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Purdue University Calumet 2200 169th St Bldg #2 Hammond, IN 46323

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Schedule

Friday

Apr 25
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday

Apr 26
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday

Apr 27
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Tier 1 Sponsors
Judges

Kathy DeGuilio-Fox

Director - PTCNWI at Purdue Research Foundation   |   LinkedIn

Current
Purdue Research Foundation

Dan Hayes

CEO, Healthcall, LLC   |   LinkedIn

Current
Healthcall, LLC

Bart Loethen

Founder at Synergy Law Group   |   LinkedIn

Current
Synergy Law Group, LLC, Synergy Law Group
Education
University of Illinois College of Law

Jonathan Pasky

Principal & CEO, Pasky IP // Founder of Data 2.0, Techweek   |   LinkedIn

Current
Pasky IP Law LLC, Data 2.0, TechStars Chicago
Previous
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Techweek, midVentures
Education
Valparaiso University School of Law

Coaches

Chris Bake

Senior Software Architect / Advanced Cloud Systems / Senior DevOps Engineer   |   LinkedIn

Current
Sittercity, Biziports, BakedFinn
Previous
Group7even, Livemercial Corp.
Education
West Liberty State College

Cameron Banga

Mobile Software Expert and Author   |   LinkedIn

Current
9magnets, LLC, One Dollar Donations, Inc., Addison Wesley
Previous
jrnl.app, Packt Publishing, WVUR - 95.1 FM
Education
Valparaiso University

Steve Bennet

Senior Application Developer at Soliant Consulting   |   LinkedIn

Previous
JDR Web, SpinWeb Internet Media
Education
Ball State University

Julie Bombacino

Founder & CEO at Real Food Blends   |   LinkedIn

Current
Real Food Blends
Previous
Bombacino Marketing Company, optionsXpress, United Airlines
Education
DePaul University - Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business

Tony Bombacino

CMO & GM - Proven Digital Marketing and E-Commerce Leader   |   LinkedIn

Current
Real Food Blends, Bombacino Marketing
Previous
BrightTag, Geomentum, Restaurant.com
Education
Mercy College

Robert Johnson, III

President/CEO at Cimcor, Inc.   |   LinkedIn

Previous
Kvaerner
Education
Purdue University Calumet

Joey Kirk

Design Director at Bloc, Inc.   |   LinkedIn

Current
Bloc, Inc., High Gear Media, Made by Munsters
Previous
Tribune Company, The Arizona Republic, The Poynter Institute
Education
Bloc.io

Organizers
Kelly Schwedland
Nat Finn (left)
Karen Goldner
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