Being a startup entrepreneur – UMKC graduates dive into new frontiers

Bloch School graduates Zach Petit and Megan Darnell spoke at First Wednesdays about the frontier of creating and managing a startup in Kansas City. The entrepreneurs shared their experiences in creating their own business, as well as the ups and downs that come along with it.

Petit and Darnell are both working in the tech industry with a startup merely a few days old.

Speaking on her time at UMKC, Darnell said she was quite the go-getter in terms of joining clubs and organizations, a beneficial trait to have in the entrepreneurial world.

Petit talked about his hiring of Darnell, and while he didn’t know her abilities at first, she quickly made a positive impression.

“Her ability to execute and run a program are unbelievable,” he said.

Petit spoke about the flip side of working after college and of being in their own startup.

“There is nothing more intoxicating than helping entrepreneurs!” he said.

Along those lines, Petit said one must care tremendously for their startup. If they’re not genuine, it will go bust eventually.

Ben Williams, assistant professor in Global Entrepreneurship in the Bloch School and a previous moderator of First Wednesdays, was impressed with Petit and Darnell’s discussion.

“It’s amazing what they are accomplishing, and it goes to show how great our Bloch School students are,” Williams said. “I can see a direct correlation between the programs and resources they utilized while they were students and the skills they show now and the programs they were able to run,” Williams said.

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