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April 9, 2014

YPW Investor Martin Pringle Supports Entrepreneurship

through community partnerships and sponsorships

Heather Bohrer

By Suzy Finn
YPW Executive Director

“Wichita’s tradition from the earliest days was one of pioneers trying things that made life better for the people of the city.  From Beech and Cessna’s first aircraft to the current food trucks and restaurants popping up downtown, this community has been helped by the hard work and generosity of entrepreneurs.”
Richard Stevens, attorney at Martin Pringle and ICT Unconference Ambassador

Stevens, a YPW member, and Martin Pringle, a YPW Corporate Investor, recognize the importance of entrepreneurs in the community, and are supporting several projects focused on promoting entrepreneurship in the city.

In late March, they sponsored the Hackathon, dedicated to creating, a website with the goal of connecting entrepreneurs in Wichita to each other and the resources they need to move their ideas from a drawing on the back of a napkin to fully funded businesses.

According to a report from Endeavor Insight, the research department of the non-profit Endeavor, which focuses on fostering and mentoring “high-impact” entrepreneurs: “The magic formula for attracting and retaining the best entrepreneurs is this: a great place to live plus a talented pool of potential employees, and excellent access to customers and suppliers.”

The upcoming ICT Unconference on April 22 aims to increase the collision density within Wichita, bringing together entrepreneurs, funders, and supporters in a day of organized chaos. Attendees at the conference – also sponsored by Martin Pringle and the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Tech Alliance and Leadership Council – will have the opportunity to share their ideas about how Wichita can work to make the city a great place to live to attract and retain those entrepreneurs.

A unique type of “conference,” there are no set speakers, the agenda will be created that morning, and anyone from the community interested in helping Wichita become a community that attracts entrepreneurs from across the country is encouraged to attend.

“Most young professionals today don’t expect to spend 40 years in the same capacity,” Stevens said. “Many of you will try a new venture and join the ranks of the many entrepreneurs who have made Wichita a great community.  So, anything that fosters and supports those who take the risk of ‘failing’ by starting something of their own is something we should all get behind.”

Several YPW members already are taking those risks, having started companies of their own. Over the next few weeks, we’ll tell a few of their stories. From a well-established retail store, to a growing web design firm. From an on-the-side app development team to another lawyer supporting entrepreneurial investments.

We also want to hear from you, our members, if you know of other entrepreneurial young professionals in the city. Tell us more about them in the comments below, or nominate them for YPW’s Innovations in Business Award, also sponsored by Martin Pringle. Nominations open today, so find more information about that here!

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