Meet Our Mentor Community

One of the things that sets KCIC apart from other programs is our mentors! When students register for KCIC, they have the opportunity to engage with a mentor that has real-world experience as an entrepreneur, innovator, or inventor. Mentors will provide feedback and support on inventions, prototypes, pitches, and more!

We are in the process of scheduling Mentor Workshops for the 2022 season. Please check this page regularly for updates! Until then, check out our mentors who participated in KCIC 2021.

Thank you to our KCIC 2021 mentors!

Dan Toughey
Co-founder of TouchNet Information Systems, Inc.
T-Serve Foundation


Dan Toughey is co-founder and retired president of TouchNet Information Systems, Inc. Dan guided TouchNet from its beginning as a small startup in 1989 to be the industry leader in e‑commerce technology and payment processing for Higher Education. Today, TouchNet serves institutions that represent over 50% of all college students in the United States, providing them with innovative solutions to automate and secure campus financial transactions. TouchNet is headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas, and operates as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Global Payments, Inc. (NYSE: GPN). Since retiring in 2018, Dan and his wife Karen have formed the T-Serve Foundation for eGiving Success. T‑Serve Foundation is a 501(c) non-profit that helps other Kansas City-area charities minimize the growing cost of processing online credit and debit card donations. T-Serve believes small things can make a big difference to the success of our Kansas City partner charities.