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Winners of Competitive Innovation Accelerator funding announced


WSU Ventures at Wichita State University has awarded seven innovators with more than $100,000 in funding through the Competitive Innovation Accelerator Shock Tank competition. The projects receiving funding expect to add a combined 90-plus jobs to the Kansas economy by 2018. Winners are:

  • ABI Chemicals' Peelable Maskant System led by James Havers-Strong: $20,000
  • Advance Guard Conservation's water conservation reactor, led by Jeff Turner: $20,000
  • iNOv8v Health Technologies' non-invasive physiological assessment and biofeedback fitness systems, led by Jeremy Patterson, WSU associate professor and director of the Human Performance Lab: $20,000
  • Leachrod's blade removal tool, led by Rodney Leach: $15,000
  • GoodFlight's Flight-Tracking, led by Georg Schirmer, WSU graduate student: $14,600
  • WSU Software Usability Lab's Usability Evaluation Toolkit for Mobile Devices, led by Jibo He, WSU assistant professor of psychology: $10,000
  • NMotion's Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Public Safety Agencies, led by John Martens: $10,000


Kansas Engineering Excellence Project Update

Enrollment and funding for additional students in the Kansas Engineering Excellence Project (KEEP) is no longer available, but the partnership between the Workforce Alliance and Wichita State University continues to be successful. The KEEP program has assisted 135 individuals in returning to school in the engineering field. This number exceeds the grant goal of participants to be serviced by 35 percent. Funding for this program was made available through the Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. 135 students have participated in the program, which includes 94 bachelor's degrees, 28 master's degrees and 13 Ph. D.s (some ongoing). As of September 2014, the total number of credentials earned through the grant is 53 (24 bachelor's degrees,17 certificates, nine master's degrees and three doctoral degrees). KEEP continues to strive for the grant goal of serving at least 75 percent of the grant participants who are long-term unemployed. This goal has now been met for nine consecutive quarters. KEEP also strives to serve at least 25 percent female or minority, and has exceeded this goal for the duration of the grant, with more than 60 female/minority participants.

SBA Wichita District Office will host 2015 Emerging Leaders Program
The SBA's Wichita District Office will host its annual Emerging Leaders class from April through October this year. The SBA's Emerging Leaders program is an intensive training course that specifically focuses on the professional development of executives of existing businesses that are poised for growth in Kansas. Learn More...

A Beginner's Guide to SBIR
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs offer federal government dollars to entrepreneurs, qualified small businesses, and researchers at institutions to fund innovative ideas - with no repayment required. This introductory workshop will show you how these programs work, how to search for solicitations and topics, and how to improve your chances with early stage activities.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1-3 p.m.
  • WSU Hughes Metro Complex, Oliver and 29th
  • Cost: $20
Business Booster Series presents "Happiness Matters: Creating a Culture for Business to Thrive"
Fostering a productive culture requires intentionality, authenticity and consistency; unfortunately, in most organizations, culture is shaped by their absence. This class is instructed by Todd Ramsey, founder and chief strategist for Apples and Arrows advertising agency.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Devlin Hall, Room 10, WSU Main Campus
  • $50 each per person ($5 WSU Students) 
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