Bloomington Resources for Startups

Congratulations! You’ve just completed Startup Weekend Bloomington. To keep the momentum going on your project after the event or to help you pursue your future entrepreneurial endeavors in Bloomington, here’s a list of local resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses:

The Switchboard – An online, interactive directory of Bloomington’s resources for entrepreneurs. The site includes profiles of local organization willing to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses as well as local entrepreneurs bloomingtonswitchboard.com.

Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association – If you live or have a business located in the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Zone, you may be eligible for certain grants or professional development scholarships. For more information check out bloomington.in.gov/buea.

Cowork Btown – A local coworking space with a variety of membership options. More info at coworkbtown.com.

Blue Burro Workspace – A new coworking space in downtown Bloomington with flexible pricing options. More information at http://www.bburro.com/workspace/.

Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship – Provides free consulting to entrepreneurs and small businesses as well as entrepreneurship classes at Ivy Tech. More information at ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship.

Small Business Development Center – Provides free consulting to entrepreneurs and small businesses, gives clients access to market research tools, presents quarterly workshops, and assists businesses with Quickbooks. Sign up for an appointment at http://www.isbdc.org/services/.

Bloomington Economic Development Corp – Houses the B-Start Pre-Accelerator program for student startup companies and provides assistance to business owners. More information at bloomingtonedc.com.

Bloomington Technology Partnership – Partnership for Bloomington’s tech businesses. Provides programs like Code School, job listings in the tech sector, and business assistance bloomingtontech.com.

City of Bloomington, Department of Economic and Sustainable Development – Assists business owners in navigating local business regulations and provides resources like business academy online courses bloomington.in.gov/economiccivility.

IU Intellectual Property Clinic – The clinic provides a range of IP counseling services to clients judged to be in need of pro bono services. The clinic is certified for both patents and trademarks under the USPTO’s Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Project. They also provide PatentConnect for Hoosiers. The project will link Indiana entrepreneurs with patent lawyers who have volunteered to provide pro bono patent prosecution services ip.indiana.edu.

VisionTech Angel Network – A statewide angel network with a Bloomington chapter. More information at visiontech-partners.com.

Hanapin Marketing – Hanapin Marketing is an industry-leading digital marketing agency that specializes in just one thing: pay-per-click advertising (PPC). And it’s our objective to make everyone better at it: ourselves, our clients, our peers—the entire industry www.hanapinmarketing.com.

Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation – Headquartered at the Kelley School of Business, JCEI has nationally-ranked academic programs provide you with a wide range of real-world entrepreneurial experiences through cross-campus initiatives with other university departments and involvement with the business community. More information at kelley.iu.edu/JCEI.

Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization – Principal undergraduate student organization for entrepreneurship at IU kelly.iu.edu/ceo.

Questions? Email the Startup Weekend Bloomington Organizing Team at bloomington@startupweekend.org.




FAQ for Startup Weekend Bloomington

Questions about Startup Weekend Bloomington? We have answers! Check out the frequently asked questions below or send our team an email at bloomington@startupweekend.org. Get your tickets at bit.ly/swbtown16.

Why should I attend Startup Weekend Bloomington?

There are tons of reasons! To get your startup started, to meet people who have a different skill sets than your own, to find a co-founder, to learn about the resources Bloomington has to offer startup companies, to meet a mentor, to get expert advice, to network, to be energized by innovative ideas, to gain experience building companies in a low risk environment, to practice your pitching skills, to win great prizes, to get the 7 free meals included in the price of your ticket, and to have productive weekend!

Do I have to pitch an idea?

No, but we encourage you to! You can pitch an idea you’ve been thinking about for years, or something last minute you think of during the event. It’s a great experience and invaluable practice for public speaking.

Can I pitch more than one idea?

Depending on the number of ideas pitched and the schedule, you may or may not be able to pitch multiple ideas. Prioritize your ideas: pitch your best idea (and the one you have most prepared for) first.

What should I bring? 

  • Laptop
  • Power cord
  • Business cards
  • Camera – take pictures and video!
  • Optional: A second monitor, keyboard, etc…. set yourself up to be productive!
  • Lots of creative energy!

What if I can’t be there for a couple hours? Do I have to participate all three days?

Apart from Organizers, selected Coaches, Speakers, and press, everyone who attends the event is expected to participate all three days. This is important not only to preserve the ‘vibe’ of the weekend (“no talk, all action”) but also to minimize distractions/disruptions for working teams.  However, if you can’t be there for just a couple hours on one of the days because of a commitment it is fine – as long as you warn your team at the beginning of the event.

Can I pay at the door?

No, you cannot pay at the door of the event – you need to purchase the ticket online. If you are physically unable to pay online, reach out to the local organizers to arrange payment.

Do I need a team?

Everyone who attends the event as an attendee is expected to participate on a team (teams will form around the top 8-10 ideas pitched by the end of Friday night, you can choose which team you’d like to work on). This is important not only to preserve the mission of Startup Weekend (teamwork!) but also to minimize distractions/disruptions for all working teams.

Can I pitch my existing business?

No. Startup Weekend is designed to be the most effective platform for growing new businesses from the ground up over the course of a weekend. A key facet of the weekend – and a central value for participants – is the spirit of complete collaboration, buy-in, and ownership. We’ve found that having existing businesses in the mix undermines this spirit, in addition to creating an imbalance between those ideas that are truly ground-level.

What if my idea doesn’t get selected?

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. If your idea isn’t selected but you’ve formed a team around the idea, you’re welcome to work on it over the weekend. If you decide to do so, however, please tell the event Organizer, as this may be an issue regarding your teams’ eligibility for prizes.

What are we supposed to have accomplished by the end of the weekend?

While there are no specific requirements in terms of what teams should have accomplished by Sunday, it’s in your best interest to plan your execution around what you’ll be judged for on Sunday:

  • Customer Validation (did you vet your business?)
  • Execution and Design (what did you build? Do you have a minimally viable product?)
  • Business Model (do you have a plan for the future?)

As far as presenting goes, some of the most common presentations include any combination of the following (in no particular order):

  • Wireframes or fully developed website;
  • Mobile Apps (from mock-ups to skeletons to fully functional)
  • Slide decks (Powerpoint, Keynote, Prezi, etc.)
  • Videos (i.e. product demonstrations, etc.)
  • Live product demos
  • Skits

Why is it a competition?

Competition is not a central theme of Startup Weekend, and this is often reflected in the broad, horizontal allocation of prizes and general flexibility/leniency of the event ‘rules.’ If and when the competitive aspect comes into conflict with the positive atmosphere we try to cultivate, we consistently choose the latter. We do believe, however, that friendly competition is beneficial to all parties and, most importantly, more accurately reflects the realities of startup life. Just as it’s important to gather ‘real-world’ feedback over the weekend, it’s also important to have real-world pressures and obstacles.

Are teams expected to continue after the event?

Whether or not you continue to work on the idea with some or all of your team is completely up to you. Approximately 25% of Startup Weekend participants continue working on their idea with all of their team.

If you have any other questions visit our website or email us at bloomington@startupweekend.org.




Why GLSW2016?

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Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. The weekend events are centered on action, innovation and education. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through testing, business model development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos to a panel of potential investors and local entrepreneurs. Participants are challenged with building functional startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks.

Who You’ll Meet At Greater Lafayette Startup Weekend:

Startup Weekends attendees’ backgrounds are varied, but roughly-

  • 50% technical (developers, coders, designers)
  • 50% business (marketing, finance, law).  

Why People Come to Startup Weekend:

  • 29% of Startup Weekend participants attend an event to network.
  • 20% attend to develop/build a product.
  • 13% attend to learn how to create a new venture.  

After the conference is over, roughly 80% of attendees plan on continuing to work on their startup after the weekend.

What You’ll Get Out of the Event:

  1. Education: Startup Weekends are all about learning by doing, whether you’re learning a new skill or a new way of thinking. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.
  2. Co-Founder Dating: The people who come to Startup Weekend are serious about learning how to build and launch startups. Create relationships that last long past the weekend.
  3. Have Fun: During the weekend you’ll be working alongside awesome people who share your ideas. Startup Weekend is meant to be fun and entertaining, so enjoy it.
  4. Solve Local Problems with your Ideas: Do you think that one of your ideas can change your town or have a positive impact in your group of people? Bring your idea notebook with you and start making a positive change in your local community.
  5. Build Your Network: Startup Weekend works hard to recruit high quality, driven entrepreneurs- like you!
  6. Learn New Skills: With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are perfect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language or give marketing a try. With nothing to lose, there’s no reason not to step outside your comfort zone.
  7. Learn How to Launch a Business (and Actually Do It!): Startup Weekend is the epitome of Lean Startup Methodology.  
  8. Mentorship: Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends and give feedback to participants. Interact with the movers and shakers in your community.
  9. Get Access to Valuable Startup Resources: By participating in Startup Weekend, you are given instant access to great products and tools. No one leaves a Startup Weekend empty handed! Click here to learn more about some of the offers our Global Sponsors provide during the event.  
  10. Save Money: Startup Weekends are affordable (typically $99, we only charge $40 for our event). Your ticket includes meals and snacks!

 

Join us September 9th – 11th at MatchBOX Coworking Studio, and get Started UP!

https://glsw2016.eventbrite.com




Do I Have to Pick a Ticket Type?

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The answer is: Yes. You have to pick a ticket type. There are 3 ticket types that help us make sure our event has a lot different of individuals! We need hackers, hipsters, hustlers, and all kinds in between. It takes diversity to make something of value, and one way we try to inject our Startup Weekend with some is to show that we are actively looking for different skills across the board. If you buy one ticket type, and end up fulfilling a role that doesn’t coincide, it’s no big deal! You do you!

Here’s a breakdown of the ticket types.

Technical:

This ticket type applies to software engineers/coders/developers – in short, anybody who can and will write code. It also applies to Engineers and others with a technical background. If you’re into software, hardware, or have expertise in a technical or mechanical trade, this ticket is for you! You’re our hackers, and we need you.

Designer:

This ticket type applies to anybody with a background in design (graphics, UX/UI, etc.) Design isn’t limited to the graphic kind. Join us as a Designer if you are experienced in any kind of design out there, including Industrial Design and Fashion Design! You’re our trendsetters, and we need you.

Non-Technical:

This ticket type applies to business, marketing & PR, and anyone with a non-technical background. Whether you’re a startup enthusiast, someone with a brain built for business, or have skills in an area that doesn’t fit nicely in the other categories, this is your ticket. You’re our hustlers, and we need you.

No matter what your skill set, you’ll fit right in at Startup Weekend. Here’s where you can get your ticket: https://glsw2016.eventbrite.com

See you at #GLSW2016 in September!




Prize Packages!

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#GLSW2016 supports the innovators, visionaries, dreamers, and trailblazers in our community. 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!

At the close of the weekend, teams present their startup and receive feedback from judges. The top 2 teams will receive a prize package of services to help them continue their momentum from the weekend.

Prize packages have been carefully curated to provide some of the services that a startup will need to hit the ground running.

The two top teams from startup weekend will each receive:

  • A yearlong membership to MatchBOX Coworking Studio.
  • A consultation with Thieme and Adair CPAs. Every startup needs help figuring out the financial side of the business. Thieme and Adair is donating 2 hours of time to getting you up to speed on the financial side of your startup.
  • An entity formation package from Gutwein Law that includes counsel and prepared documents / required state filings to form your company.

The top team will also receive these prizes in addition to those above:

  • Video content creation for your startup/product by Marshall Camera. This includes:
    a one hour pre-production meeting to learn who you are, what you need to communicate, etc; a follow up pre-production meeting to go over the shoot and details; a shoot day up to 8 hours that can include interviews and b-roll; a final video from 1-2min long with ability to post anywhere online.
  • UX/UI consultation with Austin Toombs. This includes Experience Research and Design consultation that can focus on your choice of: design decisions, justifications, and approaches; discussions about how to approach various user experience-focused research questions; feedback on proposed testing strategies; or some combination thereof. 
  • Software coding and design consultation with Howard Nodine of Salus. Details to come!
  • Priority consideration for the Property Law Clinic offered by IU Maurer School of Law’s Center for Intellectual Property Research Intellectual aimed at helping inventors, entrepreneurs, and/or small businesses, with a variety of intellectual property law matters, including (but not limited to) patent, trademark, and/or copyright assistance.
  • 1 Standard QuickBooks Company File Setup by CommonSense QuickBooks. This includes: setup of your QuickBooks Data file with 2 bank accounts, 2 credit card accounts, a custom Chart of Accounts, sales tax setup and up to 20 items on your Item List, the things your company sells; an hour in an online consult getting it installed on your computer and linked with your QuickBooks software. (You must own a license for a supported version of QuickBooks 2014, 2015, or 2016 to take full advantage of this prize!)

We are so excited for our winning #GLSW2016 teams! Thanks to our sponsors for donating their time and expertise to helping these promising ventures take their business from #imaginary to #innovationIRL.

And here’s where you can buy your ticket: https://glsw2016.eventbrite.com

See you at #GLSW2016!




It’s All Happening!

Greater Lafayette Startup Weekend —– September 9th, 2016

This is it. One weekend and your idea can be transformed from #Imaginary to #InnovationIRL.

Continue reading “It’s All Happening!”




Kevin West, artist and entrepreneur, to speak at 2016 Terre Haute Startup Weekend.

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We’re excited to have such a dynamic speaker for our Startup Weekend event! Just look at the recent news story done on Mr. Kevin West, artist and entrepreneur.

His workshops are unbelievably incredible. One by one, everyday people with no artistic backgrounds, hold up masterpieces that they seem to have magically created on their own. The portraits, comprised of all different colors and faces, have one thing in common: each image represents a person the participant of the workshop loves. Whether the finished product reveals a spouse, child or best friend, the art produced illustrates the very core of the art instructor’s philosophy: paint what you love. Full of warmth, creative energy, encouragement and passion, 34 year old artist Kevin Nance-West not only inspires future generations of artists, but he encourages adults to channel their artistry as well. Whether running a workshop, painting abstract designs for a neighbor’s’ home, collaborating with schools or simply painting a portrait of his daughter, West is for the people.

kev1Despite being a professional artist with over 15 years of experience, this Indiana based painter never graduated from college (though he did attend Danville Area Community College). In fact, his journey is as unique as his approach to art. In many ways, his artistry started as a kind of therapy. Diagnosed with stage three cancer, West was forced to reevaluate what was most important in his life. That of course, was his family, comprised of his wife Roshawn Scott West and their daughter Brooklyn. But in lieu of cancer bringing his spirits down, West channeled the little energy he had into his art, by painting what he loved. As if his works of art were tangible expressions of his prayers, West won his battle with cancer. Years later, he’s still painting portraits of people.

West’s artistry embodies a modern style. Colorful and realistic, his portraits carry the essence of the person he’s painted. He has a particular fondness for creating acrylic paintings of celebrities and pop icons. His abstract work, often custom designed, is generally vibrant and illuminating, adding light to almost any room in a home or corporate office. One of his most memorable paintings, “Deception,” demonstrates the vast range of West’s ability. The painting shows the back of a woman’s body. Her bare skin is covered by red streaks tossed onto the canvas. Her hands are wrapped around her body. In a similar fashion, West’s art is tightly wrapped around and involved in his local community. His latest venture, Gifted Custom Art, is one of the many ways West is an artist for the community.

kev5Following his surgery to remove a football sized tumor, West found himself in the garage painting. After printing out a photo for his daughter to paint, he converted the photo into a simplified paint by number image. Within an hour’s time, Kevin envisioned expanding this technique. Today, Gifted Custom Art is the first fully automated paint by number organization. Based in Indiana, the company has branches in Michigan, Illinois and Missouri and is expected to have a location in every state by the beginning of 2016. With every new location, West is inviting people to paint what they love and people are doing just that. Jake, one of West’s younger students painted a picture of his 4th grade teacher. Shocked and amazed, his teacher received the gift with great joy. It’s moments like this that put West’s heart on display. Though talented, he’s not selfish. Instead, he wants to share the gift of art with the world.

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Kevin Nance West is the kind of artist that holds the capacity to change the world, one community at a time. Whether hosting date nights, workshops, school or community events, his artistry has always been about connecting people to other people. A family man at his core, cancer, though terrible, has given this artist a new outlook on life. Every day counts and every person embodies talent. Likewise, when people are granted the opportunity to paint what they love, they are bound together by humanity- the same humanity that allows us to express ourselves and understand each other much more than before

 




16 Judging Criteria

Plasticons_Education-20-128The Startup Weekend judging criteria is broken up into three sections. Teams are judged according to the following 3 criteria (weighted equally):

  • Business Model
    • How does the team plan on making this a successful business? Have they thought about (either solved or identified problems) competition, how to scale, acquiring customers, their revenue model etc?
  • Customer Validation
    • Are teams building something that people actually want? How well does the team understand their customer and their customer’s needs. Did the team get out and talk to customers? What is the value proposition to customers?
  • Execution & Design
    • Have they established a “Minimal Viable Product” for the weekend (software, hardware, etc.)? *Note: an MVP is the minimum set of features to be able to start collecting data. Does it deliver a compelling and captivating user experience? Were they able to demo something functional?

 




28 Pitches. 10 Teams. #SWEvv 5.0

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We had a huge turnout for SWEVV5.0. Over 90 tickets sold. Mayor LLoyd Winnecke kicked off the evening, giving the participants a sincere thank you for their courage. He also told them to “Never, never give up on your dreams. We need you. Evansville needs you and your ideas.”

We had 28 pitches, and 11 teams making the cut. After team formation, we have 10 ideas proceeding in this competition.

EntoMythology

  • Alex Godwin
  • Angela Lankford
  • Jennifer Williams
  • Jenna Citrus
  • Joe Vessell

 

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  • Johnathon Marvell
  • Ben Peyronnin
  • David Sullivan
  • Max Smith
  • Larry Robinson
  • Sam Stevens
  • Casey McCoy
  • Niko

 

Adrenaline Vision

  • Eduardo Pzixoto
  • Charles Kelly
  • Catherine
  • Parag C.

 

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  • Mike Boren
  • Austin Craig
  • Munkhbat

 

Guardian Angel

  • Ryan Loehilen
  • Eric Nelson
  • Jesac Sulivan
  • Wazniac
  • Mark
  • Candance Fairer

 

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  • Josh Hazelwood
  • Neil Kassinger
  • Elyse Goonan
  • John Curtis

Interns with no Experience

  • Shifan Zhang
  • Nader Jomaa
  • Munchbat
  • Thu Pham
  • Zhujun Li
  • Peggy Forbes
  • Candace Fairer

 

Collision Coffeehouse

  • Zac Parsons
  • Nathan Templeton
  • Peter Doster
  • Randy Russelburg
  • Benjamin Sermersheim
    Zack Mathis
  • Mark Davis
  • Mark Trunkhouser
  • Joe & Tracy Klencewski

 

Hey Evansville

  • Zack Mathis
  • Thu Pham
  • Mark Davis

 

Pick Ups Delivery

  • Mike Harvey
  • Jezi Martinez
  • Sean Effron

Any additions or corrections to teams or team names need to be sent to Dana. (You have this info in your name badges.)

More photos can be found on our Facebook Page! 




And the Winner Gets a New Car……..

We want to see your idea taken to the next level. Thanks to our sponsors and generous supporters of entrepreneurship we have put a prize package together to help you launch your business faster.

The prize package is still developing so check back often!




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