Kansas City has an exceptional entrepreneurial climate, and the annual Global Entrepreneurship Week is one way to showcase it.
Kansas City will put its small business community on stage Nov. 13-17 at the 10th anniversary celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week. The week, which the Kauffman Foundation launched in 2008, has grown into an international celebration and showcase of innovators and entrepreneurs in more than 160 countries.
”Kansas City is serious about entrepreneurship and we celebrate that passion with the world during Global Entrepreneurship Week,” said Jenny Miller, network builder at KCSourceLink and a member of the GEWKC organizing committee.
Roughly 12,000 people attended more than 100 events in Kansas City during last year’s celebration.
The 2017 program will feature four tracks of themed events:
- Makers and creators
- Youth entrepreneurship
- Business growth
- Business services
Miller invites the business community to propose events for the program. If you have an idea, please send it to www.gewkc.org through August 18. Volunteers and sponsors also are needed.
Kansas City’s Global Entrepreneurship Week is spearheaded by a committee organized by Katie Baker of the Kauffman Foundation, Miller of KCSourceLink, Morgan Perry of Mid-Continent Public Library and Melissa Roberts of the Enterprise Center in Johnson County.
Several local entrepreneurs are heading up the specific tracks: Stella Crewse and Jeff Morgan of Morgan Miller Plumbing, Michelle Dreher of Two Tone Press, Chad Feather of UMKC Enactus, Reggie Gray of H3Entreprises and Shauna Huntington of Fortiviti, Joelsette Hernandez-Jones of Pharos Partners, Greg Kratofil of Polsinelli, Bo Nelson of Thou Mayest Coffee, Katie Petty of the Paw Wash, Jennifer Rivas of TedXYouth and Ryan Wyse of Code Koalas. The full team is listed on the GEWKC website.