Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015

Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

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

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Friday November 13th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:45 pm
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:15 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams and Begin Work
Formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.

Saturday November 14th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

11:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help! Coaches will be available at times throughout the day from 11am - 5 pm. This is subject to change based on availability.

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

6:30 pm
Dinner, Check In
Eat some dinner. After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help as needed.

Sunday November 15th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

10:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches will be available for blocks of time beginning at 10am and determined by their individual availability.

12:00 pm

1:30 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
Final Presentations

6:00 pm
Judging and Awards, then Dinner


Matthew Brown
Educator and Entrepreneur

Matthew Brown is a school administrator and entrepreneur with a strong background in integrating classroom technologies and improving the communication between school and home. As an assistant principal and after 14 years in the classroom, Matthew witnessed firsthand the struggle his school nurse had with the growing demands placed on them, as well as keeping track of visits and communicating student health concerns with parents. Taking this growing problem to the April 2014 Greater Lafayette StartUp Weekend, Matthew and the NursePass team (called OurSchoolNurse at the time) emerged as the winning company. The following September, NursePass was launched in the iTunes App Store. After months of testing and gathering critical feedback, the HIPPA compliant NursePass 2.0 launched in May of 2015. It was time to take NursePass on the road. With a goal of securing one user, Matthew took NursePass to the National Association of School Nurses conference in June. As of September, NursePass is patent pending and being used in several schools in the United States.

Event Judges

Stuart Gutwein
President of the VisionTech Angels, Greater Lafayette Chapter

Stuart is a local business attorney, entrepreneur, and active investor. His law practice focus includes a broad range of clients, from multi-national clients in several international business acquisitions to local startup formations and financing. Stuart currently serves on the Indiana Business Law Survey Commission, is President of the VisionTech Angels' Greater Lafayette Chapter, and is a board member of the micro venture capital group M25 Group.

Karen Leeker
Innovation Expert

Karen Leeker is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship & Innovation and New Product Development at Purdue University. She is an innovation and product development expert and inventor with 4 patents.  Karen has developed new businesses in excess of $1 billion global sales throughout her career.  Karen has her own consulting company since 2008 and is currently working as VP of Operations for a Health Care start-up in West Lafayette.​

Daryl Starr

Daryl leverages his connections and experience in agriculture to help Foundry client founders position their companies for early success. He also enjoys the exposure to a tremendous amount of technical knowledge coming out of the university and helping pair scientists with business and marketing resources and practices that can help them achieve their goals. 

Coaches and Mentors

Brian Casserly
Attorney at Gutwein Law

Brian is a local business attorney whose practice focuses on startup and growth stage companies, their formation, financings, and inner-workings, as well as mergers and acquisitions of companies. He has represented many companies through the fundraising process  from seed funding to growth funding, and counseled clients through the selling and purchasing of existing businesses. Brian has represented over 75 new companies in the last 2 years, working closely with local incubators and coworking spaces such as the Foundry and the Anvil at Purdue, as well as MatchBOX.

Phil Wright

Phil is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for solving complex real-world problems that businesses face by using technology to simplify, automate, and maximize value. His experience spans six technology-based startups that he has founded or co-founded. Over the past decade he has raised capital to fund two ventures, acquired three competing companies, and successfully exited two companies, one of which sold to another publicly traded company. Phil currently serves as the CEO and Founder of two Lafayette technology-based companies, IntelliHire and Accent Consulting.

Barron Hewetson

After earning his Bachelor degree at Wabash College, Barron completed his Masters in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University focusing on maximizing yields of bio-derived products from whole biomass via thermochemical upgrading. While a PhD candidate in Biological Engineering at Purdue, Barron has also spent the last 3 years working for start-up company, Spero Energy, as a scientist. Spero Energy is a pioneer technology provider for the manufacturer of high value renewable chemicals from biomass. The company’s one-step selective lignin conversion technology is a game changer for the biorefinery industry.  Barron enjoys staying involved at Purdue and in his community and is blessed to come home at the end of the day to his support system: his beautiful wife, Danielle and his 130 LB puppy, Lilly. 

Dustin Washington
Owner at The Token Shop

An entrepreneur, an analytical problem solver, and an impassioned innovator, Dustin is the owner of two businesses in dramatically different sectors.
As the owner of a new non-traditional location for a previously predominantly drive-in business, he is challenged with creating a drive-in dining experience in a food court location. The Token Shop is a niche market e-commerce site selling recovery related materials to a global audience. Since it's start in October 2010, The Token Shop has seen growth rates near 200% annually. Dustin brings a unique perspective to what it means to be an entrepreneur.

Stephen Leitch

Stephen was born in Scotland and moved to the US when he was 20 years old.

After graduating from Purdue, Stephen worked as a GM for Marshall Fields (later bought by Macy's) and later was Director of Operations for a large Catering Company in Chicago.

With a love for technology and retail, Stephen started his own online retail store called Savings Mall. He had 15 employees, a large fulfillment center and just over 1 million products for sale. He closed the business in December 2013, drawn to new and more intriguing ventures.

Roland's Consulting was born in about 2009 with the aim of helping other businesses sell online. 

Stephen now has a number of clients around the US and enjoys building their online businesses - all focused on multi-channel e-commerce, marketing and profitability.

In addition to his businesses, a Management Accounting class at Purdue and is currently working on a PhD.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The #GLSW2015 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.
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