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  • Whiteboard2Boardroom Featured at Smart Metro Summit

    Date: Mar 08, 2018
    Whiteboard2Boardroom took center stage at the Smart Metro Summit, hosted by KC Digital Drive. The Feb. 16 event was held at Plexpod Westport Commons.

    Jim Baxendale, executive director of W2B, explained how the program's initiatives connect technology created in universities, research organizations, Jim gigabit websitehospitals and corporations to entrepreneurs with the talent to commercialize the innovations. 

    The day-long roundtable was part of the Digi City Connects series, which hosts thoughtful discussions with local lawmakers and policy experts in key U.S. metropolitan areas. The Kansas City event was sponsored by the Enterprise Center in Johnson County and KC Digital Drive. 

  • Helping Children with Autism is “Routine Success” in Kansas City

    Date: Mar 08, 2018

    Two Kansas City tech companies combine to help children with ASD 

    Two Whiteboard2Boardroom companies are collaborating to develop a product that helps young people with ADHC and high-functioning autism. Nascent Stage Development now owns the rights to develop Routine Success, a smartphone-based app developed by Kansas City businessman Matt Gunter.



  • MU online curriculum helps children with autism develop better social skills

    Date: Feb 05, 2018

    Research-backed program will be available to millions of families and educators 
    One in 68 children in the United States has some form of autism spectrum disorder, which impairs a child’s ability to communicate and interact. Because of the social challenges these children face, many efforts are being made to find new ways to help children with autism grow their social skills. iSocial, a classroom curriculum designed by University of Missouri researchers to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) cultivate better social skills, has been licensed by Nascent Stage Development LLC to develop the program into an expansive, online virtual world. Nascent will contract with other online educational companies to make the lessons available to millions of families and educators globally.

    Nascent’s acquisition of the rights to iSocial was managed by MU’s Office of Technology Management and Industry Relations. Whiteboard2Boardroom, a University of Missouri – Kansas City Innovation Center program that works with 23 research institutions, hospitals and corporate partners across Kansas and Missouri, helped connect MU to Nascent.



  • Whiteboard2Boardroom efforts result in 129 jobs, 35 new startups

    Date: Sep 27, 2017

    Whiteboard2Boardroom has facilitated 35 new startups since its inception, and the companies it works with have created 129 new jobs and raised $26.2 million in follow-on funding. W2B was founded in 2009 by a National Science Foundation Partnership for Innovation Grant to the UMKC Innovation Center to make the right technology connections between research institutions, hospitals, corporations and entrepreneurs.

    “Whiteboard2Boardroom is doing exactly what we had envisioned when we looked for a new way to spur commercialization of innovations in the metro Kansas City area,” said Jim Baxendale, W2B director. “We are able to give entrepreneurs and corporations a very early look at the innovations coming out of area universities, research institutions and hospitals. We help identify homegrown innovations and match them with entrepreneurs who can take them to market.”



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