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2016 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

5:30 p.m. |  Student Venture Showcase and Reception Sponsor Sneak Peek 
6:00 p.m. |  Student Venture Showcase and Reception General Admission
7:00 p.m. |  Awards Dinner 

- Marion and John Kreamer Award for Social Entrepreneurship 
Joe and Judy Roetheli, Founders, The Lil’ Red Foundation*    

- Regional Entrepreneur of the Year

Gary Fish, CEO and Founder, Fishtech Labs, Founder, Former CEO and Chairman of the Board 
Fishnet Security; Founder and Chairman of the Board, Firemon*   

- Honorary International Entrepreneur of the Year

Ewing Marion Kauffman, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist*   

- International Entrepreneurs of the Year

Dave and Demi Kiersznowski, Founders, DEMDACO* 

The student entrepreneur of the year winner will be announced at the dinner and awarded a $2,500 scholarship.

Dinner Chair: Mary Thompson O’Connor, Executive Vice President, Country Club Bank 
Dress: Business Attire 
Parking: Validation available for the Barney Allis Garage 
Benefit: Proceeds from this event support the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation housed at the UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management. The Institute offers rigorous academics as well as various programs that help students and community members launch sustainable entrepreneurial ventures. 

Sponsorships: Table sponsorships start at $3,000. Individual tickets are available for $300, with a special rate of $100 for one or $175 for two individual tickets for attendees age 35 and under. Click here for a full list of sponsorship levels and benefits. 
*Honorees bios and additional event information available at

Thursday, November 3 at midnight. After the deadline, please contact Jonnae Hill at or 816-235-2791.


Thursday, Nov 10 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Kansas City Convention Center
Great Hall
301 W. 13th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105


For more information contact:
Chelsea Tapken
2016 Entrepreneur of the Year Committee
(816) 235-6246

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