Steve Wozniak to Headline HEMP’s 20th Anniversary Event

Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, will be coming to Kansas City on Nov. 19 to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program.

Wozniak will be the featured speaker during an evening event at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Starting today, HEMP will start selling advance tickets to groups of 10 or more. Individual tickets will be available beginning on Sept. 15. (Interested? Contact HEMP here.)

hempKCHEMP pairs KC-based entrepreneurs with seasoned mentors, who help them master crucial skills. More than 300 business owners have participated in HEMP over the years. On average, their companies experience a 43 percent increase in annual revenues. HEMP says that its participants have created more than $748 million in economic impact.

In addition to Wozniak’s talk, HEMP will reveal the name of the first inductee into its HEMP Hall of Fame, a new honor presented to local business mentors.

Wozniak was a natural fit for HEMP’s big day, organizers said.

“As a successful entrepreneur, Steve Wozniak understands the importance a mentor can make in someone’s life, which is why we’re so excited to have him help celebrate 20 years of inspiring people through mentorship in Kansas City,” said Barnett Helzberg Jr., HEMP founder.

(photo by Michael Bulbenko)