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KIC Announces February Events

February is a big month for the Ketchum Innovation Center!  

Nominated for an Award
The KIC was nominated by The Chamber for Community Improvement of the Year. Woo hoo!

And February 2018 we will be welcoming thousands through our doors via the following events.

The Boulder Mountain Tour (Bib Pick Up)
Thursday, February 1st and Friday, February 2nd
This is the “recreate” part of our tagline, if you classify skiing 33K as “recreation”.  We do, and we were proud to support the Boulder Mountain Tour this year! 

Thursday, February 1st, 5-6 p.m.
Enjoy innovating, problem solving and discussing new projects over a beer? Of course you do, so come join us for IdeaBounce, an informal, monthly gathering of entrepreneurs and business owners where we have fun hacking apart problems you have with your new product, help each other with design and generally share an enthusiasm for creativity and innovation.

Publishing 101:  Going from Idea to Author
Monday, February 5th, 11:30 a.m.-1pm
Have you heard that a book is the new business card?  Whether you are writing nonfiction or fiction, the publishing industry has been one of the most disrupted business models in the last decade. Award winning and bestselling author of six books, Kathryn Kemp Guylay will walk the group through Three Steps to Make Publishing Fun.  Come ready with your questions and aspirations. It doesn’t matter where you’re at in your publishing journey.  All are welcome.

Sun Valley Economic Development First Quarter Forum
Tuesday, February 6th, 5-7 p.m.
Working Agenda
1. Networking
2. Introductions
3. Air Service Statistics – FMAA Data
4. Business Air Travel Survey Results
5. Friedman Airport Improvements
6. Future of Air Service at SUN

Fireside Chat with Scott Robinson of First Lite
Wednesday, February 7th, 5:30-7 p.m.
First Lite designs and manufactures the very best in technical hunting apparel, from base layers and outerwear to headwear and gloves. Co-founder Scott Robinson will be interviewed by Kathryn Kemp Guylay about trials and tribulations, obstacles and successes of being an entrepreneur in the Wood River Valley.   


Gallery Walk: Featuring EOS Expressionist Art by Artist of Energy Mimi Stuart
Friday, February 16th, 5-8 p.m.
The KIC is honored to feature Mimi’s art at the upcoming Gallery Walk on February 16th from 5-8pm.  Stop by for wine, water, cheese, crackers, desserts and some visual energy inspiration. See our blog post about the Gallery Walk here.

Workshop: Leveraging Social Media
Tuesday, February 20th, Noon-1:30 p.m.
Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat…. oh my.  This seminar led by media influencer Lynn Pattnosh and KIC leader Kathryn Kemp Guylay will help you to choose where you should focus and how in the the world of social media. 

Young Innovators: Who Am I? Pitching Your Skills and Networking as a Young Person in the Wood River Valley
Tuesday, February 20th, 5:30-7 p.m.
This event combines networking with an “elevator pitch” seminar in a way that allows for people to introduce themselves and connect. Event facilitators will provide an outline for identifying and communicating core skills, then attendees will get up and introduce themselves using that outline. Beer, wine and snacks provided.
Watch the recent coverage from Eye on Sun Valley about the Young Innovators group.


Women Entrepreneurs: From Athlete to Advocate to Agent of Change
Wednesday, February 21st, 5:30-7 p.m.
Learn how Rebecca Rusch, 7-time world champion athlete, speaker and entrepreneur, is shaping her career to go beyond the podiums; building her business and the community, and helping to bring attention to causes close to her heart.  Rebecca will share her entrepreneurial tactics for building a career on passion and the path less traveled. She’ll give you tips on how to identify your own core values and show you how that it is possible to forge your own path. Beer, wine and snacks provided.


Chance Meetings on the Mountain
Monday, February 26, 10:30 a.m.
KIC leaders will gather at the top of Baldy at 10:30am (look for Kathryn Kemp Guylay in her blue jacket and blue helmet) and break people into groups to ski together and brainstorm on the lift.  Come from either Warm Springs or River Run and be prepared for synergies and opportunities for connection and collaboration. Please RSVP to so that we can look for you.  
This even is BYOSPE: Bring your own ski pass and equipment 🙂
Read more about this event and the ideas inspired by movement in nature.


Capital Solutions: How SBA Loans Work
Tuesday, February 27, Noon-1pm
Not all companies are the right fit for a capital infusion from venture capitalists, nor do many business owners choose that route for ownership and control reasons. Join Jeffra Syms from Zions Bank and Brent Jussel from the SBDC for an informative, and fun, presentation.


Workshop: Charisma Coaching
Wednesday, February 28, Noon-1:30pm
Overcome your jitters and put on the polish for the next time you take the podium, go on camera, or present yourself to a group.  Join on-camera talent from Eye on Sun Valley and media-experienced Kathryn Kemp Guylay for a workshop that will provide tips and then give you some real life practice. 

KIC Vision: 
KIC is the epicenter of connection and support for existing and startup businesses in the Sun Valley region, renowned throughout the country as a beacon for work/life balance.

The KIC Mission: To cultivate an innovative business ecosystem inspired by mountain town living. Our mission is based on four foundational pillars:

  1. Education: Provide programs and events that inspire, inform, educate and promote long-term growth, success and work/life balance
  2. Mentorship: Create connection and economic synergies by leveraging the local intellectual capital to provide world class consulting services to growing companies
  3. Community: Inspire innovation and career mobility within the majestic natural setting of the Ketchum/Sun Valley community*
  4. Capital Solutions: Match angel investors and other funding sources with the needs of growing companies.

About KIC

Founded in 2014, the Ketchum Innovation Center (KIC) is the epicenter of connection and support for existing and startup businesses in the Sun Valley region. The KIC is led by CEO and executive director Kathryn Kemp Guylay and is committed to innovation, learning and collaboration through connection, programming and mentorship to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

The KIC mission is cultivate an innovative business ecosystem inspired by mountain town living and has worked with more than 150 entrepreneurs. Our offerings reflect the four foundational pillars of our mission: education, mentorship, community and capital solutions. Visit us online at and follow us on Facebook.


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