302 South College Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47403, Bloomington
What is the Combine?
The Combine has been bringing together innovators, creators, and investors, to the Midwestern hot spot of Bloomington, Indiana since 2010.
Sell-out crowds of 300+ attendees come together to learn and network with nationally-renowned entrepreneurs and innovators, such as Jimmy Wales, Ben Huh, Chris Wanstrath, Katherine Hague, Jay Baer, Sloane Berrent, Micah Baldwin, Tara Hunt, Neil Patel, and more.
The ultimate goal of the Combine is to see what can be “harvested” from these groups coming together — new businesses, community initiatives, partnerships – set against the vibrant backdrop of Downtown Bloomington and its tech community.
What should I expect?
Ignite Bloomington (Thu), Workshops (Fri), Main Stage Speakers (Fri/Sat), Field Trips (Sat), and the Closing Party (Sat).
What are Field Trips?
Aside from the workshops, presentations, and opportunities to network with fellow creatives and techies, the Combine 2019 is offering participants the chance to take field trips during the day on Saturday, April 6th. This gives you the chance to network closely with other attendees and really learn firsthand what Bloomington has to offer. The field-trips are centered around the Combine’s five core themes: Creativity, Capital, Culture, Code, and Community. When registering, you’ll have the opportunity to choose which field-trip you want to attend. Learn more about the themes and what each trip will entail below.
CREATIVITY: Explore Bloomington’s creative scene through music, art, and film.
Take a tour of the headquarters of the renowned Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, housed in a transformed historic Bloomington firehouse. At the Lotus Firebay, discover how the world comes to Bloomington through arts and music. Enjoy a live musical performance by Salaam before heading to Secretly Canadian, a Bloomington-born record label whose roster includes Yoko Ono, Tig Notaro, and ANOHNI. End your tour over drinks at Blueline, a creative agency specializing in stunning video, photography, and award-winning design.
2:15 pm – Depart Monroe Convention Center
2:30 pm – Musical Performance by Salaam @ Lotus Firebay
3:30 pm – Tours and Happy Hour at Blueline and Secretly Canadian
CAPITAL: Come along on a walking tour of successful Bloomington businesses near the heart of the city.
Explore leading software company Envisage Technologies — where technologists develop products with their clients rather than for them. Take a tour of Bloomington’s stunning new co-working space, The Mill. Hear how capital impacts your organization. End the day at Switchyard Brewing to network and make some new connections with entrepreneurs and angel investors to start, or continue, your capital journey.
2:10 pm – Depart Monroe Convention Center
2:20 pm – Envisage Agile Tour
3:15 pm – The Dimension Mill Space Tour & Remarks
4:15 pm – Switchyard happy hour
CULTURE: Explore Bloomington’s collaborative food culture on this tasty trip.
One World KitchenShare is among the largest shared commercial kitchen facilities in the Midwest, playing host to more than 30 food trucks, start-ups and other small-scale food operations.
Part incubator, part small-food production, this co-work facility is designed to foster efficiency of resources and collaboration. Tour the facility, taste some creations, including fresh local ale from Bloomington Brewing Company. Also, enjoy a Q&A with founder and CEO Jeff Mease, the creative mind behind KitchenShare and other well-loved, local food and beverage brands: Pizza X, Lennie’s, the Bloomington Brewing Company and Hive. Bus transportation provided.
2:05 pm – Depart Monroe Convention Center
2:15 pm – KitchenShare Tour
2:40 pm – Tasting Menu & Networking
3:30 pm – Q&A w/ Jeff Mease
4:30 pm – Return to Monroe Convention Center
CODE: Calling all coders, developers, and makers! Explore Btown’s tech hubs and maker spaces on this hands-on tour.
Discover Indiana University’s Luddy Hall and view the sentient art installment, Amatria. With over 600 sensors, this massive sculpture observes and responds to the behavior of humans who walk under it, and changes as the AI learns. Then, explore the Hoosier state’s oldest maker space, BloomingLabs, where participants can choose from 3 different mini-workshops and code a take-home gift! All levels of coding experience welcome; bring your laptops. Function Brewing will provide snacks and math-themed beverages! Bus transportation provided.
2:25 pm – Depart Monroe Convention Center
2:35 pm – Tour Luddy Hall
3:05 pm – Depart for BloomingLabs
3:15 pm – Mini-workshops
5:15 pm – Return to Monroe Convention center
COMMUNITY: Explore how Bloomington craft beverage startups are leveraging community support to grow their brands.
Take a tour along the B-Line Trail of two of our watering hole favorites. Friendly Beasts Cider Company ferments and blends its crisp ciders right here in Bloomington from Indiana apples. Cardinal Spirits, Bloomington’s first Indiana Craft Distillery, offers craft spirits and cocktails and a tasty dinner and brunch menu. Hear what it’s like to start a small business in Bloomington, and learn how they have rallied support for their brands locally and beyond. Participants must be age 21+.
2:12 pm – Depart Monroe Convention Center
2:25 pm – Friendly Beasts Tasting
2:40 pm – Remarks from Fatima & Ben from Friendly Beasts
3:30 pm – leave for Cardinal
3:45 pm – Cardinal tasting and tours
4:30 pm – Q&A discussion with Jeff from Cardinal