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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.  This work includes education for entrepreneurs; investing in entrepreneurial programs that can scale and create impact; and investing in metropolitan areas to create vibrant ecosystems that help companies start and grow.

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. Previously, Dennis worked with several high performing teams to fund, develop and grow start-up enterprises in health, banking and IT; domestically and worldwide.

Dennis H. Depenbusch

Director, New Ventures Initiative, BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas

Jeff Stowell is an experienced entrepreneur who currently manages the Royal Street Investment & Innovation Center, the holding company that manages investments for the Stern family, operators of Deer Valley and Solitude Ski Resorts in Park City, UT. Mr. Stowell joined RSIIC from his most recent position as founder and CEO of Community Systems Group, which he sold to the Forum for Youth Investment in 2012.

He has negotiated technology transfer agreements with major universities, written and received SBIR grants and negotiated a sole source contract with the Executive Office of the President. Additionally, Jeff is an attorney with expertise in tax and securities law and has founded his own law firm and taught at the law school level.

Jeff Stowell

Attorney, Royal Street Investment & Innovation Center

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.

He’s the host of the top ranked business Podcast and radio show “Dose of Leadership”, a show of inspiring interviews with high quality leaders. The podcast has been downloaded in over 196 countries across the globe and recently named by both Fortune and INC Magazines as a “Top-10 Business Podcast”.

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.

Fernandez started his career doing graphic design work for record labels and musical artists. That eventually turned into building websites and other technology-based products. Fernandez made his basement his office and spent most of his work time there constructing things and working on projects for people all across the world. He found solace in the basement partly because of his introverted demeanor and partly because of experiencing a sheer lack of acceptance.

Fernandez is currently the Managing Partner for Page Out, LLC and Co-Founder of Clutch Studio, a mobile app-house. Page Out is a mobile application for volunteer firefighters and EMS responders that allows for a quick and easy assessment of resources and availability.

Carlos Fernandez Jr.

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.

Prior to forming Nitride, Jeremy was VP of Koch Genesis, the venture arm of Koch Industries in Wichita.  In this role Jeremy originated and structured venture investments in alternative fuels, biochemicals and plastics, nanomaterials and high-performance renewable fibers.  He has over thirty five years of experience in Business Development and Executive roles building global businesses based on advanced materials for Fortune 500 companies such as Polaroid, Motorola and Cabot Microelectronics, and start-ups like Crosslink and NanoProducts.  He has extensive experience in meeting the demanding requirements of customers in markets as diverse as semiconductors, flat panel displays, data storage, military and automotive.

Jeremy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Materials Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Babson College’s F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business.

Jeremy Jones

Founder, CEO, & Chairman, Nitride Solutions

Jonathan George is an American Internet entrepreneur and programmer. 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 and Chief Technology Officer of Recurrency, a startup helping creators, artists and causes fulfill their dreams of pursing their passion full-time.

The products that Jonathan has created have been used by over 20 million people. As well as being an advisor to various technology startups, Jonathan also talks at industry conferences worldwide.

Jonathan George

Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer, Recurrency

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