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Pipeline Entrepreneurs is thrilled to host our Innovators Gala and Daytime Showcase on Friday, May 20th in Kansas City at The Abbott! This celebration is the accumulation of two years of accomplishments and entrepreneurship in the Midwest. It's time to get together to honor our classes who have graduated during the pandemic, announce this year's Members award and show off the 2022 Pipeline Fellows and brand new Pathfinders Cohort. Throughout the night, we will showcase our diverse compilation of entrepreneurs who represent our Pipeline Family, some special guest presenters, fabulous networking, and more! The Daytime Showcase will feature our 2021 Fellow presentations with an all-star judge lineup.

This is a can't miss event and we hope to see you there!

Attire is black tie optional.

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FEATURING KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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“Your Purpose is not the thing you do. It’s the thing that happens in others when you do what you do.”
—Jade Simmons


Those 21 words, Jade’s Purpose Statement, have been opening minds and changing lives since the very first time they were uttered, sending individuals and organizations into new stratospheres of impact. Now, enter Purpose the Remix, designed to help audiences reimagine, reconnect with, and reignite purpose and all the powers that come with it. With her signature blend of interactive musical motivation, Jade delivers her highest-octane performance yet, complete with piano, electronics and yes, drumming to display all the sounds, rhythms, and possibilities that purpose unlocks for us all as individuals, teams, and organizations.

To learn more about Jade Simmons, click here.

 
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MEMBER INSPIRATION AWARD

Pipeline is about the many entrepreneurs within it—both working hard to individually succeed in building a high impact company, while simultaneously aspiring to help each other and Pipeline as we strive to be more successful and supportive as a group. This award recognizes outstanding contributions by a Pipeline Member to the organization and the many peers within it.

 

Finalists: Glen Dakan, Liderman Duin, Maria Flynn, Donald Hawkins, Dusty Reynolds 

MEMBER GROWTH AWARD

Pipeline Members continue to work with the Pipeline organization, and each other, as they grow and scale their businesses. This award recognizes a Pipeline Member for a particularly strong demonstration of growth, be it revenue, capital raised, creation of high-salaried jobs, new ventures or innovation.

Finalists: Bek Abdullayev, Beth Handrigan, Brooke Mullen, Ali Schwanke, Travis Stephens 

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD 

The Pipeline Innovator of the Year award is based on three components—performance during the Pipeline year, scores from their retooled business plans post Pipeline impact and presentations given during the Innovators daytime competition event.

 

BEST PITCH AWARD

The Pipeline Best Pitch Award is given to the entrepreneur who receives the highest scores during the daytime pitch showcase. Our judges scores are calculated and the Best Pitch Award announcement will be made during the awards ceremony.

 

ENTREPRENEURIAL RESILIENCE AWARD 

The Pipeline Resilience Award  is our newest award and is awarded to an entrepreneur who exemplifies what it means to be an entrepreneur through and through. To show resilience and strength against all odds and continue to keep building and give back to the community and the membership. 

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Our 2021 Pipeline Fellows have spent an intense year working on their businesses - together. They’ll express themselves as they take the stage in front of a national panel of judges as they showcase the progress they have made over the year — and their bold plans for the future. 

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM | Brunch and Networking

11:30 AM – 2:30 PM | Pitches

THE JUDGES

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ERIC DRUMMUND
 Senior Advisor – Growth Strategy
VentureWell

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KELLI MASTERS
 Founder and President
KMM Sports

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BRIAN DIXON
 Partner
Kapor Capita

 
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2021 FELLOWS

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BEING HONORED AT OUR EVENING AWARDS GALA:
2020 FELLOWS

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It is tremendously exciting to see sponsors appreciate all Pipeline has built — and will continue to bring outstanding individuals and companies together to build even bigger successes with sponsors like you! Please share our joint dedication to our Region’s high growth superstars and ecosystem by being a sponsor today. 

If you are interested in joining our team of sponsors, please contact the Pipeline office, or click the link below.

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The Abbott

1901 Cherry St.

Kansas City, MO 64108

 

10:30 AM – 2:30 PM | Pipeline Innovators Pitch Showcase 

5:30 PM – 10:30 PM | Annual Pipeline Innovators Gala

 
 
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Hotels

If you would like to book a hotel room, check out the recommended nearby hotels with the links below.  

Hotel Phillips courtesy shuttle is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact the Hotel Phillips front desk for more information.

Use group code: PIP