LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Ever heard of Brightlamp, a computational medical company committed to diagnosing concussions and other maladies through smart mobile phone technology? 

This company was one of several that got its start at Lafayette’s MatchBOX Coworking Studio’s Startup Weekend. 

The event is devoted to developing both traditional and tech-based startup ideas. 

“Individuals with a startup idea come and pitch that idea to everyone, and teams form around the most promising ones,” Emily Carter, community curator at MatchBOX, said. 

The model of the event is not just to launch companies, but for aspiring entrepreneurs to go through the process of developing and launching business ideas. 

“The really cool thing is even if your idea isn’t selected there is a lot of value in going through the weekend start to finish because you’re going to experience and learn,” Carter added. 

Winners, however, do receive prize packages that will aid in launching their businesses, from business consultations to a stack of business cards. 

“Lafayette has an extremely vibrant startup ecosystem and its improving all the time,” Carter continued. 

The Startup weekend runs from Friday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 17. 

The event precedes Greater Lafayette Entrepreneurship Week, which runs Sept. 25-29. 

The week is intended to highlight and promote Greater Lafayette’s thriving startup and tech scene. The weeklong event will kick off with a panel on immigration and entrepreneurship within the local business community. 

“This is an opportunity to get the story out about all the different faces of entrepreneurship here,” Carter said. 

Reach Journal & Courier reporter Emma Ea Ambrose at eambrose@gannett.com or 765-431-1192. 

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