Pipeline Entrepreneurial Fellowship today announced that Sprint (NYSE:S) will join as a top-level corporate partner. As a part of Sprint’s aggressive strategy to work with nationally significant entrepreneurial initiatives, Sprint and Pipeline will work together to enhance the corporate involvement in Pipeline and collaborate on additional entrepreneurial program offerings in Kansas City.
Since its founding in 2007, Pipeline has built an elite network of entrepreneurial leaders who work as one to face business challenges, funnel opportunities to their peers, and build market-leading technologies together. Pipeline is an “immersion experience” with the goal to link each of its entrepreneurs to a robust and powerful network of supporters, peers and advisers. In the process, Pipeline entrepreneurs recognize the power of the network and remain engaged as they start new companies, enter even higher growth issues, become investors, and continue as leaders in Pipeline – and in their communities.
“Pipeline is an engine of entrepreneurship for this entire region,” said Kevin McGinnis, vice president of product platforms at Sprint. “Sprint is especially impressed that Pipeline’s focus is on the entrepreneur, not the business – Pipeline is shaping entrepreneurs to be leaders. We couldn’t be happier to be working side by side with Pipeline to grow this region together.”
“Sprint approached Pipeline with ‘entrepreneurial open minds’, eager to learn how they can best assist and engage others in this work,” said Joni Cobb, Pipeline president and CEO. “While we are certainly excited about the financial support, we are equally excited about working together on new initiatives we develop over time. Sprint is moving aggressively in the entrepreneurial space and it’s exciting to be a true partner.”
The Sprint partnership adds to Pipeline’s growing list of regional and national partners who are backing Pipeline’s unique fellowship approach to support high-growth entrepreneurs. Because of an expansion grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and matching funds from other organizations and individuals, Pipeline grew from a Kansas only program to a regional program assisting entrepreneurs from Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska.