Greater Lafayette Startup Weekend 2016

    Friday, September 9 - 11, 2016

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Greater Lafayette Startup Weekend 2016

Friday, September 9 - 11, 2016

Friday, September 9 - 11, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

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

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The hardest part of starting up is starting out. 

#GLSW2016 is focused on helping do-ers, dreamers, and trailblazers seize the opportunity to create new ventures right here on our home turf! Whether it’s an app or new piece of unique hardware, a new service or a new product, this is where you can take your idea from #imaginary to #innovationIRL! With the insight of experienced mentors throughout the weekend, participants will be coached through various aspects of startup formation, including customer validation, design, and business model development. On Sunday, teams present their startup and receive the feedback of judges based on the feasibility of their startup as a real business. The top teams will win prizes to help them take their idea to the next level.

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Friday September 9th

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
Welcome & Speakers
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
Teams start forming and discussing ideas; take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.

Saturday September 10th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

6:30 pm

Sunday September 11th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging, Awards, and Dinner

9:00 pm
Go Home!

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.

Paroon Chadha

Paroon co-founded Passageways LLC in 2003 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Paroon has previously consulted for a New York based software consulting firm, working with clients like Prudential Financial, and prior to that worked for Wipro Ltd., an India based software solutions giant in sales and marketing roles. Mr. Chadha earned his MBA from Purdue University and an Engineering Degree from Punjab Engineering College.

Cristina Goebel

Cristina Goebel is the Co-Founder and President of Plan The Day. Plan The Day is a collaborative online wedding planning organizer for engaged couples. She has been in the events industry since 2008 and in 2011 she graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelors in Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management.  Outside of running Plan The Day Cristina is on the board for the International Special Events Society as the Director of Strategic Partnership. She is an ambassador for WomenIN and is also on the fundraising chair for the Reason to Dance Reason for Hope event benefitting Riley Children’s Hospital.

Coaches and Mentors

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. 

Judith Grossman
Brand Communications Strategist

Judith is an accomplished marketing professional with extensive experience in creative development, strategic planning and managing innovative product launches in the food, office supply and sporting goods industries. She was Swingline Brand Manager at ACCO Brands for 10 years. Before that she was Marketing Manager at Delicious Brands. She also has extensive experience in licensing and has successfully launched licensed brands with Chiquita, Skippy, Land-o-Lakes and other national brands. Currently, she is a Freelance Brand Communications Strategist for Panther Vision. 

Riley Gibb
Director of Collaborations

Riley Gibb is the Director of Collaborations at the Purdue Foundry where he works to cultivate and effectively manage meaningful connections. Previously, Riley directed the marketing department at Transitions Dental Company (now North American Dental Group), a dental service organization focused on business service and development within the dental and healthcare industry. 
His other experiences include founding a marketing and small business consulting firm and leadership roles in marketing departments at Cengage Learning, TSJ network in the publishing industry, and ORS Nasco in the manufacturing industry.
He also teaches business and leadership classes as an Adjunct Instructor in the business department at Ivy Tech. 

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.

Corben A. Lee
Attorney in Business Law

Corben is an attorney with Gutwein Law. His practice focuses on startup law, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate general counsel. Corben provides counsel to emerging growth companies throughout their life cycle, specifically helping with entity formation, raising capital, hiring or incentivizing employees, or on their exit. 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.

Stroh Brann
Founder at Seneca Consulting

Seneca works with small to mid-size, owner-managed companies delivering support via leadership seminars, team building, developing plans for managed growth and exit strategies. Stroh has been involved in new venture launches in a variety of industries. He also completed a successful career in a division of United Technologies Corporation, holding positions in sales, marketing, product design, distribution, strategic accounts and senior management. Stroh was also a Continuing Lecturer at Purdue University for the past twelve years, serving as the instructor for their ENTR310 - New Ventures course.

Juliana Casavan
Entrepreneurial Programs Manager

Juliana Casavan is the Entrepreneurial Programs Manager for the Purdue Foundry and Operations Manager of The Anvil, a student-run coworking space. As part of the founding team at the Foundry she provides clients with workshops, seminars and educational opportunities such as ideation, business model evaluation and customer discovery. As the operations manager of The Anvil she is responsible for guiding the student leadership team through the process of running a non-profit.

Norm Hedges
Director of the Intellectual Property Clinic at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Norman J. Hedges is Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Intellectual Property Clinic at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Professor Hedges joined the law school in January 2015. Professor Hedges came to Bloomington with over 16 years of experience in patent practice in Indianapolis, including 10 years in the Indianapolis office of Faegre Baker Daniels, where he was named partner in 2007. At Faegre Baker Daniels, Hedges focused his intellectual property practice on the mechanical and electro-mechanical arts, including health and life sciences. In addition, he has substantial experience in the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications, post-issuance challenges and defense, consultation with clients to avoid patent infringement, preparation of patent invalidity and non-infringement opinions, and intellectual property due diligence for mergers and acquisitions.

Kyle Hiatt

As Wabash National’s Technical Business Development expert, Kyle is doing research and development around IoT and its practical application in the transportation industry.  He works directly with the architecture, hardware and data analysis of micro controllers and embedded systems. He has past experience in mobile development using native IOS, Android, and cross platform JavaScript. Kyle gained a lot of experience at hackathons like StartUp Weekend while attending Purdue’s School of Computer Science.  During the summer Kyle is also part of the Wabash/Purdue Intern Program, giving real-world experience to future developers and engineers.

Melanie Schulze

A Purdue graduate in Statistics, Melanie is our resident Database Administrator and Data Scientist.  She spends most of the day working with Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL.  Her area of expertise is C#, TSQL, ETL, data reporting and data visualization. This fall she will also be part of the Wabash/Purdue Intern Program, helping students learn practical database administration and data science.

Nathan Johannigman

Nate, a Purdue alumnus in Computer Science and Mathematics, leads Wabash National’s Application Technology team.  His team is responsible for application development and administration efforts across all 32 locations in North America and Europe.  When he is not dealing with budgets, management duties, and mentoring those on his staff, you will find him investigating new technologies and IT architectures. His attention lately has been on full stack JavaScript development with an emphasis on React and Node along with machine learning for predictive analytics.  He’s worked with varied technology architectures on multiple platforms for nearly 20 years.  

Joseph Davis

As a Web Developer, Joey works with the full-stack technologies to create new finance, manufacturing, and human relations applications. His current projects use NodeJS and ReactJS to optimize business processes and replace manual systems at Wabash National. Joey is our resident expert in automated testing and fluent in JavaScript, Java, and C++. He studied graphic design at Purdue University and recently earned a degree in software development. Before Wabash National, he worked as a freelancer providing design and e-commerce solutions to startups and small businesses.

Trevor Steele

As a Mobile and Web Developer, Trevor goes back and forth between IOS/Swift and HTML5/JavaScript. He is fluent in C#, ASP.Net, IOS, Swift and many frameworks in JavaScript. He has published four applications to the Apple App Store.  Before joining Wabash National, Trevor was with Eleven Fifty Consulting in Indianapolis where he worked with both startups and established companies.  In his off time, he likes helping others learn iOS and WatchOS development.

Forrest Held

As a Software Architect and Project Manager, Forrest works with users, business analysts, accountants, and developers to create new solutions at Wabash.  He has degrees from Purdue’s School of Technology and Butler’s MBA program. Forrest has had various experiences from being a parent company controller of a large Fortune 500 chemical corporation to past president of the Indiana CPA Educational Foundation.   He has held adjunct faculty positons at Purdue and Ivy Tech teaching Android, JavaScript, Java and management accounting.  When not working, he likes to play around with new mobile technologies.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Greater Lafayette Startup Weekend 2016 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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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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