Regnier Announces Line Up for First Wednesdays

The Regnier Institute is excited to announce the line-up for the spring First Wednesday events.  The speaker’s series takes place on the first Wednesday of the month to provide a forum for entrepreneurs to tell their stories of struggle and success to inspire Bloch students to start their own new ventures.

This spring’s series includes:

February 1st – Bill and Steve Dunn

Since joining the organization in 1946, Bill Dunn was the leader of JE Dunn Construction, growing the company his father founded into Kansas’s City’s largest construction firm. Based on his father’s philosophy of hiring the best, treating employees and partners as you’d want to be treated and sharing benefits with the company and the community, Dunn and his family have created a legacy of success and philanthropy in our community. Dunn will be in conversation with his son and former J.E. Dunn C.E.O, Steve Dunn.

March 1 – Panel of KC’s Start Ups to Watch in 2017

Bobby Burch, Editor-in-Chief of Startland News, will moderate a panel discussion of some of Kansas City’s rising entrepreneurial stars.

April 5th – Annie Hurlbut Zander

Annie Hurlbut Zander was an anthropology student at Yale 36 years ago when she fell in love with vintage textiles and the feel and durability of alpaca while visiting Peru. Her passion for these textiles led to relationships with upscale retailers and blossomed into the launch of Peruvian Connection, a line of clothing with five internationally renowned collections a year that are sold through catalogs, online and in the brand’s retail stores across the United States and in London.  Zander is a 2017 inductee into the Bloch School Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

May 3rd – Roo Idea Jump

The Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation will announce the winners of the fourth annual Roo Idea Jump, an annual competition open to all for-credit undergraduate and graduate UMKC students. To be eligible, students must present an idea for a new, independent venture currently in the concept or seed stage. Students submit a report covering their venture’s value proposition, customer segments, revenues, costs and partnerships, as well as a business model canvas.


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