November 11, 2011

The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech will host the Bloomington Startup Weekend competition on Nov. 18-20, in the student commons on Ivy Tech’s main campus. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour intensive where developers, business people and individuals with ideas can find out if their startup is viable for market.

Startup Weekend is for individuals with ideas, engineers, tinkerers, developers, marketers, business development specialists or simply startup enthusiasts.

On Friday, attendees will come together to share ideas and form teams. The teams work with mentors and advisors on Saturday and Sunday to build their products. Sunday evening, teams will make their pitches to a panel of judges who will provide feedback and choose a winner. The winner of the competition will receive free business services and be eligible to present at global Startup Weekend.

The event organizers include Marc DeHon of and Craig Harvey of Cloud Transactions.  Speakers include Steve Bryant of the Ivy Tech Cook Center for Entrepreneurship and Tim Tucker of Express Employment Professionals. Judges include Jim Silberstein of the Ivy Tech Cook Center for Entrepreneurship, A John Rose of Textillery Weavers, Bill Oliver of Oliver Winery, Vickie Temple Davison of Bloomington Hardware and Matthew Sooy from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

Cost for individual attendance for all three days is only $50, including all meals. Students can attend all three days, with meals, for only $20. Those interested in attending only on Sunday for the final award ceremony will pay $10. For ticket and registration information, log on For a full agenda and event information, log on

Ivy Tech’s main campus is located at 200 Daniels Way, on the west side of Bloomington.

For more information about Cook Center for Entrepreneurship programs and services at Ivy Tech, log on or call Steve Bryant at (812) 330-6254.

About Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend ( is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.