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Make It REAL Workshop 2018
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When: Friday, June 1, 2018
8:30 AM
Where: KC Engineering Zone & KC Sourcelink
4825 Troost
Kansas City, Missouri  64110
United States

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Description: This interactive experience is designed to identify and inspire budding entrepreneurs and begin to bridge the gap between high school (and a potentially good product idea) to the real world of entrepreneurship and small business development.  Through a fun, engaging, “shark tank” environment, students will brainstorm alongside local entrepreneurs to identify the next steps necessary to advance their project idea.   The workshop is held annually in early June.

Target:  Participation is available by invitation only to high school seniors who have been recognized for academic excellence, innovativeness and marketability for their senior capstone projects.  Students must be recommended by a sponsoring organization which may include, but is not limited to the following partners: 


KC STEM Alliance                                PLTW-KC Engineering Design Contest Winners

                                                                PLTW-KC Biomedical Research and Design Contest      

                                                                Innovator Award Winners

GKC Science & Engineering Fair       Senior Division Award Winners

BioKansas                                            BioGENEius Award Winners

Blue Valley CAPS                                Upon Recommendation

UMKC Center for Econ. Educ.            Upon Recommendation

Young Entrepreneurs                          Competition Winner; Upon Recommendation

8:30am             Breakfast Networking; Check-in; Set up displays/products

9:00 am            Icebreaker + Intro to Common Sector Competencies

(Katie Kimbrell, Kansas City Startup Foundation)

9:20 am            Welcome + Mentor & Student Introductions

                           (Ann Zimmerman, KC STEM Alliance)

9:40 am            The Entrepreneurial Mindset  (Adam Arredondo, Kansas City Startup Foundation)

                           What is entrepreneurship? How can being entrepreneurial help me?

                           Am I passionate about what I am doing?

9:55 am            Alumni Story from 2016 Make It REAL

                           (Dylan Smith, UMKC Student)

10:10am           Lean Start-up Method Introduction (Alex Altomare, The Collective Fund)

10:20am           Make It Real Brainstorming + Feedback Sessions

        3-4 projects per room (3 rooms)

        2-3 entrepreneurs per room

        20-30 minutes per project idea

12:15pm           Lunch Session with Mentors

                           Discussion: The pros/cons of patent process and the power of branding

(Anna Quinn, Lathrop & Gage)

1:00pm             Community Resource Connection (Jenny Miller, KC SourceLink)

        “Resource Rail”: What might be the top resources available for new startups?

1:15pm             Participant Reflection + Action Plan

1:30pm             Adjourn; Evaluation 

For more information contact Ann Zimmerman at