Based in Wichita, Kansas, Koch Industries Inc. is an American multinational corporation with a diverse set of businesses that manufacture, refine, and distribute food, shelter, clothing, and transportation products. Koch Industries began as a small engineering firm, and is now one of the largest privately held company in the United States. Its subsidiaries include Georgia-Pacific, Molex, Invista, among several others.
Koch Industries’ philanthropic efforts are focused on education, mentoring, job skills development, and support of communities, with the stated goal “…to replace America’s two-tiered, winner-take-all system with one free and open society where all can win.” The company partners with Habitat for Humanity, United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Big Brothers Big Sisters, among thousands of other organizations around the globe. Koch also provides nine scholarship programs every year, through which hundreds of students are awarded academic and skilled trade scholarships, in Kansas, where it’s headquartered, and many other locations, worldwide.
In 2019, Koch Industries was a presenting sponsor at HSF’s annual Entrepreneurship Summit. The Summit introduces HSF Scholars to the value and importance of developing an entrepreneurial mindset. During the multi-day conference, the Scholars are empowered with knowledge and experiences that help enable them to be entrepreneurs in any setting or career they pursue.