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Founded

2006

Location

Kansas City, KS,

United States

OUR STORY

Pipe · line. Noun. \ˈpīp-ˌlīn\ A state of development, preparation, and production.

Pipeline is a Fellowship of high-performing entrepreneurs who call the Midwest home. Each active Pipeline entrepreneur has access to our national network of experts who share a passion for our Pipeline family.

Our entrepreneurs give generously of their time, talent and capital so that we can build global businesses from wherever we choose.

Pipeline takes zero equity in our entrepreneur-led companies, focusing on the entrepreneur first. The fellowship year is just the beginning. Pipeline is available for life.

FEATURED NEWS

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Silicon Prairie News

Pipeline Announces Winner of Inaugural Pipeline Legacy Award

Christine McGuigan – December 12th, 2018

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The Business Journals

Pipeline Revamps Entrepreneur Awards Gala, Will Hold 2019 Event Outside KC

Leslie Collins – September 17th, 2018

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Silicon Prairie News

Pipeline Announces Innovators Remix and Move to Omaha for 2019 Gala

Christine McGuigan – September 13th, 2018

OUR TEAM

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Joni Cobb

President & CEO

Serving as the Founding President & CEO of Pipeline entrepreneurs for the past 13 years, Joni delivers a winning combination of strategy, creativity, alliance building and detailed execution.  Joni has taken on challenging responsibilities at every level of the organization – driving real economic results that have that garnered national accolades and significant strategic partnerships.

As CEO, Joni has led the development of every aspect of the organization, including the curriculum build-out, pivoting the business model, building a national advisory board, launching an angel investor group, securing multi-state partners and raising over $12M in outside funding.  Additionally, she was able to recruit some the best experts in the world to volunteer their time and efforts to help build the organization - and deliver significant results with limited budget and a small team size. 

During her tenure as CEO, Pipeline entrepreneurs produced significant financial impact. Companies led by Pipeline entrepreneurs have generated over $1.39B in revenues, raised over  $608M in outside capital, are conducting business in over 85 countries and have created over 2700 jobs. These “super entrepreneurs” and Pipeline partners equally value the intangibles created under her leadership.  Joni has fostered a culture of accountability, excellence, give-back and a sense of “family.” This is one of the most distinguishable aspects of Pipeline in a crowded field of entrepreneurial support organizations. For this work, in  2016 Pipeline was recognized by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation with its “Uncommon Award” for excellence in entrepreneurial programming – awarded in honor of Ewing Kauffman’s 100th Celebration. 

Joni has been featured in well-known industry publications, has appeared on radio and television, and has also earned a Mid-America Emmy Award and International Stevie Award for writing, directing and co-editing a documentary/style film showcasing entrepreneurship.  Joni serves as a founding board member of the Center for American Entrepreneurship, serves on the Regional Cabinet for Washington University and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. She is a noted speaker on entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership. 

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Michael Beckloff

Chairman of the Board

Michael C. Beckloff is Vice President, General Manager of Beckloff Associates, Inc. (BAI). Mr. Beckloff has over 30 years of experience with global drug development and regulatory affairs.

Founded in 1976, BAI has an established tradition of assisting pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients in bringing new products to market. Mr. Beckloff leads a team of scientists and project managers with extensive international regulatory experience. They have successfully supported worldwide drug development across a broad range of therapeutic categories and have worked with virtually all types of product formulations. The staff at BAI is particularly skilled in specialized projects that require unique development and regulatory strategies.

Mr. Beckloff earned his B.S. degree in cellular biology from the University of Kansas and is a member of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), Drug Information Association (DIA), the Regulatory Affairs Professionals (RAPS), and the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA).

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Jason Tatge

Board of Directors & Pipeline Entrepreneur

Jason was awarded the Pipeline Innovator of the Year award in January 2010. He has 20 years of commodity trading experience and sold his last startup (FarmsTech – that used mobile technology to enable farmers to trade their commodities via smart phones and tablets) to DuPont Pioneer in 2013. Jason has authored several systems and methods U.S. Patents surrounding the unique algorithms used to automate the hedging process around commodity transactions within the DPP.

Prior to Farms Technology, Jason held several trading positions within the Pillsbury and Scoular companies. Pioneer Hi Bred, a fully owned DuPont subsidiary, purchased Farms Technology in January 2013 to help deliver these innovative products/services to growers across the country and aid these farmers with one of their top business needs, grain marketing. In May of 2011, the DPP went mobile allowing growers the ability to make, manage and monitor grain sales from their smart phones which was an industry first. The growth of the mobile marketplace was unprecedented and the DPP application continues to forge new landscape for farmer grain marketing across the globe.

Jason attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN where he graduated with a BA in Financial Economics and received his MBA from The Fogelman College of Business and Economics at The University of Memphis with a Marketing concentration

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Joe Hadzima

Board of Directors & National Advisor

Joseph Hadzima is a Senior Lecturer in the Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. Hadzima works in the areas of entrepreneurship, startup phase companies, business plans, venture capital, corporate governance, and intellectual property strategy. He has been involved in the founding of more than 100 companies as a founder, investor, director, legal counsel, or employee, and has advised entrepreneurs, high-growth businesses, and venture capitalists.

Hadzima is a founding judge of the MIT $10K Entrepreneurship Competition (now the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition), and has taught the popular IAP course, “Nuts and Bolts of Business Plans” since 1989. He is a frequent speaker for the MIT Enterprise Forum’s Satellite Broadcast Series (SBS), including programs on company valuation and structuring venture capital deals. Hadzima is the managing director of Main Street Partners LLC, a venture development and technology commercialization firm, as well as the president of its portfolio company, IPVision, Inc., an intellectual property management, systems, and services firm.

He was a director of the Global MIT Enterprise Forum for over 25 years and was its chairman of the board for four years. Hadzima practiced law for 17 years, first at Ropes & Gray in Boston and then at Sullivan & Worcester as founder and director of the High-Tech/New Ventures Group. He is a former director of the New England chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors and of several private and public companies. His “Starting Up” column appeared regularly in the Boston Business Journal. A member of the MIT Venture Mentoring Service, he has advised federal and state government agencies, universities, and nonprofits on the creation and support of entrepreneurial ecosystems to create economic growth. He is the recipient of the MIT Bronze Beaver Award, the highest MIT alumni award, for his work in entrepreneurship. He was the second recipient of the Adolf F. Monosson Prize for Entrepreneurship Mentoring. Hadzima holds a BSc from MIT, an SM in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a JD from the Harvard Law School.

PRESS RELEASES

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Pipeline Announces Winner of Inaugural Pipeline Legacy Award

Christine McGuigan – December 12th, 2018

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Pipeline Announces Innovators Remix and Move to Omaha for 2019 Gala

Christine McGuigan – September 13th, 2018