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Tech Cocktail Kansas City

SparkLabKC Accelerator Announces 10 New Startups

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This week, Kansas City accelerator SparkLabKC welcomed its third class of startups into their new downtown workspace. SparkLabKC is a three-month accelerator that offers startups up to $18,000 in funding, mentorship, free office space, and other services. The program culminates with a demo day in April. Here are SparkLabKC’s 10 newest startups: College Sports USA: A social… Read more »


Kansas City Announces Launch KC Startup Competition Offering $500K in Grants

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The Downtown Council of Kansas City, MO has announced the launch of a national startup competition that will be aimed at further developing the growth of the city’s tech ecosystem. Called Launch KC, the competition will reward winning startups with a share of the $500,000 total in grant funding ($50,000 for each startup), free office space for 12 months, and… Read more »


Play-it Health Tackles Medication Reminders

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Despite the seemingly numerous, healthy marathon runners on your Facebook news feed, there are actually a lot of not-so-healthy/sick people out there. According to Kimberly Gandy, there are more than 150 million people in the United States alone that require the use of chronic medication to treat their ills. Setting aside the many flaws that already… Read more »



Wells Fargo Launches Startup Accelerator to Promote Innovation In Financial Industry

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Wells Fargo announced this week that it will be accepting applications through October from startups to join the new Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator, a semiannual boot camp for innovators whose technology ideas in payments, deposits, fraud, operations and other fields could shape future customer experiences in financial services. The fourth-biggest U.S. bank will make a direct equity investment of $50,000 to $500,000… Read more »




The University of Missouri Has a Student-Led Fund, and It Just Made Its First Solo Investment

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Today, the University of Missouri’s student-led fund, the Allen Angel Capital Education Fund (AACE), announced a $50,000 investment in Kansas City startup Knoda. The partners at AACE are not your typical middle-aged white men, but students from all disciplines studying at the University of Missouri. To get involved, they have to apply to take the… Read more »



This Kansas City Startup Landed Big-Name Customers Like Sprint and Walmart with 1 Salesperson 

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In Kansas City, a small startup called DivvyHQ is quietly signing on new customers. Maybe you’ve heard their names? They’re companies like Walmart, Sprint, Toyota, and Bed Bath and Beyond. Less than three years old, DivvyHQ has a small team of fewer than 10 people, with only one salesperson and no paid advertising. Yet they’re… Read more »


Kansas City’s Hottest Showcasing Startups Are…

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Last night we were back in Kansas City for a Mixer & Startup Showcase, and we had a blast! It included the Best Pitch award determined by our live SMS poll and the pre-event Reader’s Choice online poll. Here are the winners: Kansas City’s Hottest Showcasing Startup – Best Pitch CouponCloud, Inc – They disrupt the $14 billion… Read more »