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Startup Weekend Louisville connects local entrepreneurs, product developers, designers and startup enthusiasts with the resources and mentors to help them jumpstart their business ideas. On Friday night anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea to their peers, then teams form organically and work to develop the most promising ideas into startups that have been validated by customers. On Sunday night, each startup team presents to a panel of judges for a chance to win the bragging rights for best new startup idea in Louisville! And if that's not enough, we'll feed you throughout the entire weekend - your ticket to this immersive startup experience includes three meals each day and plenty of snacks.

Startup Weekend Louisville returns to Velocity Indiana

After the ice storm that threatened to chase us away last Spring, we’re excited to return to Velocity, just across the 2nd Street bridge from downtown Louisville. Don’t let the bridge construction intimidate you – it’s quick and easy to get to Velocity from anywhere in the area.

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Sep 19
  • 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


Sep 20
  • Customer Discovery workshop during breakfast (or, How To Win SWLou)
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch - Meet some of our Sponsors
  • 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


Sep 21
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch - How to Pitch workshop
  • MANDATORY Tech Check for all teams, and Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging results & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!

Joshua Rosenthal

Chief Scientific Officer, Co-founder - RowdMap   |   LinkedIn


Kevin Nolan

Vice President of Technology - GE Home & Business Solutions   |   LinkedIn

Galen Powers

President - Optical Dynamics   |   LinkedIn

Vidya Ravichandran

President - GlowTouch Technologies   |   LinkedIn

Andrew Takami

Director - Purdue University College of Technology, New Albany   |   LinkedIn

Taylor Trusty

CEO - Blackstone Media   |   LinkedIn


Stacy Griggs

CEO - El Toro   |   LinkedIn

Mark Midland

CEO & Co-founder - Horse Racing Nation   |   LinkedIn

Bob Saunders

Managing Director - Saunders Capital   |   LinkedIn

Brian Wallace

President & Founder - NowSourcing, Inc   |   LinkedIn

Melissa Chipman
Joanna Cruz
Amelia Gandara
Daniel Johnsen
Greg Langdon
David Najewicz
Zack Pennington
Kelby Price
Eric Roland
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