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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!



Nov 15
  • 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


Nov 16
  • 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


Nov 17
  • 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
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!

Angel Morales

Founder, Chief Innovation Officer at Smarter Remarketer   |  

Certified eMarketing Professional with a decade of multi-channel expertise. Well-versed in all areas of customer lifecycle management and automation. Experienced consultant with both merchants and software vendors. Areas of expertise include web analytics, email marketing, search (SEM/SEO), and dynamic merchandizing

Launched over 30 ecommerce websites on a self-architected platform.

Dr. Tony Ratliff

Angel Investor, VC, Options Trader, Start-up Enthusiast, Marketer   |  

Dr. Tony Ratliff is a practicing dentist in Noblesville, Indiana and a very active Angel Investor in the Indianapolis Start-up Community. He also has a passion for helping Faith-based Organizations and Non-profits communicate better with their participants, volunteers and donors via his new company MissionKonnect.

James Paden

Vice President of Product, Compendium   |  

Builder & Iterator

I'm a startup executive and entrepreneur with extensive experience in all areas of web development and online marketing. In addition to Emailium, I maintain a small network of niche e-commerce stores and online properties I've built through the years, such as, the leading online web design firm directory.


Scott Hill

Executive Chairman, Co-Founder of PERQ   |  

Scott Hill is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of PERQ, a marketing technology and promotions company helping businesses attract customers with incentives founded in 2001. Since then, his company has appeared on the Inc. “500 Fastest Growing Companies in America” list three separate times and been named one of the "Best Places to Work in Indiana" by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

Molly Chavers

Executive Director at Indy Hub   |  

For the last seven years, I've served as the Executive Director of IndyHub, a start up non profit focused on attracting, motivating and engaging young professionals of all varieties to make Indianapolis a better place to live work and play. I'm a proud board member of The Speak Easy, United Way of Central Indiana, Indianapolis Art Center and the Indianapolis Alumni Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma. In my spare time, I enjoy teaching Pilates and barre classes at Invoke Studio, exploring Indy and beyond with my husband Adam, and being a mommy to Louise.

Wayne Patrick

Seasoned IT Executive

Tony Dewan

Owner Supermatter

Web developer with experience across client & server side development. Web designer with a focus on effective interfaces. I am constantly exploring new tools and methods. I love to learn.


Alec Synnestvedt

Executive director at Verge   |  

Executive Director at Verge. Circle city enthusiast. Connector of dots and people. Writer of songs, non/fiction and, I hope, the future.

Brian Norris

CEO & Cofounder of Social Health Insights LLC, Mentor at XLerateHealth   |  

CEO & Cofounder of Social Health Insights, Director of Clinical Strategy at Diagnotes, experienced healthcare clinician, executive and innovator. Has held various clinical, leadership, consulting and technology roles within several of today’s largest healthcare institutions. Lead team to win national HHS innovation challenge and passionate about bringing together developers and clinicians to create innovative solutions to healthcare’s problems.

Jason Becker

COO at RICSSoftware and DyKnow, cofounder of Remember LLC   |  

Jason has served as the Chief Operating Officer of RICS Software LLC and DyKnow LLC since August 2012

Anna Carey

Developer at NextGear Capital   |  

Local programmer and organizer in the Indianapolis software community. Organizer of the Indy.rb Hack Night and RailsBridge Indy, an event to encourage more women to program with Rails.

Working with an awesome team at NextGear Capital.

Nick Wangler

CEO of New Ink   |  

Nick Wangler is the CEO of New Ink, an Indianapolis based creative agency. Pixels are the new ink, and from branding campaigns to major product development, Nick and his team use them to enrich people’s lives. He’s also an Officer in the Army National Guard and formerly worked full time for Apple retail.

Brittany Mason

Attention Agent / Art Director at Third Street   |  

Brittany Mason works as an Art Director/Graphic Designer for an Indy/Chicago based agency, Third Street. Brittany is tasked with solving any question a brand may have: from a way to generate relevant Facebook fans, to refreshing a brand identity, or creating a new campaign. She’ll be glad to help you develop the right identity for your project or offering insight and questions during brainstorms.

Myles Square

CRO & Co-Founder of Bookacoach

CRO & Co-Founder of bookacoach, the destination for sports lessons. 6 years SaaS experience. Graduated with a finance degree from IUB where I raised over 192K for a charity that I co-founded. Die hard Indy sports fan.

Nathan Acuff

Partner at Expected Behavior   |  

The leader of last year’s winning Recoverator team, Nate is back to help this year’s teams find their product. The rest of the year, he is a partner at Expected Behavior, a consulting and product development firm focused on simplicity and scalability. His technology interests include Ruby (with or without Rails), finding clever ways to manage lots of data, and helping products scale from 1,000 customers to 1,000,000 customers a minute.

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