Dates, registration set for two Startup Weekend events in Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS and WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can bring their ideas to life by attending an intense 54-hour program being held two separate weekends in November and at two locations.

The first event, Greater Lafayette Startup Weekend, will be held Nov. 11-13 February 10-12, 2012 at the Lafayettech HUB, 580 N 36th St, Suite A, Lafayette, IN 47905. The second event, Indianapolis Startup Weekend, will be held Nov. 18-20 at the Purdue Technology Center, 5225 Exploration Drive, Indianapolis.

During the 54-hour event, attendees share their best ideas for a web or mobile application on Friday to encourage others to join their development team. Teams design and develop business plans and prototypes Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday evening, teams pitch their companies and demonstrate their prototypes to a jury comprised of entrepreneurs, investors, startup lawyers and technology professors, who offer feedback. The jury votes on which startups have the most potential to become a business, with the winning teams competing in the Global Startup Battle 2011.

Many times a viable company emerges, such as Pocket Tales, a company that turns reading books into an interactive game; ShoutNow Inc., an automated messaging system; StatsSquared Inc., a Twitter analytic tool; and EatDrink.it, a restaurant rating tool. CivicResound LLC, a social good company that was developed during the Indianapolis Startup Weekend, now is a tenant in the Purdue Research Park of Indianapolis.

The events also will feature speakers representing the area’s technology industry, successful local entrepreneurs, startup lawyers and investors.

Designers, developers and business professionals in marketing, sales and fundraising can sign up for:

* Greater Lafayette Startup Weekend at http://greaterlafayette.startupweekend.org/ A $50 early bird registration fee is available through Oct. 12, after which the registration fee increases to $75. Students’ fee is $25. Fees have been updated to $25-$30.

* Indianapolis Startup Weekend at http://indianapolis.startupweekend.org/ A $50 early bird registration fee is available through Oct. 31, after which the registration fee increases to $75.

West Lafayette Startup Weekend is sponsored by the Purdue Research Foundation and Nehloo Interactive and other local sponsors, and the Indianapolis event is sponsored by the Purdue Research Foundation, 21st Century Fund, SmallBox and KA+A.

About Purdue Research Foundation
Purdue Research Foundation (http://www.prf.org) is a private, nonprofit foundation created to advance the mission of Purdue University. The foundation accepts gifts; administers trusts; funds research, scholarships and grants; acquires property; and negotiates research contracts on behalf of Purdue. In the 1990s, the foundation was charged with helping the university in the realm of economic development. The Purdue Research Foundation oversees the Purdue Research Park, which is the largest university-affiliated business incubator in the country. In addition to the Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette, the foundation has established technology parks in other locations around Indiana including Indianapolis, Merrillville and New Albany.

Purdue Research Foundation contact
Steve Martin, 765-588-3342sgmartin@prf.org

Sources
Jim Bartek, 317-614-0792jabartek@prf.org
Juliana Spiker, 765-588-3368jbspiker@prf.org