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

January 14, 2015

2:30 pm

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 access to a wide variety of mentors.

“LaunchKC’s objective is to create a more robust startup culture and infrastructure in Kansas City,” said Bill Dietrich, president & CEO of the Downtown Council and chief administrative officer of LaunchKC. “This will strengthen our growing Innovation District in Downtown, where investors, inventors and entrepreneurs collaborate within a livable, walkable and transit-connected urban center.”

The new startup competition aims to draw companies from across the country, with the goal of further developing Kansas City’s rapidly growing startup economy. Launch KC is targeted towards companies whose focus match the city’s unique position and expertise, including industries like advanced manufacturing, agriculture, animal health, Big Data, Cloud services, data analytics, financial tech, health tech, mobile, and real estate.

For companies wanting to get involved, the Launch KC application process begins this upcoming March 31st and runs until June 30th. The top 20 candidates will be invited to attend Techweek Kansas City in September, where a judging panel of established entrepreneurs and VCs will choose the 10 winners of the startup competition.

Learn more about Launch KC.



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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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