2016 Poe Man’s Challenge in Kansas City

About the Poe Man’s Challenge

The Poe Man’s Challenge was a “Shark Tank-like” competition on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016. Eight teams of 3-4 students each met with a different Kansas City startup, learned about the company and practiced pitching their company. Four hours later, the students pitched the startup Shark Tank-style in front of a panel of judges including KC Chiefs Dontari Poe, a few of his teammates and other tech luminaries. This was an event that bridged tech, youth, and Kansas City Sports.

Judges

Greg Kratofil

Polsinelli

Quinton Lucas

KCMO Councilman

Lesa Mitchell

​Techstars

Handles Franklin

Harlem Globetrotters

Dontari Poe

​KC Chiefs

Entrepreneurs

Thomas Saunders

FEWDM

Ryan Bennett

​Idle Smart

Kevin Conard

​Blooom

Mark Nolte

Start Talking

Catina Taylor

Dreams KC

Dustin Abercrombie

PreScreend

Hayley Besheer

MADI Apparel

Spencer Carlson

​​​2020 Adventures

Speakers

Adrienne Haynes

​SEED Law, LLC

Shanell Peterson

Nella Yoga

GIVING GIVES BACK 10X

omar Sillah

“The best way you can impact these kids and change the narrative of Kansas City starts with the youth.”

Thank You to All of Our Sponsors!

Without our sponsors, this event would not be possible. Thanks to them for their
belief in what we are trying to do for the Memphis youth and community.

10X Sponsors

Incubator Sponsors

Media Sponsors

Friends of Poe Man’s Dream

Food & Drink Sponsors