Startup Weekend Purdue

    Friday, March 2 - 4, 2018


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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Purdue

Friday, March 2 - 4, 2018



Friday, March 2 - 4, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

The Anvil

West Lafayette, IN

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Start a business in one weekend!

Startup Weekend Purdue is the event for turning ideas into startups! Validate the problem, develop a business model, and then craft and deliver a pitch to win prizes to help take your startup to the next level. Along the way, you'll network with other entrepreneurial students as well as experienced entrepreneurs who will be there as mentors. The judges panel will be a group of experts in their respective fields who can provide you the feedback to make your startup successful. Come to SW Purdue for not only a productive weekend, but also a weekend of unforgettable memories.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday March 2nd


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


7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:10 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


7:40 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


8:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


8:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


8:30 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 as late as the venue will allow

Saturday March 3rd


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


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


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday March 4th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


12:00 pm
Lunch


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


4:00 pm
Dinner


4:30 pm
Final Presentations


5:30 pm
Judging & Awards


6:00 pm
Wrap-Up



Speakers


Shireen Hafeez
Founder of Deaf Kids Code

After the diagnosis of my son, I have been fully immersed into advocacy and activism for babies and kids who are Deaf/ hard of hearing. My entire life's sense of purpose going forward has been focused on the betterment of this population. Though I still wear my advocacy hat, I started my own social initiative called Deaf Kids Code. It is a registered 501c3 nonprofit
organization which was created out of my fundamental belief that the digital age is the great equalizer. I believe that with the ever increasing tech skills gap and the global nature of honing such skills, the time has come to change the equation. With rapidly changing work environments, the increase in digital communication, as well as, remote working styles the barriers that existed before are fast dissolving. It also gives rise to support the claim that by supporting this pipeline, they will have greater social and economic participation than ever before. We are striving towards cultivating the next generation of tech leadership through this untapped talent pool. Society, industries, the economy, and those who are Deaf/ hard of hearing are all winners in the end. The even playing field has finally arrived and will make a dent in their astronomical unemployment rate too. Breaking the cycle from school to couch by inspiring skills that the world needs.

Event Judges


Corben Lee

Corben is an attorney with Gutwein Law. His practice focuses on tax law, succession planning and various general business matters. He has past experience at the Entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property Clinic and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.
Corben graduated with a BS in Management and a concentration in Corporate Finance from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management before moving on to earn his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame. While at Notre Dame, he served as a public defender at the South Bend Juvenile Justice Center. 


Neil Mylet

Neil Mylet is a farmer from Indiana who works with his family to produce corn and soybeans. He has a passion for inventing new technology that positively impacts the way people work, learn, and live. Neil also enjoys contributing towards helping young people dream big as it relates to entrepreneurship and international relations.


Heidi Schmidt

Dr. Heidi Schmidt is the founder of, and currently serves as Director Emeritus for the national mentoring organization, College Mentors for Kids! Inc. (CMK). Her current entrepreneurial venture, Hire4Good (H4G), is an online jobsite platform that employs college students in fee-based tutoring and other servicerelated jobs, to raise money for charities. In a collaborative partnership with Timmy Global Health, Hire4Good will launch in the Fall of 2017, on college campuses nationally. She is also a founding Director of the Indianapolis-based consulting firm, The Executive Consortium, with whom she regularly consults for a variety of businesses and nonprofits throughout Central Indiana. Heidi has been an adjunct faculty member of the Indiana University (IU) Jacobs School of Music, Martin University and the Opera Festival di Roma in Italy. 

She is currently on the faculty of Purdue University, where she teaches undergraduate entrepreneurship courses for The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and serves as the faculty advisor for Purdue’s Epsilon Nu Tau Co-Ed Entrepreneurship Fraternity.


Shireen Hafeez
Founder of Deaf Kids Code

After the diagnosis of my son, I have been fully immersed into advocacy and activism for babies and kids who are Deaf/ hard of hearing. My entire life's sense of purpose going forward has been focused on the betterment of this population. Though I still wear my advocacy hat, I started my own social initiative called Deaf Kids Code. It is a registered 501c3 nonprofit
organization which was created out of my fundamental belief that the digital age is the great equalizer. I believe that with the ever increasing tech skills gap and the global nature of honing such skills, the time has come to change the equation. With rapidly changing work environments, the increase in digital communication, as well as, remote working styles the barriers that existed before are fast dissolving. It also gives rise to support the claim that by supporting this pipeline, they will have greater social and economic participation than ever before. We are striving towards cultivating the next generation of tech leadership through this untapped talent pool. Society, industries, the economy, and those who are Deaf/ hard of hearing are all winners in the end. The even playing field has finally arrived and will make a dent in their astronomical unemployment rate too. Breaking the cycle from school to couch by inspiring skills that the world needs.


Coaches and Mentors


Kurtis Sluss
Founder

Kurtis Sluss is an American engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur. His focus is redefining medicine and disrupting current diagnostic technologies. He leads Brightlamp as Cofounder and CEO with experience in innovative detection and diagnostic methods and an intuition for startup success. 


Yarkin Sakucoglu

Yarkin has co-founded Socio Labs along with Alihan Ozbayrak and Joseph Watkins. Socio is a venture backed startup headquartered in Lafayette, Indiana. With the focus of taking event experiences to the next level, Socio has been used in over 300 events globally and facilitated millions of interactions. Yarkin is a full-stack CEO, having a good understanding of business, sales and marketing along with expertise in product development and design.


Neil Mylet

Neil Mylet is a farmer from Indiana who works with his family to produce corn and soybeans. He has a passion for inventing new technology that positively impacts the way people work, learn, and live. Neil also enjoys contributing towards helping young people dream big as it relates to entrepreneurship and international relations.


Heidi Schmidt

Dr. Heidi Schmidt is the founder of, and currently serves as Director Emeritus for the national mentoring organization, College Mentors for Kids! Inc. (CMK). Her current entrepreneurial venture, Hire4Good (H4G), is an online jobsite platform that employs college students in fee-based tutoring and other servicerelated jobs, to raise money for charities. In a collaborative partnership with Timmy Global Health, Hire4Good will launch in the Fall of 2017, on college campuses nationally. She is also a founding Director of the Indianapolis-based consulting firm, The Executive Consortium, with whom she regularly consults for a variety of businesses and nonprofits throughout Central Indiana. Heidi has been an adjunct faculty member of the Indiana University (IU) Jacobs School of Music, Martin University and the Opera Festival di Roma in Italy. 

She is currently on the faculty of Purdue University, where she teaches undergraduate entrepreneurship courses for The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and serves as the faculty advisor for Purdue’s Epsilon Nu Tau Co-Ed Entrepreneurship Fraternity.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Purdue 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 Greater Lala is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Byeonghun
    Kim
  • Akash
    Raju
  • Mallika
    Venkatachalam
  • Shiraz
    Chokshi
  • Miles
    Droege
  • Shubhankar
    Sinha

Facilitators


Jason Todd
Managing Director



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