Entrepreneurs

Current

Pixelscopic — Entertainment Media Development

Participant since 2010

Pixelscopic is an interactive media company specializing in videogame development. Partnering under Project Genesis has allowed Pixelscopic to stay independent of larger videogame publishing companies, and they plan to release their games through the Apple iTunes store and eventually expand to PC and console markets. With one game already in development and more on the way, Pixelscopic hopes to release several original games within the next few years.

Originally from Purdy, Coby Utter graduated from UMKC with a degree in Computer Science and Chemistry. While working as a programmer at Black Lantern Studios, he met Ryan Baker, a graduate of Missouri State’s Art and Design programs. Both Utter and Baker share a passion for video games, and the two reunited several years later to form their own company. Utter is now the proud father of a little boy, and hopes to delve into philanthropic work. Baker continues to occasionally teach art and design at the collegiate level.

Pixelscopic
Founders
  • Coby Utter
  • Ryan Baker

Utopian Bean — Coffee House and Café

Participant since 2011

Utopian Bean believes that coffee is not just a drink, it is an experience. Located in downtown Purdy, the coffee house aims to create a warm and friendly atmosphere with a special emphasis on ambience: a unique public gathering place where everyone is welcome. Future plans include working with local high school students to help them gain job skills and advocating recycling and composting initiatives.

Originally from California and Michigan respectively, Patrick and Pam Foland met in San Diego and eventually married. Life brought them to Purdy, Missouri, and while raising their family, they have come to love this small town’s close community. Opening a coffee shop downtown has become a shared dream of theirs in recent years, and they look forward to seeing its role in the community evolve.

Utopian Bean
Founders
  • Patrick and Pam Foland

Past Participants

Agrieconomics — Animal Feed Processing

Agrieconomics was founded to provide high quality, low cost feed to the feed industry. Using as many byproducts as possible, Agrieconomics has developed a flowable feed source from raw products and pellets. Project Genesis has allowed Agrieconomics to break into the feed manufacturing industry, while Purdy’s strong agricultural ties have proven a valuable resource.

Having graduated from Missouri State University’s Natural and Applied Science program with a degree in Agronomy, Sean Priest was approached by Ed Mareth to run Agrieconomics. Priest comes from a strong farming background and has a love of both agriculture and working with his hands. Aside from seeing the continued success of Agrieconomics, Priest hopes to one day start his own cattle operation.