March 22, 2013
Entrepreneurs have until Monday, March 25, to apply to live rent-free in Brad Feld’s new Kansas City house, complete with warp-speed Google Fiber Internet.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old, be willing to live in the house for one year, and have a compelling reason for using Google Fiber.
This competition is Feld’s way of practicing what he preaches in the book Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City. The book takes a look at the factors that go into successful startup scenes, including organic leadership, inclusiveness, education, and human connections.
Applicants will be judged by Feld, Scott Case of Startup America, David Cohen of TechStars, and Lesa Mitchell of the Kauffman Foundation. Up to five entrepreneurs will be selected to live in the three-bedroom house in Hanover Heights.
Hanover Heights happens to be the first neighborhood in Kansas City to get Google Fiber. After winning a competition by Google, Kansas City was chosen as the first place for the super-high-speed Internet – one hundred times faster than current broadband.
With a boost from Fiber, the startup scene in the area is booming. Web developer Benjamin Barreth opened up Homes for Hackers, a house near Feld’s where entrepreneurs can live rent-free for three months. His project inspired Feld to launch this competition. And down the road is the KC Startup Village, a community organization that is recruiting startups to move to the neighborhood.
Feld won’t be living in the Fiber House, but he’ll be there in spirit. “I commit to take a personal interest in the entrepreneurs selected to live in my KC Fiberhouse and will do what I can to provide feedback and advice,” says the TechStars cofounder and Foundry Group managing director.
Apply by Monday for a spot.
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