INNOVATION WEEK

October 11–14, 2022

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Tuesday, October 11

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8:30aM - 10:00AM

CLASSROOM

FINANCIAL MODELING WORKSHOP

Learn how to use an Excel-based workbook, the Financial Model, to prepare financial statements and 3 years’ projections for your business. The results can then be printed out and provided to a bank or investor to obtain funding for your business. Bring your computer and work through the model alongside the instructor, or work through it at home later! We’ll give you all the tools you need. This session is led by our friends at the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington.

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8:30aM - 9:30AM

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DESIGN & DONUTS

An open, casual monthly meeting for designers in Bloomington & surrounds to get together, nosh, and talk about creativity and design! All kinds of designers are welcome—UX/UI, print, interior design, anything creative—students and professionals, freelancers and full-timers.

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11:30aM - 1:00PM

EVENT HALL

Ada Lovelace Day Lunch & Panel

Help Bloomington recognize one of history’s overlooked champions by celebrating Ada Lovelace Day with us and the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs! Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Founded in 2009, it is now held every year on the second Tuesday of October.

On Tuesday, October 11, Bloomington is celebrating its fourth annual Ada Lovelace Day Celebration, in conjunction with the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs, a new professional network. This year’s celebration will feature a mystery guest from Palo Alto, Upland lunch buffet, a new Ada Lovelace Innovation Awardee, and much more. Join us!

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11:00aM - 1:00PM

CLASSROOM

A Taste of Change: Make the Connection Between Innovation and Adoption

Rusty Shields of Develefy Consulting, LLC, will lead this session, which is part of the Business Development Series from the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. Lunch will be provided. This event is open to Chamber members only.

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2:00pM - 4:00PM

CLASSROOM

TechPoint Tech Talent Workshop

Based on TechPoint’s research on the state of the Indiana tech workforce, they will share findings on key statistics such as talent growth, current salaries, and most in-demand roles. They will also share top best practices for hiring talent in this competitive market.

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5:30pM - 8:00PM

EVENT HALL

Community Innovation Awards Gala

The Community Innovation Awards celebrate and publicize our community’s business successes. Our accomplishments are amplified and encouraged when acknowledged before our colleagues and friends. The Best Places to Work Awards recognize the area’s best employers and provide organizations with valuable employee feedback. The Fast 15 Awards recognize the MVP employees who drive innovation at our companies. The FUSE Business Innovation Awards recognize the accomplishments of companies and individuals in Bloomington’s thriving tech scene.

This event is invitation-only for award nominees and their guests. 

Wednesday, October 12

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9:00aM - 11:00aM

EVENT HALL

gBETA Bragbox Breakfast

Love breakfast food? So do we! Please join us for a gBETA Breakfast on October 12 at 9 AM in the Event Hall to celebrate our entrepreneurial community. Bring your war stories, victorious or not, and any questions about the upcoming gBETA Bloomington/Columbus 2023 cohort to kick off a full day of innovation at the Mill!

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1:00pM - 3:00PM

EVENT HALL & CLASSROOM

CROSSROADS PITCH COMPETITION FALL 2022 FINALS

Great startup stories start at Crossroads Pitch Competition. Join us to watch some of Indiana’s most promising startups pitch to win investment from Flywheel Fund! Pre-seed finalists will pitch for $10,000 in the Classroom; seed finalists will pitch for $20,000 in the Event Hall. Get ready to be surprised, intrigued, and impressed by their innovative companies.

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3:30pM - 5:00PM

EVENT HALL

BLOOMINGTON TECH TOWN HALL

Come meet Bloomington’s local elected officials and others to discuss tech at this town hall sponsored by the Indiana Technology & Innovation Association (ITIA). ITIA is the statewide association of Indiana’s technology-driven companies and partners. Their member companies put technology at the heart of what they do. ITIA is Indiana’s premier voice for technology in the public policy and political arenas. Doors open at 3:30, event starts at 4:00. See you there!

Thursday, October 13

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9:00aM - 12:00PM

EVENT HALL

IU IDEA TO STARTUP PITCH COMPETITION FINALS

Watch IU faculty, students and staff showcase their early-stage startup ideas and receive real-world insights from a panel of fellow entrepreneurs, investors and experienced judges. Each participant will have 10 minutes to deliver a 5-minute pitch, followed by a 5-minute Q&A session. The top two pitches take home $15,000 or $10,000 plus memberships to The Mill! Learn more about the competition on the ICO site, and join us at The Mill to watch the finalists pitch live.

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2:00pM — 4:00pM

EVENT HALL

DEFENSE INNOVATION ENABLERS: PANEL DISCUSSION

The Defense Innovation Enablers session will bring together a diverse panel of ecosystem partners who focus on enabling the growth and engagement of non-traditional or small businesses in the Defense Industrial Base. Join us to hear about a range of topics including (but certainly not limited to) technology transfer, SBIR/STTR, the benefits of consortium membership, and the vibrant innovation ecosystem built by the NavalX Tech Bridge. This event will feature panelists from Tech Transfer, Tech Bridge, NSTXL, and IN3.

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7:00PM - 8:30PM

EVENT HALL

COSMIC SONGWRITERS CLUB

Cosmic Songwriter’s Club is a monthly curated series featuring original music by songwriters from Indiana and beyond. Brought to us by Cosmic Songwriter, a local non-profit promoting the arts in Bloomington.

Friday, October 14

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9:00am - 4:00pm

EVENT HALL

TALENT SOLUTIONS: FIND & KEEP THE GREAT PEOPLE YOU HIRE

Are you struggling with how to attract and hire the people you need? Need a boost in employee engagement and help finding new ways to keep your current talent? Ready to grow your current staff into greatness?

Employers across the state are experiencing significant challenges in attracting and retaining talent. In an effort to combat this increasing difficulty, Purdue MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) is helping employers understand where they stand now with their employee attraction and retention (EA&R) challenges versus where they want to be in the future. We will discuss current obstacles, explore root causes, and discuss strategies for improving EA&R within your organization. You will create your own tailored EA&R Action Plan, complete with your next steps to confidently move forward to a better place.