Kansas City-based Accelerator SparkLabKC Launched Today

January 23, 2013

1:45 pm

A new Kansas City business accelerator targeting early-stage Internet startups launched today.  SparkLabKC will select 10 companies to participate in an intense, in-residence program providing seed capital, mentors, and business advisory services through public-private partnerships.

“Our accelerator solves the two fundamental problems for early-stage startup companies – the experience gap and the capital gap,” said Kevin Fryer, SparkLabKC managing director and Kansas City entrepreneur.  “We provide a deep pool of mentors who are seasoned entrepreneurs as well as seed capital and access to investors. Startups that have been through this kind of program have a superior track record of generating new companies, new jobs and achieving a significant impact in their communities.”

Selected companies will receive the following benefits:

  • Seed capital of up to $18,000
  • More than 80 mentors with deep experience across virtually every industry
  • Free workspace
  • Legal, accounting, financial and human resources advisory services
  • A formal prototype demonstration day for potential investors

“I have seen this approach generate some remarkable startup companies including Dropbox and Airbnb,” said Evan Conway, president of OneLouder, a mobile app developer and SparkLabKC sponsor. “As an entrepreneur in the Internet space, I genuinely wish the many startups I have known could have had this advantage. This is a good day for startup companies in Kansas City.”

Find more information, including an application, at


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Meg Rayford is a communications consultant based in Northern Virginia. She previously spent two years as the Director of Public Relations for a nonprofit startup, where she learned a lot about providing clean water for impoverished countries, even within the confines of a bootstrapped startup. She is the editor of Tech Cocktail, and she develops media strategies for companies in Washington, DC and Virginia. You can read her most recent work in the marketing chapter of the upcoming book, "Social Innovation and Impact in Nonprofit Leadership," which will be published in Spring 2014 by Springer Publishing. Follow her @megkrayford.