The inaugural Startup Topeka Summit: Building Topeka’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem is scheduled to take place on Monday, November 18 at The Foundry Event Center, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the half-day summit, seasoned experts will share knowledge, resources and practical tools that participants can immediately implement to contribute to the burgeoning Topeka Ecosystem.

“In Topeka, we go by the midwestern belief that ‘people do business with people – especially when it’s the people in their community.’ This Summit is for entrepreneurs, policymakers, investors, community advocates, business leaders and entrepreneurial support organizations who want to do even more to support entrepreneurship in Topeka,” said Matt Pivarnik, CEO, Greater Topeka Partnership.

“At this event we’ll work together to develop a roadmap to explore what more we can do together to foster more opportunity, funding, knowledge and support to help more people start and grow businesses here,” said Katrin Bridges, SVP of Innovation, Greater Topeka Partnership.

“Entrepreneurship is a community sport. How a region rallies around its entrepreneurs today will dictate the success of its community and economy tomorrow. I’m excited to see Topeka bringing together entrepreneurs and the people who support them for this important conversation about the community’s future and I’m very excited to participate,” said Andy Stoll, a senior program officer at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, who will be speaking at the event.

The event will also feature national thought leader Dell Gines, a community and economic development professional who works as a senior community development advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He will share his specialty and give advice on how to grow your own entrepreneurship-led economic development strategy.

To register for this event, or view the agenda, visit

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