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Introducing . . . Resident Podcaster Sean Sullivan

The man behind the mic

Starting this month, our new Resident Podcaster – Sean Sullivan – will be available for members to help start and manage their podcasts. Don’t miss a chance for Q&A with Sean at zWORKS (85 East Cedar) on April 16 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Sullivan joins us after expanding his own podcast “Converge Coffee” throughout the past year to over 32,000 viewers across the world. As a zWORKS benefit to members, Sean will provide members with complimentary services such as podcast strategy, technical assistance, and advice on building a podcast audience.

In “Converge Coffee”, Sullivan focuses on the marketing world and has interviewed anywhere from startups to Fortune 50 companies.

“Podcasting simplifies human interaction and communication,” Sullivan said. “It’s a unique glimpse into the one-on-one conversation.”

A few things about Sean Sullivan – he graduated from Butler University with a marketing major and concentrations in finance and risk management. He hails from Kokomo, Indiana before he “won the lottery” and was awarded the Lilly Endowment Scholarship to go to Butler. After graduation he worked with the startup WorkHere, a zWORKS graduate, amongst other marketing companies. He is currently the Marketing Analytics Manager at &Marketing and is also the founder of Converge Street .

In his free time, he is involved with the Zionsville Lions Club, Lilly Scholar Network, Centric Indiana, and Agile Marketing Indy.

To contact Sean, email!

It was a grand opening

We had a great turnout for our Grand Opening yesterday! Thanks to everyone who attended. We have been truly blessed with support from around Zionsville – particularly the Town of Zionsville and Mayor Tim Haak, the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce and the Boone EDC.

Shout out to Nameless Catering for providing some delicious bacon-wrapped Brussel sprouts, meatballs, mac-and-chees and more.

So, the ribbon is officially cut and we have both zWORKS and zWORKS on Pine available for members. Our goal for zWORKS on Pine is to provide the necessary additional meeting space, both conference and collaborative rooms, to our members.


One week until Grand Opening!

Let’s ride the entrepreneurial wave together at our Grand Opening Celebration.

The grand opening for zWORKS on Pine will be on Thursday, April 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. We will have a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. and there will be food from Nameless Catering! Come join us to celebrate the new Meet + Startup Space for our 200+ members. Members and the public are welcome to attend.

zWORKS on Pine features five more conference rooms in addition to our two at the zWORKS hub on Cedar Street. There are also three more startup offices which all have tenants already!

Thanks to all of our partners who have made this expansion possible just three years after we opened on Cedar Street. Also a big thanks to…

RJE Interiors
David Rausch Studio
Tom Casalini
Mohawk Flooring
Tom Simmons custom home builder and remodler
Marvelous Woodworking
Claghorn Custom Flooring
Sit On It seating
MDC wall designs and coating


Wanted: women’s suits!

Ladies, have a suit you don’t wear or need anymore? zWORKS is hosting a suit donation drive in conjunction with the annual Dress for Success Send One Suit week – the non-profit’s annual suit donation week. Local business and zWORKS member Hostetler Public Relations is sponsoring SOS at zWORKS and invites you to stop by to support women in our community.

Members can donate throughout the week and zWORKS will be open to the public on Wednesday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you came to the March Happy Hour, you may have heard Dress For Success Executive Director Barb Ellsworth talk about the benefits of Send One Suit. Your suit will be professionally dry cleaned and provided to a Dress for Success client who’s been referred to the agency from one of over 100 partners in central Indiana. Receiving appropriate interview attire provides a confidence boost to get and keep a job.

Dress for Success Indianapolis anticipates seeing over 1,250 women for their interviews in 2018. They need your help collecting enough suits, business appropriate separates, and blouses to make this possible! Cash donations also are accepted to support DFSI, a 501c3 organization.

Susan Brooks visits zWORKS

zWORKS was honored to host Congresswoman Susan Brooks on Monday, March 26th. She participated with local entrepreneurs in a roundtable discussion about how the new tax bill is affecting business.

She was also able to stop in and visit with 120WaterAudit CEO and Founder, Megan Glover in their new graduate space office above Rosie’s.

Here are some pix!


Startup of the Month: Brackets For Good

Brackets For Good raises millions for charities nationwide

March Madness is in full steam and so is a zWORKS startup whose mission is to use March basketball fever to help non-profits.

Brackets For Good kicked off in 2012 and replaced the term March Madness with Fundraising Madness. It started with an idea from locals Matt McIntyre, Matt Duncan and Dave Cornelius who worked at Zionsville-based MOBI. One tournament has grown to 13 different tournaments across the nation, four full-time and one part-time staff.

The basic setup pits charities of similar sizes against each other based on how much money they raise. For each dollar donated, the charities get one point. The charities go through a registration process in the winter then take part in a tryout in January.

The national pep rally was held on Feb. 15 at the Lids Headquarters here in Zionsville.

McIntyre said the overall goal is to help people discover and participate in philanthropy. His favorite part about BFG is the community they have built around it.

“Not only is it engaging new people but it’s reinvigorating non-profits as well,” McIntyre said.

He called zWORKS their home. It started as him and one intern.

Now, they have pizza and beer nights every Thursday at zWORKS in the fall and winter to prep for the March madness.

Over 2,000 non-profits have been involved. Last year’s Indianapolis winner was Brooke’s Place For Grieving Young People – based on Meridian Street near I-465. They raised over $92,000.

In the six years before the 2018 season, Brackets For Good had raised about $7 million for charities. They are currently in the “Engaged 8” round for this year’s tournaments. After the “Engaged 8”, they will compete in the “Philanthropic 4” and finally the Championship in two three-day competitions ending April 6.

Participating non-profits retain any donations whether they advance or not. Go to for more information!

Getting to know Brackets For Good

Random fact
The Brackets For Good mascot, Champ, lives right here in Zionsville.

zWORKers can relate to this one. McIntyre said when he first started, he pitched BFG to so many non-profits, other zWORKers could recite his pitch verbatim. “I was told I got loud in the phone booth,” McIntyre said.

Partner of the month: Barnes & Thornburg

Barnes & Thornburg partners with zWORKS

We are thrilled to announce that Barnes & Thornburg is our newest gold partner and will offer office hours on the first and third Thursday of the month at zWORKS.

Five attorneys – Brian McGinnis, David Pryzbylski, Travis Stegemoller, Eric Williams, and David Wong – will be rotating every first Thursday during the mornings and third Thursday during the afternoons to offer advice on formation, fundraising, trademarks, patents, labor, privacy, cyber security, and more.

“We have several attorneys that are very interested in supporting entrepreneur startups,” Wong said.

He added that a lot of their attorneys are from the Zionsville area.

“It made perfect sense to partner with zWORKS,” he said.

Executive Director Kate Swanson said zWORKS scored big in creating this partnership with a nationally-recognized legal powerhouse like Barnes & Thornburg.

“Already, the level of commitment and willingness I’ve seen from our gold legal partner to assist our members is impressive,” Swanson said. “I encourage our members to get to know and work with these attorneys.”

McGinnis specializes in data privacy and cybersecurity as well as intellectual property and Internet laws. He has extensive experience in data breaches, data privacy agreements and policies, data protection programs, intellectual property, copyright protection, trademarks and more.


Pryzbylski focuses on labor issues and relations such as collective bargaining, work stoppages, arbitrations, union avoidance training and strategies, union representation elections, unfair labor practice charges and more.


Stegemoller primarily counsels founders, startups and emerging companies through entity formation, capital raises, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property strategies. He also counsels investors and funds regarding capital placements and portfolio companies.


Williams concentrates on patent applications and intellectual property. He is also a licensed pharmacist in Indiana and has provided advice to multiple clients in the pharmaceutical industry and prepared patent term extension (PTE) applications for FDA-approved products.


Wong’s practice focuses on Internet law, technology, media, intellectual property counseling, risk management, prosecution, policing and enforcement. He regularly advises clients on commercial and intellectual property matters, such as trademark, copyright, defamation, trade dress, advertising, etc.


“No matter what kind of issue a business has, we can handle it,” Wong said.

“I have no doubt that this partnership will be an invaluable asset for our entrepreneurs,” Swanson said.


Getting to know Barnes & Thornburg

Fun Fact

Barnes & Thornburg LLP is the product of a 1982 merger between two well-established Indiana law firms, one in Indianapolis, the other in South Bend. The original Indianapolis-based Barnes, Hickam, Pantzer & Boyd was formed in 1940 and the four partners believed 13 was their lucky number. They formed the firm of Barnes, Hickam, Pantzer & Boyd on Friday, September 13, 1940, and started with 13 people in an office of 13 rooms on the 13th floor of the Merchants Bank Building, the city’s first skyscraper. They selected an office address of 1313 and procured 1313 as the firm’s telephone number.

zWORKS launches new website

zWORKS has a new website! It’s big and it’s bold.

The new setup will help enrich our community of members by keeping them updated on different news and events at zWORKS, as well as things happening in our entrepreneurial ecosystem. Everything is easier to find.

  • Want to find out what’s happening? Check out the event page and the blog.
  • Want to see members in the news? Check out the news page.
  • Want to know partner and member office hours? Check out the members page.

Thanks to Brett Atkin, Pixel Jocks owner, for spearheading the redesign. Read his Member of the Month feature on our blog!

Check out the FREE AT&T IoT Hackathon!

If you’re a developer, designer, project manager, or just interested in tech, register for the third annual AT&T IoT Civic Hackathon on April 20 and 21 in Fishers!

The Hackathon is centered around public safety. Attendees will help create apps and hardware solutions for first responders. The judging will be based on articulation, originality, creativity, implementation, and applicability to public safety theme.

Hear speakers like Congresswoman Susan Brooks, Indiana’s Chief Data Officer Darshan Shah, Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness and more.

They will supply quick presentations and code samples that help kick start your hacking, food to keep you going, and caffeine to keep you awake. They will have technical mentors to assist you in building faster, smarter, and with new tools. They will also have loaner hardware on-site for you to use in your solutions.

There is over $15,000 in prizes. There will be prizes in the following categories: Public Safety, IoT, Mobile App and Big Data.

The event is free. To register, click here.

Shark Tank returns to zWORKS

It’s back. zWORKS is partnering with Zionsville Community High School for the second annual Shark Tank.

ZCHS students with the Zionsville Business Professionals of America will pitch their business ideas to zWORKS member “sharks.” Bring the whole family and invite friends to come watch . . . there will be pizza!

Pitches will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 5 at zWORKS (85 E. Cedar St.) and last for an hour. zW member judges include Andy Clark (250ok), Matt Prasek (Safekeeping), Megan Glover (120WaterAudit), Jacob Schpok (Elevate Ventures), and Paul McCoy (ActionCoach).

It’s a great chance for students to get real-world business experience and for members to engage with the community.