The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has announced a three year, $1.43 million challenge grant in support of Pipeline, a community of entrepreneurial leaders focused on building high-growth companies in the Midwest.
The grant will provide continuing support for Pipeline’s regional activities while providing funds for the development and deployment of new programming. The organization received its first challenge grant from the foundation in 2011, enabling it to expand its programming from Kansas to Missouri and Nebraska.
Launched in 2006, Pipeline operates as an entrepreneurial fellowship that identifies, trains, mentors, and connects entrepreneurs. Once admitted into the program, Pipeline fellows participate in a year-long program while they work on their own ventures.
"We have been waiting for this moment for many years," said Pipeline board chair Michael Beckloff. "The ability to further impact our many entrepreneurs as they enter new challenges is where the real work and opportunity lie. We could not be more excited about Pipeline’s future and the potential for the region."