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Combine Conference | April 4-6, 2019 | Bloomington, Indiana

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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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Conference Schedule

April 4-6, 2019

Thursday, April 4th


  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Kick off the Combine with fast and fun 5 minute presentations from community members.

    Switchyard Brewing

Friday, April 5th


  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Valuation and Cap Tables

    by Zach Rodenbarger
    Monroe Convention Center - Zebendon/Hanson
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Startup Fundraising

    by Alex Shortle
    Monroe Convention Center - Zebendon/Hanson
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Don’t Believe the Hype: Using PR to Build Legitimacy for Your Business

    by Dmitri Vietze & Tristra Newyear Yeager
    Monroe Convention Center - Cook East/West
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    In Defense of Boxes: How Boundaries Drive Ingenious Creativity at Scale

    by Eva Jackson & Muhammad Yasin
    Monroe Convention Center - Cook East/West
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    UX Design Patterns & Team Collab

    by Justin Miller & Ann Ames
    Monroe Convention Center - Olcott
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Intro to Vuforia: Making Augmented Reality Apps

    by The Cybercode Twins
    Monroe Convention Center - Olcott


  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    Lunch on us!

    Monroe Convention Center.


  • 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

    Mark Spiegel

  • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Aaron Gillum


  • 2:30 - 3:00 PM


  • 3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

    Crossroads Pitch Competition Winner

  • 3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

    Velocities Update

  • 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    Kara DeFrias


  • 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM


  • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

    Max Yoder


  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    Meet local startups, have some fun, and network with speakers and attendees.

    Monroe Convention Center

Saturday, April 6th


  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Enjoy donuts and drinks while hearing from Marty Minner on Bloomington's rich IT History and from teams participating in the Civic Code and Design Challenge.

    Monroe Convention Center


  • 11:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    Mike Rohde

  • 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    CyberCode Twins


  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Explore downtown Bloomington lunch spots on your own.


  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Experience Bloomington's companies, food, drink, music, and tech on your choice of one of these 5 small-group field trips.

    Read about the details of each of the Field Trips on our blog.

  • Come along on a walking tour of successful Bloomington businesses near the heart of the city.

  • Explore Bloomington's collaborative food culture on this tasty trip.

  • Calling all coders, developers, and makers! Explore B'town's tech hubs and makerspaces on this hands-on tour.

  • Explore how Bloomington craft beverage startups are leveraging community support to grow their brands.

  • Explore Bloomington's creative scene on this walking tour of music, art, and film.


  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Meet up with fellow attendees to grab a drink, be entertained and cap off Combine 2019!

    The Wicks Building

Combine Venue

Combine 2019 will be held at the Monroe Convention Center located in the heart of downtown Bloomington. The convention center has a beautiful and modernized design with local art pieces displayed year round. We will have some of the activities held off-site, but majority of the Combine will take place there. The address, as well as some additional background and history on the Monroe Convention Center can be found here.

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