Startup Weekend Bloomington to Kick Off

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An event designed to expand the startup community in south central Indiana is set to begin Friday. Startup Weekend Bloomington involves entrepreneurs pitching and developing a viable business concept over the course of two-and-a-half days. November 12, 2014

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Bloomington–Startup Weekend Bloomington will host its annual event November 14th-16th at the City Hall-Showers Building. Entrepreneurs, designers, developers and startup enthusiasts are invited to participate in this event to take their innovative business ideas from concept to launch in 54 hours. Tickets are available at Bloomington.up.co.

On Friday night, attendees will take the mic to pitch their ideas - typically web and mobile applications - to the group in 60 seconds or less. After groups form around the best ideas, the rest of the weekend is spent transforming those ideas into a viable company with the help of coaches and seasoned startup entrepreneurs. By Sunday, teams will be ready to present their ideas in front of a panel of judges who will award prizes to the winning team, including a partial membership to Cowork Btown and free consultations with local support organizations, all of which are targeted to help teams continue to build their startups after the event is over.

"Startup Weekend Bloomington isn't just about putting on a great 54 hour event to accelerate startup creation," said event facilitator, Jamie Bass. "It's about expanding the existing startup community in south central Indiana and supporting economic growth in by fostering entrepreneurship and innovation."

Startup veterans and mentors will be on hand throughout the weekend to provide expertise and assist teams in developing viable businesses. On Friday night, participants will hear Kurtis Cummings, Startup Weekend Bloomington 2013 Alumni and Co-Founder at Switchyard Brewing Company, talk about his experience navigating the creation of a small business during and after Startup Weekend.

"One of the greatest benefits Startup Weekend has to offer to entrepreneurs is the opportunity to interact with local CEOs, founders, investors and startup veterans who coach the teams during the weekend. Working with these coaches not only gets the teams advice from the experts, but helps connect them with all the resources the growing startup community in Indiana has to offer," said event organizer Meghan Turner.

Startup Weekend Bloomington runs from 6:00 pm Friday, November 14th to 8:00 pm Sunday, November 16th at the City Hall-Showers Building, 401 N. Morton St. For more information about the event, and to purchase tickets, please visit Bloomington.up.co.

Startup Weekend Bloomington is sponsored by the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association, the City of Bloomington, the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship, KA+A, Hanapin Marketing, Cowork Btown, Pizza X, and Dan and Tina Peterson.

ABOUT STARTUP WEEKEND BLOOMINGTON:

Startup Weekend Bloomington is an intense 54 hour event where a community of entrepreneurs, startup enthusiasts, developers, designers, marketing gurus and anyone interested in building a business will come together over the course of a weekend to share ideas, form teams, and launch a startup. No Talk, All Action. Launch a Startup in 54 hours. For more information about Startup Weekend Bloomington, visit bloomington.startupweekend.org.

ABOUT STARTUP WEEKEND:

Startup Weekend is a non-profit organization that supports the development and expansion of entrepreneurship through events worldwide that educate aspiring entrepreneurs by immersing them in the process of moving an idea to market. Startup Weekend has built a network of more than 100,000 alumni, thousands of volunteer Organizers and more than 100 trained facilitators spanning more than 400 cities in more than 100 countries. Startup Weekend is sponsored by Google for Entrepreneurs, Amazon Web Services, .CO, and Coca-Cola. For more information, visit www.startupweekend.org.

Source: Startup Weekend Bloomington