Startup Weekend is coming again to Indiana!  Two Hanapin employees participated in the last SW in Bloomington and we want to help get the word out.  It’s an intense and focused weekend dedicated to forming companies – from concept to launch – with lots of learning and opportunities to form great connections with other attendees.  Hanapin is helping to sponsor the event too and we’re giving away a couple of tickets.  We’ll be announcing the contest on Twitter later today.  Just follow Pat East (our President and CEO) at  If you don’t win, you can register for the event at  The official Indy Startup Weekend press release is below!

Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which connects highly talented and motivated web developers, business managers, graphic artists, marketing gurus, and startup enthusiasts in order to form companies from concept to launch!

Indianapolis will host its Startup Weekend Event on December 5th – 7th at the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at the IUPUI campus downtown.

The event starts at 5 pm on Friday December 5th with an elevator pitch competition.  Participants then vote on the companies they would like to create and assemble into teams based on interest and skill sets. Teams work on their respective companies throughout the weekend concluding with a demonstration of the product on Sunday evening December 7th. Investors are welcome to attend the final presentations.

In addition to participants, Startup Weekend is made possible through the generosity of sponsors in the local community. The event management is currently looking for sponsors to help offset the costs of hosting the event. If you would like to become a sponsor or would like more information on the event please visit the website at or contact Lou at

“Startup Weekend is a great place not only to network with fellow entrepreneurial minds but to practice your skills and interests in the context of a real business. The Indianapolis weekend will make Indiana the first state to hold three weekends” said Lorraine Ball, President of Rainmakers and Founder of Roundpeg Marketing

Startup Weekend, LLC is based out of Boulder, Colorado and facilitates the weekend events from city to city as voted for on its website,

Previous Indiana Startup Weekend events have been held in Bloomington, IN and West Lafayette, IN. The vast majority of companies formed during prior weekends have been web-based and many have gone on to become viable businesses.