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The eFactory’s director resigns after assault charge

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The director of The eFactory resigned last month after being charged in December with misdemeanor domestic assault.

Andrea Mostyn, spokeswoman for The eFactory operator Missouri State University, said Brian Kincaid exited his position as director on March 1. Mostyn was unsure whether Kincaid voluntarily resigned or was asked to step down.

Mostyn said The eFactory Assistant Director Rachel Anderson took over as acting director.

“We’re waiting to do a search for the permanent director until the state budget is finalized,” Mostyn said.

Mostyn declined to comment on Kincaid’s assault charge. The Springfield News-Leader cited a probable cause statement alleging Kincaid, 29, on Dec. 18, 2017, assaulted a woman during an argument. An arraignment is scheduled June 7, according to online court documents, which do not specify the nature of the alleged assault.

Kincaid, according to his LinkedIn profile, started as business incubator coordinator at The eFactory in June 2012 and held that job through March 2014, when he was promoted to director.

During Kincaid’s tenure, The eFactory introduced the Business Accelerator program and the Spin 66 entrepreneurial funding competition, among other initiatives. It also was the first venue to host the weekly 1 Million Cups business idea pitch series in the Queen City.

While leading the downtown incubator located within the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center, Kincaid helped introduce the Business Accelerator program and the Spin 66 entrepreneurial funding competition, among other initiatives, according to Springfield Business Journal archives. The next accelerator is scheduled to begin May 14, and the Spin 66 event returns May 11. In a blog post last month celebrating The eFactory’s five years in operation, officials said the business incubator, with its nearly 40 private offices, is fully occupied.

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