Friday, March 28, 2014

Rush to Speak at KCKCC Innovation Summit

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Toby Rush, CEO and founder of EyeVerify, will be the keynote speaker at the 3rd Annual Kansas City Kansas Community College Innovation Summit. The Summit features entrepreneurial innovations in the region.

Rush’s EyeVerify created a technology of biometric authentication that applies pattern-recognition techniques to video images of the veins in a user’s eyes.

Smartphones and tablets already have cameras that are sufficient to capture the eye image. This means that the Eyeprint Verification software can be used on hundreds of millions of devices that are already deployed.

The Innovation Summit is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 4 in the Upper Jewell Center on the main KCKCC campus, 7250 State Ave. in Kansas City, Kan.

The Summit includes an energetic State Street Perfect Pitch Contest with 12 emerging entrepreneurs in the high school and general divisions. These participants will offer exciting innovations in areas including information technology, apparel, medical devices, culinary arts and others. A total of $10,000 in cash prizes will be awarded by State Street Bank. Registration is $10 per person and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

In addition, the Summit will feature a panel of entrepreneurs including Joyce Williams, founder of Joyce Williams Salon and developer of Joyce Williams Hair Care Products.  Kansas City, Kan. Mayor and CEO, Mark Holland, will provide a lunch address, where competition participants will also be awarded prizes. The lunch is a partnership between KCKCC and the KC Chamber first Friday Focus.

Innovation Summit sponsors include State Street Bank (Platinum Sponsor); KCKCC (Host Sponsor); University of Missouri (Breakfast Sponsor); Youth Entrepreneurs, Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Wyandotte Economic Development Council, Kansas Small Business Development Center, KCSourceLink KCK Chamber, KCK Women’s Chamber and Emporia State University-KC (Friend Sponsors).

To register for the Innovation Summit, visit Then select “Registration Form” and follow the instructions.

For more information, contact Marisa Gray at or by calling 913-288-7659.