Get Started Wichita



Get Started Wichita will highlight up to five entrepreneurs who will pitch their idea to a distinguished panel of experts. One winner will be named to receive over $17,000  in prizes  including a $2000 Cox Business technology package.

Local businesses not competing are encouraged to attend this free event for networking and learning opportunities from accomplished leaders in digital marketing, funding and business growth strategy.


Pitch to win over $17,000 in Prizes!

  • $5000 cash
  • $3000 creative services from Jajo, Inc,
  • $2000 technology services from Cox Business
  • $6300 annual subscription and advertising from Wichita Business Journal
  • $1500 in digital advertising from Cox.Com

Register To Pitch Your Business

Whether you’re a start-up or looking to grow your current business with a new idea, join us to learn from a star-studded panel of experts to turn that idea into a revenue generating success.

In our pitch competition, you’ll get the chance to win a prize package valued at over $17,000!

Pitch Submissions Have Closed – Please Check Back For Announcement of Finalists


Cox Business is bringing Get Started to Wichita (#GetStartedWichita)

  • WHEN: August 25th, 2016, 6:00-9:00pm (6-7 reception, 7-8 program, 8-9 after party)
  • WHERE: Wichita Boathouse
  • ADDRESS: 515 S. Wichita
  • ADMISSION: This event is FREE and open to the public but you must register to attend.

Reception and Networking
Complimentary cocktails & hors d’oeuvres at one of the best networking events you’ll attend this year!

Registration is now open – Limited Seating – Reserve Your  Seat Now

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Ken Kraft, Vice President, Cox Business Marketing – Cox Communications

Ken Kraft is vice president of marketing for Cox Business, Cox Communications’ $1.9 billion division that provides video, voice and data telecommunications services to businesses of all sizes. In this role, Kraft is responsible for segment marketing, demand generation, brand, product marketing, pricing, digital marketing, and marketing communications to accelerate new customer acquisition and customer retention.



susan_armstrongSusan Armstrong. President & CEO Armstrong Chamberlin Strategic Marketing

Susan Armstrong is President & CEO of Armstrong Chamberlin Strategic Marketing, the marketing company she founded in 1981. Susan began her agency after spending 10 years in journalism, public relations and advertising positions. The business has 12 employees and is consistently ranked by the Wichita Business Journal in the top ten advertising agencies for Wichita.


wayne bell

Wayne Bell

Wayne Bell’s professional background includes extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, combined with a thorough understanding of the small business environment in Kansas.

Before federal employment, Mr. Bell held leadership positions at Raytheon Aircraft Company, Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, and with private manufacturing firms in Hutchinson, Kansas. He also gained experience in small business as a partner in a Wichita-based service firm.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. Bell attended Wichita State University (WSU) and earned both an Executive MBA and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology. While an undergraduate, he participated in “Shocker Athletics” as a member of the WSU football team.


john dascher

John Dascher, President and CEO e2e Accelerator, Inc.

Before accepting the role of President and CEO of the e2e Accelerator, Mr. Dascher worked in Denmark as an Investment Director for two early-stage venture capital funds with a combined capital base of over $200 million. During this time, he held chairmanships, CEO and CFO positions with several companies in his portfolio. He enjoys being an active mentor to entrepreneurial teams and has played instrumental roles in creating and establishing operations in many of the companies he has invested it.



Carlos Fernandez, CEO/Co-Founder, Clutch Studio & Partner, Page Out, LLC

His heart tells his why and his hands show his how.  Carlos Fernandez is a rising entrepreneur in the tech world.  And while his work has taken him from Silicon Valley to the Oval Office, TWICE, he doesn’t allow his accolades or his fanfare to change him.  His goal is to help others succeed.

“My why is to represent change,” Fernandez said. “When people see me, I want them to be inspired. I’m still working on my legacy, but I do know I want to spark positive change.”

Creating change hasn’t come easy for Fernandez, 31, Managing Partner for Page Out, LLC and Co-Founder of Clutch Studio, a mobile app-house. Page Out is a mobile application for volunteer firefighters and EMS responders that allows for a quick and easy assessment of resources and availability.


scott redlerScott Redler, Co-Founder & COO Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

Scott Redler is a professional restaurateur and entrepreneur. He has created and launched varying restaurant concepts from five-star dining to business and industry dining. Redler is the co-founder and COO of the fast-casual restaurant franchise, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers. He, along with his partners, launched Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers in 2002 in Wichita, Kan., franchised in 2004, and the restaurant concept now reaches coast to coast.


You can enter the Contest by visiting the official registration page at (the “Website”) and completing all of the required information and following all posted instructions. Contest is open only to legal residents of Kansas who: (1) are at least 18 years of age; (2) are the owner, principal, or general manager of a business that is physically located within a Cox Business serviceable area. Entry Period begins 007/18/16. BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT (1) YOUR MATERIALS ARE NOT CONFIDENTIAL AND NO CONFIDENTIAL OR FIDUCIARY RELATIONSHIP IS INTENDED OR CREATED BY ENTERING THE CONTEST; AND (2) THE CONTEST ENTITIES MAY POSSESS OR COME TO POSSESS INFORMATION THAT IS SIMILAR OR IDENTICAL TO YOUR MATERIALS, AND YOU HEREBY AGREE THAT THE CONTEST ENTITIES MAY USE SUCH SIMILAR OR IDENTICAL INFORMATION WITHOUT LIMITATION, COMPENSATION, OR CREDIT TO YOU. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes subject to Complete Official Rules. To obtain a copy of the winner’s list or a copy of these Official Rules, send your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to “Cox Business Get Started Wichita: Network. Learn. Pitch Contest” Winners/Rules, Shana Keith, Cox Communications, Inc., 1400 Lake Hearn Drive, Atlanta, GA 30319. Sponsor: Cox Communications, Inc., d/b/a Cox Business, 1400 Lake Hearn Drive, Atlanta, GA