Wichita’s e2e Accelerator recently announced the hiring of Josh Oeding as its new CEO.
e2e, which stands for “entrepreneur-to-entrepreneur,” is a community-driven organization that incubates, accelerates and invests in growth-oriented companies with the overall mission to accelerate the Wichita area entrepreneurial ecosystem.
“There’s been a lot of progress in building the entrepreneurial ecosystem over the past few years, and I’m excited to be a part of the e2e team and help build on that progress,” said Oeding.
Oeding brings his “world-class experience, Wichita roots, and dynamic energy” to e2e.
“As Wichita’s entrepreneurial community continues to grow, I believe Josh’s knowledge and experience will be very valuable,” said Chase Koch, president of Koch Disruptive Technologies. “Having principled entrepreneurs like Josh helping guide Wichita’s next generation of business owners is vital for our city, and we look forward to potential opportunities to work with him and the e2e team.”
Before joining e2e, Oeding served as Vice-President of Marketing and Strategy at EFT Analytics, an affiliate of Koch Industries. EFT is a global business that provides Software as a Service (SaaS) based advanced analytics solutions for large industrial customers. In total, Oeding has spent the last decade working for Koch and its affiliates.
Oeding’s experience also includes time working as Director of Business Development for the Wichita Technology Corporation, where he worked closely with local and regional startups and scalable companies. More recently, Oeding has been mentoring several local technology startups.
“One of the things that impressed me about Josh was his knowledge and experience in creating entrepreneurial cultures and building companies to scale,” said Mark Torline, chairman of the e2e Board, “As e2e helps the Wichita region’s entrepreneurs realize their full potential, Josh’s guidance and leadership will be invaluable in taking their businesses to the next level.”
Oeding said that Wichita is at a critical juncture, as demonstrated by the data in the recent update from the Chung Report.
“I see that data, that distance from where we are to where we need to be, and it’s a great challenge,” said Oeding. “I look around me and I see all of these great efforts underway, all of these talented, hardworking people rolling up their sleeves and making a difference, and I know that together we are equal to the task.”