Mid-Missouri's Innovation Week
October 6-13, 2017

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Bringing Up Business: Mid-Missouri’s Innovation Week celebrates the bold spirit of mid-Missouri’s inventors, entrepreneurs and their supporters.

A variety of events throughout the week give you the opportunity to learn more about the entrepreneurial organizations and resources available in mid-Missouri, network with like-minded business professionals and gain valuable skills and knowledge.



Four events require separate registration; Startup Weekend, Live2Lead, Missouri SBTDC presents - MU I-Corps Open Session
and the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Small Business Exhibition.
Please check event descriptions for more information.


Friday, October 6 through Sunday, October 8


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Launch A Business In 54 hours. Startup Weekend brings together those with ideas, various skills and passion to validate a business idea over the weekend and compete for prizes that launch a business forward after the weekend.

Friday, October 6 through Sunday, October 8

Register for Startup Weekend




Friday, October 6
8:00am - 3:00pm



Hosted by: CoMo Leaders and Menifield & Associates

Hear from John C. Maxwell, Dave Ramsey, Cheryl Bachelder, Warrick Dunn

At Live2Lead you will...

Learn from world-class leaders. Learn leadership principles and personal growth techniques from the authority of world-renowned experts and their time-tested teaching.

Impact your community. Gain meaningful and relevant insight so you can return ready to implement your new action plan and lead with renewed passion and commitment.

Make new and meaningful connections. Network with like-minded leaders who share your passion for leadership.

Location: Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center

Who should attend: Corporate, non-profit, education, or small business leaders and aspiring leaders looking for personal and professional development

Cost: $55

Watch as John Maxwell describes the event, and why it's important to you.

Register for Live2Lead


11:00am - 1:30pm


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Made in Mid-Missouri

Ever wonder what makes mid-Missouri a great place to start a company? Come listen to a panel of entrepreneurs turned business owners who have successfully launched a new local company. Learn how Columbia has been, and will continue to be, the birth place for significant companies, such as Veterans United, that are leaders in national and global markets.

Luncheon – Panel Presentation

Location: Kimball Ball Room, Stephens College, 6 N College Ave, Columbia, MO

Who should attend? Entrepreneurs, legislators, business owners, community members, students

Cost: $20.00



Missouri Innovation Center, Bill Turpin


Sinclair Research Center, LLC – Guy Bouchard

StoryUp - Sarah Hill

Veteran’s United - Brant Bukowsky


6:30pm - 9:00pm


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Startup Crawl CoMo

Meet some of the hottest startups from around Columbia and across the state. Crawl to various locations in the downtown North Village Arts District while eating, drinking, networking and having fun!
Presented by Missouri Business Alert

Location: North Village Arts District in downtown Columbia

Who should attend? Students and interested community members

Cost: Free


9:00am - 10:00am

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One Million Cups

A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in Columbia. The winner of StartUp Weekend will present.

Location: The Innovation Hub, 500 E. Walnut St. #105

Who should attend: Students and interested community members

Cost: Free (no registration is required)



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Sam Richter,
Keynote Speaker &
Best-Selling Author

Columbia Welcomes Sam Richter, Keynote Speaker and Best-Selling Author

Sam Richter is the creator and founder of the Know More sales and business improvement program, and he delivers motivational keynote and workshop presentations on a variety of technology, sales, and marketing topics.


10:30am - 12:00pm

Sam Richter - Presentation #1

Location: Reynolds Alumni Center, Columns Ballroom, MU Campus

Who should attend: This presentation is geared toward students, but community members, faculty and staff are also welcome to attend.

Cost: Free for Students - $25.00 non-students


Don't Steal the Cheesecake: Reputation Management and Security in a Digital World (90 minutes)

In today's instant communication and social networking world, it's easy to share information about yourself, and others to share information about you. Unfortunately, what you and others post online, text, leave as a voicemail, say or do in front of a hidden camera, and even send in a secure email is not limited to private networks and friend groups. Rather, there's a good chance that what happens in a digital format is stored, and potentially made searchable, FOREVER. This means it can be used against you in ways that damage your reputation, your chance at future job opportunities, and even your bank account. In "Don't Steal the Cheesecake" you will learn...

  • What a digital reputation is, why we all have one, what you can do to manage it, and how it impacts your future.
  • The dangers of sharing too much information, and what can happen if you're not careful, both personally and professionally.
  • Simple steps you can take to protect your reputation and digital data from the bad guys (hint: the biggest risk to your data might not be as obvious as you think).

This thought-provoking, super entertaining, and somewhat scary program will provide you with very practical ideas that you can immediately implement to improve your digital reputation, stay out of trouble, and protect and control your information.




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Columbia Chamber of Commerce Small Business Exhibition

Tour dynamic displays featuring local small businesses, their products and services. It’s a great opportunity to meet community leaders and make meaningful connections.

Location: Parkade Plaza, 601 Business Loop 70 W

Who should attend: Business owners, community members, business service providers, students

Cost: Free, More Information




3:00pm - 4:30pm

Sam Richter - Presentation #2

Location: Reynolds Alumni Center, Columns Ballroom, MU Campus

Who should attend: Business owners, entrepreneurs, community members and students

Cost: $25.00 (Columbia Chamber of Commerce members: $15.00)


Every Yes Begins With a Know

You don't get a second chance to make a great first impression. In a prospect or client meeting, do you talk mainly about you and your organization? Or is the conversation focused on the other person and what he or she cares about? Do you make your prospects and clients feel important? Are you relevant? It's no longer enough to be interesting. In today's world you need to be interested. In this dynamic presentation, you will discover…

  • Web search secrets that you never thought possible for finding leads, creating lists, uncovering opportunities, identifying trigger events, and understanding decision makers.
  • Tips and tricks for using social media as sales and competitive "intelligence agents;" find the prospect who fits your desired profile, and learn more about the individual so that in every meeting you're building a meaningful connection (without seeming like a stalker).
  • How to access and leverage the "Hidden Web," or the majority of the valuable online information that is invisible to search engines.
  • How to use information to differentiate from the competition, generate warm referrals, tailor offerings, build deeper relationships, and bottom line...win more business.

It doesn’t matter if you have limited technical ability or if you grew up using the Internet, you will leave with new ideas that you and your team will immediately put to use. This high energy, motivating, incredibly high content presentation has a huge "WOW" factor – you will be shocked at what you don't know (but soon will).



7:00pm - 9:00pm


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Missouri Tech Challenge

For those of you who like the TV show “Shark Tank,” this is the event for you. Live on stage, budding entrepreneurs will get the chance to bring their dreams to fruition. Tech companies will pitch to the Missouri Innovation Center Investment Committee for investment in their business. Unlike a pitch competition, there’s no guarantee any company will receive money. But, those that do can receive up to $50,000 from the Missouri Innovation Center Accelerator Fund to launch or grow their company. See what a successful pitch looks like and hear the questions committee members ask.

Location: The Blue Note, 17 N. 9th Street, Columbia

Who should attend: Everyone! Business owners, entrepreneurs, students, community members

Cost: Admission is $5.00 for pre-registration or $10 at the door on the day of the event

Cash bar for those 21 and older



8:30am - 10:00am


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Good Business Breakfast: Celebrating Women in Social Enterprise

Women are leaders in using innovation and social entrepreneurship to solve community problems, employing business strategies to improve cultural, social and environmental conditions. This breakfast will highlight some of the great social enterprises in central Missouri in order to teach and inspire others while celebrating the role of women as leaders in this field. Join the Missouri Women’s Business Center, the Women’s Network of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and Stephens College in learning more about making an impact through social enterprise and celebrating women social entrepreneurs in our community.

Keynote Speaker: Jen Wheeler, founder of Safi Sana Cleaning and City of Refuge

Location: Kimball Ballroom at Lela Raney Wood Hall, Stephens College, 6 N. College Ave.

Who should attend: Entrepreneurs, employees from nonprofits, community members, students

Cost: $15.00 (Columbia Chamber of Commerce members: $10)



1:00pm - 5:00pm

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Mizzou Innovator Half-Day Conference

Presented by MU's Office of Technology Management & Industry Relations.

Gain insights from keynote speaker Dr. Michael Helmstetter, President and CEO of capital development company TechAccel and an expert in startups, spinoffs and technology advancement. Learn from investment, business and tech-transfer pros who will share practical information about what it takes to commercialize early-stage innovations from MU. Hear about “next-big-thing” technologies and successful Mizzou startup companies. Learn More 

Location: Bond Life Sciences Center, MU Campus

Who should attend: Faculty, staff, graduate students and interested community members

Cost: Free



3:00pm - 6:00pm


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Missouri SBTDC presents - MU I-Corps Open Session


  1. Secondary market research for grant writing
  2. Overview in data and information in pitch to investors
  3. SBIR/STTR overview and sign-in appointments with a grant writer

Location: Missouri Innovation Center, 1601 S Providence Rd.

Who should attend: Faculty, staff, graduate students and interested community members

Cost: Free and open to the public, but seating is limited to 20. RSVP to tech-series@missouri.edu



5:30pm - 8:30pm


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MU presents - Celebrating Innovation

Dinner and Special Guest Speaker

Entrepreneurs constantly test boundaries, ask questions, and find solutions. They like to win! The creativity and vision of MU’s entrepreneurs and faculty inventors play a large role in making the University of Missouri a destination for innovation. Mizzou’s entrepreneurs advance well-being, enhance systems, overcome obstacles, and meet unmet needs. They improve the lives of citizens locally, regionally, nationally and around the globe.

Join us as we recognize and celebrate these exceptional members of the MU community. Help us acknowledge these forward-thinking inventors and entrepreneurs and let’s applaud them for helping create a promising future for us all.

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Special Guest Speaker: Tim Miles, internationally-renowned leadership, marketing, and motivational speaker. For a quarter-century Tim Miles has been helping companies communicate more powerfully. During his decade as a Columbia resident, Tim frequently guest lectured at the University and spoke at the inaugural TEDxMizzou conference sponsored by the Reynolds Journalism Institute.

His first book, Good Company: Making It, Keeping It, Being It, went to #1 on Amazon’s Business, Sales, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship charts, and his second book, Brand Your Own Business, will be released on October 24th.

Location: Reynolds Alumni Center, MU Campus, Columns Ballroom and Great Room

Who should attend: Faculty inventors, staff, administrators, interested community members, business owners

Cost: $75 per person
(Sponsorships available for $1000 per table – Recognition in program and in signage)



9:00am - 1:00pm


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Business Advantage Seminars Presented by Hawthorn Bank and Hawthorn College Luncheon - “Lessons Learned from Columbia’s Small Business Icons”

Bringing up Business comes to a close with this fantastic lineup of seasoned professionals. Get tips on ways to maximize your business and business know-how. Then over lunch, hear from iconic Columbia business leaders about lessons learned throughout their careers. This is a unique opportunity to get information that can give you an edge.

 Location: Country Club of Missouri -1300 Woodrail Avenue

Who should attend: Established entrepreneurs, business owners, community members

Cost: $15.00



Jim Whitt, How do I get certified to do business with the city and state?
Brett Maland, What is intellectual property and how can I leverage it?
Larry Dill, Can my small business export to other countries?
Jim Niemann, So you’re starting a business – legally, what do you need to know?

Luncheon Speakers:

Richard King - President of Thumper Entertainment, former owner of the Blue Note and MoJo’s
Kurt Mirtsching – One of the Managers of Shakespeare’s Pizza






Bringing Up Business: Mid-Missouri’s Innovation Week connects entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, students, industry and government officials through networking events, information sessions and educational seminars. This year’s lineup begins with “Startup Weekend,” and includes sessions on “Made in Missouri” – successfully launched and prospered businesses in Columbia, best selling author and keynote speaker Sam Richter, a "Shark Tank” type pitch competition, and Hawthorn College Luncheon, among others. Check-out the full schedule here.

Check out highlights from Bringing Up Business Week 2016.


Attending Bringing Up Business week will give you a chance to learn about the latest innovations, entrepreneurial resources and cutting-edge research available regionally. You can network with inspiring entrepreneurs and innovative researchers and form new partnerships with professionals in mid-Missouri’s business-friendly innovation hub.


Minority-owned businesses are in Missouri

Source: U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, 2017

1.1 million

People (or 46.8% of the private workforce) are employed by Missouri's small businesses

Source: U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, 2017

$436 million

In new investments were acquired by Missouri firms in 2014-16

Source: Missouri Business Development Project, a division of University of Missouri Extension


Registration brought to you by Every Event Gives.

If you have questions or would like to become an Innovation Week sponsor, please contact Sherri Helm, Senior Program/Project Coordinator at the University of Missouri.
helms@missouri.edu or  573-882-3087

Mid-Missouri's Innovation Week October 6-13, 2017


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