World’s first idea accelerator + education-to-employment startup featured at Innovation Summit

The best and brightest innovators, entrepreneurs and investors in the world of startup-driven innovation are getting together at the Inside/Outside Innovation Summit, in Lincoln, NE, on June 19–21.

See a full list of speakers HERE and check back often for updates.

Speakers will offer startups and corporate innovators practical tools and techniques for accelerating and injecting innovation into organizations.

Speakers just announced include two from the world’s first accelerator for ideas and a founder of an emerging education-to-employment startup.

Ajay Rajani and Tom Samph — Nextt

Ajay Rajani is a serial investor & entrepreneur.

Before founding Nextt, the world’s first accelerator for ideas, he helped build Accel-backed Grovo (Head of Product) & Sacca-backed Inventure (Founding CMO).

He’s also a mentor for Techstars & the UN Entrepreneur Accelerator and invests in startups via the Inevitable Collective. More than anything, he’s an addictive experimenter.

Tom Samph is an entrepreneur who is passionate about helping others grow & learn.

In addition to being a co-founder and lead advisor at Nextt, he has helped build high performing teams & innovative learning experiences at Accel-backed Grovo (Director of Content) & Sequoia-backed Everwise (Head of Content).

More than anything, he is a teacher, mentor, coach, and advisor.

Listen to the Inside Outside Innovation Podcast interview with Ajay and Tom below.

Patrick Jones — Vocatio

Patrick Jones is the Founder and CEO of Vocatio, an angel funded and emerging startup in the Education-to-Employment domain., a vocationally themed media network and talent marketplace to help students 16–24 yrs old navigate their way through school to a passionate and purposeful career of their choice.

What is Vocatio?

To date the reception from students, their parents, educators and employers from early testing has been outstanding. The company is a previous member of the prestigious GSV Labs Ed-Tech program in Silicon Valley, a winner of the Duke University Startup Showcase and a winner of VentureTech PeopleOps Innovation Challenge.

As an increasingly sought after public speaker and workshop presenter, Patrick has been invited to speak to more than 75 college and corporate audiences on a variety of topics such as independent filmmaking, digital media, social entrepreneurship, political activism and diversity matters.

Since 2002, Patrick has operated as an entrepreneur and independent management consultant on several diverse new media, technology and software industry related projects for such clients as Atlanta Gas & Light, Promethean, Turner Entertainment, Manheim/AutoTrader, Coca Cola and BellSouth (now AT&T). Prior to 2002, he was a Partner with Siebel Systems (now Oracle), a Principal at Diamond Technology Partners (acquired by PwC) and Senior Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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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