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Kansas City Business Owners Join the Pipeline Entrepreneur Family

Kansas City gathers for the Pipeline Entrepreneurs annual innovators gala

It's no coincidence Kansas City keeps churning out strong startups and job creators. The city is host to an entire entrepreneurship ecosystem of high-caliber business development, coaching and mentoring resources.

In fact, one of the most prestigious mentoring programs in our region is headed into its second decade of shaping high-performing entrepreneurs. Pipeline Entrepreneurs is a regional technology entrepreneur fellowship program, designed to systematically identify high potential technology entrepreneurs and match them with best-in-class training, resources and mentors to facilitate their dynamic growth.

As part of its annual gala last month (pictured above,) Pipeline introduced its 2017 Pipeline Entrepreneurial Fellows, which includes three Kansas City area entrepreneurs.  And so, we extend our hearty congratulations to Austin Barone of Just Play Sports Solutions, Jennifer Rosenblatt of MusicSpoke and Roy Scott of H3 Enterprise.  

About This Year’s KC Pipeline Fellows

Before these leading Kansas Citians became Pipeline Entrepreneur Fellows, they took advantage of local programs and resources designed to help them take their businesses to great heights.

Just Play Sports Solutions builds digital coaching tools for football and basketball teams. Austin Barone and his team call the Kansas City Startup Village home, an entrepreneur-led community helping to grow and support innovation-led startups.

When you buy music in the MusicSpoke marketplace, a majority of your money spent goes straight to the composer. To learn more about the artist-centric startup, and its cofounder Jennifer Rosenblatt, watch their 1 Million Cups presentation from the summer of 2015.

H3 Enterprise stands for healthy hip hop, a music genre Roy Scott and his business partner (and award-winning magician) Reggie Gray created to get elementary-aged students moving and inspired to lead healthier lives. The H3 team secured Digital Sandbox KC proof-of-concept support at the top of the year and Reggie joined the illustrious ranks of ScaleUp! Kansas City; they’re poised for big (dance) moves in 2017.  

These KC entrepreneurs join nine other Pipeline fellows in the 2017 class : Iyad Aldalooj, Fairshop; Jared Bakewell, Proseeds; Dan Curran, PowerPost; Joe Fischer, Greetabl; Beth Handrigan, Lean Media; Evan Luxon, Esculon; Lei Shi, UAVradars; Derek Weber, goBRANDgo!; and Elisha Yaghmai, Vigilas Telehealth.

The gala also marked the graduation of the 2016 class. Three graduating members hail from Kansas City: Kimberly Gandy of Play It Health, Jeff Rohr of SquareOffs and Tommy Saunders of FEWDM. Congrats to the graduating class of 2016.

More Growth Opportunities for Kansas City Entrepreneurs

Ready to take your business to the next level? Check out these programs, aimed to help high-growth, businesses reach even greater heights.

ScaleUP! KC

>Who’s it for? Businesses with revenues greater than $150,000 who are ready to aim for their first $1 million in revenue.

Funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, ScaleUP! KC helps qualified businesses each year reach their first million in revenue through high-caliber training, industry-specific connections and the camaraderie of like-minded peers.

GAME - Growth through Action, Measurement, & Engagement

> Who’s it for? Businesses with revenues greater than $250,000

GAME is hosting a five three (two down!) session workshop for businesses with revenues over $250,000 that are on the verge of growing or need to evaluate their growth strategy. The next session is February 21: “Increase Value and Profits by Understanding your Customer's Value Chain,” register now.   

Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program (HEMP)

> Who’s it for? Businesses with $1 million in revenues and higher and 3+ years in business.

Becoming a HEMP mentee can be invaluable for your business and entrepreneurship experience. Applications to participate in the program as a mentee or mentor are due in August of each year.

For more resources to start or grow your business, check out our Resource Navigator, our interactive database that will connect you to the right resources your challenge, industry and business stage. Looking for more hands-on assistance—or just like talking to real folk? Give us a call at 816.235.6500 and we’ll guide you to the right resources for your business.

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