Innovation doesn’t mean much if it exists in a vacuum.
To spotlight the challenges, Kansas City innovators and area organizations making an impact, the Innovation Exchange returns in 2017
Led by Think Big Partners and Startland News, the Innovation Exchange has attracted more than 200 people to learn about and connect with Kansas City newsmakers. With past guests such as the Kauffman Foundation’s Victor Hwang, Shook, Hardy & Bacon chairman John Murphy, entrepreneur Davyeon Ross and investors John Fein and Darcy Howe, the event offers attendees context and behind the-scenes details to stories they read in Startland.
Startland News editor Bobby Burch said he’s excited to drive more meaningful conversations on Kansas City innovation.
“As Kansas City continues to ride a wave of entrepreneurial momentum, we’re want to make sure people can not only read the news, but also hear the personal story behind the headlines,” Burch said. “As we move in 2017, we’re thrilled to be in the position to dive deeper into the successes and challenges that Kansas City entrepreneurship faces.”
The next Innovation Exchange — which will highlight area accelerators — is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., Jan. 24 at Think Big. It will host: Lesa Mitchell, managing director of Techstars Kansas City; Doug Dresslaer, manager of the Sprint Accelerator; Kevin Strathman, senior vice president of finance at Dairy Farmers of America; and Katie Boody, co-founder of the Lean Lab.
Read more about each of the past events here:
Victor Hwang, city leaders challenge the area’s entrepreneurial ecosystem
Area investors, entrepreneurs urge for meaningful connectivity
Startland gets personal with Davyeon Ross, John Fein and Greg Kratofil