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Thursday, September 14

9:00am CDT

9:00am CDT

Growth Summit Networking Lounge
Thursday September 14, 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm CDT
Plexpod Westport Commons

9:15am CDT

Data Intelligence
Breaking down the data science hype and turning it into practical business applications.

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Alex Allen

CMO, Spring Venture Group
Since joining Spring Venture Group, LLC (SVG) in 2012, Alex’s grasp of data science and analytics fundamentals has contributed to the company’s nine-fold growth in employment in five years. Coupled with a background in advertising, his acumen for cross-discipline innovation has... Read More →

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Cleve Adams

CEO, Site 1001
Cleve Adams has 3 decades of computer/software industry experience in SaaS, Internet, network security, enterprise systems, mobile and wireless and storage. A 5-time entrepreneur, his insight and executive management style has produced an impressive history of growing and managing... Read More →
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Tapan Bhatt

Founder & CEO, TeraCrunch
Offering a unique blend of leadership, technology experience and business acumen, Tapan has over 17 years of experience in developing technology products and facilitating growth in start-up ventures. He has worked on both the coasts with a number of successful venture capital backed... Read More →
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Angela Hurt

Founder & CEO, Veracity Consulting, Inc
Angela Hurt is founder and chief executive officer of Veracity Consulting, Inc.  Hurt oversees the strategic direction and management of the Kansas City-based tech consulting group. With roughly 140 team members across the United States and Canada, Veracity team is comprised of... Read More →
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Blake Miller

CEO, Homebase.AI
Blake Miller is a serial entrepreneur with expertise in growth marketing and the Internet of Things. He currently serves as the CEO of Homebase.AI and is a partner at Think Big Partners.Blake joined Think Big in 2009 as the Director of the Accelerator, managing the accelerator program... Read More →

Thursday September 14, 2017 9:15am - 10:00am CDT
Plexpod Westport Commons

10:07am CDT

Maximizing the Fundraising Process
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John Fein

Managing Director, Firebrand Ventures
John Fein is the founder and Managing Director of Firebrand Ventures, a venture fund that invests in early stage startups in the midwest. Prior to Firebrand John served as Managing Director for Techstars, a global startup accelerator and network with over 25 programs around the world... Read More →

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Chris Costello

Co-Founder & CEO, blooom
Chris Costello is the CEO and Co-Founder of blooom—one of the nation’s fastest growing robo-advisors aimed at helping millions of underserved retirement savers. Chris has earned the prestigious CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation and has been working with individual clients... Read More →
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Erika Klotz

Co-Founder & CEO, PopBookings
Erika Klotz is the CEO and Co-Founder of a Kansas City technology startup, PopBookings. PopBookings is a mobile and web based application that automates the hiring process of temporary labor in the event staffing industry. A graduate from Saint Louis University, she began her entrepreneurial... Read More →
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Davyeon Ross

Co-Founder, ShotTracker
An innovative technology leader and widely recognized entrepreneur, Davyeon Ross has almost 20 years of experience in the technology sector. Ross is Co-founder / COO of DDSports Inc. a team sports performance platform fueled by wearable and smart equipment data. DDSports first product... Read More →

Thursday September 14, 2017 10:07am - 10:52am CDT
Plexpod Westport Commons

10:59am CDT

Beyond the Exit - Entrepreneurship for a New World presented by Kauffman Foundation
Tom Chi was a founding team member of Google X, the advanced research division that created the Self-Driving Car, Google Glass, Project Loon and more. This talk traces the path from being a tech worker to inventing moonshots, tweaking under the hood of how we create companies and products, to chasing the world's most pressing problems. If you ever wanted a front row seat to what it looks like to use entrepreneurship to it's most ambitious and multi-facted ends, this is the talk to catch.

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Tom Chi

Founder, Prototype Thinking LLC
Tom Chi has worked in a wide range of roles from astrophysical researcher to Fortune 500 consultant to corporate executive developing new hardware/software products and services. He's play's a significant role in established projects with global reach (Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo Search... Read More →

Thursday September 14, 2017 10:59am - 11:29am CDT
Plexpod Westport Commons

11:36am CDT

Customer Acquisition for Enterprise
Perspectives on how to acquire customers with B2B business models and understanding effective techniques to develop sales teams and go-to-market strategy.

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Brian Ardinger

Co-Founder, Econic & Inside/Outside Innovation podcast
Brian is the co-founder of Econic, an innovation consulting, training and research firm and co-host of the podcast Inside Outside Innovation. He founded the startup accelerator NMotion and served as CMO at Nanonation working with clients like Pepsi, Target, and Nike. Brian built the... Read More →

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Bek Abdullayev

Founder & CEO, Super Dispatch
Bek Abdullayev is a founder and CEO of Super Dispatch, a logistics platform that streamlines the shipping of specialized freight.
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Chris Cheatham

CEO, RiskGenius
Chris Cheatham is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of ClaimKit Inc. He has been in this position since January 2012.As CEO, Chris leads a team focused on developing the RiskGenius product. Under his leadership, RiskGenius is empowering its customers to review insurance policies... Read More →
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Paul Jarrett

Co-Founder & CEO, Bulu Box
Paul Jarrett is a subscription box champion and Midwest entrepreneur. Paul launched million dollar brands like Neebo and executed campaigns for Lowe's and Nike. Launched in 2012 by Paul and co-founder Stephanie Jarrett, Bulu Box is one of the first subscription boxes and continues... Read More →

Thursday September 14, 2017 11:36am - 12:21pm CDT
Plexpod Westport Commons

1:02pm CDT

Elite Engineering Talent presented by BalancePoint
A discussion on how to build top tier technical teams that can solve complex problems and scale product quickly.

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Kirk Hasenzahl

Chief Practice Officer, DevOps Solutions, BalancePoint
Executive with 20 years of experience managing business development at cutting edge technology companies, with experience in tech startup world, venture funding, and mobile technology development.Founder and President of RareWire. RareWire built and brought to market a SaaS platform... Read More →

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Joshua Montgomery

CEO, Mycroft AI
Joshua is a three-time entrepreneur, Air Force officer and graduate of the University of Kansas. Joshua founded Wicked Broadband - a gigabit fiber ISP in Lawrence, KS, and advocates for shared networks, common carriage and net neutrality.Joshua started Mycroft to deploy the Star Trek... Read More →
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Shahryar Qadri

CTO, Rx Savings Solutions
Shahryar Qadri is a seasoned health information technology leader. Shahryar spent 11 years at Cerner in a variety of engineering and managerial roles including developing data warehouses, implementing business intelligence strategies, designing systems for real-time eligibility and... Read More →

Chrys Sullivan

CEO, UseAgility
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Mike Zimmerman

Founder & CEO, Artisan Technology Group, LLC
Mike Zimmerman is the founder and CEO of Artisan Technology Group LLC, a software firm that helps clients maximize their business profits through the use of custom made software solutions. Since founding Artisan in 2011, Mike has worked with myriad clients demonstrating unique needs... Read More →

Thursday September 14, 2017 1:02pm - 1:47pm CDT
Plexpod Westport Commons

1:54pm CDT

FinTech Now: FinTech from Innovation to Investment
We will discuss the forces that are driving FinTech innovation: Does innovation arise out of consumer demand, an unsolved problem or technological feasibility? How do founders connect their innovation mindset to investor expectations (and biases) while still keeping their vision intact?

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Josh Rowland

CEO & Vice Chairman, Lead Bank
Josh Rowland is the Chief Executive Office and Vice Chairman of Lead Bank, a Missouri-chartered community bank with three locations, including the Kansas City Crossroads. Josh received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University, a PhD. in English Literature from Yale University... Read More →


Chris Atkins

CFO & Partner, CapFusion
Chris joined CapFusion in 2017 after leading the Company’s financing round with Main Street Capital Corporation in 2016. He has spent the last twelve years leading debt and equity investments with bank and non-bank financing sources, except for a couple years in the middle where... Read More →
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Jane Barratt

CEO, Goldbean
Jane Barratt is the founder & CEO of GoldBean. She is a long-term investor and champion of financial literacy. GoldBean is an ‘investing for beginners’ digital advisory platform that gets people started with their first portfolio. Jane spent more than 20 years driving growth for... Read More →
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Chris Costello

Co-Founder & CEO, blooom
Chris Costello is the CEO and Co-Founder of blooom—one of the nation’s fastest growing robo-advisors aimed at helping millions of underserved retirement savers. Chris has earned the prestigious CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation and has been working with individual clients... Read More →
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John Fein

Managing Director, Firebrand Ventures
John Fein is the founder and Managing Director of Firebrand Ventures, a venture fund that invests in early stage startups in the midwest. Prior to Firebrand John served as Managing Director for Techstars, a global startup accelerator and network with over 25 programs around the world... Read More →

Thursday September 14, 2017 1:54pm - 2:24pm CDT
Plexpod Westport Commons

2:31pm CDT

Building Great Product: Hardware
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Lesa Mitchell

Managing Director, Kansas City, Techstars Central LLC
Lesa Mitchell is a Managing Director of Techstars. Lesa’s career has included roles as a corporate executive, entrepreneur and consultant to Fortune 500 corporations expanding their innovation footprint. Lesa was the VP Innovation at the Kauffman Foundation where she designed, implemented... Read More →

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Shantanu Bala

Co-Founder & CEO, Somatic Labs
For six years, Shantanu developed assistive and rehabilitative devices at the Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing at Arizona State University. As a 2014 Thiel Fellow, Shantanu received a $100,000 grant to independently develop technologies after concluding his formal research... Read More →
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Adam Blake

Co-Founder & CEO, CasaIQ
Adam Blake is an entrepreneur that has started, scaled, and exited multiple venture and private equity backed companies in the real estate and energy space. Adam is currently the CEO of CasaIQ, a smart home company specifically for apartments. Prior to CasaIQ, Adam was the founder... Read More →
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Wai Lee

Chief Product Architect, Garmin International
Wai has led the design and development of consumer products in aviation, marine, outdoor, automotive, and fitness. He now runs A51 - a new product incubation unit responsible for Garmin's entrance into the wellness and smart wearable market.

Thursday September 14, 2017 2:31pm - 3:16pm CDT
Plexpod Westport Commons

3:23pm CDT

Building Big Businesses in St. Louis
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Brian Feldman

Company Relations Manager, LaunchCode
Company Relations Manager in St. Louis who is helping to close the tech talent gap throughout the country as well as increase economic upward mobility through apprenticeships. Brian manages relationships with more than 100 company partners and works to place non-traditional entry-level... Read More →

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Carlos Hirsch

Executive VP Operations, S4
Innovative and accomplished leader with international experience managing teams in the US and South America at Fortune 500, privately owned enterprises and startups.Carlos graduated from ESALQ – University of Sao Paulo in 1999 and started working for Monsanto in 2000. He and his... Read More →
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John Leach

Co-Founder & CTO, Splice Machine
John Leach leads Splice Machine’s research and development and is focused on the success of machine learning and artificial intelligence applications. Leach is a thought leader in multiple open source Big Data communities and frequent conference speaker. Prior to Splice Machine... Read More →
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David Messina

COO, Cofactor Genomics
Dr. David Messina has spent the last 20 years working in computational biology and genetics. He worked on the Human Genome Project at Washington University in Saint Louis, mapped disease genes at the University of Chicago, and co-developed the first comprehensive atlas of human transcription... Read More →
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Dheeraj Patri

Co-Founder & CTO, Label Insight
Dheeraj Patri joined the Label Insight team in February 2008 and helped found the US entity. He was integral in moving operations from Australia to the U.S. With a strong technical and project management background, Dheeraj has led teams within Fortune 500 companies as well as his... Read More →

Thursday September 14, 2017 3:23pm - 4:08pm CDT
Plexpod Westport Commons

4:15pm CDT

Growth Financing: Operators
Perspectives on raising venture capital to accelerate growth of tech companies and the strategy behind raising the round.

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Darcy Howe

Managing Director, KCRise Fund, LLC
For more than 30 years, Darcy Howe has been an advisor to multiple generational families on wealth transfer, succession planning, capital markets business exit strategies and asset and debt management. Growing a successful entrepreneurial business within a Fortune 100 company, Darcy... Read More →

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Matthew Condon

CEO, Bardavon Health Innovations, LLC
Matthew Condon JD/MBA is Founder and CEO of Bardavon Health Innovations (a Kansas City based healthcare data/analytics company) and ARC Physical Therapy+ (one of the fastest growing physical therapy companies in the country). His organizations have been repeatedly recognized for excellence... Read More →
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Scott Ford

CEO, Pepper
In his role as CEO, Scott Ford is responsible for creating, communicating, and implementing the organization's vision, mission, and overall strategic direction. He, along with other members of the executive team, is directly involved in formulating and implementing the strategic plan... Read More →
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John Thomson

Founder & CEO, PayIt
John Thomson is the founder and CEO of PayIt, a cloud-based digital government and payment platform solution provider for state and local government. PayIt delivers citizens a personalized experience for simplifying transactions and automating citizen engagement. (payitgov.com... Read More →

Thursday September 14, 2017 4:15pm - 5:00pm CDT
Plexpod Westport Commons

5:00pm CDT