Mizzou students heard words of wisdom from pioneering and inspiring entrepreneurs in the Learn From the Best speaker series sponsored by the Griggs Innovators Nexus.


Chad Troutwine
2022 speaker

Embracing audacious aspirations
During his campus visit, Mizzou alumnus Chad Troutwine, JD ’96, advised students not to be afraid to go for something really big. The Kansas City native has started many successful businesses and is a producer on more than 20 films, including two Academy Award winners. Read story and watch Chad’s presentations.


Maxine Clark
2021 speaker

Building a company with heart
In this virtual event, Maxine Clark, founder of Build-A-Bear Workshop, offered insights from her retail career and explained how she uses her entrepreneurial skills to improve K-12 public education and invest in women and minority entrepreneurs. Read story and watch Maxine’s presentation.


Marc Randolph
2020 speaker

Creating a bingeworthy company
In this virtual event, Marc Randolph, co-founder and first CEO of Netflix, discussed the early days of Netflix and what it takes to be an innovator. Read story and watch Marc’s presentation.



Contact Us

1210 MU Student Center
Email: innovators@missouri.edu Phone: 573-882-2073