The Ignition Entrepreneurial Summit returned for it’s fifth year Feb. 27, 2015. The summit included presentations from local business leaders, speed networking, a mock pitch presentation and a resource mart. Ignition works to promote young and emerging entrepreneurs and the overall entrepreneurial spirit of Columbia, Mo.

The event had more than 200 attendees this year and featured presentations from Diana Kander, Laura Lee Brown of Laura Lee’s Healthy Plates, Nathan Fleishman of Stadium Shoes and many more. The summit, which ran from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, provided local business leaders and entrepreneurs with a chance to network, discuss ideas and find resources.

Keith Politte, co-producer of the Ignition Summit said that one of his favorite parts of the day was the way people were able to feed off one-another. “When everyone left for lunch the lunch hour people were excited and ready to network,” Politte said, adding, “they sparked and kept building off each other”.

All in all the event involved 18 presentations, four speed networking sessions, a 90 minute resource mart at lunch and a scavenger hunt supported by iBeacon technology.

“I think our biggest take away from the event was that the power of the collection of people in Columbia who are interested in events like this is greater than the sum of its parts,” Politte said.

The Ignition Entrepreneurial Summit is sponsored by Regional Economic Development, Inc.





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