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Kansas City, KS,

United States


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.


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Startland News

Pipeline announces 2016 fellowship class

Bobby Burch – January 21st, 2016

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Pipeline announces 10th Anniversary class

SPN Team – January 21st, 2016

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The Kansas City Star

Pipeline will give annual entrepreneur awards

Greg Hack – January 20th, 2016

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Startland News

University students score opportunities via Pipeline IOTY

Andrea Essner – December 8th, 2015


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Joni Cobb

President & CEO

As founding President and CEO of PIPELINE, Joni Cobb has led the development of the nationally acclaimed model since 2006. She spearheaded the development of the national advisory board, mentor program, and national alliance building to ensure Pipeline developed with the best possible input on investment strategies, innovation trends, and expertise from around the nation.

In recent years, Joni worked with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to expand Pipeline to Nebraska and Missouri and develop a new regional model for Pipeline. After many successful years in this regional format, Ms. Cobb is now working on the next step for Pipeline – leveraging and supporting this expanded group of entrepreneurs and partners to better the entire Midwest entrepreneurial landscape.

Ms. Cobb graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in economics and political science from the University of Missouri and earned her Juris Doctorate from the Washington University School of Law. She serves on the board of directors for the Center for American Entrepreneurship and is a noted speaker on entrepreneurship and innovation.

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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).


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.