Filling the Pipeline…
The Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation (KTEC) has been been around for about 20 years and unfortunately there are a lot of people that haven’t heard about it. From their website here’s a brief description of what KTEC is:
The Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation is a state-owned corporation established to promote advanced technology economic development in Kansas. We strive to meet the technical needs of Kansas companies by providing access to individuals with expertise and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. We even provide or help secure financing for research and development.
This is a really progressive program that most states don’t have, and it’s right here in our backyard!
One of the newer things that KTEC is doing has been the addition in the last 2 years of the KTEC Pipeline initiative – http://www.ktecpipeline.com/ . The idea is to select up to 10 ‘innovators’ every year, specifically in the technology or bioscience fields and hook them up with resources (including a $35,000 grant), special training from top of the line entrepreneurial experts and access and introductions to partnerships and capital markets.
Getting selected for the Pipeline is extremely challenging and a very big deal. This year there were over 400 applications and over 60 in-depth interviews to select the 9 winners.
The reason I’m familiar with all of this is because I’m thrilled to report that one of my clients was accepted into the Pipeline program last week. (Not because of anything I did, but because he’s a brilliant guy with some really revolutionary ideas…!).
Dan Melton is the President of NonProfit Technologies, which is a “a socially conscious for-profit think-tank that develops web-driven products and solutions to improve the effectiveness, cost-savings or impact of public-sector organizations.”
Essentially what Dan and his team are doing is creating cutting edge Web 2.0 applications that are targeted towards the public sector. Historically the public sector lags the for profit world when it comes to technology but there is a huge need and viable marketplace for the right ideas.
Luckily Dan is full of great ideas that are not only great business opportunities, but will also drive dramatic benefits to the public sector – a true win-win situation.
Congratulations to Dan and the team at NonProfit Technologies!
Stop by his site and check out some of the cool stuff he’s got going on. NPT
Shawn Kinkade www.aspirekc.com