Innovation Center project director receives award

Eric Carrell

UMKC Innovation Center’s Project Director Jeremy Hegel has been named to the 2012 Rising Star program of KC Business Magazine.

Hegel was recognized for founding KCSourceLink in 2003. KCSourceLink, a program designed to connect entrepreneurs and small businesses with community resources, has become a model used around the country.

The Rising Star program recognizes those less than 40 years of age who show outstanding leadership in the Kansas City area.

Along with Hegel were 34 other individuals.

“We are excited to celebrate this group of outstanding individuals under the age of 40 who exemplify hard work, dedication to corporate success and personal growth,” said the Rising Star’s website.

“Jeremy’s leadership helped to spread the KCSourceLink model across the country, making it easier for entrepreneurs to find the resources they need to grow,” said Maria Meyers, Director of the UMKC Innovation Center. “From Alaska to Florida, Jeremy manages a network of U.S.SourceLink affiliates that are helping create jobs for their communities.”

In recognition of Hegel’s accomplishment, he was profiled in the February 2012 issue of the magazine, and was also recognized at a cocktail banquet on Feb. 16.

“The Rising Star awards give us the opportunity to highlight Kansas City’s next generation of business and civic leaders,” said Julius Karash, executive editor of KC Business and Commercial Journal magazines. “This year’s program was particularly competitive. I was personally inspired by their accomplishments, commitment and philanthropic endeavors.”

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