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Wichita man fails to advance in entrepreneur competition

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at 5:18 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at 5:37 p.m.

The Kauffman Foundation said Wednesday that eight entrepreneurs have advanced as finalists in the Get in the Ring venture capital competition, but those finalists do not include Wichitan Jeremy Jones.

Jones, CEO and co-founder of Nitride Solutions, was one of 40 semifinalists selected in September to compete in the U.S. part of the international Get in the Ring competition. Semifinalists competed by submitting a three-minute video pitch of their companies.

One Kansas entrepreneur did make it to the round of eight, according to a news release from the foundation, which is hosting the U.S. competition. Toby Rush, CEO of EyeVerify in Kansas City, Kan., will compete in a live pitch round on Nov. 18, when a U.S. winner will be selected.

The winner of the U.S. competition will compete at the international competition, scheduled for Nov. 22 in the Netherlands. The winner of the international competition is eligible for more than $1 million in angel capital for his or her start-up company.

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