The Purdue Research Park is set to host an entrepreneurship competition. Teams participating in next week's Greater Lafayette Startup Weekend will have 54 hours to take a business idea from concept to launch.

November 5, 2013

News Release

West Lafayette, Ind. — Technology developers, designers, marketers and product managers throughout the Greater Lafayette area will have 54 hours to take their innovative business ideas from concept to launch during a November event at Purdue Research Park.

Greater Lafayette Startup Weekend will be Friday, Nov. 15, through Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Herman and Heddy Kurz Purdue Technology Center, 1281 Win Hentschel Blvd., West Lafayette. The event costs $30, but Early Bird discounts are available through Thursday (Oct 31). Register at

Attendees will pitch ideas Friday night, and groups will form based on mutual interest in an idea. Teams will spend the rest of the weekend developing the idea, creating prototypes and establishing a business plan. On Sunday, the groups will present to a panel of judges, which will award prizes targeted to help teams build their startups after the event closes.

Around 100 attendees are expected to participate, including residents, students from Purdue University and other institutes of higher learning, and entrepreneurs throughout the state. Local CEOs and startup veterans will provide expertise and share their experiences starting a technology-based business.

About Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Seattle. Founded in 2007 in Boulder, Colo., by Andrew Hyde, the organization has been based out of Seattle since 2009 under the direction of Marc Nager. Supported by a grant from the Kauffman Foundation, Startup Weekend has held over 325 events around the globe, inspiring nearly 30,000 entrepreneurs to take an idea from concept to launch.

About Purdue Research Park

The Purdue Research Park, with four locations across Indiana, has the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country. The park network is home to about 240 companies that employ about 4,500 people and are located in West Lafayette, Indianapolis, Merrillville and New Albany.

Source: Purdue Research Park

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