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700 Students to Attend Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization National Conference

UMKC Bloch School and Regnier Institute Are Sponsoring Nov. 5-7 Conference

The Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri-Kansas City, has announced that approximately 700 students will attend the Nov. 5 – 7 CEO National Conference at the Downtown Marriott Kansas City Convention Center.

“We are honored to sponsor the 2015 Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization in Kansas City this year, and for an opportunity to host our future entrepreneurs,” said Jeff Hornsby, Ph.D and director of the Regnier Institute and chair of the Henry W. Bloch/Missouri Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship.

The mission of the organization is to inform, support and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation.

“CEO is the premier entrepreneurship network and supports entrepreneurship in more than 200 chapters in 43 states. We are excited to have 700 innovative students participate in the two-day conference,” said Hornsby.

The conference offers well-known speakers, workshops, general sessions and a pitch competition, all with an entrepreneurial focus. Speakers include Marcelo Claure, CEO, Sprint; Carlton Reeves, White House Office of Science and Technology; Tru Pettigrew, Tru Access; UMKC alumna Nicole Emanuel, InterUrban ArtHouse; and Craig Culver, Culver’s.

Creative workshop topics fit the entrepreneurial sessions, such as Profit with a Purpose; Young Guns; and Scaling for Success! 5 Keys to Explosive Growth.

Elevator Pitch Competition Rounds begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6. The final round of the competition takes place at 3:25 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 with the National Elevator Pitch Awards occurring at 4:25 p.m.

The Bloch School’s Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is one of Kansas City’s premiere resources for educating and creating the next generation of entrepreneurs.


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