Startup Weekend Terre Haute

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Scott College of Business, Federal Hall, 30 N. 7th St.

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

A great prize package for the winning team includes:

  • A corporate entity formation by Reddy Law valued at $500.00
  • Website Development by Joink valued at $500.00
  • 1 Year of Website hosting by Joink
  • A business development program by the ISBDC
  • And more to come!



Feb 8
  • 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


Feb 9
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Panel 1 Speakers
  • Speaker to be announced
  • 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


Feb 10
  • 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
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!

Drew Peyronnin, D.V.M.

Evecutive VP Peyronnin Construction Co.   |   LinkedIn

Drew Peyronnin is co-owner and executive vice president of Peyronnin Construction Company, Inc., a general construction, mechanical construction and construction management firm operating in the Evansville, IN area since 1947.

Dr. Peyronnin has been an active Angel investor since 2005. In the past seven years he has completed due diligence on over 25 early stage companies and expects to have made eight investments in six companies through 2012. His investment focus is on near revenue Indiana companies in Life Sciences and Information Technologies.

He also is the organizer of the Evansville Tech on Tap meetup and has participated as a mentor, judge and speaker at several Indiana Startup Weekends.

Dr. Peyronnin has served as a board member on numerous non-profit agencies including the YMCA, Easter Seals, Youth First, Student Financial Aid Association, Vanderburgh Community Foundation, Community Foundation Alliance, and Alliance Initiatives. He is the donor adviser of the Charlotte and Leo Peyronnin Family Fund and Peyronnin Construction Company Fund.


Lakshmi Reddy

Attorney at Reddy Law   |   LinkedIn

Lakshmi Reddy was born in Hyderabad, India and began her legal career in 1997 as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Frank Sullivan, Jr. on the Supreme Court of Indiana. Before founding Reddy Law Firm, LLC, she practiced in a variety of areas such as business and corporate law, commercial real estate and business transactions, health law, medical malpractice defense, appellate law, civil litigation, insurance defense, estate planning, and probate. Ms. Reddy’s clients have included individuals, families, small to large businesses, corporations, physician/medical offices, and real estate developers. Ms. Reddy is one of only a few woman lawyers in Terre Haute who practice in the areas of business transactions and commercial real estate.

Born: Hyderabad, India, May 29, 1970

Brien N. Smith, Ph.D

Dean, Scott College of Business   |   LinkedIn

Smith began his role as the dean of the Scott College of Business at Indiana State University in July, after more than two decades in various positions in the Miller College of Business at Ball State University. At Ball State, he worked as associate dean of the business college before joining ISU. As his first school year in a position at a new university gets underway, his goals for the college can be defined by a simple message:

Something different, something more.

"I like to think that strategy, in order to be successful, should respond to changes in our environment, but also should reflect our uniqueness," Smith said. "That is to say it should be difficult for our competitors to copy."

Dr. Jeff Harper

Director of MBA Program   |   LinkedIn

Jeff Harper is a Professor of Information Systems at Indiana State University’s Scott College of Business. He received his Ph.D. from Auburn University, is a Certified Fraud Examiner, and has been an academic for over twenty years, teaching business courses and conducting research studies at Indiana State, Harvard University, the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), Athens State University, and Auburn University.

Professor Harper has published over 50 research papers and has spoken at many domestic events and in nearly a dozen countries. Internationally known as an active researcher and consultant, his interests include electronic commerce strategies, technology transfer, and innovative business practices. He has served as a consultant for such organizations as General Electric, State Farm Insurance, NASA, the U.S. Justice Department, the U.S. Department of the Navy, Hewlett-Packard, Monroe Guaranty Insurance Corporation, BellSouth Corporation, and Université Hassan II, in Casablanca, Morocco. Most recently his research has focused on community banking and financial reform. He is currently working on a new book, “Innovative Business Practices in Emerging Economies,” to be published in 2012 by Routledge.

In 2008, Dr. Harper taught the graduate Electronic Commerce Strategies (MGMT S105) course at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. He has received Scott College of Business Faculty Achievement Awards for outstanding teaching (2003) and exemplary service (2008). He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the UAH Alumni Association.

David Woll

President of Woll Enterprises   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Functioning as entrepreneurial advisor, fundraiser, and mentor, Woll works with startup and early-stage companies, inventors and individuals to target funding for the creation and development of consumer and industrial products, renewable energy, software, medical devices,drug development, and advanced technology and manufacturing. In addition, he develops business plans, feasibility and marketing studies and product analysis.

He consults and raisies funds for spin-off companies at major research universities throughout the US. Generally, they are licensees of major, nationally-recognized research institutions. His fundraising connections include individual angel investors (accredited investors) and clubs

Rajan Kapur

Ark IT Solutions, Venture Club of Indiana   |   LinkedIn

IT industry veteran looking to help small businesses and start-ups go from early stage to mature businesses with strategic guidance, funding resources and an introduction into a strong entrepreneurial network.

Specialties: Strategic Consulting:
- Virtual CIO Services, Technology Consulting, IT Audits, Project Management
- Web Development (Design, eCommerce),
- Social Media Integration Strategy (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogging),
- Enterprise Business System Integration (ERP, CRM, Business Intelligence, Sharepoint),
- Internet/Email Marketing Strategies,
- Online Marketing (Search Engine Marketing, Organic SEO, Pay Per Click Advertising)
- Cloud Integration Strategy,
- Business Services (resource planning, budgeting, forecasting, ROI, process mapping)

Elizabeth Hagerman

Vice President, Rose-Hulman Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Elizabeth M. Hagerman, Ph.D., returned to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, her alma mater, in July 2012 to serve as Vice President for Rose-Hulman Ventures. Located on 180-acres in a 35,000 square-foot facility in a Certified Technology Park on the south Campus, Rose-Hulman Ventures brings together outstanding students with technology-based companies to design prototypes, refine the design of existing products, and expand current engineering capabilities.

Prior to her return to Rose-Hulman, Hagerman held leadership roles at Baxter Healthcare in Los Angeles, a subsidiary of Illinois-based Baxter International Inc., a worldwide leader in patient care products. She most recently led the global integration of a Baxter Biosurgery product acquisition and licensing. While at Baxter, Hagerman also worked with research and development and marketing teams in the United States and Austria for product development, coordinated academic research with Baxter Biosurgery products, managed strategic planning for next generation product launches and brand development, and developed orthopedic sales training materials.

Hagerman earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Rose-Hulman in 2000 and a master's and Ph.D. degree from UCLA in biomedical engineering, with a focus on orthopedic biomaterials. She is an expert on tissue engineering, cell adhesion, bone regeneration and tissue biomineralization, and has two patent applications filed.

Throughout her academic and professional career, Hagerman has been associated with Rose-Hulman. She received the Distinguished Young Alumni Award in 2008 from Rose-Hulman, and was a member of the Board of Trustees from 2009-2012.

Tier 3 Sponsors

Duke Bennett

Mayor of Terre Haute, IN   |   LinkedIn


Director of Operations
Hamilton Center, Inc.

Systems Manager
Applied Computing Devices

Justin Campbell

Riddell National Bank

Highly accomplished, success-driven professional offering over 12 years of financial and sales industry experience.
Excelled at every company and every level.
Received multiple top producer awards/honors.
Over 6 years of Financial Services/Banking Management Experience


Small Business Development
P&L management
Loan production
Loan decisioning
Customer service

Ken Eitel

Director of BES, Ivy Tech Greencastle

Eitel's great-grandfather John began the family's fourth-generation floral business in Greencastle in 1908. Ken worked for 16 years in retail sales, sales management and advertising for Horace Link home furnishings business in Greencastle before he and his wife Jackie bought the family business in 1980. Eitel's Flowers & Gifts was operated by Ken and Jackie for 31 years before they sold the business in 2011.

Eitel's rich family history of entrepreneurship is one he is proud to share. In 2009 the Eitel family established an Ivy Tech scholarship honoring Ken's great-grandfather, John Eitel. The scholarship, which is administered by the Putnam County Community Foundation, is given to students at Ivy Tech-Greencastle. Its purpose is to encourage students to pursue careers in business innovation, entrepreneurship and civic leadership and it is named the Eitel Family Scholarship for Entrepreneurship and Civic Leadership.

Stacey Thacker

Founding Member at Art Totality, LLC   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Stacey Thacker founded Art Totality, LLC in April of 2009 because of her love for the arts, family, friends and community.

Samantha Penney

Director of Distance Learning, ISU

Samantha has worked for over eight years in the education industry and has experience in distance education, online education, and instructional technology. She has management and teaching experience in both career and higher education fields. Other areas of experience are distance education policy development and implementation, faculty development and training, administered learning management systems and various software programs, and instructional design.

She has a M.A.Ed from Austin Peay State University in the area of Instructional Technology and post graduate work at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She also has a M.A. in Mass Communications from the University of South Dakota and a BA in Journalism from South Dakota State University.

She has presented at various conferences and holds memberships in USDLA, and WCET.


Her research interests include the use of benchmarks with program evaluation, the development of program evaluation models, andragogy, and the use of social collaborative and other technologies in education.

Evan Lunsford

Financial Advisor at Edward Jones

"I graduated in May 2010 with an undergraduate degree in Financial Services, and a minor in Insurance. Indiana State's College of Business is second to none, and my experiences there have laid the foundation for my career in the financial services industry. I am proud to be a Sycamore, and proud to say I graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors."

Samantha McGranahan

Owner and Lead Photographer of Roxy Studio

With my enthusiasm to make this something I could do everyday, I spent every waking hour educating myself, shooting and looking for ways that I could expand this into a full-time job. I spent nearly 6 years photographing sessions and weddings on the side of a full-time job, and even had my very first studio space in downtown Terre Haute that I put all my heart and soul into after I would put my time in at my "real job".

In 2006 I made the scary decision to jump in head-first. I officially started my own business. I was pregnant, just bought a house and said good-bye to my steady paycheck. The pressure could not have been more ON to make this really happen. Through many stages of growth, I helped introduce the Wabash Valley to a lifestyle approach to documenting people's most amazing milestones and was greeted with support and excitement from those who I put in front of my lens. Since that date, our studio has photographed hundreds of sessions per year (including families, seniors and boudoir sessions) and on October 13, 2012 we photographed our 200th wedding. It has been an amazing 6 years.

Every step of the way in building the Roxy Studio, I knew one thing. My favorite part about being a photographer wasn't even about taking pictures. It was the indescribable feeling that someone gets when they see beautiful images of themselves.

Levi McGranahan

Graphic Designer at Tactic Marketing

The early days were fun days. It wasn’t about annual billings and awards: we were simply thrilled to do the work. This open-arms approach fostered creativity and enthusiasm. Even with our continued growth, we try to not view ourselves as an established, rigid agency. We’ve purposely avoided the traditional walls and layers of a larger agency — at any given time, it’s easy to see who is working on what, and where collaboration could help. The start-up mentality is also a financial one. Our net margin is above the industry average, not because we over-charge or rush the work, but because we’ve learned that it’s easier to spend less than sell more.

Hannah Pruitt

Account Executive, WTWO/WAWV

Hannah Farmer-Pruitt grew up in Southern Terre Haute. Just recently married Hannah has been a part of the WTWO and WAWV family since December 2010. Hannah is a graduate of Ivy Tech College with a Associate of Science in Business Administration. Other experiences included various Marketing Groups, Social Media Marketing, Radio Advertising, and Numerous Networking Groups as well as a member of the Terre Haute Young Leaders and Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce Ambassador.

Doug Edge

Director of Sales and TV Show Host for WTWO & WAWV   |   LinkedIn

After college Jeff Boone and I opened Cowpokes Western Outfitters in Anderson, IN. The store continues to be a great success. I am no longer involved but Jeff and I stay in touch. I left the western retail business to pursue radio. I did news talk in the mornings on WHBU in Anderson for a few years. I became General Manager of WHBU and WAXT and helped put a sale together with several other station in the Muncie, IN area.

I taught as an adjunct faculty member at Ball State a few radio/tv classes. While at Ball State, and still in radio, I began working on a .com business venture. It failed badly but I probably learned more from that than anything I have ever done.

I latter started Edge Marketing to focus on helping businesses grow revenue. This lead me back into radio. I helped launch a Business Talk Radio Network, produced a few syndicated shows and began consulting a group of stations in Terre Haute. In 2005 I became General Manager of the Crossroads Radio Stations.

In January of 2010 I joined Nexstar Broadcasting's stations WTWO and WAWV in Terre Haute as the Local Sales Manager and host of Valley Showcase. In March of 2010 I developed Valley Business Weekly for FOX 38 and began hosting the show. It continues to air on the new WAWV ABC.

We have a small farm near heart of Covered Bridge country in the Northern part of Vigo County. My wife and two boys enjoy raising sheep, playing sports and being active in Church, 4H and FFA.


internet marketing, radio consulting, radio show syndication, new station launches, social media, keyword search marketing, management, sales consulting, tv advertising, tv show host

David Robinson

Scott College of Business Faculty


•B.S.: University of Wisconsin
•M.B.A.: Indiana University
•Ph.D.: University of Wisconsin

Teaching Interests

•Entrepreneurship, Strategy and International Management

Steve Pontius


Tim Hennessey


Tim Hennessy is a native of Terre Haute and a graduate of Indiana State University.

Tim Hennessy started at WTWO in February of 1997. In that time he has worked as a News Production Director, Creative Services Producer, Account Executive, Local Sales Manager and currently holds the position of eMedia Manager and Webmaster for

Tim is active in our community serving on the Board of Directors for the Council On Domestic Abuse (CODA) as well as that board's Marketing Committee Chair and as an appointed member to the Vigo County Park Board.

Jack Gilfoy

Mayor of Clinton, IN., Model Cleaners

Julie Hart

Purdue Extension

Dr. David Robinson

Scott College of Business

Dan DeBard

Independent Business Consultant

Bryan Jackson

Tech Haute, Brick House Apps

I am a Human Resources Professional with 10 years experience in building quality organizational culture for desired business results. I utilize my HR experience to help attract, develop and retain key talent to contribute to a company's efficiency, growth and profitability.

I am very interested in social networking and the effect it has on businesses and business models.

Specialties: Organizational Development, Employee Relations, Employee Policy Development, HRIS, Culture Management, Market-Driven Connectivity, Driving Positive Organizations, Social Networking, Web Development, MySql Databases

Tim Pulliam

IndyLabs, Reed Technical   |   LinkedIn

Scott McCullough

Senior Vice President and Senior Credit Officer

Scott graduated from high school in Decatur, IL and graduated from Indiana State University in 1978 with a Major in Finance and a Minor in Accounting. He is an alum of the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, WI and has taught classes for Ivy Tech and AIB relating to accounting & banking.

Scott was employed by First Financial Bank, NA in Terre Haute for 34 years before joining Terre Haute Savings Bank in 2008. While at First, his roles included being a Credit Analyst, Commercial Loan Officer, Loan Review Officer, and as a Director of a couple of their affiliate Banks. Responsibilities included monitoring the underwriting and approval of commercial loans, assessing the adequacy of the Allowance for Loan Losses, identifying and quantifying the risk within the loan portfolio and assessing the asset quality of potential Bank acquisitions.

Presently, Scott is responsible for the loan portfolio at Terre Haute Savings Bank which includes originating and servicing a commercial loan portfolio as well as monitoring the mortgage & consumer portfolios, asset quality, profitability, and problem loan resolution/disposal.

Scott resides with his wife in Terre Haute as do thier two children and four grandsons.

Shelley Klingerman

President, Stiletto Agency   |   LinkedIn

Gagan Dhillon

Founder at   |   LinkedIn

Gagan Dhillon is a 21 year old whose spent the last 16 months of his life working to build, a mobile platform created to help organizations better connect with donors and volunteers.

Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area Dhillon moved to Indianapolis prior to starting high school and attended the Kelley School of Business for two years pursuing a Finance degree. Dhillon and partner Andrew Blejde have been able to garner support from IU and many other angel investors for and are currently focusing on growing the business in communities across the nation. The two regularly work to help other young entrepreneurs kickstart their dreams around the state.

Andrew Blejde

Co Founder at   |   LinkedIn

Andrew Blejde is a 21 year old entrepreneur and one of the founders of - a mobile platform created to help organizations better connect with donors and volunteers. Born in Australia Blejde moved to Indianapolis at the age of 10 and went on to Purdue University to pursue a degree in Computer Science.

Along with high school buddy Gagan Dhillon, Blejde has been in charge of managing the product and development vision of since the company's inception. Blejde has spent a considerable amount of time with young developers and entrepreneurs helping them flesh out their ideas.

Nick Mahurin

CEO, InfraWare   |   LinkedIn

Information technology executive and serial entrepreneur.

Specialties: Solving complex business challenges with management process & IT solutions.

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David Dubree
Heather Strohm
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Jodi Link
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