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See Kansas City’s Progress Toward Becoming America’s Most Entrepreneurial City

We've released our fourth We Create KC, KC’s annual state of entrepreneurship report. You’ll learn how many startups hire their first employees each year, how much funding has been identified for early-stage entrepreneurs and much more. (Here’s a summary if you’re short on time).

The Funnel Cake Truck wins this year’s Battle of the Brands

Congrats to Michael Bradbury, owner of The Funnel Cake Truck, for being the first ever microenterprise business to win the Battle of the Brands. Join us at the Kansas City Startup Village’s Second Friday on April 14 to celebrate. Michael’s selling funnel cakes, deep fried Twinkies, kettle corn and cotton candy, so come hungry!

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

Grow Your Business to Greater Heights

Apply for ScaleUP! KC, a no-cost, four-month program that immerses select business owners in coaching, curriculum and a community of peers, all poised to help you be the next big thing in KC business. Apply now.

Who Connects KC?

Join the Kauffman Foundation to identify the key community members that make things happen. Nominate your entrepreneurial crew.

KC’s Entrepreneurs Gain National Recognition

Kansas City’s entrepreneurial ecosystem was featured in a recent edition of Inc. magazine. Learn how KC’s entrepreneurs are leading the region into the future.  

Make Art Your Living

Chris Dahlquist helps artists embrace the business potential of their creative passions. She even helped KCMO capitalize on the economic potential of the arts.

The Power of Connections

Brandy McCombs’ construction business plateaued until she made intentional networking a priority. And when the streetcar came to Kansas City, business really picked up.

Squeezing the Most Out of Life and Business

Chris Goode opened his juicery in 2015 in memory of his late grandmother, Ruby Jean. This healthy startup already has tons of devoted fans and is growing fast.  

Learning the Sport of Entrepreneurship

Kacie and Tommy Saunders got their fitness startup up and running on their own and things really took off when they teamed up with organizations in KC’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.  

Building a World-Class Fintech Company in KC

C2FO is the largest marketplace for working capital in the world and is located in Kansas. CEO Sandy Kemper credits their customers, team and the strength of KC’s business community.

Innovating Age-old Industries

Matt Shatto helped bring his family’s 100+ year old dairy farm into the 21st century. With his new business, he’s taking on one of the world’s biggest problems—food shortage.

Investing in Kansas City

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

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