Common Grounds | Coffee + Connecting + Evansville Storytelling

Common Grounds is a weekly event focused on bringing innovative people together for a superb cup of local coffee and a 5 minute story about some of the great innovation, entrepreneurship or impressive, unusual and exciting things happening in our community. 

Our goal is for you to leave Common Grounds excited about the interesting people you just met and anxious to repeat the story you just heard. All are welcome! Join us for the entire event or come and go as you please. Also, if you have in interesting story to tell - we'd love to hear it. Contact us

Featured Stories

  • 9/12: Curvo Labs - Evansville Startup moves to scale-up and is lookin' good!
  • 9/19: Purdue@WestGate:  Like a D Day landing Purdue is bringing tons of resources to the WestGate Certified Technology Park at Crane NSA  
  • 9/26: Indiana Small Business Development Center. Super High Quality business consulting services available to small businesses for FREE
  • 10/3: Evansville Coffee Co. Tim Piazza, graphic artist, musician, instrument maker, web developer, app developer and Renaissance Guy tells the story of why he has founded Evansville Coffee Co. and where he plans to take it
  • 10/10: Meet TED! Trolley of Evansville Districts (TED), will bring a much-needed piece of connectivity to support the vibrant and growing districts of Evansville. [ SUPPORT TED HERE ]
  • 10/17: USI's Eagle Innovation Accelerator for Innovation-based Startups (Presenter: Josh McWilliams) 
  • 10/24: Elevate Ventures is bringing exciting programs AND capital to help launch more innovation-based startups in our part of the State (Presenter: Eric Steele) 
  • 10/31: Changemaker Challenge: Motivating young residents to take a leading role in identifying and solving challenges in the world around us 
  • 11/7 – Grow Local Fund:  Seed funding for Evansville Startups with support of the The Vectren Foundation  
  • 11/14 – New Tech Institute (NTI) HIgh School 
  • 11/21: Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Presenter: Joe Devoy
  • 11/28: The University of Southern Indiana's User Perception, Cognition & Interaction Lab
  • 12/5: Quarion Technologies is bringing GPS functionality indoors (Presenter: Aric Pryor)
  • 12/12: Flanders; a global company setting world records with motors they design and manufacture -- a leader in IoT and autonomus equip.


Event Format:

7:30 a.m. - Door Open, get your cup of Evansville Coffee Company coffee

8:00 a.m. -  5 minute or less story highlighting something innovative, entrepreneurial or simply positive happening in our community.

8:30 a.m. - Party's over - but we won't kick you out.

You are welcome to come and go at any time   

Great Coffee, Great People and Great Stories about Evansville Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 



  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
  • Arts Council Gallery @ Innovation Pointe
  • 318 Main St, Evansville, IN 

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