- 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.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
OCTOBER 5, 2016
8:30 – 6:00
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.
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
5:15 – 6:30
Reception and Networking
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.
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.
MC, Moderator / CEO, Verum Communications