Startup Weekend Maker Michiana

    Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Maker Michiana

Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014

Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Launchpad, Goshen
232 S. Main St.
Goshen, IN 46526

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Startup Weekend Maker Michiana is an all weekend event where creatives of all kinds (business people, developers, coders, designers, makers/engineers) come together to bring a start-up idea to life. 

This year's Startup event will be hosted in downtown Goshen and will be a little different from past competitions. Participants will be asked to pitch an idea, form a team, and then develop that idea from paper to a real-life object. Judges will be present to choose the winners of the best start-up idea.

We'll have maker-experts on site, with 3D printers and access to prototyping equipment to help bring the startup ideas to life!


Friday November 14th

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

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:15 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 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 November 15th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 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

7:00 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

Sunday November 16th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

12:00 pm

12:00 pm
Pitch Practice
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
Final Presentations

5:00 pm
Judging & Awards


Carrie Kosac

Event Judges

Kregg Kiel

Ruben Kertesz

Kelly Schwedland

Coaches and Mentors

Tim Braun

Eric Kanagy

Alysha Liljeqvist

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Maker Michiana 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.


Organizing Team

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

  • Alysha
  • Eric
  • Rachel
  • Jim
  • David
  • Jennifer


Reinis Znotins
Operations Manager at Techstars

Operations Manager at Startup Next #1 pre-acceleration program in the World, a program of Techstars. 
Business development advisor at Exonicus. 
Two-time facilitator of Startup Weekend.

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