BN Startup Beat: February Edition

d8cdb371-fdba-4d81-b625-ff1006d239e7Community STEM fundraiser event set to bring robots to Slingshot CoWork

Come see a live robot and help support Metal Cow on Monday, February 29th, 10a or 5p at Slingshot CoWork.

Metal Cow is a team of 34 high school students; a highly diverse group of young men and women who share common goals… building relationships, robots, and competing in national competitions. Who knew learning STEM could be so much fun!

Learn more and donate:

January’s Community Hackathon brought together over 25 developers and creatives to create a mentor platform for our local community over a 72 hour coding blitz. People from all over central Illinois came and learned cutting edge technology ranging from high schoolers to coding vets. The platform is near completion and the startup community is planning another hackathon for the weekend of May 13th to continue its development. Play the video above to get a sneak peek of the web app. Register for the next community hackathon here:

Featured Meetup: 1 Million Cups

One of our startup community’s fastest growing meetups, 1 Million Cups is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Come on by and check it out.

Logistics: Every Wednesday 8:00am at Slingshot CoWork (Uptown Normal)
Learn more about this meetup and others on our startup community meetup calendar.


Featured Sponsor: Emerging Business Services

Emerging Business Services is a multi-faceted synergistic financial services firm offering CFO and capital services exclusively to premier emerging companies in Central Illinois. Emerging Business Services is committed to transforming the economic and financial landscape of Bloomington Normal by fostering a dynamic community of startup and emerging companies.

Emerging Business Services welcomes Morgan Jackson.

Startup Community Supporters
The organizations that make it all possible. The Startup Community loves:

Bartell Powell: Official Law Firm
Emerging Business Services: Official Accounting Firm
Illinois State University: Means Center & Stevenson Center
Mavidea Technology Group: Official Technology Provider
Mirus Research
State Farm
The Town of Normal

Interested in supporting the startup community?

Stop by for a visit: Arrange an open house for your group/organization or schedule a personal tour of Slingshot CoWork. Tweet #daypass to @SlingshotCoWork today!

This is the pulse of BloNo’s startup community.

We believe in creating a long-term, vibrant, sustainable startup community in Bloomington-Normal. When diverse backgrounds and ideas collide, those moments provide the necessary fuel to innovate.

This monthly newsletter is written by the startup members of Slingshot CoWork.