April 15

April 15, 2016
Nannette Rodriguez
Associate vice president, Office of Marketing, Brand and Communication
Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager

Annual conference to get students thinking about entrepreneurial possibilities

OMAHA, Neb. — Hundreds of students from area middle schools, high schools and colleges will get in the entrepreneurial spirit at the fifth annual Heartland Student Entrepreneurship Conference on Friday, April 29, 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. inside the Swanson Conference Center at Metropolitan Community College’s Institute for the Culinary Arts, 32nd and Sorensen Parkway.
Giving the conference attendees insight are David Arnold, managing director for Straight Shot, an Omaha organization helping startup companies; Krystal Stubbendeck, founder of Borrow For Your Bump, an online maternity rental service; Jeff Beals, sales strategist, columnist, author, and broadcaster on KFAB-AM; Sabastian Hunt, founder of Year of the Startup, an organization that helps entrepreneurs; Eric Burns, founder of Gazella WiFi, a customer engagement and analytic tool for businesses; and James Rolfsen, founder of Kojuba, a startup that seeks to maximize the social efficiency of organizations.
Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to partake in workshops and competitions. The competitions include an essay contest that summarizes the student’s innovative ideas, as well as an elevator pitch portion where participants will have two minutes to present their ideas to a panel of judges.
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Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.