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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!

Startup Weekend Crane – Entrepreneurial Crash Course

Starting a business is a huge undertaking that requires a diverse set of skills and the drive to turn an idea in to reality. The Entrepreneurial Crash Course is a free series of talks given by guest speakers and local experts on everything from evaluating an idea through to pursuing funding and pitching to investors. Guest speakers include leaders in the startup community, business experts, angel investors, venture capitalists, financial and legal experts. The series will be every Tuesday starting on July 17th at the Stimulus Westgate Training Facility at 11am to n00n.

FAQs

Can I go to Startup Weekend Crane?

Startup Weekend Crane is open to everyone of all ages.

Is this only for web/mobile/technology ideas?

All types of businesses are welcome at Startup Weekend, from small local business ideas to scalable concepts that can turn in to world wide products.

Will someone steal my idea? How do you prevent this from happening?

 If you’re very concerned, you can limit your pitch to the rough outline of the idea without giving away key information.The longer answer is that this is not something worth worrying about . Unless you are confident your idea is a ‘key-in-hand’, easy-to-implement innovation that hasn’t yet been thought of (which it almost surely isn’t), the advantages gained from getting broad-based feedback and a strong team motivated by collective ownership far outweigh the remote risks of someone stealing and executing on your idea. The truth is that over 90% of ideas pitched at any given Startup Weekend have already been pitched – probably many times – in the past. This doesn’t imply that the idea isn’t a good one, but rather that what truly matters is how well you and your team execute the idea.

I heard that there is technology I can license?

Yes! You can license NSWC Crane Patents and bring them to Startup Weekend. Check out the list of patents here. Licensing terms include $0.00 down and a 4-6% royalty for an exclusive license!

Can I come in with an operating business?

Yes, can attend, but you cannot pitch an operating business. Pitching is for idea stage only concepts without sales.

Can I get a ride to Startup Weekend Crane?

Possibly. The best option is to contact us at crane@startupweekend.org. Transportation to and from Bloomington is the easiest to arrange.

 

Have a question? Don’t hesitate to contact us!

Schedule

Friday

Oct 5
  • 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

Oct 6
  • 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

Oct 7
  • 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
Blog
Speakers

Charles Selby

Executive Director of the Westgate at Crane Technology Park

I am responsible for the coordination of the development of a technology park that is located near the Crane Navy Base in Indiana.

John Dement

ORTA/Technology Transfer

John Dement is the Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane). Mr. Dement strives to transfer federally owned or originated technology to state and local governments and the private sector.

Drew Peyronnin

Drew Peyronnin is co-owner and executive vice president of Peyronnin Construction Company, Inc., a general construction, mechanical construction and construction management firm operating in the Evansville, IN area since 1947. Peyronnin Construction Company has built many of the landmark buildings which have shaped the communites of the southwest Indiana tri-state area. Dr. Peyronnin, a graduate of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, worked ten years in pharmaceutical and industrial toxicology research and companion animal practice prior to rejoining his brother in the construction business.

Dr. Peyronnin holds an Indiana real estate sales license and is co-owner and president of Peyronnin Investments, Inc., and co-founder of DEEP Hole Partnership, LLP, Armatura LLC and TB&S, LLP, all businesses engaged in developing and leasing commercial real estate. Dr. Peyronnin was an organizing director of Evansville Commerce Bank at it's inception in 2005 and continues as a member of its board of directors. He has served on the bank's strategy committee, asset / liability committee, and has chaired its loan and audit committees.

Dr. Peyronnin has been an active Angel investor since 2005. In the past six years he has completed due diligence on over 20 early stage companies and has made six investments in four of those companies. His focus has been on near revenue Indiana companies in Life Sciences and Information Technologies. Dr. Peyronnin is an investor and director of Perfinity BioSciences, Inc., a company engaged in the development of automated solutions for Proteomic and large molecule research. He chairs the Perfinity BioSciences audit committee. Dr. Peyronnin is an investor in Courseload, Inc., a company providing a device agnostic, SaaS, e-Textbook and learning content agregation platform for higher education. Courseload has been adopted in the Indiana University system and is in pilot programs at other major universities including University of California - Berkley, Cornell, University of Virginia, University of Wisconsin and University of Minnesota. Dr. Peyronnin has served as a board member on numerous non-profit agencies including the YMCA, Easter Seals, Youth First, Student Financial Aid Association, Vanderburgh Community Foundation, Community Foundation Alliance, Alliance Initiatives and is the donor advisor of the Charlotte and Leo Peyronnin Family Fund.

Tier 2 Sponsors
Judges

Kyle Johnson

President Onsite OHS

With over 15 years experience in both corporate and managerial leadership, Mr. Johnson is a leader in the Occupational Health and Safety industry. His pioneering ability is proven by his experience in founding two Occupational Medicine start-up companies, S.A.M.E.S. and Onsite OHS, Inc. Mr. Johnson calls on his medical experience from the US Navy and construction industry to provide medical coverage in austere environments. Within weeks of being awarded a contract with DynCorp Intl., Mr. Johnson was able to mobilize a medical team for international deployment and set up a functioning clinic in southern Afghanistan. Mr. Johnson leads a dynamic group of medical and support personnel ready to meet global medical service requirements, taking care of people, and providing them with what they need to do their job.

Rajan Kapur

Partner at Ark IT Solutions

IT industry veteran looking to help small businesses and start-ups go from early stage to mature businesses with strategic guidance, funding resources and an introduction into a strong entreneurial network.

Oscar Moralez

Managing Partner, StepStone Partners

Oscar brings a diverse background in clinical laboratory medicine, with business and technical experience in global clinical research organizations as well as hospital and reference laboratory environments. Oscar received his bachelor’s of science degree in medical technology from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and is a board certified medical technologist with the College of American Pathologists. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the University of Colorado.

Oscar is co-founder and Managing Partner at StepStone Business Partners, a management consulting company that provides business services for early-stage life sciences companies as well as capital resources through its StepStone Angel network. In 2009, Oscar co-founded the StepStone Angels Network in Indiana. StepStone Angels is one of Indiana's largest and most comprehensive angel networks in the state.

In 2002, Oscar founded BioStorage Technologies in Indianapolis which today is one of the largest privately held biorepositories in the world with locations in the US and Europe. He served as Chief Operating Officer from 2002-2007.

Prior to founding BioStorage, Oscar served as director of specialty services at Covance Central Laboratories in Indianapolis. He was also the general manager for Frontline Laboratory Network, a Colorado-based startup venture consisting of a consortium of hospital laboratories and Mayo Medical Laboratories. Early in his career, Oscar served as sales and marketing manager of laboratory outreach services for Boulder Community Hospital in Boulder, Colorado.

Specialties
Start-ups, business planning, fund raising, laboratory operations, sales & marketing, general management, financial analysis.

David Woll

President of Woll Enterprises   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Functioning as entrepreneurial advisor, fundraiser, and mentor, Woll works with startup and early-stage companies and individuals to find funding for the creation and development of consumer and industrial products, renewable energy, software, medical devices, small-molecule drug development, and advanced technology and manufacturing. In addition, he develops business plans, feasibility studies and product analysis.

He is involved in consulting and raising funds for university spin-off companies, i.e., licensees of major, nationally-recognized research universities. His fundraising connections include individual angel investors (accredited investors) and clubs

John Ware

After serving as a commissioned officer in the USCG, I acquired over thirty years of experience and expertise in global manufacturing, supply chain and continuous improvement development/management, culminating in Director and VP positions with several global and/or multi-national companies.

I get the biggest kick in turning around companies beset with previously "unsolvable" problems. Also, I specialize in starting up operations designed to be ramped to global standards within six months - I develop manufacturing plants and processes, supply chain models, change/continuous improvement and risk management programs globally.

Specialties
Leadership, communications, Lean and Six Sigma programs. Turnaround and startup operations are specialties. I am certified as a Lean practitioner, Six Sigma Master Black Belt, an APICS-certified Fellow, and many qualitative certifications.

Tier 3 Sponsors
Mentors

Paul Simacek

Paul Simacek is a Business Advisor at the West Central Indiana Small Business Development Center where he has helped in the startup of dozens of companies, advised numerous existing companies and taught business planning courses. Prior to joining the SBDC, Paul worked in internal strategy consulting at Infineon Technologies in Munich, Germany and advised in the creation and strategy of Rhino Sp. z o.o. an automatic meter reading technology company in Wroclaw, Poland. Before earning his MBA, Paul worked in capital markets as a proprietary trader at Black Diamond Futures and an options expert at Charles Schwab before transitioning to inventory management and purchasing at McMaster-Carr Supply. Paul earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the honors program at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and an MBA from the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford in England.

Drew Peyronnin

Drew Peyronnin is co-owner and executive vice president of Peyronnin Construction Company, Inc., a general construction, mechanical construction and construction management firm operating in the Evansville, IN area since 1947. Peyronnin Construction Company has built many of the landmark buildings which have shaped the communites of the southwest Indiana tri-state area. Dr. Peyronnin, a graduate of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, worked ten years in pharmaceutical and industrial toxicology research and companion animal practice prior to rejoining his brother in the construction business.

Dr. Peyronnin holds an Indiana real estate sales license and is co-owner and president of Peyronnin Investments, Inc., and co-founder of DEEP Hole Partnership, LLP, Armatura LLC and TB&S, LLP, all businesses engaged in developing and leasing commercial real estate. Dr. Peyronnin was an organizing director of Evansville Commerce Bank at it's inception in 2005 and continues as a member of its board of directors. He has served on the bank's strategy committee, asset / liability committee, and has chaired its loan and audit committees.

Dr. Peyronnin has been an active Angel investor since 2005. In the past six years he has completed due diligence on over 20 early stage companies and has made six investments in four of those companies. His focus has been on near revenue Indiana companies in Life Sciences and Information Technologies. Dr. Peyronnin is an investor and director of Perfinity BioSciences, Inc., a company engaged in the development of automated solutions for Proteomic and large molecule research. He chairs the Perfinity BioSciences audit committee. Dr. Peyronnin is an investor in Courseload, Inc., a company providing a device agnostic, SaaS, e-Textbook and learning content agregation platform for higher education. Courseload has been adopted in the Indiana University system and is in pilot programs at other major universities including University of California - Berkley, Cornell, University of Virginia, University of Wisconsin and University of Minnesota. Dr. Peyronnin has served as a board member on numerous non-profit agencies including the YMCA, Easter Seals, Youth First, Student Financial Aid Association, Vanderburgh Community Foundation, Community Foundation Alliance, Alliance Initiatives and is the donor advisor of the Charlotte and Leo Peyronnin Family Fund.

Kevin Hitchen

Founder

Kevin is co-founder of Localstake, a web-based crowdfunding platform that connects small businesses raising capital with local investors. Prior to starting Localstake, Kevin worked in institutional investment management and due diligence at the Indiana Public Retirement System. He began his career at J.P. Morgan providing investment and wealth advisory solutions to individuals and families, many of whom were business owners or former business owners.

Kevin received his Bachelors of Science in Finance from Butler University. Outside of Localstake, Kevin is on the Board of Directors for Conner Prairie Museum and is on the Board of Advisors for Butler University’s Student Managed Investment Fund.

Charles Selby

Executive Director of the Westgate at Crane Technology Park

I am responsible for the coordination of the development of a technology park that is located near the Crane Navy Base in Indiana.

Kimberly Waldridge

Sr. Industrial Engineer with General Motors

Kim began her career in 1981 at GM Powertrain working in several areas of human resources. She completed her MBA in 1984 from Indiana Wesleyan. She has over 30 years of managerial experience in manufacturing, safety, training, communications, ergonomics and financial analysis. She has been in her position as Senior Industrial Engineer over 15 years and has most recently worked with new product launches and design of lean manufacturing systems. She also works with financial business case analysis and has recently worked in the area of business consultant training.
Kim lives in the local area and has previously been on the Eastern Greene School Board for 12 years, the Eastern Greene Building Corporation for 2 years, the Owensburg Community Improvement Association for 6 years, and has served as a Sunday school teacher at Avoca Baptist for the past 2 years. She will be traveling later this year to Haiti with a Mission Team from her church.

Mark Elliott

Radio Programmer and Personality - Professional Speaker / Trainer and Motivator

Mark Elliott is a radio programmer and personality with over 30 years of experience in media, marketing and programming, and a serial entrepreneur. In 1993, Mark used his experience in radio programming to create Radio One 2 One, a custom marketing agency that helped radio station acquire and retain listeners using database and relationship marketing. Radio One 2 One quickly grew to over $1 million in gross billings and expanded to consult real estate agents and other small businesses in growing customer relationships. During that time, Mark was also the owner and host of The Inn at Crooked Lake, a five room bed and breakfast in a resort area in Northern Michigan. After spinning off and successfully selling both businesses, Mark returned to day to day radio operations and is now the Brand Manager and Afternoon Host on WIKY Radio in Evansville, where he has won national awards for programming, promotion and community service. Mark is now working on a new career as a public speaker and presenter, and carries a secret wish to get back to owning his own company.

Vicki Hollanders

Business Advisor, Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC)

Having been in the economic development arena for a very long time, Vicki Hollanders has a passion for making Indiana businesses successful. From budding entrepreneurs to established, long time businesses, she helps them get started on the right track, grow, look for new markets and innovative ways to make their business great. Her work currently as a Business Advisor for the ISBDC puts her on the road serving eight south central counties known as the Radius Indiana Region. Her previous areas of focus over the years in economic development has been on government contracting and marketing, and the state’s incentive programs.

Jessica Falkenthal

Jess is the Associate Director of Interactive Recruiting for Kelley Direct, the online MBA program of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She is a former Infromatics student at Indiana University, where she specialized in Instructional Systems Technology, Fine Arts, and Human-Computer Interaction Design.

Jess is also a local leader of IxDA Bloomington and a former co-founder of Fundships, the Startup Weekend Bloomington 2011 winning team. She is passionate about social media, user experience, community building, design, online learning and geocaching (or dead dropping).

Anthony Panozzo

Founder - Repeatable Ventures

Founder of Repeatable Ventures in Indianapolis and organizer of the Indianapolis Lean Startup Circle. Anthony focuses on Ruby on Rails development leveraging the Lean Startup Methodologies.

Tier 4 Sponsors
Organizers
Matthew Burris
Jamie Bass
Andrew Dolgner
David Warren
Ted Markley
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