Techstars Startup Weekend Muncie

    Friday, October 11 - 13, 2019

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Techstars Startup Weekend Muncie

Friday, October 11 - 13, 2019

Friday, October 11 - 13, 2019
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Ontario Systems
1150 W Kilgore Ave
Muncie, IN 47305

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Build a Business 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.

Need somewhere to stay for the weekend?
We have room blocks at a nearby hotel, The Courtyard Muncie at Horizon Convention Center in beautiful downtown Muncie. Book your group rate here for the Startup Weekend.

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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How much are tickets?

Tickets range from $25-50. 
(Full event tickets are $50. 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?

We have room blocks at a nearby hotel, The Courtyard Muncie at Horizon Convention Center in beautiful downtown Muncie. Book your group rate here for the Startup Weekend.

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 are all kinds of experiences and fun to be had!

How do I register?

Click the buy tickets button to 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 “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:
About Startup Weekend
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Friday October 11th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 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

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

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:30 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 12th

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!

6:30 pm

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

9:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday October 13th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Kyle Armstrong
Founder & Vice President

I have always been an entrepreneur at heart. It started when I was a kid, wheeling and dealing at the lemonade stand, and trading basketball cards with friends. Quite simply, it is in my DNA.
After a brief stint as a golf professional after graduating from Ball State in 2008, I spent two years working in the corporate world and quickly discovered “corporate life” was not for me. Armed with a tremendous amount of passion and a solid idea, I got to work networking with talented people, which lead to me founding and incorporating my own business. 
Over the last seven years, building ZOOOM (, a sports software company, I have learned the ins, outs, ups, and downs of business. From raising investment capital, to developing and selling a functional suite of products, I have directly participated in every stage of startup business. I have been fortunate to travel across the United States, build friendships with people and colleagues all over the world, and work alongside some of the brightest people in the sports and technology industries. From interacting with professional athletes, to pitching our company to one of the largest professional sports organizations in Manhattan, to socializing with 50 of the most influential individuals in the world, the entrepreneur life has pushed me further beyond my limits than I could have ever imagined. 
My goal in business and life is to give back and continue to build businesses that will provide opportunities for others to grow, succeed, and push themselves to be greater.

Event Judges

Landon Young
Director of University Initiatives

Landon Young is a trans-disciplinary entrepreneur, researcher, and strategist focused on high-impact technology innovation. Landon was named one of thirteen Kauffman Foundation Global Scholars in 2013, awarded the National Science Foundation Fellowship in 2011, is the Founding Curator of the World Economic Forum Global Shaper Hub in Kansas City, and 2018 MP1 Fellow.

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.

Coaches and Mentors

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.

Melanie Howe
Social Media Strategist

Hey I'm Melanie Dyann Howe, most people call me Mel. I teach small businesses and solopreneurs how to do their own marketing without all of the overwhelm, stress, and expense of bad outsourcing. Keeping up with all of this social media marketing can be hard for Do-It-Yourself Marketers, but I love to make it fun. I love using my passion, my humor, and my strategic mind when I work with clients and students. I take pride in helping people feel good about the work they are doing but also giving them the confidence to do it themselves as they get started. I do this in my online course, on my podcast, when I speak on stage, and in my one-on-one coaching work with clients. You can find me at and on my podcast, DIY Marketing School with Melanie Dyann Howe.

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. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

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  • Karen
  • Krystal
  • Kyleigh


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