Luke Kuschmeader, 38, was raised in Springfield, MO. From a young age, he was a serial entrepreneur beginning with a lawn business and then a successful exteriors and remodeling company. Then in 2008 he co-founded Küat Innovations.
The seed for Küat began after a bike ride, then followed countless sketches in the garage and crude prototypes until he partnered with Guy Mace and received funding in 2007. He began Küat Innovations with the goal to make superior products with a focus on innovative design and aesthetics. Their flagship product, The NV, has received awards including Gear of the Year in Men’s Journal, and features in Bicycling Magazine and Men’s Health magazine. The popularity of Küat was largely local and organic at first thanks to the support of the local biking community.
Küat has since grown into an operation of 30 employees locally and has recently built a 40,000 square foot warehouse and corporate operations space on Alliance Street. Their racks are sold nationwide in addition to 14 international markets. Küat has expanded from bike into the cargo, ski, and kayak/boat categories and continues to look for new and innovative solutions to transport gear.
November 6, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
November 15, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
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