“Pipeline continues to stand out as one of the most unique models for both accelerating the rate of success of high-growth entrepreneurs, while building out a national network that helps an entire region of entrepreneurs grow,” said Joe Hadzima, MIT Sloan School of Management and Pipeline board member. “Pipeline has a strong and dedicated group of national advisers who believe in their approach, and we are all excited that Sprint is validating our belief that Pipeline's approach is important to large, innovative corporations as well.”“We applaud Sprint’s vision to engage and assist entrepreneurs here in the Kansas City region and across the country,“ said Thom Ruhe, vice president of entrepreneurship at The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. “It is imperative that corporations get more involved as we all work together to help entrepreneurs thrive, and Pipeline is one of the best assets we have to do just that. As a Pipeline regional founder, we are excited Sprint chose Pipeline as one of its first partners in this work.” “I know I speak for all of my peer entrepreneurs in Pipeline when I say that this partnership is hands down the most powerful development for entrepreneurs in the Midwest,” said Davyeon Ross, Pipeline entrepreneur. “Entrepreneurs know that Pipeline is home to some of the fastest growing entrepreneurs in the Midwest, and it is inspiring that Sprint understands how Pipeline benefits our entire region. We hope this is the first of many corporate partners to join us as we grow.” “I joined Pipeline as a regional founder because of my ardent belief that large companies have a vital role to play in encouraging, supporting and backing the entrepreneurs in our region who are growing the next generation of corporate leaders,” said Peter Brown, former chairman and CEO of AMC Entertainment and Pipeline regional founder. “Sprint is trailblazing in many ways right now, and their partnership with Pipeline is testament to their dedication to find the most impactful organizations and partnerships to grow this region through our high-growth and high-impact entrepreneurs.”
To learn more about Pipeline, how to apply for the Fellowship or become engaged in the work, visit pipelineentrepreneurs.com or follow Pipeline on social media: www.facebook.com/PipelineEntrepreneurs and on Twitter @PipelineOrg.About Sprint Nextel Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 55 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2013 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint as most improved, across all 47 industries measured, during the last five years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in both its 2011 and 2012 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint. About Pipeline Pipeline is an elite organization of the Midwest’s most successful, high-performance entrepreneurs. Our members work as one to face business challenges, funnel opportunities to their peers, and build market-leading technology and life-sciences business together. Each year approximately 10-12 new members are invited to join Pipeline. After an extensive selection process, new members participate in a unique and rigorous yearlong business leadership development program that blends workshop modules, advice from national experts, and a deepening of the relationships among new and current Pipeline members. This introductory yearlong program leverages a national network of business advisers at the forefront of their respective specialties who engage deeply with Pipeline members, effectively extending members’ business networks nationwide.