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Spring 2014 Startup Weekend Northwest Indiana Recap

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What? No more? All that planning and 54 hours later, the inaugural Startup Weekend Northwest Indiana is in the book. The Spring 2014 event was everything we hoped for and more. We vetted 16 ideas, narrowed them down to 3 and came away with a winner: PillSched.

What is PillSched?

PillSched is a prescription medication regulation app that helps individuals centralize the needs for themselves as well as those for whom they care. The idea was founded by Ginny Angert, who was inspired by her everyday work as a nurse practitioner.

The team now has additional resources thanks in part to Startup Weekend. Those resources includes the first place prize – one year free office space in Purdue Research Park in Merrillville, IN.

“Startup Weekend offered me an opportunity to find other people who brought exciting perspectives to my idea.” Angert said. “Over the weekend, the mentors and our team helped develop my idea into something that was far more than I had originally expected.”

The other teams are continuing as well

The other teams – 2nd place’s Happy People Network and 3rd place’s Connexis – are continuing forward with their mission. Connexis is having follow up meetings this week to talk to investors and acclimate development support. You can track their progress on connexsis.co.

What the experts have to say

“Activities like Startup Weekend showcase the talent we have in Northwest Indiana. It is part of a wider effort to improve the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.” –
Kelly Schwedland, Entrepreneur in Residence, Elevate Ventures

On my way to see the #SWNWI final presentations! Excited to see what the teams put together since yesterday! – Cameron Banga, 9Magnets.com. Startup Weekend Northwest Indiana mentor.

”The teams really put forth a great effort. They went from strangers to friends after 3 days in the trenches together. We need more of that around here. – Chris Bake. Senior Software Architect, SitterCity.com / Biziports/BakedFinn. Startup Weekend Northwest Indiana mentor.

Thank you to our sponsors

We’d like to take a moment to give a big shout-out to our sponsors. They included Elevate Ventures, Purdue University Calumet, Purdue Research Park, Catch 22, Beggars Pizza, Strack and Van Til, Dunkin Donuts, Google and Amazon Web Services.

The Next Startup Weekend

Look to Fall 2014 for the next event. Details to be finalized, but, to give a hint, we’ll be Crusading to the next event.

Use the following profiles to keep up on the latest news and for our event as well as the companies we forge.Pictures, videos, resource materials, you’ll find them all on the sites below.

Until then: Innovators, Mount up!