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Kansas City shows off its entrepreneurial arsenal
Eli Dile   on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 10:30:00 am

Kansas City, Missouri, is best known for barbecue, jazz history, and increasingly, entrepreneurship. In addition to being home of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation – one of the world’s leading entrepreneurial philanthropies – the city also boasts KCSourceLink, a portal through which entrepreneurs and small businesses are connected to various support services.

KCSourceLink’s Executive Director Maria Meyers recently penned an op-ed for Governing on how Kansas City became a leader in entrepreneurship, referencing several of KC’s initiatives.

  • The networking format 1 Million Cups was launched in Kansas City five years ago and has been imitated by countless cities since. (The title references the number of coffees entrepreneurs share while growing their networks.)

  • We Create KC is an online dashboard that measures key indicators, such as job creation, investment capital, and entrepreneur density and connectivity.

  • Whiteboard2Boardroom facilitates licensing agreements between businesses and universities, hospitals, and corporate research groups.

  • Digital Sandbox KC helps with proof-of-concept in the early stages of the product commercialization process.

Last year, Kansas City hosted the inaugural ESHIP Summit, which produced the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Building Playbook, a free report that offers policy recommendations for other cities to consider.


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