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Details for Tuesday, JUNE 21

Expert Roundtable  4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

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Husch Blackwell - Armstrong and Potter

From offer letter to termination - learn the top labor and employment mistakes made by early-stage companies hiring employees and how to avoid those mistakes. This session will also include employee classification tips for contractor vs. employee, exempt vs. non-exempt employee status as well as information to include in employee handbooks and harassment policies.

Presented by Hush Blackwell Attorneys: Blake Armstrong, Associate and Terry Potter, Senior Counsel

Networking Opportunities with Free Beverages including 4Hands Brewery is from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and again after Focal Point until 7 p.m.!

5:30 - 6:30 Focal Point  

Founders Series 

Recording Coming Soon

Featuring the Journey of Ali Al Jabry, CEO & CO-Founder of KWEMA


Ali will talk about the all-important product/market fit, and his journey to get there! Come hear first-hand from someone who has experienced the roller coaster of entrepreneurship many times and the lessons he’s learned! Come learn, be inspired, and connect with others in our vibrant innovation community.


In addition to our public event, Focal Point, INNOVATION MATRIX offers a packed day of programming opportunities for ITEN Members including:

  • New Company Onboarding
  • Eureka Ideation Essentials | Lean Canvas, Traction Roadmap, Elevator Pitch
  • Mock Angel pitch sessions
  • Founder2Founder
  • Networking with peers, mentors, and the community

Check out the member calendar in Union for more details!

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Past Events


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Women Entrepreneurship Week 2021

Lindenwood University participated in the 8th Annual Women Entrepreneurship Week!  From October 18-22, we highlighted and honored local women entrepreneurs by hosting two speaking engagements. Both events were hybrid, meaning you could join us on the Lindenwood University campus or virtually! 

October 19, 2021

Amy MillsRecipient of the coveted Barbecue Heroine prize, Amy Mills leads 17th Street Barbecue as well as runs OnCue Consulting, the only barbecue business consultancy in the world, offering seminars and training in the culinary techniques behind great barbecue.


October 21, 2021

GRIT BookFrom the #1 Amazon Best Selling Book, Owning Your G.R.I.T., will feature a panel discussion on some of the 40 incredible women authors sharing each of their journey's and how they harnessed the power of Growth, Resilience, Intention, and Tenacity!

Featured Panelists:

  • Jennifer Bardot - VP Senior Business Banker, Enterprise Bank and Trust (Panel Moderator)
  • Kate Morrison - AAMS Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
  • Reona Wise - Executive Director, Almost Home
  • Cate Redfern - Social Impact Strategist, Adansonia Consulting


Member Events

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Startup Connection


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