Entrepreneurial Development Programs
A Best Practices Symposium

Thursday, December 16, 2010
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Pacific Guardian Center, Ground Level Conf. Room


Ray Leach, Chief Executive Officer
JumpStart, Inc.

Ray Leach is a serial entrepreneur, experienced angel investor, expert in technology entrepreneurship, and national thought leader on entrepreneurship and innovation. Ray has led JumpStart’s effort in creating economic transformation by providing resources to entrepreneurs leading high potential, early-stage companies, since its founding in 2004. Under Ray’s leadership, the organization has gained national recognition for its innovative model and economic impact in Northeast Ohio, leading to JumpStart’s work in creating strategic entrepreneurial action plans for communities across the United States. Just prior to JumpStart, Ray taught workshops at the MIT Sloan School of Management and served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for CommonAngels, Boston’s largest angel organization. In 2000, Ray founded Capella Investments, Inc., an investment and management consulting firm focused on startup IT companies. He also founded and bootstrapped two startup companies until their sale to Multigraphics Inc. in 1997, when he then became Senior Vice President of Digital Systems and Vice President of Sales at Multigraphics. Ray started his career as an expert in information technologies at IBM. Ray earned his MBA as a Sloan Fellow at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA in Finance from the University of Akron. He serves on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the U.S. Commerce Department in Washington D.C., as well as the Public Policy Subcommittee of the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds. Ray is a current leader of the Northeast Ohio Venture Capital Task Force, and is a Charter Member of the Ohio chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).



Tom Walker, President and CEO
i2E, Inc.

As President and Chief Executive Officer for i2E, Tom Walker brings his energy and leadership experience to the creation of commercialization and entrepreneurial development initiatives for Oklahoma’s advanced technology sector. Tom leads i2E’s efforts to develop and invest in companies that create knowledge-based jobs in Oklahoma. Since 1998, Tom’s time has been focused with i2E creating an entrepreneurial infrastructure for advanced technology opportunities that has become recognized in North America as an innovative venture development organization.

Tom’s career began at Battelle, an international science and technology enterprise that explores emerging areas of science, develops and commercializes technology. While there he was responsible for intrapreneurial endeavors resulting in over $60 million in new advanced technology business.

A technologist, Tom holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University. He is a graduate of the 27th Annual Venture Capital Institute and the 4th Annual Venture Capital Institute Graduate Program. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the National Angel Capital Association and serves on the boards of the Oklahoma Bioscience Association and the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance. He also serves on the Board of Director’s of various i2E entrepreneurial portfolio companies.

As a social entrepreneur he has been part of the formation of several organizations and investment funds focused on building high growth venture opportunities. He is a frequent speaker and advisor in the areas of building innovation and entrepreneurial communities. He serves on the University of Tulsa Commercialization Committee and is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XVIII. He served as Chairman of the 6th and 7th annual North American Angel Capital Summit and was recognized as one of Oklahoma’s business leaders under the age of 40 and the Tulsa People magazine’s 40 business leaders under 40.

Joni Cobb, Founding President & CEO
Kansas Pipeline

As founding President and CEO of PIPELINE, Joni Cobb has led the development of the nationally-acclaimed model. She also spearheaded development of the national advisory board, mentor program and national alliance building to ensure PIPELINE developed with the best possible input on investment strategies, innovation trends and expertise from around the nation.

In the late 1990s, Ms. Cobb successfully started and grew her own Kansas City-based Company, Cobb Communications, LLC, which provided comprehensive business planning, strategic communications and public affairs consulting services to technology and bioscience organizations, as well as foundations and organizations with high emphasis on public sector engagement. During this period, Ms. Cobb served as strategic advisor to the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation, working with leadership to implement the early phases of the state's bioscience initiative, strategic planning of the Kansas Bioscience Organization, as well as leading early efforts to promote Kansas on the national bioscience stage. For her outstanding efforts, she was recognized as one of Ingram Magazine’s “40 Under Forty” in the Kansas City region in 2005.

Prior to her career in strategy and entrepreneurial leadership, Cobb developed advocacy and communications skills in the legal arena, including selection as a federal law clerk for the Honorable Joseph E. Stevens, Jr,. United States District Court, and as an attorney with Watson & Marshall in Kansas City. Additionally, she served in research capacities for the United States Attorney’s Office in St. Louis, and for Edwin Meese III, former United States Attorney General, in Washington D.C.
Ms. Cobb graduated with a BA in economics and political science from the University of Missouri, and earned her Juris Doctorate from the Washington University School of Law.



Registration is $25, which includes Pau Hana.

To register, follow the instructions on our registration page. Payment can be submitted either by credit card (using PayPal) or by check. For questions regarding registration, please call (808) 521-3611 ext. 5 or send us an e-mail.

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