Learn, Network, Be Inspired

The Combine has served as a springboard for connecting more than 1,500 passionate and driven individuals over the last 8 years. At the Combine, you’ll learn and network with nationally-renowned entrepreneurs and innovators. The ultimate goal of the event is to see what can be ‘harvested’ from these groups coming together – new businesses, community initiatives, partnerships.

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Celebrating Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The Combine is a place to be inspired by the people, ideas, and environments that drive technology and innovation. If you’re an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, developer, community leader, creative, or techie that wants to grow and create with like-minded individuals, this event is for you.

Monroe Convention Center
302 S. College Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana

April 6-7 Schedule

Friday, April 6th | Monroe Convention Center | Bloomington, Indiana

Morning Workshops

  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    9 Truths to Starting a Business

    Jeff Ready, Scale Computing
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Design Issues and Best Practices in Prototyping

    Laura McDonald, BetterBox

    Zebendon & Hansen
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Laying the Foundation for a Content Marketing Machine

    Brad Beutler, Sigstr
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    From Startup to Scale Up: Why Defining Competencies Matters

    Jeana Finlinson, Cook Medical

    Cook Group East & West


  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    Grab some fellow attendees and purchase lunch in downtown Bloomington.


  • 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

    Haley Altman


  • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Armin Vit


  • 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

    Panel: Tech for Social Good

    Moderator: Ellie Symes, The Bee Corp
    Panel: Josh Driver, Selfless.ly and Open for Service; David Lidz, Ladders to Leaders;
    Dora Lutz, GivingSpring

  • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Fireside Chat

    Questionmaster: Pat East, Hanapin Marketing
    Featured: Brad Wheeler, Office of the Vice President for Information Technology, Indiana University

  • 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM


  • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Paul Singh

    Results Junkies


  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Happy Hour/Showcase

    DJ White Light White Heath
    Cardinal Spirits
    Learn about some local tech, innovations and startups, mix with other Combiners, and enjoy Friday night with us!

Saturday, April 7th | Monroe Convention Center | Bloomington, Indiana

Morning Workshops

  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Civic Code + Design Challenge

    City of Bloomington, BMG Hack and you!

    Zebendon & Hansen
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    From Getting Started to Becoming a Startup: A Legal Workshop

    Brian Casserly & Corben Lee, Gutwein Law
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Fundraising 101

    Paul Singh, ResultsJunkies

    Cook Group East & West


  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    Jay Baer

    (lunch included)


  • 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

    Panel: Tomorrow's Tech Talent Today

    Moderator: Tina Peterson, Regional Opportunity Initiatives, and Community Foundation of Bloomington/Monroe County
    Panel: Julie Alano, Applied Science Chair, Hamilton SE High School; Kelli Jones, Be Nimble and DisruptIndy; Christine McDonnell, Codelicious

  • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Arlan Hamilton

    Backstage Capital

  • 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

    Travis Brown

    Indiana University, School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering

  • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Shane Mac


  • 3:30 PM - 3:45 PM


  • 3:45 PM - 4:15 PM

    The Doubleclicks

  • 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

    June Choi

    Serval Ventures


  • 6:00 PM

    Ignite Bloomington 18 at The Bishop

    at The Bishop
    123 N. Walnut Street

    Tickets included with your Combine badge!

Combine Workshops

Wake up and start your mornings at the Combine with our Create and Grow Workshops. You can choose which sessions works best for you. Learn alongside industry professionals discussing topics on Code, Capital, Community, Culture, Creativity.

Our Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors below for supporting the Combine! Join them and be a part of growing the Midwest startup community. Check out our sponsorship packet here, or contact us at sponsors@thecombine.org.