A speaker from Google comes to Startup Weekend Evansville 7.0

Yes, you read that correctly – Google! We are so stinking excited to announce that Erin Bemis will be our speaker Saturday afternoon at Startup Weekend Evansville 7.0!!! Yup, your ticket that already gets all your meals for the weekend and gets you all the entrepreneurial education and access to thousands of dollars worth of business and legal coaching now also grants you access to a trainer from Google’s Get Your Business Online program!

We want as many people to participate and enjoy SWEVV as possible, but we know some of you have other commitments that weekend.  If you cannot participate in the whole weekend, you can attend the Google presentation on Saturday. Tickets are only $25 and includes your lunch!  So don’t delay – get your tickets today!

About the Program: Get Found on Google Search and Maps

Join us as an expert from Google’s Get Your Business Online program teaches about getting found on Google. Explore Google My Business, a free tool for local businesses, who want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps. Get hands-on help creating or updating your listing, and take advantage of a free website.


About The Speaker: Erin Bemis

Erin is a speaker for Google’s Get Your Business Online program. She has spent the vast majority of her career working for and with small businesses and nonprofits in a variety of roles.  Her passion for small business began with her family owned businesses. After college she learned the ins and outs of nonprofits, earning consecutive titles of Midsize Chamber of Commerce of the year as it’s executive.  In recent years, she’s been working with marketing and technology companies like Constant Contact and Google, whose products make digital marketing easier for small businesses.

Erin Bemis


Erin has educated tens of thousands of attendees across North America in both small and large groups. A small business owner herself, she promises that you will leave today with simple, easy tips to immediately improve your marketing program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and Business Administration, along with a minor in French.

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!