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Kansas Startup

Kansas Startup brings people together for an intense and exciting weekend to share fresh ideas, form teams and launch new ventures. Students and anyone with a business idea can participate. Coaching is provided by FHSU faculty, successful entrepreneurs, and professionals. Significant prizes include accounting setup, incorporation services, assistance with filing trademarks, Management Development Workshop Sessions, and other assistance key to getting a business off the ground. Kansas Startup was held November 9-11.


We recently concluded our 7th Kansas Startup at FHSU! We had 32 participants form 6 teams and it was an outstanding experience for participants, coaches and judges.  

Winning teams included:

First Place – Spectrum Slate

Interactive Display Mousepad

Cam Charbonneau, Ector Diaz, Taylan Mullins, Isabel Pena and Michael Strecker

 spectrum slate

Second Place – Foster Focus

App That Connects and Collects Foster Childrens’ Information

Chad Haun, Pablo Garcia, Frank Klassen and Kristen Fairbanks

 foster focus

Third Place (two teams tied)

Pulse VR – Virtual Reality for Corporate Teambuilding

Jeremy Meyer, Yangjun Li, Melissa Olguin, and Martin Velazquez

pulse VR 

CreatED –  Student Focused College Course Content/Review App

Madison Milstead, Meng (Ella) Ding, Kelsi Wood, Michael Urriola and Peng (Oliver) Zhang


Special thanks to the coaches who worked with all of the teams on Saturday and Sunday: Our colleagues at UCONN joined Nicholas Caporusso, Andrew Cutright, Alan Deines, Brad Goebel, Scott Gross, Mary Martin, Brandon Purdy, Kunal Sevak, David Snow, and Jason Zellner

…as well as our wonderful judges: Candace Mehaffey-Kultgen and Michael Martin (preliminary round) and Sandy Jacobs, Todd Sandoval and Doug Williams (final round)

Henry Schwaller and Nicholas Caporusso were amazing in organizing the event. Scott Gross is a private sector graphic designer who gives us a weekend of his incredible work every year. And Sara Dreher and Rick Edgeman made everything work so smoothly behind the scenes.






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