|NMotion’s Martens looking for growth in Pipeline program
|John Martens is hoping the Pipeline entrepreneurial fellowship program will help him grow his business, NMotion UAS, a company that supplies public safety agencies with drone equipment and related services. But he says he's also looking to grow as an individual.
"I wanted to develop and grow in ways that would benefit myself and my company," he says about why he applied for the intensive year-long program for entrepreneurs in Kansas, Nebraska and the Kansas City and St. Louis metro areas.
|Pipeline names its entrepreneur of the year
|Pipeline Inc. on Thursday named Alicia Herald, CEO of Kansas-City based meEDMatch LLC its Innovator of the Year for 2014.
Her company created a platform that matches teachers and schools based on their compatibility as a way to help save schools teacher attrition costs.
The Kansas City Business Journal reports that her company has already raised $2.89 million and recently landed a major client in Dallas.
Wichita's James Havers-Strong, of the ABI Group, and Carlos Fernandez Jr., of Page-Out LLC…
|Entrepreneurship Task Force aims to open innovation accelerator by year’s end
|A place where startups can gain capital, mentoring, co-working space and other resources, then emerge as standalone companies — that's the vision leaders of Wichita's Entrepreneurship Task Force have for an innovation accelerator they plan to open by the end of 2015.
Gary Oborny, CEO of Occidental Management and co-chair of the task force, says the group is narrowing down a list of buildings that could house the accelerator and writing a job description for the program's director.
Oborny is leading…
|Wichita school’s homework translation concept wins regionals in Verizon Innovative App Challenge
|An app concept developed by students at Christa McAuliffe Academy in Wichita has advanced to nationals in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge.
The "Homework in ANY Language" concept won one of 24 Best in the Region awards from Verizon's third annual contest. The regional prize was a $5,000 cash grant for the school's STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — programs.
Verizon says it challenged middle and high schools to develop app concepts that address needs in their local schools…
|Sen. Moran sees ‘broad agreement’ for entrepreneurship-focused immigration reforms
|Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas and several other senators reintroduced their Startup Act on Friday, a bill that would make several entrepreneurship-focused changes to American immigration, tax and regulatory policy.
It's the fourth iteration of a bill that was based largely on policy recommendations developed by the Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City.
Among other things, the Startup Act would create new visa programs for legal immigrants who want to start businesses in the United States and for U.S.-educated…
|MakeICT expects to at least quadruple in size with move
|Wichita makerspace MakeICT is planning a move, and the real estate option many group members appeared to prefer at a meeting Monday night would quadruple the organization's space.
MakeICT is a site where inventors, artists and others who pay membership dues can use shared equipment, like a computer-controlled router, lathe, drill press, hand tools and 3-D printer.
President Dominic Canare says the group needs to acquire more and better equipment to attract more members, and a $100,000 grant from…
|Bond sale finalized for new Wichita State University innovation campus building
|The funding mechanism for the creation of an experiential engineering building at Wichita State University has been finalized.
University leaders say the sale of nearly $45 million in bonds has been completed.
The Sedgwick County Public Building Commission issued revenue bonds on behalf of the WSU Board of Trustees. The proceeds will be used for the construction of the building and related infrastructure.
The bonds are backed by a 40-year Sedgwick County mill levy that supports WSU.
|Three Wichita proposals selected as finalists in Knight Cities Challenge
|The Knight Foundation has selected three Wichita-based proposals as finalists in an initiative designed to generate ideas to make cities better.
The foundation has earmarked $5 million to fund its Knight Cities Challenge.
The three Wichita proposals are among 126 ideas that were selected as finalists, out of some 7,000 entries.
The finalists with a Wichita connection are:
• Bicycle Wayfinding Brings Wichita Neighborhoods Together — A plan to design and implement improvements for bicycle travel…
|Wichita State to announce winners of market-ready technologies competition
|Wichita State University will announce on Friday the winners of a competition that is designed to create market-ready technologies in short order.
It's part of WSU's Competitive Innovation Accelerator. The competition is sponsored by WSU Ventures and the Kansas Department of Commerce.
The competition was narrowed down to 10 semifinalists in December.
WSU Ventures, which was created to help facilitate the commercialization of ideas and intellectual property, will award five businesses or start-ups…
|Fireshark Studios hiring developers to build out video game portfolio
|Fireshark Gaming — a retail site opening at 21st and Greenwich in a couple months to provide groups with a shared, immersive gaming experience — is only one segment of Kent Johnson's business.
Those involved say the retail site is merely the "proof of concept" for a new way of gaming developed in Wichita. The technology build under the name Fireshark Studios could eventually be licensed to individuals who want to open businesses similar to Fireshark Gaming.
"This is designed for any strip mall…