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

  • 1/9/18 – Evansville Podcast! Jason Burton was interested in trying his hand podcasting. In 2012 he started attending Tech-on-Tap events. Surprised by the talented people he met and stories he heard, Burton realized he had the material for his podcast.
  • 1/16/18 –  Telescope Data Sciences (Jim Spath): Jim and Janis Spath arrived in Evansville from the Bay area in 2017. Both have long careers in data sciences. Jim is working with Tech-on-Tap to launch a series of 2018 events focusing on Data Analytics and Machine Learning for both experts and the curious.
  • 2/6 –The City of Evansville Revolving Loan Fund is available within the City Limits of Evansville, Indiana. Preference will be given to commercial loans that assist redevelopment of struggling commercial corridors in the community such as Downtown, Jacobsville, and/or Art’s District. Loan amounts can be up to $250,000.00.
  • 2/13 – Heliponix™ provides consumers with the Gropod, an aeroponic appliance the size of a dishwasher that uses machine learning to grow a head of leafy greens on a daily basis with 95% less water and no pesticides. Presenter: Scott Massey co-founder, Heliponix™
  • 3/6 – Mark Singer DAATN: Mark by day is an IT guy with Old National Bank. In off hours he brings together technology worker colleagues to apply adaptive technologies to improve the lives of disabled members of our community.
  • 3/13 – Josh McWilliams APPCOM: Josh McWilliams is the Technology Commercialization Coordinator for USI’S Division of Outreach and Engagement.  His job is to oversee all activities of the Eagle Innovation Accelerator including APPCOM programs. APPCOM challenges software startups to increasing levels of competition while still providing seed capital and access to university resources.
  • 3/20 – Steven Stump with Apllied Engineering Center: Steven T. Stump, MBA is Assistant Director of the USI Center for Applied Research. In this role, Steven oversees the university's Applied Engineering Center (AEC). The AEC is a singular facility focused on helping manufacturers and other businesses compete in the 21st century by providing prototyping capacity and proving grounds for the latest technologies.
  • 3/27 – Bryan Bourdeau with Startup Weekend Evansville:  Have you noticed the change in Evansville these past five years? I trace so much of our community's positive momentum back to Startup Weekend v1.0 in February 2012. The connections formed at that event have grown exponentially and resulted in the emergence of Evansville as a true Innovation Community. Startup Weekend v7.0 is coming April 6-8. Bryan Bourdeau was among the group who brought this global initiative to Evansville and has kept it going strong. Bryan will be coming by to get us fired up for this year's event.
  • 4/3 – Mike Thissen: Mike Thissen is a community builder and connector. Mike is passionate and involved in the Business and Professional Exchange program and will bring the story to our group.
  • 4/10 – Joab Schulteis: Joab Schulteis is an IT professional with Atlas World Group. Joab oversees an active intrapreneurship program which seeks to foster innovation with the corporate environment. Joab will be telling us bout the Atlas Hackfest event, and a few of the surprising results that have come out of it.
  • 4/17–  Emily Fiedler with PBIS Rewards: Emily Fiedler is an Educational Relationship Consultant with PBIS Rewards, and she will tell the story of how a local technology company worked with an EVSC school to create a system that ultimately led to a new and growing SaaS company in Evansville.


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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