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LaunchKC is a civic collaboration jointly managed by EDCKC and the Downtown Council. LaunchKC’s creators developed this business model competition to attract tech entrepreneurs from around the world to Kansas City, Missouri. Nearly 500 entrepreneurs from 17 states and eight countries applied for this global grants program. Its first 10 grant recipients each were awarded $50,000 at the 2015 Techweek Kansas City. Each receives free legal, accounting, marketing, cloud computing and mentoring support as well as educational opportunities at the renowned Kauffman Foundation.


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Launched in 2015, Kansas City, Missouri, became the sixth city selected by Techweek to host the weeklong conference, expo and start up competition. Techweek described Kansas City as, “… a rapidly growing technology community bursting with new startup activity and venture capital investment.” More than 5,000 attended the inaugural event which featured the Big Data Summit; keynotes by founders of LaunchCode, Square and Tinder; as well as the awarding of 10 $50,000 LaunchKC grants.


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This multi-tenant incubator serves small business construction contractors, providing office space, training opportunities and relationships that assist in developing and executing sustainable business practices.


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This business incubator works with 10 entrepreneurs at a time, joining the founding team by taking a small piece of equity as it implements its strategies to increase an entrepreneur’s success by more than twice the national average.


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Ten promising startups are selected each year for a 90-day intense, in-residence, mentor-driven program that provides up to $18,000 in seed capital and business advisory services.


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Techstars is a three-month, immersive, mentorship-driven startup accelerator focused on helping startups build the future of mobile technology.


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This small business incubator supports veteran-owned, technology-enabled businesses.


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With its combination incubator, accelerator and co-working programs, early stage businesses can find the necessary elements to launch, grow and succeed at Think Big.


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Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups is a free, national program designed to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs.


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Artist Inc., is a collaborative partnership with the Charlotte Street Foundation, ArtsKC Regional Arts Council, Mid-America Arts Alliance and the UMKC Innovation Center. Launched in 2007, Artist Inc., connects Kansas City artists of all disciplines to the tools, resources and opportunities necessary to develop their entrepreneurial skills and strengthen their artistic practice.


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Digital Sandbox KC provides proof of concept resources to support early-stage commercialization processes including access to technology, business and market experts and funding for early-stage market validation, prototyping and beta testing services.


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Digital Sandbox and GXP (part of Great Plains Energy) teamed up to launch the Kansas City– based Energy Sandbox, a new proof-of-concept program targeting early-stage entrepreneurs focused on the energy sectors.


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The Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program (HEMP) offers one-on-one mentoring relationships, networking opportunities with peers and veteran business owners and field trips to locations of entrepreneurial interest within the Kansas City area.


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Created by the Kauffman Foundation, Kauffman FastTrac is a global provider of training that equips aspiring and established entrepreneurs with the business skills and insights, tools, resources and peer networks necessary to start and grow successful businesses.


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The Missouri Technology Corporation is an innovation center created to increase the State of Missouri’s commitment to creating new knowledge, accelerating the transfer of that knowledge into the marketplace and promoting the growth of entrepreneurial firms.


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Pipeline is an exclusive community of entrepreneurial leaders building high-growth companies. Each year approximately 10 to 12 entrepreneurs are invited to join Pipeline as Fellows. Fellows work as one to face business challenges, funnel opportunities to their peers and build market-leading technology and life sciences business together.


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The Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a nationally ranked program and leader in innovation whose mission is to inspire and nurture entrepreneurs and innovated through transformational education, research and programs.