• Activating
  • Accelerating
  • Mentoring Entrepreneurs in the Heartland

The first annual Accelerate the Heartland will bring together entrepreneurs, service providers, government, universities, mentors, innovators, and investors in a collision packed day of interaction and collaboration to accelerate the economy of the Heartland.

If you are passionate about YOUR role in building and supporting the entrepreneurial eco-system, please join us for Accelerate the Heartland.



OCTOBER 5, 2016

8:30 – 6:00

Innovation Showcase
Whether you are cultivating an idea or an established business selling a product, the Innovation Showcase allows for various stage companies to “showcase” their latest and greatest to Accelerate the Heartland participants (more info)

8:30 – 9:00

Networking and Coffee
Visit the Innovation Showcase and meet the entrepreneurs building innovative world-class companies in Wichita.

9:00 – 10:00

1 Million Cups Wichita
1 Million Cups is FREE and open to the public (more info)

10:30 – 11:45

“Opening the Kimono” Investor Discussion
 Join us for an open conversation about what venture investors are really looking for and how to get them interested in your project.  Included on the panel will be representatives from Royal Street Ventures, BCBS of Kansas New Ventures, and the Midwest Venture Alliance.

12:00 – 1:45

Luncheon and Keynote Speaker: Victor W. Hwang, Vice President of Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation
The first 300 registered attendees will receive a copy of “The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley” By Victor W. Hwang and Greg Horowitt, compliments of the Wichita Community Foundation.

2:00 – 3:30

Venture Pitch (Formerly the Great Plains Capital Conference)
 Six companies looking to expand markets and add strategic partners will make their case. (more info)

3:45 – 5:15

e2e Accelerator Cohort Demo Day
e2e’s inaugural class will present and showcase the culmination of their 12 week program (more info)

5:15 – 6:30

Reception and Networking (Hors D’oeuvres and Drinks)



Victor W. Hwang is Vice President of Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation, the world’s leading foundation for entrepreneurs. The Foundation supports entrepreneurs starting and building businesses, leaders seeking guidance in the innovation economy, and cities and communities growing competitive jobs and sustained business creation.

Victor W. Hwang

Keynote Speaker / Vice President, Kauffman Foundation

Dennis is responsible for the direction, coordination, evaluation and management in developing and leading strategic investment for BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas. The focus of the initiative is to develop a $50 Million portfolio of investments that, as a whole, are expected to be integrated into the company as part of its overall long-term strategy.

Dennis H. Depenbusch

Director, New Ventures Initiative, BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas

Jeff Stowell is the Managing Director of Royal Street Ventures, a family of funds focused on investing in early-stage companies throughout the Midwest and Mountain West with offices in Park City, UT and Kansas City.  Jeff hails from Augusta, KS and  is a graduate of the University of Kansas and the KU School of Law.  Jeff is a former entrepreneur, recovering attorney and sub-standard guitar player.

Jeff Stowell

Managing Director, Royal Street Ventures

Richard is a husband, father of four daughters, executive leadership coach, trainer, speaker, and pilot. He loves helping professionals and organizations authentically communicate their brand, develop an authentic leadership presence, crush limiting beliefs, and overcome mediocrity.

Richard Rierson

MC, Moderator / CEO, Verum Communications

Carlos Fernandez is a rising entrepreneur in the tech world. And while his work has taken him from Silicon Valley to the Oval Office, TWICE, he doesn’t allow his accolades or his fanfare to change him. His goal is to help others succeed.

Carlos Fernandez

Managing Partner, Page Out, LLC / Co-Founder of Clutch Studio

Jeremy Jones is President and CEO of Nitride Solutions, a Wichita-based company that is manufacturing aluminum nitride substrates and thermal management products that are enabling the next generation of advanced electronic devices.

Jeremy Jones

Founder, CEO, & Chairman, Nitride Solutions

Jonathan George is an American Internet entrepreneur.  His first company was part of the dot-com era, and his second venture, Boxcar, a real-time push notification app, capitalized on the growth of smart phones before being sold to Kwaga, Inc.  Currently, Jonathan is co-founder of Angels of the Plains, an angel group based in Wichita, KS.

Jonathan George

Co-founder, Angels of the Plains