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!


Do I Have to Pick a Ticket Type?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


  • 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.



  • 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!

When It's Time To Pursue Your Idea.

From a recent article in Forbes by the Muse, I was inspired to share their four ways to know it’s time to pursue your idea because they run parallel with the desired goals and outcomes of Startup Weekend Evansville.

“Ideas…They’re fantastically fun to throw out and thrash around, but making them happen is a daunting prospect. Especially when you’re looking for an idea that can bloom into a business.

So how do you know if your idea is strong enough to plough ahead? Or invest? Or quit your day job? There’s certainly no science to it, but there are some things that help make the decision easier—so that when you do take the plunge, it feels less like a plunge and more like a shallow dive.

In an attempt to make this a more interesting read, let’s check out some signature moves from famous old prodigies and see what they can teach us.

1. The Darwin: Share Your Idea

Darwin didn’t hide away in a black box and magically resurface with his theory of evolution. He wrote stacks of letters to other scientists, journalists, and friends to pressure test and develop his theory before he was ready to share it with the world.

I find it deeply infuriating when people say “I have an idea” and follow it quickly with “but I can’t tell you about it.” The notion that people are idea-goblins, waiting to steal your genius and launch it before you do is, on the whole, quite absurd. Having ideas is the easy bit. Making them happen is where the real hard slog starts.

So set aside the conspiracy theories and get sharing. It really is critical. By circulating an idea, you strengthen, build, and evolve it into a more robust thing. In short, you’re upping its chance of survival by allowing it to adapt to feedback and input. As a bonus, sharing also gets you in the habit of pitching (and defending) your idea; and the sooner you can practice conversing like an entrepreneur, the better.

2. The Alexander: Have a Cunning Plan

If planning battles was as sexy as fighting them, perhaps we would have celebrated Alexander the Great’s strategic chops as well as his swordsmanship. Whether invading Thessaly or Thebes, he knew exactly what had to be done and how to do it.

The same diligence must be applied to start-ups; and creating a business model is a great place to start. It forces you to address your shortcomings and decide whether or not you can overcome them. No idea is perfect, but deciding early on where your weaknesses are and how to conquer them is a big time and energy saver in the long run.

Creating a business model will also give you a taste for the hard work involved with starting a business. There’s a Hollywood-style myth currently doing the rounds about the start-up that gets acquired for a billion dollars after a year or so of what looks like very fun work. Start-ups are indeed fun, but it’s important to not gloss over the intense hours, sweat, and work—and the planning—they require.

3. The Galileo: Trust Your Gut

This isn’t the “are you willing to be incarcerated for your idea” test, but there is something to be said about trusting your gut. Only a lunatic would have rocked the boat as much as Galileo did without dogmatic belief in his idea.

My own “trust your gut” moment came eight months in. I’d been trying relentlessly to find partners to help me build my site. It had been fruitless and laborious and I had pretty much given up. But then I noticed a pattern. When I went out on the town, I’d find myself talking about my idea heatedly, and repeatedly. I realized pretty quickly that I couldn’t abandon it. I believed in it too much to let it slide.

 4. The JFK: Up the Ante

Once JFK announced to the world that America would be the first nation to put a man on the moon, there was no turning back. An ambition had been declared and now it had to happen.

As an entrepreneur, start looking for ways to up your own ante and terrify yourself (just a little). Yes, start-ups are lean and should operate with prudence, but until you take a bold action to transport your idea from your head to the real world, it really is just an idea. Actively pursuing ways to make it real will force you to commit with new tenacity. For me, this moment came when I wrote my first check. I felt the stakes rise and my commitment triple once I paid for logo design. Until then, my idea was just an idea.

If you have a business idea of your own, these are all things you can do, and should be doing, now. They’re more than just best practices, they’re tricks to help you build confidence. And confidence counts. Having conviction in your idea and conviction that you can deliver on it is what will make “taking the plunge” feel less like a risk and more like an inevitability”. – The Muse

If you are at this point of thinking and thinking about your idea, realize you are not the only one pondering the same market problems and solutions.  Whether you want to acknowledge it or not, ideas are commodities.  It’s only a matter of time from when someone steps forward and brings their idea into the “light” that the reality of validation can begin.  Life is too short to wonder what if.  Take an easy step at Startup Weekend Evansville.

How Will Your Ideas Be Judged At Startup Weekend Evansville?

The Startup Weekend Evansville judging criteria is broken up into four sections. Teams are judged according to the following criteria (weighed equally):

Product Execution:

  • Have they established a “Minimal Viable Product” for the weekend (be it software, hardware, etc.)? *Note: an MVP is the minimal feature set to be able to start collecting data.
  • How many iterations of the product have the done throughout the weekend? Successful product execution should be able to show you a roadmap of where they started and how they have collected data to evolve their product. A great SW team should be able to make it through many cycles of data collection throughout the weekend.
  • Were they able to demo something functional?

Business Model Validation:

  • Can you identify a clear customer segment?
  • Can you identify a clear value proposition to that customer?
  • How many customers did you talk to in the weekend? 
  • How have you validated your solution with the customers?
  • How will you acquire customers? 
  • What differentiates your model from competitors?


  • What are your users core needs?
  • How many users have you engaged with?
  • What feedback have you gotten to inspire your user feature set?
  • Tell me based off your user insights why your product looks this way? 
  • Tell me based off your user insights why your product feels this way? 


  • Who is your team made up of? 
  • Why can this team take your idea to the next level?
  • What has your team done this weekend to show you can go above and beyond all other startups to become successful? 

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