forget and just do as they show up on my calendar.  I have a passion for asking some pretty forceful questions to get early stage entrepreneurs to evaluate their market, problem and solution and arrive at some decision point sooner rather than waiting 18+ months to launch MVPs, scale or bury the idea.
SW/UP: Been part of 30+ (?) Startup Weekends as: Sunday night observer x4; team lead x2; organizer x4; facilitator x1; judge x1; only KY rep for 2014 Vegas Summit; Startup Next participant x3 (I think I hold some type of non-verifiable record for as many ideas as I've taken through); Startup Next mentor x1

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