Meet Our Mentor Community

One of the things that set the Kansas City Invention Convention (KCIC) apart from other programs is our mentors! When students register for KCIC, they will be paired with a mentor with real-world experience as an entrepreneur, innovator, or inventor who will review their logbook and provide feedback and support.

If your student is participating in KCIC and would like more support from a mentor in addition to receiving feedback on their logbook, please reach out to We will facilitate scheduling a Zoom session with your mentor.

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.