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Entreprenuership focus of KCKCC summit

April 26, 2012

An in-depth look at entrepreneurship will highlight the first Innovation Summit at Kansas City Kansas Community College, Wednesday, May 2.

Free and open to the public, the summit will take place 8-11 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center on the KCKCC campus, 7250 State Ave., and will include continental breakfast.

The summit is designed to inspire entrepreneurs, individuals and educators to innovate by connecting people and organizations in the discovery of new ideas. The event will help connect the innovators to the community leaders who want to encourage entrepreneurship as a vital part of our economy.

Dean Tan of the UMKC Bloch School, which houses top-ranked entrepreneurship programs, will deliver the keynote address on the future of entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation. Then four local innovators will speak about their journeys in finding success.

In addition, five individuals representing funding sources, including venture capitalists, investors and small business bankers, will discuss the innovative ideas that they fund. The session will close with designated community members presenting creative startup plans to the investors who will select the most viable and innovative pitch to win the $500 “Perfect Pitch” award. To make their pitches, participants must apply in advance, and advance registration also is requested by contacting Jay Matlack at 913-288-7210 or


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