UNO to host Midwest Entrepreneurship Conference


By Jack Spady, Contributor

The University of Nebraska at Omaha Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host the fourth annual Midwest Entrepreneurship Conference (MWEC) this Friday and Saturday at Kaneko, 1111 Jones St. 

The conference — which features 16 speakers who are all young and successful entrepreneurs — is held with the goal of inspiring students and young professionals to “consider the impact innovative thinking and entrepreneurial action can have on their lives and in their communities, whether early in their career or while still in college.”

This year’s 16 speakers are highly successful and come from a diverse background. Two of the speakers were contestants on Shark Tank, one contestant was Entrepreneur Magazines 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year, and several are “30-under-30” CEOs. Many started businesses shortly out of college and currently employ hundreds of people, while others have appeared on national media.

A full list of this year’s guest speakers includes:
Veronika Scott – CEO and Founder (The Empowerment Plan)
Jason Lucash – Co-Founder (OrigAudio)
Kelsey Meyer – Co-founder and President (Influence & Co.)
Alexander Mendeluk – Brand Strategy Consultant, Creative Director, and Public Speaker (The Disruptive)
Kish Patel – President and CEO (Wireless Communications)
Liz Presson – CEO and Founder (
Frank Klesitz – CEO and Founder (Vyral Marketing)
Rebecca Brei – Director (Aksia LLC) and Co-Founder (rSr Creations, LLC)
Aron Beierschmitt – Founder (Postly) and Entrepreneur-in-Residence (Codex Venture Partners)
Michael Luchies – Founder (TrepRep)
Brent Comstock – Principal and Chief Innovator (BCom Solutions, LLC)
Duane Spires – CEO (Extreme Youth Sports)
Cory Levy – Co-Founder and COO (ONE)
Ryan Downs – CEO (Proxibid), Formerly Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operation (Paypal)
Mary Clare Sweet – Founder and CEO (Lotus House of Yoga)
Arthur Fratelli – The Amazing Arthur
Loral Langemeier – CEO and Founder (Live Out Loud Inc.)
Not only will the conference be an opportunity to listen to highly successful individuals, but attendees will also have time to network, relax in a session with Lotus House of Yoga, enjoy a performance by the Amazing Arthur, indulge in breakfast with the Pancake Man on Saturday and partake in Ted & Wally’s ice cream. 

Conference tickets for UNO students are $59 for two-day admittance and $39.95 for Friday or Saturday admittance.
The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. Breakfast and lunch will be provided both days.
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