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.

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