bringupbiz-logoAs part of Bringing Up Business: Mid-Missouri Innovation Week 2016, Columbia College’s Steven and Barbara Fishman Center for Entrepreneurship will host two events on campus on October 10. The day begins at 7:30 a.m. with an entrepreneurial breakfast in Dorsey Gym followed by an entrepreneurial pitch competition from 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Bixby Lecture Hall. The pitch competition is sponsored by RMI, which will award $10,000 in prizes to the winners of the competition. The events are two of the many happenings that are free and open to the public that will be occurring October 7-14. For a complete Mid-Missouri Innovation Week schedule, visit

The week of activities is designed to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of mid-Missouri’s inventors, investors, entrepreneurs and supporters. Business professionals will come together to learn more about the numerous organizations and initiatives that support mid-Missouri’s innovation ecosystem. Major partners working with Columbia College, Regional Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) and the Missouri Innovation Center include the University of Missouri, Stephens College and the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

“We are proud to partner with the several organizations from around the Columbia community to continue to provide quality programming that supports the growth of businesses around the mid-Missouri area,” Raja Bhattacharya, director of Entrepreneurship for the Fishman Center for Entrepreneurship said. “The week is full of impactful events and the pitch competition we are hosting on campus is one of the premiere showcases of the entrepreneurial passion that exists in this area.”

The 12 participants in the pitch competition and their ideas will include: The Global Hiker (Alex Winkler, Logan Muzzey and Emily Johnson); What R My Chances (Trent Finley); Flydra Creative (Brandyn Chambers, Jabril Mack, Dennis Noack and John Hagaman); Eco Zipline Tours (Mike Seper); Maply, Inc. (Jeff Orr, Ryan Platt and Dallas Hoelscher); Co3us (Rachael Sparks and Mark Neville); 2 Real Fitness LLC (Cory Crosby); Domain Purge (Collin Bunch, Lisa Stahl, Sean Landler and JC Holmes); Mizzou IASTM Tool (Brett Hayes and Jaya Ghosh); 2BuyAg (Olivia Joy Vann and Kimberly Joy Harrison) and Astronobeads (Bea Doheny) and the winner of Startup Weekend.

“I’m constantly delighted by all the entrepreneurial activity in mid-Missouri.” Bill Turpin, Missouri Innovation Center president and CEO said. “I’m excited to see what new ideas entrepreneurs will bring to the pitch competition.”

Attending “Bringing Up Business” week will provide an opportunity to learn about the latest innovations, invaluable resources and cutting-edge research available regionally. Attendees can meet inspiring entrepreneurs and innovative researchers and form new partnerships with professionals in mid-Missouri’s business-friendly innovation hub.

“This week provides an amazing opportunity for entrepreneurs from all over to share ideas, network and continue to build our entrepreneurial ecosystem here in mid-Missouri,” REDI president Stacey Button said. “We are looking forward to another amazing week and encourage members of the community to attend as many events as possible during the week.”

Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Missouri, Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 165 years. As a private, nonprofit, liberal arts and sciences institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. With more than 30 locations across the country, 18 of which are on military installations, students may enroll in day, evening or online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Columbia College educates more than 27,000 students each year and has more than 83,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit 

About RMI, Inc.

RMI is a financial resource for improving the economic well-being of individuals, businesses and communities.  For more than 25 years RMI has been recognized as a 504 Loan Program leader. They have earned a reputation for excellence by meeting the high standards of the commercial lenders and borrowers they serve. RMI takes a comprehensive, team approach to delivering outstanding service and results. The accessibility and accountability of their lending professionals make RMI the most responsive Certified Development Company (CDC) in the region.