Startup Weekend Bloomington to Help Entrepreneurs Launch Businesses During 54 Hour Event
Bloomington–Startup Weekend Bloomington is hosting its annual entrepreneurship event on November 6th-8th at the IU Cyberinfrastructure Building. Entrepreneurs, designers, developers and startup enthusiasts are invited to participate in this event to take their innovative business ideas from concept to launch in 54 hours. Tickets are available at bit.ly/swbtown15.
The goal of Startup Weekend is to provide the time, space, knowledge, and resources to help potential entrepreneurs gain the experience they need to start successful ventures. The event takes place over a span of two and half days. On Friday night, attendees take the mic to pitch their ideas- typically web and mobile applications – to the group in 60 seconds or less. After groups form around the best ideas, the rest of the weekend is spent transforming those ideas into viable companies with the help of coaches and seasoned startup entrepreneurs. “One of the greatest benefits Startup Weekend has to offer to entrepreneurs is the opportunity to interact with local CEOs, founders, investors and startup veterans who coach the teams during the weekend. Working with these coaches not only gets the teams advice from the experts, but helps connect them with all the local resources the growing startup community in Bloomington has to offer,” said event organizer Meghan Turner. By Sunday, teams are ready to present their ideas in front of a panel of judges who award prizes to the winning team.
New this year, Startup Weekend Bloomington is partnering with the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) to offer the first place student startup a spot in their B-Start program. B-Start is a pre-accelerator program of the BEDC for IU and Ivy Tech student startups. “Bloomington’s business community and its leaders are dedicated to helping entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, and Startup Weekend is an integral part of our ecosystem. Connecting the B-Start program with Startup Weekend Bloomington allows us to connect emerging startups with others passionate about creating jobs in our community,” said BEDC Vice President Dana Palazzo.
Student tickets for the event are $25 and regular tickets are $40. The event runs from 6:00 pm Friday, November 6th to 8:00 pm Sunday, November 8th at the IU Cyberinfrastructure building at 2709 E 10th Street. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit bit.ly/swbtown15.
Startup Weekend Bloomington is sponsored by Innovate Indiana, The Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association, the Innovate Indiana Fund, The Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Bloomington, Humanetrix Foundation, Inc., Hanapin Marketing, BEDC, and the City of Bloomington Utilities Department.
ABOUT STARTUP WEEKEND BLOOMINGTON:
Startup Weekend is a community program of Techstars, a global organization that helps entrepreneurs build great businesses. The mission of Startup Weekend is to empower individuals and create economic growth by providing experiential education to potential entrepreneurs all over the world. The annual Bloomington Startup Weekend event is run by a team of local volunteer organizers. For more information about Startup Weekend, visit www.startupweekend.org.