Park Points – April 15, 2024

Welcome back to another edition of Park Points, a quick recap of news, information, and events relevant to KU Innovation Park’s mission and vision.

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ICYMI: Park announces federal funding, new director of business services

Spring started with plenty of great news for the Park, including federal funding and a new face on staff.

  • The Park secured $22 million in federal funding through the support of Sen. Jerry Moran. The new facility, Phase IV, is the Kansas National Security Innovation Center. Funding was first announced at the FBI/KU Cybersecurity Conference earlier this month.
  • Chris Rehkamp, an experienced entrepreneurial ecosystem builder, joined the Park staff as its director of business services. For nearly a decade, Rehkamp has supported the launch and growth of new businesses. He most recently served as associate director of the Technology Venture Studio at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Innovation Center. Send Chris a welcome note here.

Cybersecurity takes center stage at KU

The FBI/KU Cybersecurity Conference put a spotlight on the university’s burgeoning expertise in cybersecurity.

  • FBI Director Christopher Wray shared the latest threats and successes in national cybersecurity efforts during his keynote address.
  • Jason Rogers, CEO of Park company Invary, participated in a panel sharing insights on cybersecurity from the startup perspective. “Be inspired by research and collaborate with the government,” he told the audience.
  • Rogers also highlighted the benefits of being located at the Park. “It brings a diverse set of thoughts to a problem. I find great value in exchanging information,” he said.

Last chance to pitch

The deadline to apply for this year’s Douglas County CORE pitch competition is tonight, April 15, at 11:59 p.m.

Park Company News

  • Congrats to Icorium Engineering Company on their top-5 finish at the Rice Business Plan Competition!
  • Sinochips Diagnostics is using DNA testing to save patients from the side effects of drugs.
  • Rubrik has filed to go public, which TechCrunch believes hints that the market for tech companies is thawing.

Quick Links

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