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Interview with Magarac Venture Partners’ Will Allen

A cofounder and Partner of MVP, Magarac Venture Partners. Will Allen is business executive, Nonprofit founder and Exceptional athlete with 10+ years of experience in managing high-performing teams, facilitating successful outcomes and investing.

Prior to MVP, Allen co-founded Nascent Group Holdings (NGH). Mr. Allen supports portfolio company executives, develops investment strategies, and provides strategic business insight by helping companies identify market opportunity, critical skill assessment and access to profound network connections for impact and growth in the areas of Technology, Energy and Real Estate.

Before Co-founding NGH, Mr. Allen played 12 years in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he developed meaningful relationships with athletes, influencers, CEOs and brands.

In our conversation, Will shares how he uses the lessons learned as an athlete playing at the highest levels in his current investment thesis and why he thinks investing in underrepresented founders across the midwest is such a tremendous opportunity. 

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Interview with Dallas Entrepreneur Center Founder, Trey Bowles

Trey Bowles is a serially successful entrepreneur, having built numerous organizations in both the for-profit and non-profit arenas.
He cofounded the Dallas Entrepreneur (DEC) Center, he launched the Dallas Innovation Alliance, he launched an entrepreneurship department at Southern Methodist University where he still serves as an adjunct professor, he helped relaunch the next stage of the Startup America Partnership as the Startup Champions Network, was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) and recently co-chaired Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson’s Task Force on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Trey shares his experiences and lessons learned over several decades of leadership in Dallas and around the country. 
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Interview with Comeback Capital Managing Partner, Scott Shane

Scott Shane brings decades of experience as a professor, investor, and currently serves as Managing Director of Comeback Capital. Comeback Capital operates on the belief that you don’t need to leave to build your company.  You can do it right here in the Midwest.

Comeback Capital has assembled an all-star group of coastal and local LP’s who share our passion and belief that great companies have been and will continue to be built in the Midwest. In addition to capital, Comeback Capital portfolio companies benefit from connections to advisors from more established startup markets.

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Interview with Techpoint CEO, Mike Langellier

Mike Langellier is the CEO of Techpoint, a tech ecosystem growth accelerator delivering talent, venture capital, and promotion to Indiana companies and fostering a connected, dynamic community.

Techpoint programs connect talent with jobs, internships, and educational programs in tech to accelerate their growth and fill the increasing number of tech jobs in Indiana.


Mike joins us today to talk about his journey in entrepreneurship, how Techpoint partners with companies like Tango, Salesforce, Kronos and Genesys, and why Indianapolis Indiana stands out in today’s world.

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Interview with One Columbus Managing Director – Matt McQuade

One Columbus is an economic development organization for the 11-county Columbus Region. Working with local and state partners, One Columbus serves as the business location resource for companies across Central Ohio and around the world as they grow, innovate, and compete within the global economy.

Their experienced team has worked with hundreds of companies and helped to secure over $10 billion of capital investment, over 50,000 direct jobs, and more than $2 billion of new payroll across the Columbus Region.

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