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Verge Kansas City Pitch Night

Tuesday, March 14 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm • Organized By Verge Kansas City
1734 Cherry St., Kansas City, MO 64108



Once a horse stable in the 1880’s this two-story red brick building in the Crossroads Art District has been reinvigorated with culture and community.

Differentiating themselves by a “from scratch” distilling method, Lifted Spirits is reviving a tradition that is apart of community and culture. And we are bringing the VergeKC community to experience it first.

This intimate experience would not be possible without our partners


Come check out and enjoy Lifted Spirits on March 14th at 5:30 for Verge Kansas City Pitch Night.

This stellar lineup and exclusive experience wouldn't be possible without our amazing partners. Read on to learn more about our presenters and judges...


If you’ve never experienced a Verge pitch, now’s your opportunity to catch 3 of the most exciting companies in the Midwest. Each startup will have just 5 minutes on stage to pitch their startup—no exceptions.


We've got a killer group of presenting entrepreneurs for you this month. Check these high-growth tech companies:

  • Idle Smart: Idle Smart is an automated engine start stop solution that maintains fleet uptime by keeping batteries charged and engine warm as well as reducing overnight idle time. Learn More >>>

  • Stackify: is a developer-friendly solution that fully integrates application performance management with error and log management. Lean More >>>

  • Mycroft: Mycroft is the world’s first open source voice assistant. It can run anywhere – on a desktop computer, inside an automobile, it even runs on a Raspberry Pi. Learn More >>>



The founders will have 5 minutes of Q&A from our panel of “sharks" after each pitch, when you'll get to learn exactly how investors think and how the entrepreneurs respond on the fly. Our sharks bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives, which is sure to make for interesting questions and discussion...

Shark #1 Nathan Kurtz | Senior Program Officer in Entrepreneurship

Nathan Kurtz is a senior program officer in Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he focuses on Kansas City entrepreneurship, promoting the Kauffman Foundation’s programs to startups, entrepreneurs, and business and civic leaders in the community. Prior to joining Kauffman, Kurtz worked in numerous entrepreneurial capacities. He was the president and chief operating officer at KR Legal Management, where he was instrumental in helping the company grow and scale.

Shark #2 Kevin Daniels | Chief Product Officer C2FO


Kevin is responsible for setting and driving the C2FO platform product vision. Kevin brings 18+ years of high-tech experience to the team, and a strong track record of leadership roles in successful companies including Mass Relevance, Bazaarvoice, and SportsMEDIA Technology Corporation, where he won 2 Emmy awards. He has a BS degree in Computer Science from Duke University, and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. As recent transplants from Austin, Kevin, his wife, and three elementary school children are looking forward to experiencing all that Kansas City has to offer.

Shark #3 Brock Stechman | Entrepreneur & Co-Founder of DivvyHQ


Brock has built multiple companies and is currently the Co-Founder of DivvyHQ. Recently voted the "#1 Content Creation, Workflow, and Experience Platform," DivvyHQ makes it incredibly easy for global marketing and content teams to plan produce, and publish high-quality content more efficiently. Global marketing teams at brands like Target, Lowe's Ben & Jerry's, Virgin Mobile, DuPont, Olive Garden rely on DivvyHQ to improve their content marketing efforts.


As always, there will be plenty of time to connect with our growing community. Here’s the agenda:

  • 5:30 — Doors open: General networking
  • 6:00 — Pitches from 3 fast-growing Midwest companies
  • 7:00 PM — General networking and Open House with Lifted Spirits
  • 8:00 PM — Go home with new ideas and inspiration


Do you think we'd let you go hungry? No way!

We are going to take advantage of Lifted Spirits awesome cash bar that will be available for the night. Think we would let you go hungry? We got you. We will have local and tasty appizers.

This is going to be huge! But tickets won't last...RSVP to reserve your spot now.

Thank you to our amazing partners:

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1734 Cherry St.
Kansas City, MO 64108
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