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Funding Opportunity for High-Growth Startups

IDEA Funds are a co-investment that promote the formation and growth of science and technology businesses (FYI: not just digital). If you’re interested in applying and need assistance, we can connect you with seasoned experts. Call us at 816-235-6500.

The Past, Present & Future of Innovation-Led Entrepreneurs

Recognizing the economic power and entrepreneurial struggle of innovation-led entrepreneurs, two years ago our Resource Partners gathered to discuss how we can help. This progress report details how far we’ve come and what’s next.

We are also excited to introduce you to the Entrepreneur Dashboard, where we track Kansas City’s progress toward improving access to capital, connectivity, entrepreneurial density and innovations.

Tips for all entrepreneurial types: startup, microenterprise, main street, second stage and innovation-led

Tips for Startups   Tips for Microenterprises - Small, lifestyle businesses   Tips for Main Street Businesses - Those with customers & store fronts  Tips for Second Stage Firms - Established businesses poised to expand  Tips for Innovation-Led Companies

Startups | Microenterprises | Main Street | Second Stage | Innovation-led

The Sandbox Is Growing

Digital Sandbox KC has recently expanded into Independence, MO, and also opened applications for Energy Sandbox KC. Learn how you can apply for proof-of-concept funding now.

City Hall Welcomes Entrepreneurs

The KC, MO, Innovation Partnership Program is a front door for entrepreneurs to develop, test and demonstrate innovative solutions with city data. Apply before the 8/15 deadline.

Why I Invest in Kansas City

Laura Brady of Royal Street Ventures, a $25 million seed fund in KC, opened up about what they’re interested in and how entrepreneurs can improve their pitch.

Calling All Entrepreneurs

The Kauffman Foundation is looking for a small group of aspiring and current entrepreneurs to provide feedback on a new online educational concept they are developing. Interested? Fill out this survey.

Entrepreneurs and Corporate Execs Unite

Entrepreneurs have the opportunity to learn from business pros in the Sprint Accelerator Mentor Network (& vice versa.) Learn how you can join the next cohort.

Partner with the U.S. Gov’t

Looking for grants to help you move your innovative idea toward commercialization? Then join the SBIR Road Tour in STL on 8/18 to find out how to best position your idea.

Save the Date: 9/12-18

You don’t have to wait for Techweek to jumpstart your tech venture, hop on the Innovation Line today to meet the organizations ready to help you grow.

Show Me the Money

Each month, we highlight the businesses in Kansas City that are receiving funding and making all the right moves to grow from startup to second stage. Find out which companies got funding in July.

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AMC Theatres  American Century Investments  Black & Veatch
Burns & McDonnell  Cerner Corporation  Hallmark
JE Dunn Construction  Kansas City Southern
Sprint  UMB

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