Steve Strong

Steve Strong

Aug 6, 2014

sdstrongdistilling.com

While other suburban fathers in Parkville tend to their lawns on the weekends, Steve Strong is heading 65 feet below ground. The former rocker, most recently of Steve Strong and the Jackknife Truckers, and father of three has been toiling in the caves below Park University for the past two years. Strong, 44, is the pitchman and distiller for S.D. Strong Distilling, the microdistillery that recently began selling its first spirit: vodka.

Laura Schmidt

Laura Schmidt

Aug 6, 2014

notestoself.com

Laura Schmidt started notes to self, llc to put her belief in the power of positive thinking into action (and on people’s feet!). Her company, notes to self, llc designs, develops, and sells positive affirmation apparel and accessories. Their first product: notes to self® socks – high quality athletic socks with positive affirmations like ‘I am awesome’ on the toes and the main word (‘awesome’) on the bottom. They are Made in the USA and sold in over 1000 stores nationwide and online. Their goal by the end of 2014 is to get 1 Million pairs on people’s feet, thru sales and by donating socks to those in need – directly and by partnering with others.

Tricia Steffes

Tricia Steffes

Jun 4, 2014

tallcollections.com

Bellezze Alte is an apparel and footwear company tailored to tall women. We offer an online boutique found at www.tallcollections.com and we currently have our clothing line, the Madeline Lubrano Collections, in production. Bellezze Alte’s mission is to tap the need for fashionable clothing and footwear tailored to the needs of tall women.

John Yerkes & Matt Rider

John Yerkes & Matt Rider

Jun 4, 2014

zoominmarket.com

Zoomin Market is all about the believers! Way back in 2012, two guys sat in a Mexican restaurant in Kansas City, Kansas, and had an epiphany. No, that’s not a burrito; it was a big idea . . . a drive-thru grocery store.

Sure, it makes sense because no one has enough time anymore. Going to the grocery store is a chore. We’re all used to ordering stuff on our laptop, tablet, or phone. So, who wouldn’t want to quickly and easily meet their grocery needs and have someone else do the shopping? The best part: this convenient service wouldn’t cost any extra!

So, here we are, a bunch of believers. Believers in doing things differently. Believers in giving our customers back time in their day. Believers in turning a stagnant industry on its head. Believers in caring about others and changing lives.​

Stephanie Nash & Stephanie Mason

Stephanie Nash & Stephanie Mason

May 7, 2014

rumblecosmetics.com

The Stephs have always had a passion for doing things that help others feel pretty and share their love for entrepreneurship. A K-State alum, she proudly put on her purple smoky eye, glittery pencil, shiny gloss and her vision of merging color cosmetics and the collegiate market was born. A phone call to Mason soon followed, and one morning at Starbucks later, Mason was in on the same dream.

Chris Nickols & Jennifer Nickols

Chris Nickols & Jennifer Nickols

May 7, 2014

whobaloo.com

Whobaloo is an online graphic design platform that allows everyone to easily create and send digital and printed cards, announcements and invitations. Chris and Jennifer hand built every aspect of Whobaloo to make it easy to make a homemade card or thoughtful thank you note. No design degree needed. Just your imagination and a special message.

Katie Mulich

Katie Mulich

Apr 2, 2014

thepawwash.com

At the age of 12, Katie was playing with her Lab/German Shepherd mix Sadie when she became frustrated with the standard ways to try and clean Sadie up before allowing her back into the house. Sadie’s paws never seemed to get 100% clean and the hoses, buckets, and towels she used were clunky and ineffective. She asked herself, “why not build a paw washing machine for Sadie?” So she did! The timing was perfect for her to incubate, develop and then test her invention through a school science project. The Paw Wash was born. Word spread of her idea and with the encouragement, guidance, and support of her family and market demand, Katie was swiftly awarded a U.S. Patent. To date, the Paw Wash has been sold to thousands of happy pet owners from all around the world!

Toby Rush

Toby Rush

Apr 2, 2014

eyeverify.com

EyeVerify was founded in January 2012 and is based in the Kansas City are. The team of twenty is led by Toby Rush and has gone through two rounds of funding raising 3.8M.
EyeVerify is the exclusive provider of the Eyeprint Verification software solution available for Android and iOS mobile devises.

Eyeprint Verification is a highly accurate biometric system that delivers password-free, secure authentication at a glance. The unique, patented technology uses the existing camera on any smartphone or tablet to image and pattern match blood vessels in the white of the eye capturing an Eyeprint. The Eyeprint is the most accurate, cost effective eye biometric, with results as accurate as iris scanning and more accurate than the fingerprint.

The Vow Exchange

The Vow Exchange

Mar 5, 2014

thevowexchange.com

Let The Vow Exchange give you a small intimate wedding or elopement without sacrificing the meaning or your special day. We specialize in small weddings and elopements of 20 guests or less and offer all inclusive wedding ceremony packages in Kansas City. Our packages include a unique venue, professional photography, local farm-fresh flowers and officiating. Perfect for the couple who might otherwise elope at the courthouse or head to Vegas to tie the knot, we offer a modern, cozy and intimate setting in Kansas City to exchange your “I do’s”

John Stamm

John Stamm

Mar 5, 2014

tutorious.com

Notorious was founded in January 2011 under the name Achievement Tutors, Inc. Founder John Stamm was only 19 years old at the time.

Having worked for two for-profit tutoring companies, Mr. Stamm decided that the services he provided should be available to everyone, regardless of their financial situation.

Originally intended to be an after school tutoring program for high school students, the organization found it difficult to function with a purely volunteer labor force. In July 2012, the decision was made to re-brand the organization and refocus its efforts. Achievement Turtors became Tutorious, and a new chapter begins.

Ben Kittrell

Ben Kittrell

Feb 5, 2014

doodlekit.com

Doodlekit brings powerful website building to masses. Create a website, blog, discussion forum or shopping cart in minutes, no experience required.

Dave Dalton

Dave Dalton

Feb 5, 2014

hammerspacehobby.com

Hammerspace Hobby & Workshop is a curious space in Brookside where tools and devices of every size are placed for your use at the exact time they are needed.

Hammerspace is a 7000 square foot facility which is home to Kansas City’s community of makers, crafters and inventors. It’s like hobby store with a twist or a gym for folks who build and create.

Allison Carenza

Allison Carenza

Dec 18, 2014

allisoncarenza.com

An outgoing, ambitious, hard working entrepreneur that loves living life to the fullest.
She started a career in teaching, but after eight years in the classroom to pull to start her own business became to strong, so she started a photography business that became very successful in just three years time. That is when Allison decided to take her new found entrepreneurship skills to the next level, when she invented, developed and produced the Looky Loo Light for other professional photographers.

Allison is passionate about the entrepreneurship experience, playing tennis, and traveling the world, she’s an innovator at heart and will continue to grow as an entrepreneur. She hopes to learn through the experience to eventually start giving back by helping others achieve their dreams as well.