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2016
INNOVATION SUMMIT
SPIN66

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SPIN 66
The SPIN66 engages entrepreneurs and innovators in southwest Missouri and throughout the region with inspiring speakers, networking sessions, and activities aimed at fostering a spirit of innovation.

DATE

April 29, 2016

LOCATION

eFactory - 405 N Jefferson Ave, Springfield, MO 65806

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Speaker Lineup
Featured
Liz Bohannon
Founder & CEO, Sseko Designs

Using her unlikely story of a journalist-gone-shoe-maker, Liz shares her passion for social enterprise, conscious consumerism, social justice, creative leadership, gender equity, risk-taking, and empowering women.

Liz Bohannon
Liz Bohannon
Founder & CEO, Sseko Designs
Liz Bohannon
Founder & CEO, Sseko Designs

Using her unlikely story of a journalist-gone-shoe-maker, Liz shares her passion for social enterprise, conscious consumerism, social justice, creative leadership, gender equity, risk-taking, and empowering women.

Sean Butler
Founder, Ryroute

Sean is an experienced leader in providing new solutions for customer and patient engagement. Together, Sean and Kirby, make Ryroute, hailed by ForwardKC as one of the top Kansas City startups to watch this year.

Sean Butler
Sean Butler
Founder, Ryroute
Sean Butler
Founder, Ryroute

Sean is an experienced leader in providing new solutions for customer and patient engagement. Together, Sean and Kirby, make Ryroute, hailed by ForwardKC as one of the top Kansas City startups to watch this year.

Wade Foster
Founder & CEO, Zapier

Wade has overseen the growth of Zapier since it's founding in late 2011 at a Startup Weekend in Columbia, MO, through participation in Y Combinator, to over 800,000 users and a team of over 30.

Wade Foster
Wade Foster
Founder & CEO, Zapier
Wade Foster
Founder & CEO, Zapier

Wade has overseen the growth of Zapier since it's founding in late 2011 at a Startup Weekend in Columbia, MO, through participation in Y Combinator, to over 800,000 users and a team of over 30.

Kirby Montgomery
Founder, Ryroute

Kirby combines the collective benefits of data analytics and design to maximize value in product design. Together, Sean and Kirby, make Ryroute, hailed by ForwardKC as one of the top Kansas City startups to watch this year.

Kirby Montgomery
Kirby Montgomery
Founder, Ryroute
Kirby Montgomery
Founder, Ryroute

Kirby combines the collective benefits of data analytics and design to maximize value in product design. Together, Sean and Kirby, make Ryroute, hailed by ForwardKC as one of the top Kansas City startups to watch this year.

Startup Funding Panel
Jim Carr
President & Founder, Mayhem Development

Jim is a successful businessman with over 25 years of experience in starting, leading and exiting his own startup. He is energized by meeting inventors and entrepreneurs and helping to transform their ideas into successful products and companies.

Jim Carr
Jim Carr
President & Founder, Mayhem Development
Jim Carr
President & Founder, Mayhem Development

Jim is a successful businessman with over 25 years of experience in starting, leading and exiting his own startup. He is energized by meeting inventors and entrepreneurs and helping to transform their ideas into successful products and companies.

Ginger Imster
Executive Director, Arch Grants

Ginger is tasked with the strategy, fundraising, and day-to-day management of Arch Grants, and has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including extensive experience working with volunteers, boards, and the St. Louis philanthropic community.

Ginger Imster
Ginger Imster
Executive Director, Arch Grants
Ginger Imster
Executive Director, Arch Grants

Ginger is tasked with the strategy, fundraising, and day-to-day management of Arch Grants, and has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including extensive experience working with volunteers, boards, and the St. Louis philanthropic community.

Kelly Pruneau
Network Manager, Women's Capital Connection

Kelly spent 18 years in the trenches of retail entrepreneurship. In her current role with WCC, Kelly manages an investment group of over 40 women who invest in women-led companies.

Kelly Pruneau
Kelly Pruneau
Network Manager, Women's Capital Connection
Kelly Pruneau
Network Manager, Women's Capital Connection

Kelly spent 18 years in the trenches of retail entrepreneurship. In her current role with WCC, Kelly manages an investment group of over 40 women who invest in women-led companies.

Agenda
09:30
April 29, 2016
Welcome

We’re kicking off SPIN66 2016 with a welcome from Cody Stringer, Entrepreneurial Specialist with Mercy Research, as he discusses Mercy R&D’s role in Springfield’s startup community.

09:45
April 29, 2016
Liz Bohannon, Sseko Designs

Our first speaker of the day is Liz Bohannon, Founder and CEO of Sseko Designs (Portland, OR). Learn about Liz’s journey from a visionary to a failed chicken farmer to a leader in social entrepreneurship.

10:45
April 29, 2016
Expert Panel on Startup Funding

Join us as we hear from leading experts from around the region on what it takes to fund a high-growth venture, challenges and opportunities in capitalizing startups, and the investment ecosystem in the Midwest.

01:00
April 29, 2016
Wade Foster, Zapier

After lunch we’ll be joined by Wade Foster, Founder and CEO of Zapier (Mountain View, CA). Wade will let us in on how a Startup Weekend event in Columbia, MO gave rise to the democratization of app integration when he and his co-founders launched Zapier.

02:00
April 29, 2016
Kirby Montgomery & Sean Butler, Ryroute

Kirby and Sean, Co-founders of Ryroute (Kansas City, MO), will be discussing how they’re building and launching a product from the ground up to enhance the lives of kids with autism spectrum disorders.

03:00
April 29, 2016
Pitch Pit

Five of southwest Missouri’s top early-stage ventures will compete for $5,000 in cash and business services at this year’s SPIN66 Pitch pit. Presenters will have 6 minutes to convince our panel of expert judges that they can take their company to the next level.

04:00
April 29, 2016
Happy Hour

Hang around for the SPIN66 Happy Hour for your chance to network with leading entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, and thought leaders from around the region.

Pitch Pit

Pitch Pit
The Pitch Pit is an investment pitch competition that will pit five of southwest Missouri’s top ventures against each other to compete for up to $5,000 in cash and/or business services. We've scoured local incubators, co-working sites, and universities to find the top early-stage ventures in southwest Missouri. Our panel of expert judges will determine which one has what it takes to push their product or service to the next level.
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Companies

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Minutes to Pitch

5000

Dollar Prize


Sponsors

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Sponsors
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Mercy Research created SPIN66 in 2014 as a way of engaging the entrepreneurial community and driving innovation in southwest Missouri. Mercy Research is a unique collaboration of healthcare, science, and business professionals that positively impacts the lives of patients through exploration of new drug therapies and development of medical devices.

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  • Kerri Miller

    Kerri Miller

    "SPIN66 is a first-class event. Attending SPIN66 and presenting at the event was a huge boost to my startup, and we’re proud to have been a part of it."
  • Charlie Rosenbury

    Charlie Rosenbury

    "SPIN66 is an energizing and inspiring day. The variety of industries, stories, and lessons learned guarantee that you'll leave with some bubbling ideas and a fresh outlook."
  • Kerri Miller

    "SPIN66 is a first-class event. Attending SPIN66 and presenting at the event was a huge boost to my startup, and we’re proud to have been a part of it."
  • Charlie Rosenbury

    "SPIN66 is an energizing and inspiring day. The variety of industries, stories, and lessons learned guarantee that you'll leave with some bubbling ideas and a fresh outlook."

Location

Location
The eFactory business incubator is the epicenter of entrepreneurship in southwest Missouri. It is a collaborative work environment where entrepreneurs can launch their early-stage ventures and take them to the next level. Beyond acting as the host for SPIN66, the eFactory hosts other great events aimed at fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in Springfield, such as 1 Million Cups, the MATA Idea Mashup, the Originate Idea Wakeup, Startup Weekend, and more.
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