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‘Unconference’ to offer help to area entrepreneurs

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at 9:53 a.m.

A new style of get-together to help budding entrepreneurs, the ICT Unconference, will be April 22 at the Wichita Marriott.

Presented by Wichita Technology Corp. and Quantum Expositions, the “unconference” model has an open format that allows for attendee-driven discussion and collaboration. Attendees submit and vote on topics prior to the event on the conference website.

The event includes speakers on entrepreneurship and a chance for budding entrepreneurs to meet one-on-one with experienced mentors for feedback.

Mentors include: Trish Brasted, president and CEO, Wichita Technology Corp.; Luke Catlin, co-founder and chief technology officer, Flourish; Frank Choriego, business coach and entrepreneur, Family Heritage/Torchmark; Jonathan George, CEO, Evomail; James Mock, president, 360ideas; Gary Oborny, chairman and CEO, Occidental Management; Beth Tully, CEO and owner, Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates; Josh Umbehr, CEO, AtlasMD; and Devin Walker, CEO and founder, Printpop.com.

Event emcee is Derrick Nielsen, vice president, organizational development and family business services, at Allen, Gibbs & Houlik.

Those facilitating discussion during the sessions will include: Wayne Bell, district director of the Wichita district office of the Small Business Administration; Suzy Finn, executive director, Young Professionals of Wichita; Kenton Hansen, founder, Labor Party; Lou Heldman, interim director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Wichita State University; Brandi Koskie, editorial strategist, Evomail; Oborny; Steve Radley, president and CEO, NetWork Kansas; Richard Stevens, attorney at Martin Pringle Law Firm; Sean Weaver, executive vice president, assurance services, at Allen, Gibbs & Houlik; and Stefan White, director of “strategery” at Centrix Innovations.

For more information, to sponsor, to submit topics, to seek time with a mentor or to buy tickets, go to www.ICTunconference.com.

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