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SHARPhub Kansas Cohort Summer Series

August 18, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Jeff Shackelford
CEO & President, Enterprise Center
Executive Director, Mid America Angels Investment Network

Mr. Shackelford is responsible for Mid America Angels and the Fountain Innovation Fund, both programs of the Enterprise Center in Johnson County (ECJC).  He drives efforts to identify and secure new capital options for early-stage companies throughout the Midwest region.  Prior to joining ECJC, Shackelford spent the past five years helping early-stage entrepreneurs move forward to start new businesses and create area jobs as the Executive Director of Kansas City’s Digital Sandbox —- a proof-of-concept program, launched in February 2013. The program has awarded $1.7 million to 85 startup projects, with an average award of about $20,600. Those startups have gone on to raise about $38.2 million in follow-on funding and created 480 jobs in the area with more than $12 million in payroll.  Having co-founded both Birch Telecom in 1997 and Tech Guys in 2002, Shackelford is a successful entrepreneur with over over 30 years of experience in telecommunications and information technology.

Melissa Roberts Chapman
Senior Program Officer, Kansas City in Entrepreneurship, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Melissa Roberts Chapman is a senior program officer – Kansas City in Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she manages a diverse grant portfolio that focuses on supporting the Foundation’s work within the Kansas City regional area, and collaborates with and convenes multiple stakeholders that support entrepreneurs to help fortify Kansas City’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Chapman served as vice president of strategy and economic development with the Enterprise Center in Johnson County, providing resources for entrepreneurs and investors in the Kansas City metro area. She led strategic development of communications, educational programs, fundraising and public policy efforts. In addition to her work with the Enterprise Center, she founded Free State Strategy Group, a boutique public affairs, lobbying, and public relations firm, serving a variety of clients in the telecom, tech, entrepreneurial, startup, and advocacy communities. Earlier, Chapman was on a planning committee for Global Entrepreneurship Week in Kansas City and was a founding organizer of 1 Million Cups in Kansas City. She has received the Startup Silver Slugger Award from KC SourceLink, was named a Next Gen Leader by the Kansas City Business Journal, and made the Kansas City Star’s 30 Under 30 list.

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