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.

 

 

 

 

Recent News

Coyote Hill Adds New Children’s Home

The doors of Coyote Hill’s Petersheim Home are now open. On May 1, Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark...

ATHENA International 2019 Nominees

Women’s Network, a division of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, celebrated 25 years of ATHENA International in Columbia this year. The two ATHENA International...

The Blockchain Game

The meteoric rise of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in autumn 2017 made blockchain technology a household term. Anonymous, unchangeable, and transparent, blockchain offers potential...

Four Places You Need to Check Out or Revisit

Columbia’s pretty rad. We’ve got things going on and, better yet, things to do and take part in. Since my last two CBT articles...

Women of Excellence Winner in Hospitality

Rachel Holman CEO, Les Bourgeois Vineyards Rachel Holman describes her role as CEO of Les Bourgeois Vineyards, as a zookeeper, a finder of the...