Tickets on sale for "iKC: The Unconference" entrepreneur event

Date: August 1, 2013

Contact: Pam Whiting, KC Chamber (816) 374-5481; email whiting@kcchamber.com.
Katie Erwin, KC Chamber (816) 374-5465; e-mail erwin@kcchamber.com Allison Way, Think Big Partners (816) 389-8955; e-mail allison.way@thinkbigpartners.com

Reserve your tickets now for iKC: The Unconference Tickets are now on sale for iKC: The Unconference, a unique, open-format event for entrepreneurs and innovators set for October 3, 2013, at H&R Block World Headquarters. The all-day “unconference” is presented by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and Think Big Partners.

What is an unconference? It’s one where attendees submit topic ideas before the event. Some of the ideas submitted so far include “Staring a Company as a Developer,” “3D Printing,” “Ways to Fuel Workplace Productivity,” “SEO Essentials for Small Businesses,” and more. No idea is too outrageous! A few days prior to the event, an agenda will be distributed based on the submitted topic ideas. Unconference sessions can take on many different formats including short presentations, group discussions, show and tell, “unpanels” and more. The day will close with a networking after-party and Open Mic Awards during which attendees can publicly award prizes to standout community leaders. iKC: The Unconference will give Kansas City corporations, entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors a unique format to network, innovate, collaborate, and take action in order to enable a higher level of “collision density.”

Collision density is a way of measuring the number of connections made by companies, entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, innovators, and ideas in a defined area. Currently, collision density is 20 times less likely to occur in Kansas City than in San Francisco because the key parties are too spread out geographically. “We need to increase our ‘collision density’ in Kansas City,” says Jim Heeter, president and chief executive officer of the KC Chamber. “One of the first things we did as part of our Big 5 goal to make KC the most entrepreneurial city in the nation was to hold a series of conversations with entrepreneurs throughout the region. Among their top concerns was a lack of connections with other entrepreneurs. iKC is one way to solve that issue.” “The power of an unconference lies in its ability to yield conversations attendees are not planning on having,” said Herb Sih, co-founder of Think Big Partners. “iKC: The Unconference will put attendees through a dynamic, interactive and fun process and show the community that we can network and communicate in unique ways to bring forth action. That’s the great thing about unconferences—they produce uncommon results.”

Tickets for iKC: The Unconference are available now at ikctheunconference.com. Tickets are available on an individual basis as Corporate Pass ($139.00), Startup/Small Business/Non-Profit Pass ($99.00) and Student Pass ($49.00). For parties buying two or more tickets, discounts are available. In addition to iKC: The Unconference tickets, individuals are invited to reserve their spot at the iKC Closing Party which will take place immediately after the unconference. The Closing Party will include Open Mic Awards, networking, refreshments, and celebrating. iKC Closing Party tickets are also available to those who do not purchase a ticket to iKC: The Unconference at no cost.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ikctheunconference.com. iKC: The Unconference is currently looking for leaders in Kansas City to get involved through sponsorship opportunities. Current sponsors include Community America, H&R Block, Garmin, Google Fiber, KC Business magazine, Mazuma Credit Union, Sprint, and Park University. To learn more about these opportunities, please visit www.ikctheunconference.com.

About the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce is the area’s oldest and only regional chamber of commerce, serving both Kansas and Missouri companies throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The KC Chamber is a membership organization comprised of 2,500 companies. Its mission is to make KC the best place to live, work, start, and grow a business for. For more information, visit www.kcchamber.com.

About Think Big Partners Think Big Partners is an early-stage startup accelerator and mentorship-based collaborative network located in Kansas City, Missouri. Think Big Partners has successfully launched or grown over 150 successful companies with its creation of coworking spaces, entrepreneurial conferences (Think Big Kansas City and iKC), essential services, startup resources and funding (Think Big Ventures). To learn more about Think Big Partners, please visit www.thinkbigpartners.com.

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