Startup Weekend Muncie

    Friday, October 5 - 7, 2018

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

Friday, October 5 - 7, 2018

Friday, October 5 - 7, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Ball State University
Applied Technology Building
2038-2086 W Riverside Ave
Muncie, IN 47306

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Your idea in 54 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?

Techstars 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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Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!

No talk, all action!


How much are tickets?

(Full event tickets are $99. If you only wish to attend “Demo Day” on Sunday at 4pm, you may purchase a $25 event ticket. If you purchase a full event ticket, you do not need the “Demo Day” ticket.)

What is included with my ticket?

  • Seven 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

Who can participate?

Anyone! Our age range is birth- 2,000+ years old! No experience needed! No idea needed! No team needed! The answer to your question is “you”- You can and should participate!

Do I need to have a business idea or experience?

Nope! You don’t need it, but it won’t hurt to have it! If you have it, come join us! If you don’t, you’ll surely meet people who do so you can learn and teach each other!

Do I have to pitch or have an idea to attend?

You don’t, but you can. However, this must only be an idea- it cannot be an actual business or product that you have been working on.

What does the weekend schedule look like?

Where do I live for the weekend?

There is a hotel in the Ball State University Student Center, but there are also many other hotels around the area. Here are some great options for you!
  • Ball State University Hotel- (765) 285- 1555,or, 2000 W University Ave, Muncie, IN 47306
  • Best Western Muncie- (765) 282-0600, 3011 W Bethel Ave, Muncie, IN 47304
  • Courtyard by Marriott Muncie- (765) 287-8550, 601 S High St, Muncie, IN 47305
  • Fairfield Inn by Marriott Muncie- (765) 282-6666, 4011 W Bethel Ave, Muncie, IN 47304
  • Comfort Inn and Suites- (765) 587-0294, 3400 N Marleon Dr, Muncie, IN 47304
  • Holiday Inn Express- (765) 289-4678, 4201 W Bethel Ave, Muncie, IN 47304

Do I need a team?

No, but you will have a better experience if you’re open to joining a different team and working with people you don’t already know.

What do I need to bring?

Bring yourself and your energy ready to go, a creative mind and we also recommend a laptop and power cord, business cards, and a camera.

How do I prepare?

  • Do some background and market research. Do you best to get an understanding of the problem you are trying to solve.
  • Practice your 60 second pitch. Think “clear, concise, and convincing”.
  • Check out for an idea of the resources available.
  • GET SOME REST- because you may not get much during this event!
  • Gather friends! Everything’s better with a little bit of company, even if you’re not all on the same team. A little friendly competition for you and your buddies.

What are the benefit of participating?

The skills, the network, the ideas, the experience- not to mention to awesome business plan that you and your team will build! Who knows- maybe it will become your next venture!

Do I have the stay/ participate the whole weekend?

You don’t have to, but why wouldn’t you? There’s all kinds of experiences and fun to be had!

How do I register?

Check out, learn more, and purchase your ticket!

Can I pitch an existing business?

Fortunately or unfortunately- no. The idea behind Startup Weekend is that everyone comes in having a new idea with no work already done. The battlefield is fair game and there’s nowhere to go but up!

How do I protect my idea?

The short answer is that you can’t. If you’re very concerned, you can limit your pitch to the rough outline of the idea without giving away key information.The longer answer is that this is not something worth worrying about. Unless you are confident your idea is a ‘key-in-hand’, easy-to-implement innovation that hasn’t been thought of yet, the advantages gained from getting broad-based feedback and a strong team motivated by collective ownership far outweigh the remote risks of someone stealing and executing on your idea. The truth is that over 90% of ideas pitched at any given Techstars Startup Weekend have already been pitched - probably many times - in the past. This doesn’t imply that the idea isn’t a good one, but rather that what truly matters is how well you and your team execute the idea. “One can steal ideas, but no one can steal execution or passion”

What does the “voting” mean on Friday night?

The purpose of the Friday voting and crowdsourcing isn’t to exclude certain ideas, but simply to highlight the most popular and high-potential pitches and end up with a manageable number of teams - ensuring that each team has a variety of backgrounds and skills.

What resources/ tools are provided during the weekend?

A key part of every Techstars Startup Weekend is the valuable advice and assistance provided by the event’s Speakers and Coaches. In the spirit of “No Talk, All Action” we try to keep talks short and sweet, focusing on practical issues (i.e. “how to give a persuasive pitch”, “best approaches to customer validation”) that can actually help you and your team better achieve your weekend goals. Mentors - community experts in various fields ranging from entrepreneurship, software development, marketing, finance, law, and more - dedicate their time to providing advice and actually rolling up their sleeves and working with teams.In addition to the most valuable resources at the weekend (the people), we’ve also put together a list of some of the most useful resources in all startup-related fields, for both before, during, and after the weekend. Check out for more info.

What is the end goal or desired outcome for the weekend?

The goal by the end of the weekend is to have
  • Customer validation (Did you vet your business?)
  • Execution and design (What did you build?)
  • Business Model (Do you have a plan for the future?)

Do we commit to the idea past this weekend?

Nope! You may just come for the experience and the thrill of the weekend, no commitment necessary. However, if you do create that ideal team with the best idea to solve a problem, why not continue and see where this goes? This may be the next “Google” or “sliced bread” innovation!

Learn more here:

What do I win?

Our prize package includes:


Friday October 5th

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

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking (Geno's Pizza)
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

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 October 6th

9:00 am
Breakfast (Once Upon A Plate)
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

10:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

12:00 pm
Lunch (Ball State Student Catering)

3:00 pm
Guest Speaker - Scotty Wise
Hear about Scotty's journey as an entrepreneur, what's important to him in business, and the ups and downs he's had.

6:30 pm
Dinner (MT's Smokin BBQ)

7:30 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 October 7th

9:00 am
Breakfast (The Cup)
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

12:00 pm
Lunch (Qdoba)

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 (Pita Pit)

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Scott Wise
Director of Restaurant Development & Operations, Luke Family of Brands

Scott Wise, Ball State '95, was the founder of Scotty's Brewhouse and Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co.  After 20 years of operations and growth, Wise sold the company in December 2016 to a group out of Scottsdale, AZ.  At the time of the sale, Wise had grown the restaurant to 18 locations in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Florida and Missouri.  Wise employed over 2,000 people and is most proud of their accomplishments in hiring individuals with special abilities.  Wise dubbed his company growth, "the anti-chain, chain."  He wanted to remain true to the independent roots and feel of a well run "mom and pop" restaurant with a servant-led culture of "employee first."  "Every 90 days, do good in our world:  donate time, mind, body and soul."  One of the company's pillars of their vision was to do philanthropic work in every community that they resided.  Wise now teaches in the Ball State Hospitality Program, on the board of directors for the Indiana Restaurant Association, Ball State University Hospitality and Food Management Advisory Board, Strategic Alliance Council, Purdue University Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Ronald McDonald House Helping Hands Award, Arc of Indiana Impact Award, Noble Employer of the Year nominee, Maria Shriver’s featured Architect of Change,Indianapolis Mayor's Advisory Council on Disability (MACD) Access and Inclusion Employer Award Winner.  Wise is currently working on 2 new restaurants that will open in Indianapolis in January 2019.  Wise lives in Indianapolis and is married to Amy (Stinson) Wise, BSU '96, and has 4 children:  Slater (11), Lincoln (9), Vaughn (9) and Ivy (6).

Event Judges

Jacob Schpok
CEO at Elevate Ventures

Jacob Schpok serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Elevate Ventures. His primary responsibility is to help Indiana-based startups raise investment capital. Before joining Elevate, Mr. Schpok co-founded two startups in the SaaS and logistics industries and worked in a senior leadership role for a telecommunications startup in Indianapolis. Mr. Schpok also has an extensive background in state government, where he served as the State Director of the Indiana Small Business Development Center and the Executive Director of the Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Caryn O'Sullivan

Caryn O’Sullivan began her career in entrepreneurship while getting her MBA at Northwestern
Univeristy. There she began using her background as a CPA to work with early stage start-up companies
looking for financial and accounting leadership. Previously, Caryn has served as Vice President of
Finance for start-ups raising a combined 50+ million in start-up financing. After moving to Indianapolis,
she started her own company, Drapery Street, which is recognized as the leading provider of high-end
commercial and residential windows coverings in Indiana.

Coaches and Mentors

Ted Baker
Executive Director, Innovation Connector

Ted currently serves as Executive Director for the Muncie Innovation Connector, Inc. After graduation from Ball State University in 1980, his career journey has included management of small business, starting, growing, buying and selling businesses as well as assisting with the establishment of several area not-for-profit organizations. Ted has extensive experience with franchisee/franchiser relations and has led training and informational seminars on the subject as well as workshops in many other business disciplines. Ted is a Certified Incubator Manager with the National Business Incubator Association as well as a Certified Start Up Wheel business adviser. Because of his extensive business ownership experience and with his current position as a business consultant, Ted offers a unique, practical, and realistic insight to business owners and potential business owners.

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.

Kyle Parker
Sr Software Engineer at Ball State | Co-founder and CEO at 14Eleven Development | Udacity Code Reviewer at Udacity

Kyle is the CEO and co-founder of 14Eleven Development, an early-stage tech startup founded in 2016 with Mark Caravello, a long-time friend and fellow technologist. As a two-man team, Kyle and Mark continue to develop and pursue The Traveler, a mobile app and website for the travel and tourism market. The Traveler has 128,000 downloads worldwide, was featured three times as a staff pick on the Google Play Store, and has received recognition from TechPoint, Google, Campus Technology, and Lonely Planet. In addition to the startup, Kyle works full-time as a senior software engineer at Ball State University, where he started his career in 2000 after graduating from the university with a BS in Computer Science. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Emerging Media Design and Development, with an anticipated graduation date of 2019. Kyle is also a Google Certified Associate Android Developer and completed two nanodegrees from Udacity – Tech Entrepreneur and Android Developer.

Wesley Crouch
Co-Founder & CEO @ Tudr

Shortly after graduating from Ball State in 2016, Wes had a startup idea that he believed would change the way students experienced college, which is now known as Tudr. 
Tudr is a peer-to-peer knowledge sharing application that connects college students needing coursework help with proficient college students looking to make some extra money, similar to the business model and and technologies behind companies such as Uber/Lyft/Airbnb. Given the conservative investment scene here in the midwest, Wes and his co-founders bootstrapped $100,000 between the three of them to bring Tudr to it’s minimum viable product, and led them to raise an additional $150,000 from angel investors. Tudr is seen as a promising startup here in the midwest, and Wes and his team are diligently working to make it a success. 

Esther Bryant
Relationship Manager

Esther is a proud graduate of Ball State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics. Right out of college, her career started as a personal banker and she received experience from Woodforest National Bank and Star Financial Bank. She currently works as a Relationship Manager at Bankable in Anderson. Working with Small Business Owners is her passion and she looks forward to continuing her learning with business!

Angie Rogers-Howell

Angie Rogers-Howell is a Wife, Mom, Step-mom, Nonnie, Small Business Owner, and much more.  In 2012, she took a risk and took the last paycheck from her previous job to start her own marking firm, Farmhouse Creative.  A self proclaimed “Print Geek” she’s always on the lookout for ways to help her clients put their best marketing foot forward.
Angie believes in the power of women and actively strives to empower the lives of women around her.  In  2017, Angie received the Vivian Z. Conley Award honoring women who push for equality and empowerment of women and children and was a nominee for the ATHENA Young Professional Award.  In the August 2015 issue of Muncie Magazine, Angie was recognized as one of East Central Indiana’s “20 under 40″ recipients.  Angie was awarded the 2014 Spirit of Small Business Award from the Muncie Chamber of Commerce. Also in 2014, she was awarded the Indiana Small Business Development Center’s EDGE Award.
Angie is a member of the Altrusa Club of Muncie, Women in Business Unlimited (WIBU), and a graduate of Shafer Leadership Academy’s Emergence program. You might also see her on stage singing and dancing at Muncie Civic Theatre.  She serves as a member of the Muncie Civic Theatre's board of directors as well as serves as the Immediate Past-President and Treasurer for WIBU. 
On the home front, Angie is wife to Matt; mom to ZuZu; Step-Mom to Austin, Madison, and Holden;  Nonnie to Ian and Ellie.  She lives on her husband’s family farm in Farmland along with her crazy family, Jessi the Dog, and a brood of barn cats too numerous to count.  In her free time, Angie enjoys reading, watching trashy TV, and crafting.

Huseyin Ergin
Assistant Professor

Huseyin is an assistant professor of Computer Science Department at Ball State University. He pursued his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Alabama. His research interests include software engineering, model-driven engineering, and model transformation. He worked in various industries as a software developer including the R&D department at Huawei Telecommunications, the IT department at Mercedes-Benz US International, a smart shopping assistant startup called Mona, and a wedding ring manufacturing company called Benchmark. His projects in these companies gave him an extensive look at the software development practices in various settings. He has been in the organization committee of successful local programming and robotics competitions and camps. Lately, he is closely working with industry partners on software engineering techniques and practices.

Felix Rippy
Professor at Ivy Tech Community College

Bio to come.

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