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.
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.
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 book “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
Six companies looking to expand markets and add strategic partners will make their case.