Spots still open for KCKCC’s Innovation Summit

by Kelly Rogge

Limited spots are still available to pre-qualify for Kansas City Kansas Community College’s 2014 Innovation Summit.

The KCKCC version of the popular series “Shark Tank,” the Innovation Summit is one of the premiere start-up pitch competitions in the region. The event, which is in its third year, is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 4 in Upper Jewell on the KCKCC campus, 7250 State Ave.

The purpose of the summit is to inspire entrepreneurs, individuals and educators to innovate; connect people and organizations; mentor and promote Kansas City’s entrepreneurial spirit and engage and facilitate community leaders so that they can promote entrepreneurship as a vital part of the culture and economic health.

Innovation Summit partners include KCKCC, State Street, the Kansas Small Business Development Center, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Wyandotte Economic Development Council, KCSourceLink, the KCK Women’s Chamber, the KCK Chamber of Commerce, the KCK Black Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Business Center, the Central Avenue Betterment Association, the Leavenworth County Development Council, Youth Entrepreneurs Kansas, Emporia State University-KC and SCORE.

“This event is our local ‘shark tank,’ but at a different level,” said Marisa Gray, business development liaison for Workforce Development at KCKCC. “The excitement around this event is contagious. We get to bring the idea makers, the financial supporters and the testers all in the same room at the same time. In addition, you will be inspired by those that are willing to share their journey of entrepreneurship.”

After a keynote address and presentation from Kansas City, Kan., Mayor Mark Holland, participants will have a chance to walk through the Elevator Pitch Exhibit. This is an opportunity for selected entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas in front of investors, other entrepreneurs, business leaders and venture capitalists for a chance to win a portion of the $10,000 State Street Perfect Pitch Award. After a short break, exhibit winners will be announced, and the top six earners in each division qualify for the three-minute pitch competition.

There are two divisions in the perfect pitch competition – the general division, for those 19 and above and the high school division, for those who are 14 to 18-years-old. Three chances are available to qualify for the State Street Perfect Pitch competition. Each pitch person will be given three minutes to pitch an idea, followed by three minutes for questions from the judges.

There are three final qualifying dates for the summit. All are on the KCKCC campus. These dates:

• March 18

• March 20

• March 26

Those who qualify for the perfect pitch competition are then allowed to set up an exhibit and share their ideas during the Elevator Pitch Exhibit at the Innovation Summit. Exhibitors will give a 30 second elevator pitch and attendees will invest their Monopoly money in those ideas that interest them. The top six earners (three from the general division and three from the high school division) move onto the State Street Perfect Pitch Competition. First place in each division receives $2,500; second place, $1,500 and third place, $500.

For more information on the Innovation Summit or to register for one of the qualifying dates, call 913-288-7284 or email mcgray@kckcc.edu<mailto:mcgray@kckcc.edu>. Information can also be found online at www.kckcc.edu<http://www.kckcc.edu>. Select Workforce Development and then Innovation Summit.

Sunny skies ahead for St. Pat’s Day

Is it spring or is it winter? These bulbs in Kansas City, Kan., seem a bit confused about the season — and have decided to come up in winter. Spring officially begins Thursday, March 20. The high could be 57 degrees Monday, March 17.

Sunny skies are forecast today for St. Patrick’s Day.

The high will be 57 with clear skies, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures were 24 degrees at 8 a.m.

A south wind of 7 to 16 mph will gust as high as 24 mph today.

With warmer temperatures and windier weather, there will be an elevated fire danger this afternoon, according to the weather service.

Light rain is possible Tuesday night. To the north of the Kansas City area, snow is possible Tuesday.

I-70 tower lighting replacement project underway in Wyandotte County

Tower replacement

A project is underway to replace the tower light poles located along I-70 from 38th Street to 10th Street in Kanas City, Kan.

Crews will install new tower lights at the I-70 interchanges to replace the existing tower poles which are dated and worn.

Work is taking place during daylight hours, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The majority of the project work will take place beyond the shoulders on the highway right of way along I-70.

There may be occasional lane and shoulder closures between the non-peak times of 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or during the evening hours, Monday-Friday.

Drivers should expect minimal delays throughout the project duration.

Updated daily traffic information for this project can be viewed online at: www.ksdot.org/kcmetro/laneclose.asp.

The Kansas Department of Transportation urges all motorists to use caution driving through the project work zone.

Fulsom Brothers, Cedar Vale, Kan., is the primary contractor on this $495,000 tower lighting replacement project.

The overall project is scheduled to be completed in late May 2014, weather permitting.