Startup Weekend Evansville 8.0 to focus on community health innovation

WHO: Participating designers, developers and entrepreneurs; judges; sponsors and community members

WHAT: Startup Weekend Evansville 8.0 – “Better Health Through Innovation”

WHEN: Friday, April 12 – Sunday, April 14. Full Schedule of Events (Media are welcome to cover any portion of the event over the weekend. Please check in with a staff member before interrupting teams at work.)

WHERE: New location this year: The University of Southern Indiana Health Professions Center. A map of campus featuring the Health Professions Center can be found online at

STARTUP WEEKEND: Open regionally to all students and community, Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups.  Entering its eighth year, Startup Weekend Evansville is the largest event of its kind in the state of Indiana.

HEALTH FOCUS: This year SWE 8.0 will have a thematic focus to address community and regional health care issues; “Better Health Through Innovation” – an SWE platform that will seek to combine healthcare professionals, business, engineering, IT, community, students, and health care customer perspectives in the service of co-creation contributing to community and regional health care innovation. Organizers have created the following three “innovation buckets” which warrant the most need forattention: behavioral health; exercise/nutrition; and information technology/data analytics. Participants will choose an innovation bucket they are interested in and focus on a problem within that bucket to work on during the weekend event. 

FINAL PITCH PRESENTATIONS: All interested in hearing the ideas generated from Startup Weekend 8.0 are invited to attend the final presentations beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 14. Tickets are $10 and include a catered dinner. To purchase tickets, visit the Startup Weekend Evansville website at

PRIZES: Following final presentations, each of the two most plausible ideas will receive $3,000 in idea development funding and entry into the University of Southern Indiana Eagle Innovation Accelerator Program.  Funding provided by University of Southern Indiana Outreach and Engagement.  The top two most plausible ideas will also receive one year of secure web hosting from Lieberman Technologies and 6 months free membership at Cowork Evansville. To receive the $6,000 in idea development funding for the top two most plausible ideas, they must be initially implemented in the Evansville, Indiana community and/or region.

Founded in 1965, the University of Southern Indiana enrolls more than 11,000 dual credit, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in more than 130 areas of study. A public higher education institution, located on a beautiful 1,400-acre campus in Evansville, Indiana, USI offers programs through the College of Liberal Arts, Romain College of Business, College of Nursing and Health Professions and the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education. USI is a Carnegie Foundation Community Engaged University and offers continuing education and special programs to more than 20,000 participants annually through Outreach and Engagement. USI is online at