KANSAS CITY, Mo., Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- KCnext is hosting Kansas City's second annual "Reverse Pitch" event today, with seven large companies pitching business ideas to hundreds of technology innovators to forge partnerships that will help commercialize these ideas.
The event presenters - Adknowledge, Assurant, BATS Global Markets, Black & Veatch, Cisco Systems, Perceptive Software and Pinsight Media+ - will share opportunities ranging from smart-city infrastructure deployments to innovations supporting the workforce of the future.
"This year's lineup is particularly impressive as it includes some of the nation's leading companies in industries ranging from financial technology to online advertising to engineering," says Ryan Weber, president of KCnext, host of the event. "Using the same format that many small businesses use to get funded, these large companies are pitching their newest, best ideas to technology entrepreneurs."
- Adknowledge - Ben Legg, CEO
- Assurant Employee Benefits - Trey Hurtig, 2nd Vice President, Strategy & Innovation
- BATS Global Markets - Jeromee Johnson, Vice President - market development and head of BATS Options
- Black & Veatch - Fred Ellermeier, Vice President - Smart Integrated Infrastructure
- Cisco Systems - Isaiah Blackburn, Strategist, Business Development Manager
- Perceptive Software - Bruce Wang, Director - Cloud Services
- Pinsight Media+ - Piero Ferrante, Data Scientist IV
Reverse Pitch is being held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. CST on Thursday, November 20. Each presenter will have 10 minutes to present their business opportunity.
KCnext – The Technology Council of Greater Kansas City serves as the regional advocate for the tech industry, supporting and growing the existing base of technology firms, as well as recruiting and attracting technology companies. An industry-focused affiliate of the Kansas City Area Development Council, KCnext is funded and supported by more than 80 organizations and played an integral part in securing the Google Fiber project for KC. www.kcnext.com
About Greater Kansas City
Home to 2.5 million people, the Kansas City region offers the benefits of more than 50 unique communities and 18 counties in Kansas and Missouri. As "America's Creative Crossroads," the region's distinctive qualities come from a confluence of artistry and technology innovation. Google selected the Kansas City metro for the roll-out of its Google Fiber service, which provides internet speeds at up to one gigabit per second. www.thinkKC.com