Scholarship generator tops local Startup business competition

Scholarship generator tops local Startup business competition

H-T report
November 25, 2011

Online technology to enable people to create scholarships around causes they care about came out on top of the recent Bloomington Startup Weekend held at Ivy Tech.

Called Fundships, the new business proposal was one of 20 ideas evaluated by a panel of judges. Second place was awarded to Punchit, a mobile app for marketing small business, and in third place was Whack-A-Stack, a toy promoting fun and fitness.

Fundships now advances to the next part of the competition — Global Startup Battle 2001 — where the idea will compete against others from around the world. You can see all the finalists and vote for your favorite idea at www.facebook.com/Startupweekend.

The local event was hosted by the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus. Local event sponsors included Ivy Tech, SproutBox, BKD LLP, Mallor/Grodner attorneys, Blueline, Express Employment Professionals, Showers Inn, Bloomington Bagel Co., Pizza X and Jimmy Johns.

There were 35 participants at the local event, who formed nine teams to compete.

Copyright: HeraldTimesOnline.com 2011

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Startup goals include team development

It’s your business

Startup goals include team development

By Steve Bryant
Special to The H-T
November 25, 2011

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington and the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship recently hosted the second Bloomington Startup weekend (www.bloomington.startupweekend.org) at our main campus.

Our event was part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (www.gewusa.org) and more than 100 events were held around the world to promote entrepreneurship in its rawest form.

We were fortunate to have three communities in Indiana that launched startup weekend events, including West Lafayette and Indianapolis. We were also the only site hosted by a community college.

Bloomington Startup Weekend attracted 35 participants who pitched 20 new business ideas and formed teams around 9 of them.

The teams were all trying to solve a problem and provide a solution that could also make money. Most all of the teams had some form of a technology component, be it a website, Facebook page or mobile application in some form of development. Twitter fans were “tweeting” all weekend about the event and the team projects.

Our participants included technology developers, product specialists, business people and regular people with good ideas looking to explore them further. What was most satisfying was seeing complete strangers take an idea, bring their collective expertise and wisdom to bear and create a working business model in 54 hours.

It is my best guess that these budding “entrepreneurs” will move forward to full execution of their businesses, as they were quite motivated by the end of the sessions.

This is certainly one way for us to grow the Bloomington economy and make it more dynamic! By creating our own jobs, developing new technologies and empowering the next generation, we can improve the wage and income gap detailed in the Bloomington Economic Development Corp./Indiana Business Research Center report released last week.

My hope is that next Thanksgiving, there are nine new business startups in our community that we can be proud of.

Have a great weekend with your family and friends, and if one of your guests comes up with a good idea after the third helping and subsequent “turkey nap,” send ’em our way — straight to www.ivytech.edu/bloomington/entrepreneurship.

See Page D4 for a story on the competition winners.

Steve Bryant is executive director of the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Bloomington. Next week’s column will be by Danise Alano with the city of Bloomington.

Copyright: HeraldTimesOnline.com 2011

FundShips wins Bloomington Startup Weekend

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November 22, 2011

FundShips wins Bloomington Startup Weeken

The winner of the second annual Bloomington Startup Weekend, held November 18-20 on Ivy Tech Bloomington’s main campus, is FundShips. FundShips (www.fundships.com) is an innovative new online business that uses technology to enable people to create scholarships around causes they care about for scholars who deserve them.

Bloomington Startup Weekend, which was a featured event during Global Entrepreneurship Week, included 35 participants who submitted 20 pitches for business ideas. The participants formed nine teams to compete in the competition.

Punchit, a mobile app for marketing small businesses, took second place and Whack-A-Stack, a toy promoting fun and fitness, came in third place.

The Bloomington event was hosted by the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington. Other Startup Weekend events were held in West Lafayette at the Herman and Heddy Kurz Purdue Technology Center and in Indianapolis at the Purdue Technology Center.

“Ivy Tech Bloomington is the only community college in the nation that hosted a Startup Weekend, and we are amazed at the progress that can be made in 54 hours by taking practical ideas and putting together teams of talented people who work together to foster the entrepreneurial spirit,” said Chancellor John Whikehart of Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus. “We are also pleased to see FundShips create a technology that focuses on the success of students, which reflects our mission at Ivy Tech.”

FundShips advances to the Global Startup Battle 2011 where they compete with teams from around the world. You can vote for FundShips or your favorite startup from November 22-28 at www.facebook.com/Startupweekend  or http://globalstartupbattle.com/.  The remaining teams will continue to make progress towards building our entrepreneurial community.

FundShips was selected as the winner by a panel of judges including: Jim Silberstein of Ivy Tech’s Cook Center for Entrepreneurship, Bill West of Option Six, Vickie Temple Davison of Bloomington Hardware, A John Rose of Textillery Weavers and Matthew Sooy of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

Event sponsors included Ivy Tech Community College, SproutBox, BKD LLP, Mallor/Grodner Attorneys, Blueline, Express Employment Professionals, Showers Inn, Bloomington Bagel Company, Pizza X and Jimmy Johns.

The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus was established in 2010 to develop and implement practical tools and resources for students, individuals, and the community to foster entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Bloomington and in the broader economic development region it serves. For more information, log on www.ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship.

Bloomington Startup Weekend to take place on Ivy Tech’s main campus

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November 11, 2011

The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech will host the Bloomington Startup Weekend competition on Nov. 18-20, in the student commons on Ivy Tech’s main campus. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour intensive where developers, business people and individuals with ideas can find out if their startup is viable for market.

Startup Weekend is for individuals with ideas, engineers, tinkerers, developers, marketers, business development specialists or simply startup enthusiasts.

On Friday, attendees will come together to share ideas and form teams. The teams work with mentors and advisors on Saturday and Sunday to build their products. Sunday evening, teams will make their pitches to a panel of judges who will provide feedback and choose a winner. The winner of the competition will receive free business services and be eligible to present at global Startup Weekend.

The event organizers include Marc DeHon of AirlineTrayAds.com and Craig Harvey of Cloud Transactions.  Speakers include Steve Bryant of the Ivy Tech Cook Center for Entrepreneurship and Tim Tucker of Express Employment Professionals. Judges include Jim Silberstein of the Ivy Tech Cook Center for Entrepreneurship, A John Rose of Textillery Weavers, Bill Oliver of Oliver Winery, Vickie Temple Davison of Bloomington Hardware and Matthew Sooy from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

Cost for individual attendance for all three days is only $50, including all meals. Students can attend all three days, with meals, for only $20. Those interested in attending only on Sunday for the final award ceremony will pay $10. For ticket and registration information, log on http://bloomington.startupweekend.org/tickets/. For a full agenda and event information, log on http://bloomington.startupweekend.org.

Ivy Tech’s main campus is located at 200 Daniels Way, on the west side of Bloomington.

For more information about Cook Center for Entrepreneurship programs and services at Ivy Tech, log on www.ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship or call Steve Bryant at (812) 330-6254.

About Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend (http://startupweekend.org/) is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.

Ivy Tech Bloomington wins grant award for entrepreneurship initiatives

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November 8, 2011

Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington has been awarded a $9,000 elevator grant from The Coleman Foundation for entrepreneurship initiatives taking place through its Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship. The grant was awarded at the 9th annual conference of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), held this year on Oct. 9-12 in Portland, OR.

“There were only 11 colleges in the nation who were awarded elevator grants by The Coleman Foundation for Entrepreneur Engagement Plans at the conference, and Ivy Tech was one of them,” said Ivy Tech Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart. “This grant support from The Coleman Foundation will allow the Cook Center for Entrepreneurship to further engage practicing entrepreneurs in the community and to incorporate their experiences into educational programming for the benefit of our students.”

$5,000 of the grant award is for development of videos on entrepreneurship that are tailored to Ivy Tech’s entrepreneurship curriculum. Additionally, funds allow the college to utilize an intern to conduct a capitol formation study in partnership with other community organizations looking to support small business growth.

Ivy Tech received $2,500 to assist the college with engaging alumni in its Entrepreneurship Engagement Plans. The college will gain alumni mentor support for its Lemonade Day program (partnership between Boys and Girls Club, Ivy Tech Bloomington, and the City of Bloomington), to launch in May 2012. Funds will be used to purchase kits for lemonade day sales for at-risk youth in the region.

“The Coleman Foundation asked us if we would accept an additional $1,500 to videotape entrepreneurship initiative progress in the Cook Center through spring 2012,” said Steve Bryant, executive director of the Cook Center for Entrepreneurship. “We agreed and will provide the video footage to the Coleman Foundation for their use at the next NACCE conference in 2012.”

The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship (www.ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship) was established at Ivy Tech Bloomington in 2010 to develop and implement practical tools and resources for students, individuals, and the community to foster entrepreneurship at the college and in the broader economic development region it serves.

For more information about the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship and its business programs, please contact Steve Bryant at sbryant32@ivytech.edu or at 812-330-6261.

About NACCE
The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (http://www.nacce.com/) was founded in 2002, and fosters economic development by serving as the hub for the dissemination and integration of knowledge and successful practices regarding entrepreneurship education and student business incubation. As a membership association, NACCE helps community colleges nationwide link their traditional role of workforce development with entrepreneurial development. The result is innovative programs and courses that advance economic growth and prosperity in the communities served by the colleges.

About The Coleman Foundation
The Coleman Foundation (http://www.colemanfoundation.org/index.html) is a private, independent grant-making foundation established in the state of Illinois in 1951, focusing primarily on the Midwest. Foundation resources support education – with a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship; cancer care, treatment and research; and disability services.

Ivy Tech to host a full day of Veterans Day activities

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November 7, 2011

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will honor veterans and their families on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11 starting at 8:30 a.m. The opening ceremony with the National Guard, Congressman Todd Young, Ivy Tech singers, Chancellor Whikehart and others, will take place on the main campus, in front of the building. The public is invited to attend.

Starting at 9 a.m., Ivy Tech will host a reading of the National Roll Call. Over 6,000 names of fallen U.S. service members, post-9/11, will be read aloud throughout the day by volunteers.

Additionally, the Ivy Tech Bloomington campus will commemorate veterans by holding a Holiday Mailing for Heroes campaign, a patriotic sidewalk chalk art contest, and a veterans panel discussion. Ivy Tech will have a display of military gear on the second floor.

The Ivy Tech Student Veteran Organization (SVO) is hosting a silent auction located in the main atrium beginning at 9 a.m. and will be held throughout the day. SVO is also hosting a coin ceremony in Lamkin Hall at 1 p.m., as well as a veterans display.

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus was named a military-friendly school in September 2011 by G.I. Jobs, the premiere magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges and universities nation-wide that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

Ivy Tech Bloomington’s main campus is located at 200 Daniels Way, on the west side of Bloomington.

For more information about Ivy Tech degree options and veteran and military support services, log on www.ivytech.edu/bloomington or call (812) 330-6013.

Ivy Tech to host Health Information Technology event

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November 3, 2011

Ivy Tech to host Health Information Technology event

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Health Information Technology (HIT) program is hosting an information-sharing event on Tuesday, Nov. 8 from Noon to 1 p.m. in Ivy Tech’s Lamkin Hall on the main campus. Students and the public are invited to attend.

The event is being hosted in coordination with the American Health Information Management Association’s 22nd Annual HIT Week during Nov. 6-12. The national theme is “Accurate Health Information for Care You Trust.”

The local HIT event at Ivy Tech will cover creating electronic health records for yourself or your loved ones, protecting confidentiality and sharing information between doctors. Free pizza will be served.

The focus of Health Information and Technology Week is to raise awareness and celebrate the evolution of Health Information Management and HIT professionals, and the benefits of their profession working collectively to deliver quality healthcare through quality information.

Ivy Tech Bloomington’s main campus is located at 200 Daniels Way, on the west side of Bloomington.

For information about the Health Information Technology degree program at Ivy Tech, log on www.ivytech.edu/bloomington and click on Academics, then Degree Programs, or call 1(888) IVY-LINE.

About AHIMA

Representing more than 61,000 specially educated Health Information Management professionals in the United States and around the world, the American Health Information Management Association (www.ahima.org) is committed to promoting and advocating for high quality research, best practices and effective standards in health information and to actively contribute to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMA’s enduring goal is quality healthcare through quality information.