Rural and Independent Innovators Conference: Program Details


Manhattan, Kansas

We are very excited about RIIC and looking forward to meeting innovators! Program details are included below.  (More information can be found here.)

Day 1 – January 28, 2019

8:00 – 8:25 Sign-in

8:30 – 8:50 Opening Address: The Importance of Innovation, by Kent Glasscock, President of the Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization

8:50 – 9:45  Panel: You think that you have an innovative idea – or you are trying to get involved in innovation – how do you know whether you should move forward? Alan, Badgley, Kansas SBDC Technology Commercialization Center; Tim Carty, EMP Shield; Bret Lanz, Technology Development Institute; and,Tim Penner, Harper Industries.

9:45 – 10:00  Break 

10:00 – 10:50 Panel: Once you have decided to move forward, what steps do you take? Nick Graham, Sileo Corp; Tim Haynes, FAB LAB at Independence Community College; Karl Klein, Washburn University Kansas SBDC; and, Rick LeJuerrne, Flow Capital, LLC.

10:55 – 11:50 Panel: Pulling Together Financing for Early Stage Ventures. Trish Brasted, Wichita Technology Corporation; Joe Fiorella, Central Funding Exchange;  Imagene Harris, NetWork Kansas; and, Doug McKinney, North Central Kansas Planning Commission.

11:50 – 12:45 Lunch Break: 

12:45 – 1:40 Panel: SBIR Grants. Tom Byler, Kansas SBDC; Bill Carey, Kansas SBDC Technology Commercialization Center;  and, Debra Franklin, WSU Strategic Initiatives.

1:45 – 2:40  Intellectual Property Basics by  Sara Butts, Engineering, Patents, and Trademark Librarian & Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) Representative, Wichita State University Libraries

2:40– 2:55 Break 

2: 45 – 3:40 Panel: Managing Risks.  Jerry Horton, Networks Plus; Patricia Judd, Washburn University School of Law; and, Rick LeJuerrne, Flow Capital LLC. 

3:45 – 4:40 Panel: Dealing with Pain Points: Knowing When to Call it Quits or How to Keep Moving Forward.  Trish Brasted, Wichita Technology Corporation; Bill Carey, Kansas SBDC Technology Commercialization Center; Nick Graham, Sileo Corp.; and, Pete Keegan, EMP Shield.

4:40 – 5:00 Lanes of Commercialization, Alan Badgley, SBDC

5:00 – 6:30 Networking

Day 2: January 29, 2019

Sign -in 7:30 – 7:55

Speaker: 8:00 – 8:25 Business Growth through International Markets, Dennis Pedersen of GT Mfg. Inc.

8:30 – 9:35 Round Table:  Product Development, Scalability and Production. Jim Correll, FAB LAB at Independence Community College; Fred Goertzen, Goertzen Manufacturing; Bret Lanz, Technology Development Institute; and, Tim Penner, Harper Industries.

9:35 – 9:45 Break

9:45 – 10:50 Round Table: Accessing Markets:  Tom Byler, Kansas SBDC; Scott Knapp, PTAC; Ken Williams, K-State Institute for Commercialization.

10:45 – 10:55 Break

10:55 – 12:00 Round Table: Financing for Later Stage Projects. Salih Doughramaji, Kansas Department of Commerce; Doug Haverkamp, Central National Bank; and,  Lyle Peterson, MidAmerica Angels.

12:00 – 12:30 Lunch Break 

12:30 – 1:00 Concluding Talk: Exit Strategies by Karl Klein, Washburn University Kansas SBDC & Tom Byler, Washburn University Kansas SBDC


Register here or by phone at our new office number: 785.215.8375

RIIC is sponsored by: Washburn University SBDC, Kansas SBDC, North Central Regional Planning Commission, NCKCN, Networks Plus, Central National Bank,  Junction City & Geary County Economic Development Commission,  Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce, Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation, U.S. Small Business Administration, Kansas Department of Commerce, USDA Rural Development and Technology Development Institute.

Please check here back for program updates.

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