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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.

Calling All Disruptors

This year's Speakers

Haley Altman



Haley is an Indiana University alumna that has over a decade of experience working on complicated legal transactions in the corporate, private equity, and venture capital verticals. She is CEO at Doxly, a secure transaction management platform that automates the deal-to-deal workflow.

Jay Baer


Internet pioneer, entrepreneur, author

Jay Baer helps businesses clone their customers. He has created five multi-million dollar companies, is the President of Convince & Convert, a consulting firm that helps the world’s most iconic brands like The United Nations, Nike, 3M, and Oracle use technology to win new customers, and is a New York Times best-selling author of five books.

June Choi



June W. Choi is the CEO of Serval Ventures, launched in 2015, and Serval Lab, launching this year. Serval Ventures is focused on datatech investing, and Serval Lab will be focused on datatech venture building at scale with a focus on data and artificial intelligence.

Jeana Finlinson

Global Learning and Talent Development, Cook Group Incorporated

Jeana Finlinson leads Global Learning and Talent Development for Cook Group Incorporated, where she is responsible for growing employee potential through learning and development. Prior to joining Cook Group in 2010, Jeana was Director of Basketball Operations for Indiana University, and has been a professional golfer.

Jeff Ready


CEO, Scale Computing

Jeff Ready is CEO of Scale Computing with experience in creating multiple startups from scratch, raising venture capital, and guiding companies from idea through exit. Jeff defines a serial entrepreneur – starting his first company at the age of 11.  For his workshop, he will be speaking on rapid startup methods for entrepreneurs

Paul Singh


Entrepreneur, speaker, investor and Airstreamer

Paul is co-founder of Results Junkies, a team that travels across North America to visit, mentor, and invest in the places that startups actually start (and grow) their businesses. Since 2016, he has driven 35,000+ miles and visited 50+ cities across North America. Over the past 5 years, Paul has raised tens of millions of dollars for his venture funds and invested in hundreds of companies.

Armin Vit


Founder, graphic designer, writer

Armin is a graphic designer, writer, and co-founder of UnderConsideration who recently made Bloomington, Indiana his home. He has co-authored four books on graphic design with his wife and partner, Bryony Gomez-Palacio. Through UnderConsideration’s Department of Design, he develops corporate identities, books, and websites for clients.

Brad Wheeler


Vice president, professor

Dr. Brad Wheeler is Indiana University’s vice president for Information Technology and CIO, and professor of Business Information Systems at IU Kelley School of Business. He has co-founded and led many multi-institutional collaborations across IU’s 8 campuses in Indiana, and through his visionary direction, has helped elevate the university as a technology leader.

Laura Walker McDonald


Independent consultant

Laura Walker McDonald helps people solve problems at the intersection of technology and social change. She is a former humanitarian aid worker, lawyer and veteran of two social change tech start-ups, including SIMLab and FrontlineSMS. She is a consultant, writer and speaker.

Shane Mac


CEO Assist

An entrepreneur, investor, and musician, Shane is the CEO and Co-Founder of Assist, a platform that is automating messaging for businesses. He is also the author of Stop with the BS, a best selling business book.

April 6-7 Schedule

Friday, April 6th

Morning Workshops

  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    9 Truths to Starting a Business

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

    Design Issues and Best Practices in Prototyping

    Laura McDonald, BetterBox
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Content Marketing

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

    From Startup to Scale Up: Why Defining Competencies Matters

    Jeana Finlinson, Cook Medical


  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    Offsite lunch on your own.
    Grab a bite nearby 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

    Tech for Social Good

    Moderator: Ellie Symes, The Bee Corp

    Panel: David Lidz, Ladders to Leader; Josh Driver, Selfless.ly and Open for Service; Dora Lutz, GivingSpring

  • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Fireside Chat

    Pat East, Hanapin Marketing; Brad Wheeler, 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/Tradeshow

    Bloomington Convention Center

Saturday, April 7th

Morning Workshops

  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Civic Code + Design Challenge

  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Civic Code + Design Challenge

  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


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

    Fundraising 101

    Paul Singh, ResultsJunkies


  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    Jay Baer


  • 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

    Tomorrow's Tech Talent Today

    Moderator: Tina Peterson, Community Foundation

    Panel: Julie Alano, 2017 Tech Educator of the Year, IN CSTA; Kelli Jones, BeNimble, Disrupt Indy; Christine McDonnell, Codelicious

  • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Arlan Hamilton

    Backstage Capital

  • 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

    Travis Brown

    Indiana University

  • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Shane Mac


  • 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM


  • 3:45 PM - 4:15 PM

    Double Clicks

  • 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

    June Choi, Serval Ventures


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. Stay tuned for schedule announcements @thecombineorg.

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