APRIL 8-9, 2016


April 8-9, 2016 @ The Kaneko in Omaha, Nebraska


Our speaker lineup features some of the top entrepreneurs in the nation!


Hear from entrepreneurs from the Midwestern area as they talk their businesses, the Startup Ecosystem, and more!

Join over 400 students from more than 20 Midwestern Universities

In the past, university’s from across the United States have joined us for MWEC!


Looking to connect with employers in the Midwestern community? We will be hosting a Startup Career Fair during the conference!


Our speakers feature entrepreneurs from Forbes 30 under 30, Shark Tank, and more!
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Ross Partridge

Actor, Producer, Screenwriter, Director
Ross Partridge is a successful actor, producer, screenwriter and director, most recently directing the acclaimed film Lamb and TV episodes of Wedlock. Ross will speak on the business side of Hollywood.
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April Kelly

Entrepreneur & Author, Former Sr. Director at PayPal & LinkedIn
April Kelly is an entrepreneur who has held positions as a Senior Director at both PayPal and LinkedIn. Currently, she is a co-founder of FIIRO, an advisor to numerous startups and author of Spaghetti on the Wall, a networking and self-branding manual.
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Kenny Nguyen

CEO/Founder of Big Fish Presentations
CEO founded Big Fish Presentations at the age of 22. Kenny is the author of The Big Fish Experience and consultant to startups and Fortune 100 companies.
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Dusty Davidson

Co-Founder of Flywheel, Tripleseat, Silicon Prairie News, & BrightMix
Dusty is the co-founder of the highly successful WordPress hosting company Flywheel, as well as Silicon Prairie News, the BigOmaha conference, and Tripleseat. He is a serial technology entrepreneur who loves Diet Mt. Dew, French Pinot Noir, and his Macbook Pro.
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Emily Holbrook

Director of the Young Personal Market at Northwestern Mutual
Emily is a professional speaker and coach with expertise in helping millennials achieve their goals and is often quoted in the Wall Street Journal and CNBC.com. She is the director of the Young Personal Market for Northwestern Mutual.
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Aron Beierschmitt

Founder of Postly.co
Aron started is first company, Foundation Games at the age of 19 and has started numerous other businesses in health care and social media including, Postly.co
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Liz Presson

Founder & CEO of Pursuit
Liz is the Founder and CEO of Pursuit where she writes and consults on digital media, technology and company culture. Liz writes for Fast Company, Forbes, Mashable, Yahoo and other well-known publications.
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Derian Baugh

Founder of Men’s Style Lab
Derian Baugh is the founder of MensStyleLab.com, a fast growing subscription concierge clothing service for men. Derian is a phenomenal motivator and speaker with the innate ability to persuade.
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Blake Lawrence

Co-founder of Hurrdat & Opendorse
Blake is the cofounder of Hurrdat and Opendorse, where he connects marketers with athletes to build social media campaigns for the NFL & UFC. He is A former Husker football player and advocate of concussion awareness.
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Daniel Gomez Iñiguez

Founder of Solben
Daniel is the founder of a biodiesel social venture Solben and has been named Mexican Innovator of the Year and also is one of Forbes 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs for 2015.
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David Simnick

Founder of SoapBox Soaps
David is the founder of SoapBox Soaps, whose social venture contributes to hygiene around the world with national distribution in 1k of retail locations like Walmart and Walgreens
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Ray Land

Founder of Fabulous Coach
Ray Land, MWEC Conference MC, founded Fabulous Coach lines at the age of 17 and was an Inc. Magazine 30 under 30 in 2012.


Coming from out of town? Thanks for visiting Omaha!
MWEC attendees are invited to stay at either the Hyatt Hotel in Downtown Omaha or the Magnolia Hotel for a discounted rate.
Hyatt discount
Magnolia discount


Guess what?! We have COFFEE!
We are super excited for this years Coffee Sponsor, Aromas Bliss. Aromas will be providing coffee Friday and Saturday mornings. However, if you need a little "pick me up," Aromas Downtown location is just across the street from The Kaneko.


Aromas Bliss
1033 Jones St
Omaha, NE

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previous attendees

Bellevue University Buena Vista University Creighton
Dakota Wesleyan University Fort Hayes State University Wayne State College
Hastings College Iowa Western Community College Luther College
Metropolitan Community College Omaha Midland University Morningside College
Nebraska Wesleyan Peru State College Regis University
Simpson College University of Colorado Boulder University of Nebraska at Omaha
University of Nebraska at Lincoln University of Northern Iowa University of South Dakota


April 8-9, 2015
The Kaneko
1111 Jones St
Omaha, NE 68102