Elevator Pitches

We put some of Wichita's entrepreneurs to the test by having them deliver their best elevator pitch in an actual elevator. See how they did.


PERFECTING THE ART OF THE PITCH

When you're an entrepreneur, your next handshake could lead to your next investment — and it could happen anywhere, anytime.

Maybe it's in line at the Pop-Up Park. Perhaps it's at a social event. And yes, maybe it's in an elevator.

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Wherever it happens, entrepreneurs have to be ready to make an impression and express in just a few words what their business is all about. They have to be concise, engaging and confident.

It's not easy, but Wichita's entrepreneurs have to be up to the task.

We decided we'd put Wichita entrepreneurs to the test by having them deliver their best elevator pitch in an actual elevator.


MEET THE ENTREPRENEURS

JOCELYN GALICIA - 2U AUTO


Jocelyn Galicia is the founder of 2U Auto, which takes the concept of Uber or grocery delivery services and puts it into the car cleaning space. 2U Auto allows members to set up regular cleaning, which can take place wherever they're parked.


MIKE MATHIA - QUICC


Mike Mathia is the co-founder and CEO of QuiCC, an automated video captioning application that cuts the time it takes for creators to caption their work by a huge margin. Mathia says it takes under 5 minutes for QuiCC to caption content, making it a valuable tool for creators sharing work on social media.

Creators from 70 countries around the world are currently using QuiCC.


MAGGIE SCHOONOVER - SMASH DEV SHOP


Maggie Schoonover is the co-owner and CEO of Smash Dev Shop, which specializes in creating complex, custom software and helping companies integrate it into their day-to-day business.

Along with creating custom software, Smash Dev works on technology consultation and training to help companies become more tech-savvy in their business.


LACIE LEATHERMAN - LML VENTURES


Lacie Leatherman is the founder of LML Ventures, an operating company that deals in consumer products, including Heartland Heritage clothing, ZipSip adjustable beverage holders and LML Headwear, which uses a patented design to make a snap-back hat feel like a flex-fit.


Know any Wichita entrepreneurs who deserve to be featured? Let us know so we can put their elevator pitch to the test in future content.


NEXT STEPS:


For a simple look at the perception challenge, check out this short video


Learn more about the Four Challenges


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The Final

Report

We’ve never pulled punches before, so we won’t start now:

The Chung Report is ending.

Not because Wichita’s economy has stabilized. Not because we are retaining our top talent. Not because we have adequate capital flow to local entrepreneurs. And not because we have solved our perception issues. Those original four challenges are still there. But because our goal has always been to unify friends, competitors, colleagues and strangers to join the fight for a better Wichita. That we have done.

The Chung Report has always been about trying to highlight the best of our city and the people who work to make it better. Citizens who care deeply and are steadfast in the mission to rise above our projected decline. Wichita is a city of doers and dreamers - builders and achievers. And for all you who hear this call - it’s your moment.

Journalism matters and we want to demonstrate our commitment to it and this community with an investment in the News and Information Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation.

The goals are still the same: we’re fighting for an equitable and inclusive community, a thriving business environment, a steady flow of diverse talent, innovative ideas and a healthy sense of civic pride. And this fight is not just for us, but for generations to come.

Wichita needs you. How will you respond?


Let Us Know At 316-749-4520.

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