Purple Wave, the largest no-reserve Internet auction firm in the country, is transforming the way sellers reach buyers to turn assets into cash. Purple Wave specializes in liquidating equipment and vehicles through no-reserve public Internet auctions — providing the easiest and most straightforward way to buy and sell used equipment quickly and efficiently. The Purple Wave approach to auction maintains the traditional auction experience for buyers and sellers, but affords the convenience that comes with the Internet. From marketing and listing customer assets to selling and collecting payment, sellers benefit from a full-service experience. In addition, Purple Wave does not require equipment be moved from the seller’s location which saves the seller time and money.
Amy Johnson is the Co-Founder of LifeLoop. Around three years ago Amy was selling group health insurance policies when her and husband came to the intersection of family and senior living. A place many people eventually arrive at but never find easy. This personal situation sparked Amy to think, “Can we make this better?” Fast-forward two years through the arduous process of working closely with owners/operators to develop a software product that helps them provide better care and service to their customers. Solving this problem quickly expanded in to building LifeLoop, an operational platform that focuses on lifestyle management and resident engagement that connects families, residents, and staff. In 2016, LifeLoop closed a round of funding, more than doubled revenue and built a strong team. LifeLoop has made an impact in a short period of time in a large market.
Christina Oldfather is the Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development and NMotion. Christina works to support and build the startup community by rolling up her sleeves and jumping in to make things happen. Christina is a supporter, organizer, speaker, connector, and mentor for #StartupLNK website and newsletter, Startup Week, JumpStart Challenge, 1 Million Cups LNK, Ladies Launch Lincoln, Women+ Startup Nebraska, the Ag/Food Tech meetup, Hour of Code, the Women in Business Conference, and much more. Christina also developed the Founder’s Fund, which helps founders with acceleration/growth stage activities and is currently working to develop an expanded NMotion mentor program and programs for growth stage founder support. In addition to helping startups, Christina is a certified Jazzercise instructor and franchise owner who loves helping people achieve their fitness goals. Before her time at LPED/NMotion, Christina worked for the Nebraska Department of Economic Development helping startup companies with market validation and funding through the Prototype Grant program.
While at the University of Missouri, and specifically, Mizzou’s Entrepreneurship Alliance, Bea has managed to apply the appropriate balance between entrepreneurial endeavors and scholarly activities. Bea launched AstronoBEAds on Earth Day 2016. AstronoBEAds is an online boutique with astronomy-themed jewelry. Her company currently sells six stellar products to both men and women. The venture is based on Bea’s interest in science, astronomy, and entrepreneurship. Within 8 months of operation Bea had $50,000 in products sold in 31 countries. Bea is active in the regional entrepreneurship scene that AstronoBEAds has been featured on Fox2NEWS, Star Talk Radio, Mizzou Magazine, Missouri Business Alert, the Missourian, Saint Louis Swap Meet, The STARtorialist (where science meets fashion blog), and the Columbia Tribune.
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. Founded the Wichita e2e in the last year to further this mission in measurable ways and serve as the local center of gravity for entrepreneurship.
Great technologists not only build awesome software, but are also visionaries and leaders who aren’t afraid to take a leap into the unknown. Formerly VP, Technology for the predictive analytics startup Intent Media in NYC, Geoff built a robust career as a software developer with an emphasis on implementation. In Sioux City, Geoff leveraged his coding skills to solve real business problems. From one of these projects came lienwaivers.io, a fast-growing SaaS construction disbursements platform that launched beta in April 2016. As co-founder and first engineer, Geoff developed lienwaivers.io technology himself, driving innovation in technology that builds direct integrations to lenders. He built a modern API around the arcane ACH process. In developing a world-class, comprehensive payments platform, Geoff is implementing serverless architecture and pioneering advanced technologies like natural language processing and machine learning in construction software. In addition to building and launching lienwaivers.io, Geoff is active in the local Sioux City small business and entrepreneurship community. He and his wife led a local class for Harvard’s CS50: Intro to Computer Science curriculum. Geoff mentored a group of high school and college students to a win in Sioux City’s Startup Weekend competition. Geoff is a vocal advocate and frequent presenter on the role of technology and innovation in Sioux City. Reaching beyond Sioux City, Geoff established the Silicon Prairie Tech group on Slack to connect technologists across the Midwest.
EyeVerify Inc. is the creator of Eyeprint ID™ – transforming a picture of your eye into a key that protects your digital life. Eyeprint ID is a highly accurate biometric technology for smart devices that delivers a password-free mobile experience with convenient, secure, private authentication. This patented solution uses the existing cameras on mobile devices to image and pattern match the blood vessels in the whites of the eye and other micro features in and around the eye. EyeVerify, headquartered in Kansas City, MO, USA, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ant Financial Services Group, also known as Zhejiang Ant Small and Micro Financial Services Group Co., Ltd., a Chinese company. With the vision “to turn trust into wealth”, Ant Financial Services Group is dedicated to building a leading data and technology platform to make financial services accessible to consumers and small businesses globally
Keith took Blabfeed from a UNO business plan competition (just four years ago!) to a successful exit. Keith Fix has demonstrated vision, grit and an extreme bias toward high growth throughout the journey of Blabfeed. His work to expand the company's customer base from local, to regional and most recently a global footprint is impressive, to say the least. His vision for the company to accelerate his native tribe's economic endeavors and vibrancy through workforce development programs, code schools and even micro-loans to aspiring entrepreneurs is the definition of social impact.
BPC's mission is to be Wichita and Garden City’s concrete subcontractor of choice, by delivering high-quality craftsmanship that exceeds our customers’ expectations and builds lasting relationships through exceptional workmanship by every member of the construction team, at a profitable margin. In 2016, BPC created GroundWork (www.groundworkict.com) a co-working space meant to attract and retain Wichita's top entrepreneurial talent. As startups within GroundWork achieved success, they also led to BPC's development of a virtual construction division called Grit. Grit provides Building Information Modeling authoring and coordination services as well as Virtual iMmersion eXperiences, a virtual reality tool for owners and operators to live digitally inside their new space months before construction begins.
Flywheel started in 2012 with a simple mission - to improve the lives of the millions of web designers & developers worldwide that build sites on the WordPress platform. In 2016, Flywheel raise a $4mm Series A financing, added almost 50 people to the team to bring total team size to 75, expanded their downtown Omaha office, purchased a company (Pressmatic), and continued to make waves in Omaha and around the world as the leading platform for designers and agency building websites with WordPress.
Justin spends days (and lots of nights) ensuring that BuluBox.com and BuluMarketplace.com frontend and backend are running smoothly for both customers and brand partners. With his extensive knowledge of affiliate marketing he also contributes awesome ideas for subscriber acquisition. In just a year Justin has automated and improved the Bulu Box website, IT and warehouse operations, creating efficient and superior solutions for his teammates.