September 4, 2014

Teacher, entrepreneur to speak at investor conference

Startups will seek investors at the Great Plains Capital Conference on Sept. 25

Wade Brooks, serial entrepreneur and teacher, will be the keynote speaker at the Great Plains Capital Conference later this month.

The Sept. 25 conference at the east side Wichita Marriott is a chance for 14 sets of entrepreneurs from five states to present their business plans to investors in hopes of drawing funding.

Brooks co-founded and is the executive director of the Willamette University Angel Investment Fund, the first graduate school angel fund in the nation. He also teaches entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, new venture launch, and venture investing.

He launched his first startup in 1989 while still in college. With less than $1,000 he built the first Apple Computer value-added reseller in the U.S. He sold the company, and he was recruited in 1999 to become CEO of, a start-up e-Commerce and Web development company that was sold in 2001.

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