Matt Hunckler, (founder of VERGE & Powderkeg podcast) to emcee the Inside/Outside Innovation Summit

Innovators, entrepreneurs and investors in the world of startup-driven innovation are gathering at the Inside/Outside Innovation Summit, June 19–21, in Lincoln, NE.

In addition to Matt, thirty-five other speakers will offer startups and corporate innovators practical tools and techniques for accelerating and injecting innovation into organizations. This is the first time a collection of global innovators of this caliber has gathered in the Midwest.

See a full list and bios of the Summit’s speakers HERE and check back often for updates.

This year’s emcee is Matt Hunckler, an entrepreneur and CEO of the Verge, international speaker, and podcast host of Powderkeg: Igniting Startups.

Matt Hunckler — Verge/Powderkeg: Igniting Startups

Matt Hunckler is an entrepreneur, international speaker, emcee, and podcast host. He’s the founder and CEO of Verge® and host of Powderkeg: Igniting Startups.

Verge is a network of local communities with global reach for tech entrepreneurs, investors, and top talent. Verge’s suite of resources include digital and live events, exposure, and education to arm its growing membership of 7,500+ entrepreneurs to build companies that matter.

Matt is a voice for tech entrepreneurs around the world through his growing podcast, Powderkeg: Igniting Startups, sharing the untold stories of technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship beyond Silicon Valley. Guests of Powderkeg include MapQuest co-founder Chris Heivly, Upfront Ventures Partner Kara Nortman, and former 500startups Partner and Results Junkies founder Paul Singh. Powderkeg has a growing audience and has already received national attention, getting named one of the “Best Podcasts for Entrepreneurs in 2017.”

In addition to his writing and interviews on Powderkeg, Hunckler contributes to publications like Forbes, Mashable, and Huffington Post. He is frequently interviewed for TV, radio, podcasts, and docuseries to share his unique perspective on technology and startups. Matt has given talks and emceed at more than 100 live events including startup conferences, pitch events, and hackathons. From intimate environments to 2,000+ person events, Matt connects with his audiences for a memorable experience that inspires, educates, and entertains.

Matt has led successful teams with his own ventures, as well as Inc. 500 companies and venture-funded tech startups. He was named an Entrepreneur to Watch by Under 30 CEO and an IBJ Forty Under 40 Honoree for his entrepreneurial endeavors.

Hosted by Econic and the Inside/Outside Innovation podcast team, the Inside/Outside Innovation Summit is a 3-day national conference that will bring together high-growth startups and corporate innovators to collide and engage with new startups, new technologies, new business models and new talent. It will also feature hands-on learning sessions and a $100k investment pitch competition.

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