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Kurz Purdue Technology Center, 1281 Win Hentschel Boulevard, West Lafayette IN, 47906

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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!
Hosting and Event Partners

Kyle B. Mandeville

Kyle B. Mandeville

Kyle practices in the areas of Agribusiness, Creditor’s Rights and Immigration. Additionally, he also assists with the Estate Planning needs of his business clients. Kyle has an extensive history of assisting local and international clients with their diverse issues.

Platinum Sponsors

Tony Schy

Managing Director, Velocity Indiana   |  

Tony is the Managing Director for Velocity Indiana – an Entrepreneur Center focused on developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem through education and programming initiatives. Among other programs, Velocity operates its flagship business accelerator twice annually. He is an active Angel Investor – investing in both start-up companies and real estate. He serves on the Board of Directors of several local companies as well as the YMCA of Southern Indiana and Teach Kentucky.

Prior to his current role, Tony was the Managing Partner at Chapman Kelly, Inc., (CKI) a Jeffersonville, IN based healthcare consulting firm. CKI provided cost-containment and compliance services to large employers throughout the US. In 2010 CKI received multiple awards including the Louisville Fast Fifty, Indiana Companies to Watch, Greater Louisville Inc.’s Hot Dozen and Inc. 5000. After building the firm to 100 employees and a recognized market leader for a core line of business, the company was sold to HMS Holdings in Dallas, TX. Tony then spent 8 months as the interim District Director for Indiana’s 9th District US Representative, Todd Young.

Prior to CKI, Tony had a 9-year career with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), where he was a Director in their Global Outsourcing practice. His specialization included large-scale technology outsourcing, specifically the HR transition as well as performance measurement. While with Andersen Consulting, Tony gained extensive experience in the property and casualty insurance industry leading multiple project teams at Allstate Insurance in Northbrook, IL.

Tony graduated with a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He lives in Sellersburg, IN with his lovely wife and two wonderful kids.

Greg Deason

Vice President - Purdue Research Foundation and Executive Director - Purdue Foundry   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Greg Deason, Vice President - Purdue Research Foundation and Executive Director - Purdue Foundry, leads the team that is accelerating startup activity at Purdue University.  The Foundry is dedicated to providing robust resources to inventors and entrepreneurs leading to new company formation, ideas to the marketplace and job creation.  The Foundry was announced in June of 2013.

Previously Mr. Deason served as the Executive Director of the Purdue Research Park where he led the team that transformed the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette into an engine for Indiana's economic development initiatives. Mr. Deason was instrumental in the creation of Purdue Research Parks in three other locations in Indiana beyond West Lafayette and also the creation of the Purdue Technology Centers Complex – the largest university-affiliated business incubator complex in the country.  During Deason’s 18-year tenure at the Purdue Research Park, the statewide network has grown to more than 200 companies and over 4,000 jobs, providing an annual impact of $1.3B to the Indiana economy.

In recent years the Purdue Research Park has received many awards. Included in these accolades are the Outstanding Science/Research Park by the Association of University Research Parks and Indiana's first Certified Technology Park. On two separate occasions companies in the park have been awarded prestigious "Graduate of the Year" honors by the National Business Incubation Association as well as their prestigious “Innovation of the Year” award for the Purdue Research Park Entrepreneurship Academy. In addition, the Purdue Research Foundation, owner and manager of the Purdue Research Park, has received TechPoint's MIRA Award for outstanding professional service to high-tech firms. Most recently the park was honored with four international Excellence in Economic Development awards for Technology-based Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, Partnerships with Educational Institutions, and Regionalism and Cross-Border Collaboration by the International Economic Development Council.

Mr. Deason has served on the Board of Directors for the Association of University Research Parks where he is the Past President.  He is also a past member of the Purdue University Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Agriculture and was awarded the Distinguished Agricultural Alumni Award in 2010. Deason has earned an international reputation as a speaker and educator on research park operations and development, incubation of high-tech businesses and strategies for leveraging university assets to grow high-tech companies. Before joining the Purdue Research Foundation, Mr. Deason served his alma mater, Purdue University, in business administration and sponsored program management. He also has experience in banking. 

Michael Zentner

Senior Research Scientist Purdue IT

Entrepreneur in Residence, Innovation and Commercialization Center

Michael Zentner has been a senior research scientist in Information Technology at Purdue for 3 years, where he is leader for the big data exploration applications group (BigDEAP). His research includes behavioral analysis in online communities and data mapping, analysis, and visualization in healthcare. He also serves as assessment team lead for the Network for Computational Nanotechnology.

Michael also serves as the Innovation and Commercialization Center's Entrepreneur in Residence. His role is to work at the intersection of innovators, entrepreneurs, customers and investors. Prior to joining Purdue, he has been a founder and senior team member of several entrepreneurial ventures in the West Lafayette and Denver communities, both self-and venture capital-funded, and has consulted extensively with Fortune 500 companies on strategic initiatives. In these settings, he has created novel methods for manufacturing schedule optimization, supply chain design and optimization, collaboration, automated process discovery, combined unstructured and structured text and data analytics, and consumer oriented web interfaces. Based on these experiences and having been a primary creator of intellectual property, Michael is enthusiastic about helping innovators position for customer opportunities and helping customers and investors recognize novel value in emerging innovations. He also helps entrepreneurs work through startup issues as their ventures form and grow.

Michael has a BS in Chemical Engineering with Distinction from the University of Illinois, and an MS and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University. In addition, Michael holds an MBA from Purdue's Krannert School of Management and an MBA from the TiasNimbas Business School of Tilburg University, The Netherlands.

David Woll

President, Woll Enterprises   |   LinkedInGoogle+

David Woll, president of Woll Enterprises, Inc., brings people together in strategic alliances to encourage businesses to develop and grow. He is an expert in entrepreneurial finance, consulting and fundraising with over 40 years of experience. As an advisor, mentor and fundraiser, Woll works with startup, early- and later-stage companies and individuals to commercialize consumer and industrial products, renewable and clean energy products and services, software, medical devices, small-molecule drug development, and advanced technology and manufacturing. In addition, he and his associates develop business plans, feasibility studies, financial forecasts, and product marketing analysis.

Woll is involved in consulting and raising funds for independent businesses as well as university spin-offs and related companies, such as licensees of leading research universities. His fundraising connections include an extensive, nationwide base of individual angel investors (accredited investors) and clubs, early- and late-stage venture capital firms, federal, state, and local governmental agencies, private foundations, and banks and other financial institutions. Woll facilitates mergers, acquisitions, and restructurings, and develops partnerships and joint ventures of privately held companies in the fields listed above with publicly traded as well as private corporations.

Gold Sponsors

Don Stocks

Strategic Management Consultant

Don Stocks is a strategic management consultant who specializes in helping early stage startups succeed and established enterprises enter new markets. His leadership and information technology experience spans Fortune 100 enterprises, medium-sized firms and startups. Mr. Stocks was the VP of Technology for Inc. Magazine’s 30th fastest growing firm in 2003 and has launched two ventures of his own. He is an active in the greater Lafayette entrepreneurship community serving as a mentor and adviser. He is a member of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra board of directors where he also serves as the treasurer and chair of the finance committee. He holds a BS in Management and an MBA from Purdue's Krannert School of Management. His interests include fitness, nutrition, music, anything tech and (sometimes) golf. He relocated from northern California to Lafayette, IN with his wife Ronda and his son Adam in 2006.

Michael Wilson


MICHAEL WILSON is a faculty member and Ph.D. candidate at Purdue University in the College of Engineering. He earned a Bachelors of Science from the University of Massachusetts and a Masters from the University of Chicago, his broad research interests include Engineering Education, Network Science, and Modeling Human Sociometrics. Wilson is also an Adjunct faculty member at Ivy Tech teaching the signature Entrepreneurship and Enterprise 101 course. In industry, Mr. Wilson serves on various Boards, Consults to Fortune entities, and invests in various technical startups. This is his second time serving as a Startup-Weekend Mentor.

Mikel Berger

Partner, DelMar Software Development, President, Lafayettech   |  

Daryl Star

Founder,   |  

Daryl Starr is a local entrepreneur. He has both started and purchased, sold and dissolved companies. His current company, Advanced Ag Solutions launched and was a Techpoint Mira Award finalist for Innovation of the Year 2013. Starr was also named among the 40 under 40 persons in agriculture by Vance Publishing. He is passionate about utilizing technology to help feed the growing world population. He is also a board member of Crosswalk Project, Inc a 501-c3 non-profit on campus of Purdue University. He enjoys helping people launch real companies through bootstrapped methods that require a mix of creativity and practicality.

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