Five Days of Tech & Entrepreneurship Events for Greater Lafayette

In celebration of the Greater Lafayette entrepreneurial ecosystem, MatchBOX Coworking Studio is partnering with Little Engine Ventures, Purdue Foundry, and the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette to host five days of events surrounding tech and entrepreneurship. The week's events will feature Paul Singh with Results Junkies, and will focus on highlighting the local and regional resources for startups.

Events will cover startup branding and marketing, a VERGE event featuring Paul Singh as the fireside chat, involvement in Purdue's Dawn or Doom conference, classroom and campus visits and talks, MBX member meetup that will be open to the larger ecosystem, a patent/IP workshop, private office hours with Paul and his team, a Friday Morning Foundry Grounds event featuring Paul, and MBX Free Day.




PRE-KICKOFF: GREATER LAFAYETTE STARTUP WEEKEND

Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17
MatchBOX Coworking Studio
17 South 6th St., Lafayette

This annual event spurs entrepreneurship in the community over an intense and exciting 54-hour, all-in effort to turn dozens of ideas into viable startups. Participants form teams around ideas and by Sunday, they’ll have the beginnings of a new business and the chance to win prizes to accelerate their idea to market. Along the way, they’ll have access to help and guidance from volunteer mentors who represent a wide variety of sectors and backgrounds.





PRE-KICKOFF: IMMIGRATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP PANEL

Thursday September 21 at 6:30 pm
MatchBOX Coworking Studio
17 South 6th St., Lafayette

In support of Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies, MatchBOX is proud to host this special panel bringing together local entrepreneurs speaking about their experience and about all the benefits that the area has to offer. Panelists include Paroon Chadha of Passageways, Yvone Renz of TeraGraphics Inks, LLC, Sabir Hussain of Cold Stone Creamery, Claudia Rubio Samulowitz of Language Connection.

Monday
September 25th

GREATER LAFAYETTE ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK KICKOFF

Monday 9.25 at 7 pm
MatchBOX Coworking Studio
17 South 6th St., Lafayette

Partake in local bites, beer and wine, and an event to launch our week of entrepreneurship. Paul Singh and Dana Duncan with Results Junkies will be at the studio with their RV parked on 6th Street. Meet the sponsors, local VCs, and many of the entrepreneurs at the forefront of innovation in Greater Lafayette.

Tuesday
September 26th

COFFEE & CONVERSATION WITH PAUL SINGH

Tuesday 9.26 from 9 am - 10:30 am
The Purdue Railyard
1281 Win Hentschel Blvd, West Lafayette

Coffee and Conversation begins with a tour of the newest addition to Purdue Research Park: the Purdue Railyard. Following the tour, take a deeper dive into topics covered in Paul's Blog. We hope you'll join us for a fascinating glimpse into venture capital and startup strategy!





SOFTWARE STIR: SPECIAL EDITION

Tuesday 9.26 from 11:30 am - 1 pm
The Anvil
320 North St, West Lafayette

A gathering of software entrepreneurs, developers, and tech gurus with the goal of elevating the state of software start-ups in our community. This special edition features Paul Singh of Results Junkies. Presented by the Foundry, an organization transforming innovators into entrepreneurs by providing advice on entity formation, ideation, market analysis and business model development. Lunch will be provided.





DAWN OR DOOM

Tuesday 9.26 from 2 pm - 3 pm
Stewart Center, Purdue University
128 Memorial Mall, West Lafayette

Dawn or Doom enables open-minded and thoughtful consideration of the potential risks and rewards posed by rapid, disruptive and seemingly continuous technological change that may be moving faster than our ability to understand it.

This session juxtaposes the work of Techpoint and the Results Junkie tour of 70 cities in the last year. Within smart cities: let's find the smart people! Paul will discuss 70 cities that proved or disproved expectations regarding ambition and ideas everywhere. Explore the disparity in capital versus level of skills. Concentrations in cities with skills needed to scale a company is not spread equally!





COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

Tuesday 9.26 from 6 pm - 8 pm

Paul Singh will meet with local community leaders. Agenda TBD.

Wednesday
September 27th

Paul’s Walking Tour of Downtown

Wednesday 9.27 from 10 am - 12 pm

Paul will walk around the downtown area meeting up and talking local startups and business owners while getting a tour hosted by Mikel Berger of DelMar Software Development and Little Engine Ventures.




MBXam STARTUP BRANDING WORKSHOP

Wednesday 9.27 from 10 am - 12 pm
MatchBOX Coworking Studio
17 South 6th St., Lafayette

This special edition of our monthly MBXam program will focus on startup branding. Graphic designer and 3D artist Aaron Winey, who specializes in brand and visual identity development, will lead this workshop for founders to explore the elements and importance of branding as they launch new companies.





MBX MEMBER MEETUP

Wednesday 9.27 from 12 - 1 pm
MatchBOX Coworking Studio
17 South 6th St., Lafayette

This free lunch that usually serves as a meet-and-greet exclusively for MatchBOX Coworking Studio members will open up to the entrepreneurial and innovation community.





WomenIN - Wine with Amanda

Wednesday 9.27 from 5 - 6:30 pm
MatchBOX Coworking Studio
17 South 6th St., Lafayette

WomenIN is a Purdue Foundry effort to empower aspiring women throughout the state with resources, a network, and a supportive ecosystem for entrepreneurship and innovation. "Wine with Amanda" is hosted by Amanda Thompson, PhD, who has a background in engineering and finance, and currently serves as CFO for a bio-tech startup, and Entrepreneur in Residence at Purdue Foundry where she consults for early stage startups. The event is an open-format conversation that's guided by the attendees and open to the public.





PRE-MEETING FOR INVESTORS ATTENDING OFFICE HOURS

Wednesday 9.27 from 6 - 9 pm

Investors-only pre-meeting ahead of Office Hours on Thursday.

Thursday
September 28th

OFFICE HOURS WITH RESULTS JUNKIES

Thursday 9.28 from 8 am - 7 pm
MatchBOX Coworking Studio
17 South 6th St., Lafayette

Greater Lafayette founders are invited to apply to spend one-on-one time with Paul Singh, Dana Duncan, and other startup investors / advisors. Paul Singh is the former Managing Director of 1776, Founder of Disruption Corporation, Partner at 500Startups, and Entrepreneur in Resident at USCIS / DHS. He’ll be bringing entrepreneurs from across the country and the state of Indiana with him. Startups selected to participate will have the opportunity to pitch and receive feedback during their sessions with Paul and other local and regional investors.

As a founder, you can use this time however you choose: use it to ask for investment funding or to get feedback on your sales process, entry to a new market, or whatever has you stuck! Everything shared in this conference room stays in the room.





STARTUP AND BUSINESS LAW WORKSHOP

Thursday 9.28 from 12 - 2 pm
MatchBOX Coworking Studio
17 South 6th St., Lafayette

Local attorneys will focus on protecting intellectual property will lead this workshop to address issues that founders and entrepreneurs face as they prepare for launch or growth of their companies. Other topics will include entity formation, funding, and hiring your first employees.

Immediately following the workshop, the panel will host office hours: one-on-one meetings with founders and business owners to discuss any areas of particular interest.





GUTWEIN LAW OFFICE HOURS

Thursday 9.28 from 2:15 - 4:15 pm
MatchBOX Coworking Studio
17 South 6th St., Lafayette

mmediately following the law workshop, you’ll have an opportunity to have confidential office hours to ask your most pressing law questions!





VERGE LAFAYETTE / WEST LAFAYETTE

Thursday 9.28 from 7 - 9 pm
MatchBOX Coworking Studio
17 South 6th St., Lafayette

MBX’s monthly Verge event will feature Paul Singh as the fireside chat, with pitches from the winner(s) of Greater Lafayette Startup Weekend and the Convo application from Pear Circuit. The MBX coffee bar will be serving an extended lineup of beverages for the night, and L Kora foodtruck serving up tasty food.

Friday
September 29th

MBX FREE DAY

Friday 9.29 from 8 am - 5 pm
MatchBOX Coworking Studio
17 South 6th St., Lafayette

Interested in being part of a coworking community for a day? MBX opens their doors to entrepreneurs, innovators, freelancers, designers, hobbyists, developers, and anyone who needs space to get work done. Setup your laptop or just stop by for a tour.





FRIDAY MORNING FOUNDRY GROUNDS

Friday 9.29 from 8:30 - 10 am
Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship
1201 West State St., West Lafayette

This weekly event hosted by Purdue Foundry (on the second floor of the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship) will feature an interactive talk with Paul Singh and Dana Duncan, and the opportunity to network with Foundry entrepreneurs in residence and Purdue startup companies.





AGRINOVUS AG/BIOSCIENCES PANEL

Friday 9.29 from 11:30 am - 1 pm
MatchBOX Coworking Studio
17 South 6th St., Lafayette

A panel of special guests will explore entrepreneurship in the agbiosciences, with a focus on challenges and opportunities for the entrepreneur in the agbiosciences and rural settings. Panelist are:

Daryl Starr - subject matter and financing
Gil Farley - entrepreneur in a plant biologics start up
Paul Singh - VC with national experience
Moderator: Beth Bechdol - AgriNovus

The Office of Technology Commercialization at Purdue Research Foundation will also have a representative present to talk about opportunities to leverage IP and enhance peoples' ideas and product concepts.

Attendees will need to use a promotional code to reserve their tickets!


To share your ideas or contribute to the body of thought celebrating entrepreneurship in Greater Lafayette please email us at entrepreneur@matchboxstudio.org

MatchBOX Presents: Greater Lafayette Entrepreneurship Week is supported by: