SeniorVu is the Focus of UMKC’s Annual Case Competition

Undergraduate Bloch School student teams present their case analyses for SeniorVu

SeniorVu was the focus of the Ninth Annual Strategic Management Case Competition, where undergraduate students perform a holistic analysis of a real-life case and provide recommendations to a leadership panel of the case organization’s leadership and Kansas City area executives. Those business leaders then judge the groups on everything from research to communication skills.

“We were honored to have had this group of bright young minds digging into what could be a new business opportunity for SeniorVu,” CEO Tim Donnelly said.  “Their thoughtful research into the senior living industry and into what we do at SeniorVu sparked several great ideas for our company.”

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UMKC Enactus Wins Regional Competition, Advances to Nationals

The UMKC Enactus team continues its tradition of success. The team of first-time presenters took top prize at the regional competition in Chicago, Ill., qualifying them to compete at the United States National Exposition. The national competition is being held locally, taking place at the Kansas City Convention Center May 21-22.

“This UMKC Enactus team has done an incredible job,” said Ben Williams, Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Assistant Director and Enactus Advisor. “It is a testament to the quality of UMKC students that we have so many students from all over campus coming together to solve problems in their communities.”

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Dr. Jeff Hornsby Earns Top System Honor

UM System Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year Award to Chair of the Department of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation

University of Missouri-Kansas City Henry W. Bloch/Missouri Endowed Chair Dr. Jeff Hornsby has been named the UM System Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year for his distinguished activity in developing and nurturing entrepreneurs.

Mark McIntosh, University of Missouri System vice president for research and economic development, presented the award April 6. It was the second annual award, and the 2017 award winner also was a member of the UMKC faculty, Rubey M. Hulen Professor of Law Anthony Luppino.

“Cultivating entrepreneurs who contribute to the economic vitality of the state is part of our critical mission as a public research university. We are thrilled to have educators like Dr. Hornsby leading these initiatives,” McIntosh said. “Jeff represents everything an entrepreneurship educator should be and his many contributions are greatly appreciated.”

Hornsby joined the UMKC Bloch School of Management in 2013 where he also serves as the Director of the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Chair of the Department of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Prior to UMKC, Hornsby spent more than 20 years as an entrepreneurship educator at both Kansas State University and Ball State University. In his five years at UMKC, his many accomplishments include raising more than $1.5 million in grants and other funding, facilitating the mapping and redesign of entrepreneurship curriculum, developing the Kangaroo Idea Jump Competition and Entrepreneurship Ambassadors Program and continuing to grow existing programs such as E-Scholars. As a scholar of entrepreneurship, Hornsby has published more than 160 articles, six books and been cited more than 8,000 times.

Judges for the award were Dr. Nathalie Duval-Couetli of Purdue University and Mr. Kevin McCurren of Michigan State University. They noted that Hornsby is a well-rounded educator with contributions to the scholarly discipline as well as student learning. They appreciated not only his scholarly contributions, but his efforts in cultivating many student entrepreneurs, as well as his national service to the profession.

The award presentation took place during the second annual UM System Entrepreneurial Educator Summit. More than 80 educators from all four UM System campuses gathered for two days in Columbia to focus on entrepreneurial education. The conference provided a collaborative environment for the attendees to share best practices, brainstorm new approaches, and better understand the resources available to them as part of the UM System.