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About SAP
SAP is at the center of today’s technology revolution. The market leader in enterprise application software, SAP helps organizations fight the damaging effects of complexity, generate new opportunities for innovation and growth, and stay ahead of the competition. For more information, visit



About Merrill Corporation
Merrill Corporation helps clients worldwide successfully navigate the secure sharing of their most sensitive content. We offer cloud-based solutions for corporate content collaboration, regulated communications and disclosure. Merrill Corporation provides a range of offerings to companies and their advisors to navigate all types of financial disclosure, including initial public offerings and other capital markets transactions; as well as periodic reporting and other shareholder communications.

Our award-winning virtual data room, Merrill DataSite®, simplifies the buy-side and sell-side M&A due diligence process. We handle the most complex SEC and global regulatory filings; and deliver precise and compliant marketing and communications for the financial, insurance and healthcare industries.

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About the Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private nonpartisan foundation that works to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to grow economies and improve human welfare. The Kauffman Foundation promotes entrepreneurship education, raises awareness of entrepreneurship-friendly policies, and works with regions to foster strong entrepreneurial communities. The Foundation also focuses on initiatives in the Kansas City region to improve the educational achievement of urban students. For more information and to follow the Foundation on Facebook and Twitter, and visit


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About Steelcase Inc.
For over 100 years, Steelcase Inc. has helped create great experiences for the world's leadingorganizations, across industries. We demonstrate this through our family of brands - includingSteelcase®, Coalesse®, Designtex®, Details®, PolyVision® and Turnstone®. Together, they offer acomprehensive portfolio of architecture, furniture and technology products and services designed to unlock human promise and support social, economic and environmental sustainability. We are globally accessible through a network of channels, including over 800 dealer locations. Steelcase is a global, industry-leading and publicly traded company with fiscal 2015 revenue of $3.1 billion. For more information visit


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About Woodruff-Sawyer
Woodruff-Sawyer is the insurance broker of choice for high-growth private, IPO & public companies. We represented over 34% of California-based IPOs priced from 2010-2014, and are especially well-known for our D&O liability and cyber-liability practices. As one of the nation’s largest independent brokers, we support clients worldwide with effective insurance, employee benefits and risk management solutions. For more information, visit