Greater Lafayette Startup Weekend

    Friday, September 13 - 15, 2019

  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Greater Lafayette Startup Weekend

Friday, September 13 - 15, 2019

Friday, September 13 - 15, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

MatchBOX Coworking Studio
17 S 6th St
Lafayette, IN 47901

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Your idea in 50 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? 

Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own 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.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

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.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday September 13th

6:00 pm
Dinner + Networking
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. Help yourself to food and beverages, and get acquainted with other Startup Weekend folks.

6:45 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Welcome our facilitator, and hear from our keynote speaker.

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

Saturday September 14th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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!

6:00 pm

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

Sunday September 15th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Bill Arnold
Managing Director, Studio at Purdue Foundry

Bill Arnold is Managing Director, Studio at the Purdue Foundry. His background includes multiple startups, based in a BA in Philosophy and an MS in AI. Think Strategic Disruption – that’s Bill.

Pallavi Gupta
Assistant Director Programs, Shah Family Global Innovation Lab at Purdue University

Pallavi has significant experience working with tech and non-tech innovations resolving critical challenges in the developing world. As Assistant Director of Programs for Shah Family Global Innovation Lab, Pallavi will support all phases of research projects and is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with a portfolio of top NGO's and donors to generate new opportunities for collaboration. Pallavi received the M.A. in International Development from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University and the M.S. in Management Information Systems from the London School of Economics, UK. She has over ten years of experience working across engineering, management consulting and international development. Between 2005 and 2013, she worked as a software engineer with IBM Software Labs India, Autodesk Singapore and as a management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) London. In 2013, she founded a non-profit, FifthEstate, in Uttar Pradesh, India. The organization partners with state governments in India to create collaborations between innovative social models, government departments, civil society groups and corporations. Her work was acknowledged by the Chief Minister of India’s largest state and was invited to join the State Innovation Council of Uttar Pradesh. As a council member, she advised on the formation of policies on social innovation and encouraging corporate participation in social development. Pallavi is an Ashoka Fellow and has published in development and public policy as well as holds a patent in rational database technology.

Coaches and Mentors

Diana Hancock
COO at SPEAK MODalities

Diana has over 15 years of experience in operational planning and execution as she spent the first part of her career in sales and marketing management in the automotive seating industry. At Johnson Controls she directed Advanced Marketing, Sales, Design and Business Intelligence activities to develop profitable new product opportunities with Automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers. At Purdue she served as Project Director for the HUBzero web-based platform for research, collaboration and education. Recently she has served as the Director of Commercialization for Information technology where she has nurtured key partnership opportunities, leveraging Purdue’s information technology resources in a commercial environment.

Kurtis Sluss

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. 

Mikel Berger

Paul Griggs
Managing Partner at Gold Sail Capital

Gold Sail Capital is an alternative asset management firm founded in 2015 out of a dorm room at Purdue University by: Paul Griggs and Matt Garofalo. Between Gold Sail's three core divisions, the firm specializes in hedge funds, real estate, private equity, venture capital, and private debt. Headquartered in Lafayette, Indiana.

The firm's mission is to protect and to grow client capital as the firm designs and tailors investment strategies to last through ever-changing market conditions.

"Our company is our ship, the managers our crew, the strategies our sails, the investments our wind, and the market our sea."

Jason Tennenhouse
Strategist & Designer

Jason works with entrepreneurs and business leaders to generate new and important ideas, create new business models, and innovate new products and services. To develop such things as prototypes, products, websites, experiences, environments, brands, systems, and organizations. Jason helps clients better understand their strengths and weaknesses to refine concepts into compelling opportunities.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Greater Lafayette Startup Weekend team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

Signature Sponsors

Gutwein Law will give the winning team a Startup Legal Package worth $1,500.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Amanda
  • Emily
  • Dustin
  • Diana
  • Hannah


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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