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Steve Wozniak

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak to Help HEMP Celebrate 20 Years of Entrepreneurialism

Steve Wozniak
Intrigue and interest surrounding the success of Apple Computer, Inc. and the iconic company’s co-founders, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, is at an all-time high, with two movies playing in theatres this fall.

Kansas City will get the opportunity to hear their entrepreneurial success story firsthand from Steve Wozniak, on Thursday, Nov. 19 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, as part of Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program’s 20th anniversary celebration.  Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m.

Mike Lundgren, founder and curator of TEDxKC and director of innovation strategy at global marketing agency VML, will moderate the discussion with Wozniak.  Lundgren worked at Apple from 1989-1997 as director of worldwide market development.

Tickets for the one-time event are limited, starting at just $75, and will be available beginning at 10 a.m., Tuesday, September 15, by visiting the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts box office or website,

HEMP began in 1995 and has helped the companies of its participants grow revenues an average of 43 percent and increase employment an average of 30 percent. The collective economic impact in Kansas City of companies involved with HEMP totals more than $748 million.

Many of those who sought mentoring through HEMP and have experienced success because of the program, are now paying it forward by offering advice and guidance to other up-and-coming business owners.

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